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Ohio Archives Passport 2019 is here!

The purpose of this passport (PDF) is to let people know about the wonderful archival resources all around Ohio, give them a chance to visit, explore, and learn more and participate in activities that help them to connect with their past, local history, and their community.

In 2017 SOA began compiling information about Ohio archival repositories to put together a statewide passport broken down by region. Each year we collected updates and new entries and the 2019 passport included information for more than 90 sites across the state!

Questions? Contact Natalie Fritz, cochair Advocacy & Outreach Committee

Fall 2019 Ohio Archivist is out!

Ohio Archivist 2019 Fall cover The Fall 2019 issue of the Ohio Archivist is now available on the website at

Please note that the newsletter was sent to current members via email on August 28. If you did not receive that email, check with SOA Liaison Betsy Hedler at regarding your membership status.

In this issue you will find a recap of the SOA Spring Conference, information about the upcoming Fall Meeting, a new Digital Discussions article, and much more!

Ohio Archives Passport info for 2019-2020: send us your updates!

In 2017 SOA began compiling information about Ohio archival repositories to put together a statewide “passport” broken down by region. Last year we collected updates and new entries and the 2018 passport included information for more than 80 sites across the state!
The ultimate goal is to have an up-to-date resource for researchers and fellow archivists that can provide information about available resources, promote, and raise awareness about Ohio archives in general. I am sharing the link to the current 2018-2019 Ohio Archives Passport for people to review their information from last year, submit edits and changes, and submit NEW previously unlisted information on repositories as needed:
If you know of any repositories around you that should be included and that might not be reached through the listserv or via member email, please consider reaching out to them directly to encourage them to submit. There may be small all-volunteer or limited hour local archives and/or research library that would like people to know that they exist; they would benefit from being included!

We’d like to publish the 2019-2020 update on the SOA website by October for Archives Month, so it would be great to be able to list any planned Archives Month events as well. If you have events like lectures, open houses, a local archives crawl, tours, etc. planned for October, please share that information so it can be included! If you haven’t planned anything yet, please think about doing something during the month of October to promote your archive.

The link to the passport can be shared freely to help promote and raise awareness and can be easily printed for those wishing to encourage researchers to participate in an archives “crawl” by visiting multiple sites.

If you need to make changes to your current listing or if you are NOT currently listed and want to be included in the update, please email all necessary information to by August 31.

Repositories should submit:

Phone Number
Public Hours
Social Media
Brief Description

If you have events planned for archives month, please provide that information too!


Clark County Historical Society at the Heritage Center
117 S. Fountain Avenue
Springfield, OH 45502
FB:clarkcountyhistory T:@clarkcohistory Instagram: @clarkcohistory
County museum with research library and archives with local history,
family records, local government records, photographs, and more.

Thank you!

Natalie Fritz

Curator of Library & Archives
Clark County Historical Society at the Heritage Center
117 S. Fountain Avenue
Springfield, OH 45502
937-324-0657 ext. 234
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It’s not too late! Register onsite for SOA Annual Meeting in Akron

Want to attend SOA in Akron but forgot to preregister? No worries! You can still register onsite on Friday, May 17th!

See and follow the hashtag #soaam19


2019 Annual Meeting: Invention and Innovation

The Friday Conference will be held at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn Hotel, 3180 W. Market St, Akron.

Onsite meeting registration:

–          $60 SOA members; $80 nonmembers; $40 students. Due to catering restrictions, we cannot guarantee lunch for onsite registrants.

–          No onsite Workshop or Mixer registration.

Note: Full membership is just $15, so that can save you $, and we’d love to have you! Join here:

Annual Meeting

May 17, 2019

Plenary Speaker: Kathleen D. Roe

Kathleen Roe portraitKathleen Roe’s talk, “Reimagining the Future of the Archival Past,” will focus on the future of archival work, including ensuring our institutions collect materials that reflect a comprehensive, inclusive past, conveying the value of archives in meaningful ways to a wide range of users and audiences, and stepping forward to strengthen our profession and its role in our communities and society. Roe is a Fellow and past-president of the Society of American Archivists, and is author of a forthcoming SAA Fundamentals manual on advocacy and awareness for archivists.


–          Session 1a: Collaborative Projects: A. Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone: Using the World War I Centennial for Innovative Collaboration and Outreach Projects. Victor Fleischer, University of Akron; Rebecca Larson-Troyer, Akron-Summit County Public Library; Toivo Motter, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. B. Good Migrations: Blurring the Lines Between the Library, Archives, and Museum. Laura Maidens & Jennie Thomas, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

–          Session 1b: Teaching in the Archives: A. Discovering History through Diverse Collections. William Modrow, Miami University. B. There’s a First Time for Everything. Anne Ryckbost, Xavier University.

