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Society of Ohio Archivists Annual Meeting 2022: Archives and Sustainability 

This May the Society of Ohio Archivists will return in person together for our Annual Meeting! You are invited to join us on Friday, May 20 from 9am-4pm at the beautiful Columbus Metropolitan Main Library in downtown Columbus, Ohio for a full day of presentations, networking, and an exciting plenary speaker. The theme of this year’s meeting is Archives & Sustainability.

The Annual Meeting is being held as an in-person only event on May 20 For those unable to attend the in-person meeting, some content such as speaker slides will be made available following the meeting. It will not be recorded. The Society of Ohio Archivists will be offering a virtual workshop in the fall of 2022 for those interested in online programming. Stay tuned for more information on the workshop later this summer.

Stay up-to-date on the latest details of the meeting by visiting this conference page, and follow the conversation online at #soaam22.

Questions? Contact the Educational Programming Committee Cochairs Rachael Bussert and Anne Ryckbost.



Dr. Kathleen Smythe, plenary speaker SOA 2022 Annual Meeting

Dr. Kathleen Smythe.

We are excited to have Dr. Kathleen Smythe, professor, Xavier University Department of History, as our 2022 plenary speaker. Dr. Smythe’s talk “Difference, the Long View and Interdependence,” will focus on what drives her work as a historian and sustainability leader, how she has used archival resources in her sustainability-focused classes, and the future of her work. She will address how archivists can be partners in climate change action.

Dr. Smythe loves teaching and writing. She enjoys the challenge of addressing questions of contemporary relevance through historical investigation both in the classroom and through writing and research. She considers community- and bodily-engaged learning as essential to this task. Her most recent book, Bicycling Through Paradise: Historical Rides Around Cincinnati (University of Cincinnati Press, 2021) grew out of one such course.

She is trained as an African historian with years of fieldwork experience in Tanzania, East Africa. Her first book, Fipa Families (2006), and a series of related articles examined the ways in which Fipa integrated and made sense of European Catholic missionaries and their values during the colonial period.

This work led to an interest in globalization and economic development, both the histories of these ideas and their deployment in various ways at various times. A second book, Africa’s Past, Our Future, came out in 2015 and highlights ideas and institutions in African history and culture that broaden our imagination about what is possible socially, politically, and economically. A third book, Whole Earth Living: Reconnecting Earth, History, Body and Mind (Dixi Books, 2020) proposes a new sustainability framework based on long-term human interdependencies on earth and its ecosystems. The framework is built on an understanding of the losses that have occurred to human well-being with more recent historical developments in agriculture and technology.

Smythe has been actively engaged with sustainability efforts on campus since 2007. She currently co-facilitates Xavier’s Climate Change Action Workshop and co-chairs the Sustainability Committee. She also co-facilitates the Ignatian Pedagogy for Sustainability (IPS) project within the AJCU (American Jesuit Colleges and Universities).


Early Bird: March 28–April 29. $45 SOA members; $65 nonmembers; $30 students.
Regular: April 30-May 12: $50 SOA members; $70 nonmembers; $35 students.
Onsite: $60 SOA members; $80 nonmembers; $40 students. (Lunch is not included when registering the day-of onsite)
Food/Drink: Registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Due to catering restrictions, we cannot guarantee lunch for those registering on-site. Please wear masks except when actively eating/drinking.
– Raffle: Please see the Raffle section below, as tickets are purchased at the time of online registration (and we hope that you will!)
– Refund/Cancellation Policy: Cancellations for a full refund must be made before 5 p.m. Friday, May 12.


To help ensure the safety of our community, the Society of Ohio Archivists strongly urges that all registrants wear a mask regardless of vaccine status. While masks are not required by Columbus Metropolitan Library, we strongly suggest they be worn when not actively eating/drinking, especially when in crowded rooms, for the health and safety of our community. The Society of Ohio Archivists will continue to monitor CDC guidelines, Columbus Metropolitan Library policies, and the City of Columbus mandates. Public health measures are changing rapidly, and SOA will continue to evaluate and update these protocols to be in-line with recommended standards as we get closer to the event. Please check back regularly for the most up to date information.


Columbus Metropolitan Main Library, 96 S. Grant St., Columbus, OH.

Get directions via Google Map.


Parking at the Main Library, Columbus Metropolitan Library is accessed from Library Park North off of S. Grant Ave. The garage opens at 8:30 a.m. and is $10 for 8 hours. We strongly encourage you to use the “pre-pay for parking” option when registering for the conference. If you elect to pre-pay, you will be given a parking voucher when you arrive and will then avoid waiting in line at the end of the day at the parking payment stand. More information about parking can be found at


Based on member feedback concerning travel budgets, the Committee decided against a two-day conference to limit the cost of attendance. As a result, we have not reserved a block of rooms. If you are traveling and would like to stay overnight, we suggest the Home2Suites, the Holiday Inn, or the Sheraton Columbus as nearby hotels.

