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2020 Annual Meeting Cancelled, but Workshop goes on as virtual

Based on developments regarding COVID-19, the uncertainty it has created, and the great health risk it poses, Council has decided to cancel the 2020 Ohio Archivists’ 2020 Annual Meeting: Archiving 100 Years of Change, scheduled for May 15, 2020 at the Columbus Metropolitan Main Library in Columbus. Discussions are ongoing regarding the possible rescheduling of the conference for another date or other alternative options such as virtual. As decisions are made, we will continue to update you.

SOA/ALAO SCAig Joint Workshop Now Virtual on May 14, 2020

Workshop: Opening Doors: Outreach with Archives and Special Collections

Great news! Our joint Society of Ohio Archivists/Special Collections & Archives interest group (SCAig) of ALAO workshop has moved online!

Date/Time: Thursday, May 14, 2020, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Place: Live online with Zoom
Cost: $10 regular (members & nonmembers alike) / $5 students

Description: After a history of closed doors and limited access, outreach has become essential to getting the public engaged with special collections and archives. This workshop will address the various ways that archivists and special collections librarians can better reach out to our user communities and cultivate new ones. Our five presenters represent several different types of archives or special collections libraries: academic libraries, government records centers, and local historical societies. They will each will discuss their outreach efforts and provide their tips and tricks for improving your outreach efforts, no matter the size of your institution and staff.

Note: This workshop had previously been scheduled as an in-person preconference to the SOA Annual Meeting. The 2020 Annual Meeting has now been canceled, although it may resurface in another format/different date later in the year.

– Steve Ammidown, Bowling Green State University
– Jenifer Baker & Jen Haney Conover, Warren County Records Center and Archives
– Natalie Fritz, Clark County Historical Society at the Heritage Center
– Miriam Intrator, Ohio University

For questions contact: Stephanie Bricking ( or William Modrow (, Cochairs, Society of Ohio Archivists’ Educational Programming Committee.


Cancelled: 2020 Annual Meeting Plenary Speaker: Kimberly Hamlin

Kimberly A. Hamlin portraitKimberly A. Hamlin, PhD is an award-winning historian, speaker, and writer. Her book, Free Thinker: Sex, Suffrage, and the Extraordinary Life of Helen Hamilton Gardener reveals the fascinating story of the “fallen woman” who reinvented herself and became the “most potent factor” in Congressional passage of the 19th Amendment. Free Thinker received support from a National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar Award and the Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics. Appointed to the Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer Bureau, Hamlin speaks about the history of women, gender, and sex across the country. A regular contributor to the Washington Post, Hamlin’s research has also been featured in NPR and CBC radio, Vice,, among other outlets, and she has contributed to several PBS documentaries. Hamlin is currently helping to organize commemorations of the 2020 suffrage centennial, and she serves as historical consultant to the Bearded Lady Project, now on view at the National Museum of Natural History. Hamlin lives in Cincinnati, where she cohosts the Mercantile Library’s “Women You Should Know” Book Series and teaches at Miami University in Oxford. Visit or on Twitter @ProfessorHamlin for more.