–          Session 2a: Alternative Approaches to Processing. A. You get an A!: Teaching Students to Process Archival Collections in the Classroom. Emily Gainer, Cummings Center for the History of Psychology; Lisa Rickey, Wright State University. B. Thinking Outside the Hollinger Box: Challenges of Avant-garde Collections at Ohio State University Libraries. Courtney Bishop & Mackenzie Sommers, The Ohio State University.

–          Session 2b: Job Hunting as an Archivist. A. Getting a Job Like a Boss. Collette McDonough, Kettering Foundation. B. “Filling in the Gaps”: Non-Traditional Approaches to Becoming an Archivist. Margaret Breidenbaugh, Cincinnati Museum Center; Hannah Kemp-Severence, Case Western Reserve University; Gino Pasi, University of Cincinnati.

–          Session 3: “Where Were you the Last 200 Years?”: Building a Diverse and Inclusive Repository for Underrepresented Communities. Lori Harris & Gino Pasi, University of Cincinnati.

–          Poster Sessions & Mock Archives Job Interviews

–          Session 4a: Mini-workshop: Advocating for Collections Care. Dyani Feige, Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts.

–          Session 4b: Mini-workshop: An Innovative Approach to Records Management Training: Making Records Management Training Fun! Melissa Dalton & Robin Heise, Greene County Records Center & Archives.

See you there!

Call to Membership: SOA Constitution and Bylaws Revisions

Council has been working very hard updating the SOA Strategic Plan over the last year. One piece of that work has been amending our Constitution and Bylaws. Linked here is the marked-up draft of proposed amendments to the SOA Constitution and Bylaws, as proposed by six current SOA members. These amendments will be voted on by members during the upcoming business meeting that will be held on Friday, May 17, 2019 at the SOA Annual Conference in Akron. Members are invited to bring their questions and comments up at the time of the business meeting or send them to me directly at All questions and comments that I receive will be brought up at the business meeting in May.

I hope to see many of you in a few weeks in Akron!

Robin Heise

SOA President (2017-2019)

Records Manager/Archivist

Greene County Records Center and Archives

535 Ledbetter Road, Xenia, OH 45385

Tel: (937) 562-6489

Fax: (937) 562-6485


The Spring SOA Newsletter is now available!

The Spring 2019 issue of the Ohio Archivist is now available! In this issue you will find all the information about the spring annual meeting. The issue also contains grant and award information; news from SOA members and institutions across the state; 2019’s Archives Month Poster theme; a recap of the joint OLHA/SOA fall meeting; and statements from the the 2019 SOA slate of candidates that will be voted on during the annual meeting.

Ohio Archives News & Events: Register for 5/21 OhioDIG meeting in Oberlin – Northeast Ohio Digital Projects Showcase

Please join the Ohio Digitization Interest Group for our May meeting at the Oberlin College Library on Tuesday, May 21, 2019.

Please register by Friday, May 17, 5pm at  Limit of 60.

Presentation: Northeast Ohio Digital Projects Showcase

— Andria Hoy, archivist, The Cleveland Orchestra
Overview of how and why The Cleveland Orchestra partnered with longtime local institution, the Cleveland Public Library, to digitize a large scrapbook collection, including the history of a collection in need of preservation, choosing a vendor, and the final outcomes.
— Jon Endres, media & technology specialist; Jodi Kearns, digital projects manager; Jamie Newhall, senior multimedia producer, Instructional Services; Cummings Center for the History of Psychology/University of Akron.
David P. Boder (1886-1961) was a psychologist who studied trauma. He gathered interviews with Holocaust survivors in 1946 across Europe using a Pierce Wire Recorder, among the first portable sound recording devices. In 2016, using a new device made from original analog and modern digital parts, we digitized the surviving spools of interviews, and identified a long-lost recording of folk songs. We will show off our equipment, process, and discoveries.
— Megan Mitchell, digital initiatives librarian, Oberlin College.
The Oberlin College Libraries and the Allen Memorial Art Museum recently collaborated to co-host an Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, in which members of the community were invited to participate in the international campaign to create or improve articles on topics dealing with the arts, feminism, women, and gender. The Libraries provided training and research resources, the Museum provided the venue and created a list of articles that participants might want to edit.

Tours: Following the meeting, tour Oberlin College Special Collections & Archives ( |, including Table Top Scribe Scanner (, and LetterPress Studio (!

– 10:00-10:30 coffee social (coffee & snacks);
– 10:30-11:30 presentation and discussion on topic;
– 11:30-11:45 break/rearrange room;
– 11:45-1:00 brown bag lunch: announcements, all-attendee updates, discussion;
– 1:15- optional: tours

— Program: Jenni Salamon, Ohio History Connection
— Host: Megan Mitchell, Oberlin College
— OhioDIG Planning Cmte members: Jenni Salamon and Stephanie Becker
— Food: Coffee & snacks will be offered at the start of the meeting. Lunch will be brown bag.
— Cost: There is no fee for attending, but we will be accepting donations for the refreshment kitty.
— Location: Mudd Center–Room 050, Oberlin College (148 W College St, Oberlin, OH 44074). The Seeley G. Mudd Center houses the Mary Church Terrell Main Library, the central library facility for Oberlin College.
— Directions:
— Parking:

— Lodging: Google’s Hotels in Oberlin page

About OhioDIG: The Ohio Digitization Interest Group is an informal discussion group open to those with an interest in digitization in the archives/library/museum/historical society world.


