The Call for Proposals for the Society of Ohio Archivists Annual Meeting: Archives and Sustainability has been extended until Friday, January 28.
SOA is (planning) to return to meeting in person in Columbus, Ohio for its 2022 Annual Meeting to be held on Friday, May 20, 2022, at the beautiful Columbus Metropolitan Main Library in Columbus.
This year the Educational Planning Committee welcomes proposals that explore the theme of Sustainability as it relates to sustaining the projects, people, and ideas that drive our field as well as how we respond as a profession to environmental sustainability. The committee welcomes submissions relating directly to the theme, along with a broad array of other topics.
Extended deadline to submit proposals: Friday, January 28, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. See the Annual Meeting page for much more detail and the submission form.
The recording of “Crucial Conversations: Recognizing and Overcoming Racial Injustice & Bias,” the online program presented by the Society of Ohio Archivists Task Force on Social Justice and Black Lives Matter on January 12, 2022, is now available on SOA’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/wBJ91Wqdm0Y.
January 10, 2022— As Ohio’s professional association of archivists, the Society of Ohio Archivists stand in firm opposition to Ohio HB327. As archivists we collect, preserve, and make accessible historic documents that allow people to study and learn from the past. We vehemently oppose any legislation that infringes upon free speech and interferes with the teaching and research work of not just archivists, but librarians, teachers, professors, and workplace educators.
By prohibiting “divisive concepts” in education, HB327 attempts to inhibit the archival profession and the day-to-day work of archivists. Archives, especially those housed in public colleges and universities, will be unable to collect and share material that fully reflects the experiences of all Ohio’s people. As those charged with collecting and preserving the primary sources upon which historical narratives are based, it is vitally important that our collections document an accurate view of the past including those who have faced discrimination based on their race, sex, gender, ethnicity, or other characteristic. All Ohioans deserve to see themselves reflected in the historical record. The silences in the archives that HB327 creates will change the way current and future generations understand and learn from the past. Continue reading →
The Society of Ohio Archivists is (planning) to return to meeting in person in Columbus, Ohio for its 2022 Annual Meeting! This year the Educational Planning Committee welcomes proposals that explore the theme of Sustainability as it relates to sustaining the projects, people, and ideas that drive our field as well as how we respond as a profession to environmental sustainability.
The committee welcomes submissions relating directly to the theme, along with a broad array of other topics.
Extended deadline to submit proposals is now Friday, January 28, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. See the Annual Meeting page for much more detail and the submission form.
The Society of Ohio Archivists Nominating Committee would like to announce a call for nominations for three positions: one Council member, Treasurer, and Vice President/President-Elect. Self-nominations are welcomed and encouraged, as are peer nominations. All positions are for two-year terms of office and begin in May 2022.
Candidates must be current SOA members in good standing and be willing and able to attend regular Council meetings and business activities (both in-person and virtually).
The election will be held during the SOA Annual Business Meeting held during the SOA Annual Meeting on Friday, May 20, 2022. Candidates will be required to write a response to a question to be printed in theOhio Archivist prior to the election.
On Friday, January 14, 2022, at 12:00 noon-1:30pm (eastern), the Society of Ohio Archivists Task Force on Social Justice and Black Lives Matter will host on Zoom the free online discussion, “Crucial Conversations: Recognizing and Overcoming Racial Injustice & Bias,” featuring Eric Deggans, Dave Snyder, and moderated by Jerolyn Barbee.
Speaker Eric Deggans is NPR’s first full-time TV critic, appearing on all the network’s shows, including Morning Edition, Here & Now and All Things Considered, writing for NPR.org and appearing on podcasts such as Life Kit, Code Switch and Pop Culture Happy Hour. He is also author of a book dissecting how media outlets use prejudice and stereotypes to build ratings and power; Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation, published in October 2012 by Palgrave Macmillan. Continue reading →
The Society of Ohio Archivists Task Force on Social Justice and Black Lives Matter announces a new list of resources.
The Task Force on Social Justice and Black Lives Matter is responsible for identifying, promoting, developing, and educating on antiracist and social justice resources, efforts, and actions for the Society of Ohio Archivists Council, committees, and membership.
The Task Force members contribute online resources about social justice problems in communities, police departments, funding for social justice matters, accountability in the legal system, and resources about diversity and inclusion of underepresented groups. The resources are reviewed and updated by the Task Force every 3-4 months.
For more information about the Task Force on Social Justice and Black Lives Matter, visit its page here.
The 2021 theme for the Ohio Archives Month poster was Ohio’s Wonderland: Unboxing The Great Outdoors. For the past year and a half, many have been cooped up indoors and apart from others more than ever before, but the outdoors have always offered an escape! The SOA Advocacy and Outreach Committee invited repositories and institutions across the state to submit their photographs, documents, or other graphical materials that highlight Ohio’s outdoor spaces. (Download the poster as a PDF.)
We received submissions on the theme from 23 institutions, for a total of 65 photographs and documents! The submissions were compiled, and 10 images were selected as winners through online voting by you. We were able to feature 3 of these images on this year’s Archive Month poster.
See our 2021 poster page for the images featured on the poster from the Sandusky Library, University of Akron, and the Ohio History Connection, as well as the other winning submissions, and the full text of the poster. Continue reading →
For Archives Month, Candace Pine, manuscripts librarian, takes us on a 10-minute behind-the-scenes tour of the Walter Havighurst Special Collections and University Archives at Miami University, showcasing two collections in particular: Gene Krebs, former member of the Ohio House of Representatives, and Rick Ludwin, former NBC executive (Primetime, Late Night, and Specials).
The Society of Ohio Archivists Strategic Planning Committee is seeking two At-Large members, each for a different term. SOA’s current Strategic Plan ends in 2021, so this is your chance to help craft our vision and goals of the future!
The Strategic Planning Committee works with Council and is responsible for monitoring SOA’s mission, long-term vision, and development. The committee will track SOA’s progress towards reaching the goals and objectives laid out in SOA’s most recent Strategic Plan and aid in the development of future goal. To join the committee, you must be an SOA member of good standing.