Raffle for Scholarships

Each year SOA offers four scholarships, two to current students and two to recent graduates, funded from our raffle. The scholarships consist of conference registration (including lunch), a one-year membership to SOA, and a $100 travel stipend. The funds raised from the raffle are critical to SOA’s support of students and new professionals.

This year we are putting together a fun group of items, including tickets to Dayton Dragons minor league baseball, gift bag from MadTree Brewing, Dayton local history basket, archives supply gift basket, and more! Purchase raffle tickets from the registration form–along with your registration, or in a completely separate transaction (it won’t mess up your registration). There are three options: 1 ticket for $5/2 for $10/ 5 for $20. Onsite raffle tickets will not be sold. Winners will be chosen at random and announced ahead of the annual meeting through SOA’s social media. Stay tuned to the conference webpage and SOA social media for details.


Cover of Society of Ohio Archivists Annual Meeting Program 2022
(Download full program PDF)

9:00-9:30am – Registration and Networking (light breakfast provided)
9:30-9:40am – Welcome – Auditorium
9:40-10:40am – Concurrent Session 1A – Auditorium
 – SNAC and You! Using SNAC to Highlight Archival Collections [SLIDES], Libby Hertenstein, Bowling Green State University
 – Roots of Environmental Education: Curation of a Virtual Exhibition at Oberlin College [SLIDES], Anne Salsich, Oberlin College
9:40-10:40am – Concurrent Session 1B – Room 1A
Growing Sustainability Through Collaboration: Lessons from the “COVID-19 Experience Collection” at Youngstown State University [SLIDES]. Shelley Blundell & Cassie Nespor, Youngstown State University
10:40-10:55am – Break
10:55-11:55am – Concurrent Session 2A – Auditorium
Beyond the Grant: Cultivating Sustainable Next Steps. 1. Beyond the Grant: Continuing Efforts to Preserve Northwest Ohio’s Islamic History through Community Collaboration and Engagement [SLIDES], Nick Pavlik & Michelle Sweetser, Center for Archival Collections, Bowling Green State University; 2. Beyond the Grant: Cultivating Sustainable Next Steps [SLIDES], Virginia Dressler & Michael Hawkins, Kent State University; 3. Stepping Stones: Approaching an OHRAB Grant as a Model for Future Growth in a Community Archive [SLIDES], Kaysie Harrington, Lakeside Heritage Society
10:55-11:55am – Concurrent Session 2B – Room 1A
UPDATE: New session: Crucial Conversations: Small Group Discussions on DEI in the Archives. Moderators:  Vice President Amy Rohmiller, Kettering Health Dayton; Penelope Shumaker, State Library of Ohio; and Adam Wanter, MidPointe Library. (This session is a replacement for the SOA Forum also titled Crucial Conversations with President Sherri Goudy). See Resources from the SOA Social Justice and Black Lives Matter Task Force for further reading.
11:55am-1:10pm – Lunch and Business Meeting – Auditorium
1:10-1:15pm – Plenary Introduction – Auditorium
1:15-2:15pm – Plenary, “Difference, the Long View and Interdependence.” Kathleen Smythe – Auditorium
2:15-2:45pm – Networking & Table Conversations – Auditorium
2:45-3:45pm – Session 3 – Auditorium
Renewable Archives: What Resources do Archives Use and What Do They Need? 1. A New Green Deal for Archives [SLIDES], Eira Tansey, University of Cincinnati and 2. Penn State University Libraries Greenhouse Gas Inventory [SLIDES], Ben Goldman, Penn State University
3:45-4:00pm – Wrap Up & End – Auditorium


The Educational Programming Committee members have been working hard to bring you an amazing conference.

Thank you to our committee members!

  • Jolie Braun, The Ohio State University
  • Rachael Bussert, Dayton Metro Library (cochair)
  • Christine Schmid Engels, Cincinnati Museum Center
  • Katie Jarrell, University of Dayton
  • Betsy Hedler, Ohio History Connection (SOA/OHC Liaison)
  • William Modrow, Miami University
  • Sara Mouch, University of Toledo
  • Amy Rohmiller, Kettering Health Dayton (SOA Vice President/President-Elect)
  • Anne Ryckbost, Xavier University (cochair)
  • Adam Wanter, MidPointe Library System

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Educational Programming Committee Cochairs Rachael Bussert and Anne Ryckbost. We can’t wait to see you in Columbus!


Last Updated on June 24, 2022 by janet_carleton