OHIO University

Janet Carleton | Digital Initiatives Coordinator | Preservation and Digital Initiatives | University Libraries | 1 Ohio University | Alden 333 | Athens, Ohio | 740.597.2527 | | Pronouns: she, her, hers |  | @jcarletonoh | @AldenLibDigital |

Ohio Archives News & Events: Reminder: ALAO SCAIG workshop on teaching with primary sources

Please join the ALAO Special Collections and Archives Interest Group (SCAIG) for its annual spring workshop!

Teaching with Primary Sources

University of Cincinnati, Archives and Rare Books Library, 8th floor, Blegen Library, 2602 McMicken Circle, Cincinnati, OH 45221

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
9:00 – 9:30 AM: Sign-in/Continental breakfast
9:30 – 11:30 AM: Morning session
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM: Lunch on your own
1:00 – 3:00 PM: Afternoon session

Heidi Gauder, Coordinator of Research and Instruction, University of Dayton
Kayla Harris, Archivist / Librarian, University of Dayton
Stephanie Shreffler, Collections Librarian / Archivist, University of Dayton

Archivists and special collections librarians are stewards of unique resources. Instruction and reference librarians have in-depth knowledge about online and other print primary sources. This workshop will help participants consider ways that they might develop teaching opportunities for their collections and resources. The workshop is for anyone who is interested in developing a course-related session, a co-curricular learning opportunity, a for-credit course–there are so many possibilities!

During this workshop participants will:

–       Consider collection and resource strengths, barriers, and opportunities for teaching

–       Identify possible learning outcomes

–       Brainstorm active learning teaching scenarios

Register via the event page on the ALAO website. Registration closes Wednesday, May 15th, at midnight EST. Attendance will be limited to 30 participants.

Additional Information:
Additional workshop information and directions will be provided to all registrants. Please contact SCAIG co-chairs Nick Pavlik ( and/or Suzanne Reller ( with any questions.


Nick Pavlik & Suzanne Reller


Special Collections and Archives interest group

Academic Library Association of Ohio

Ohio Archives News & Events: Wright State University Public History Symposium – April 11, 2019


I am pleased to share that Wright State University Public History graduate students are presenting their annual Symposium on Thursday, April 11, 2019. The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Come and check out what our talented students have been doing.

Schedule and other details attached. Symposium Flyer Symposium Schedule

If you have specific questions about the Symposium, contact Dr. Drew Swanson,

I hope to see you there!

Lisa P. Rickey, MA, MLIS, CA

Archivist, Collections Manager

Wright State University Libraries Special Collections & Archives
401 Dunbar Library, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Dayton, OH 45435

(937) 775-3581

Help build a new Archives Center:

Ohio Archives News & Events: Ohio Library Support Staff Institute: 2019 Scholarship Contest is Open!

Greetings from the Ohio Library Support Staff Institute (OLSSI),

Our Scholarship Content is open now through April 24th — Apply to attend the entire Ohio Library Support Staff Institute for FREE!  

More details below, and at

In an effort to help libraries and their support staff, OLSSI is offering three full scholarships to our 2019 conference.

OLSSI Scholarships cover the entire $299 registration fee for the annual OLSSI event.  This will allow three (3) scholarship winners to attend the 2019 Institute free of charge (even if the scholarship recipients have attended OLSSI before).

To apply, you must meet the following criteria:

1. Be presently employed as a library support staff member.

2. Agree to contribute to the planning of the 2020 Institute as an OLSSI Steering Committee member.

How to Apply:

Please write, in 300 words or less:

1) Why you would like to attend the Institute,

2) How you think attending OLSSI will help you, and

3) How it might enhance your library/work performance.


  • All applications must be written by the applicant, and not their supervisor(s).

  • Deadline for scholarship entry is 5:00 PM, April 24, 2019.

  • Winners will be announced on or before April 30, 2019.

  • Remember to provide the contact information (see attachment, below, or visit, along with your essay.

Please email submissions to:

Good luck & we hope to see you at Heidelberg University for Castle OLSSI – 2019!

2019 OLSSI dates:

Scholarships: March 27 – April 24

Early Bird Registration:  April 10 – May 7

Regular Registration:  May 8 – July 10

Castle OLSSI 2019: July 28 – 30, 2019 @ Heidelberg University

NOTE: If you are not awarded an OLSSI Scholarship,

there will still be time to get a discounted admission rate

with our Early Bird Registration!  Good luck!!

Sarah Schaff, Discovery Librarian
Office: Denison Library,  120  &  w.: 740.587.6470