SOA 2018 Annual Conference

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SOA 2018 meetings

In 2018, SOA held two conferences–the annual spring meeting and a joint fall conference held with the Ohio Local History Alliance. Scroll down for session descriptions and slides. Session summaries for the spring meeting can be found in the fall 2018 newsletter

Fall Meeting 2018

Join the Society of Ohio Archivists and the Ohio Local History Alliance for the 2018 joint meeting and conference: The Past is Present

October 5-6, 2018 – Crowne Plaza, Dublin, Ohio

This is OLHA’s annual meeting (packed with great sessions) with the addition of a SOA track on Friday (day 1), serving as SOA’s fall conference. Come for SOA’s sessions or come for the entire conference!

Registration: Member (SOA/OLHA) $85; Nonmember $105; Student $51. Also single day rates and preconference workshop available. Preregister online by September 28 (Extended!)
Accommodations: A block of rooms was reserved at the Crowne Plaza in Dublin (800-309-0989) at a discounted conference room rate of $101.00 + tax per night. Book by September 24.
Program: For more information on the full program see or download the program brochure.

SOA TRACK – Friday Oct 5

9-9:50am – Basics of Finding Aids
Writing finding aids for your collections can feel daunting if you don’t know where to start. This session is intended for individuals who have little or no prior experience writing finding aids, and will focus on just the basics: what information does a finding aid absolutely need to include to meet archival best practices, and how can you get there simply.
Presenter: Cate Putirskis [SLIDES], special collection processing manager, The Ohio State University Libraries

10:10-11:00am – Project STAND
This year’s SOA Merit Award winner will highlight and discuss Project STAND (Student Activism Now Documented), which unifies historical materials documenting student activism from a variety of academic institutions nationally.
Presenter: Lae’l Hughes-Watkins, university archivist, assistant professor, Kent State University Libraries

11:20-12:10pm – Grant Opportunities for Preservation and Access
Representatives from the Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board and the Ohio Preservation Council will discuss grant opportunities relating to preserving and providing access to historical materials offered by their respective organizations.
Panelists: Ashleigh Schieszer, conservator, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County for OPC & Ron Davidson, archives/reference librarian, Sandusky Public Library, and Fred Previts, state archivist, Ohio History Connection for OHRAB [SLIDES]

2:00-2:50pm – Ask an Archivist
Archivists from different sized institutions and with a variety of job descriptions will be ready to discuss a variety of archival issues including donor relations, digital projects, archival best practices, and more. Come ready with archives questions!
Panelists: Robin Heise, records manager/archivist, Greene County Records Center and Archives; Nancy Horlacher, local history specialist, Dayton Metro Library; Amy McCrory, head, Digital Imaging Unit, The Ohio State University Libraries; Collette McDonough, archivist and library manager, Kettering Foundation.

3:10-4:00pm – Whoops! Digitization Project Hiccups and Lessons Learned
Have you ever had something go awry during a digitization project? Us too! Learn from the Columbus Metropolitan Library, MidPointe Library System, and the Ohio History Connection on how they’ve overcome issues that have happened during their projects. Panelists will give real-world examples and explain how they addressed the challenges they were met with. (Replacement for Bertie’s Journals: The Dawes Arboretum Digitization Project)
Panelists: Lily Birkhimer [SLIDES], digital projects coordinator, Ohio History Connection; Angela O’Neal, manager, Local History & Genealogy, Columbus Metropolitan Library; Adam Wanter, digital and special collections archivist, MidPointe Library System

SOA Annual Meeting 2018 – 
50 Years of New Frontiers: SOA at 50

The Society of Ohio Archivists’ Annual Meeting was held Thursday May 17-Friday, May 18, 2018 at the Quest Conference Center, 8405 Pulsar Place, Columbus, Ohio, 43240.

Tanya Zanish-Belcher head and shoulders portrait

Plenary speaker Tanya Zanish-Belcher, president, the Society of American Archivists, and director of Special Collections & University Archivist at Wake Forest University, will speak on Composing an Archivist’s Life: What I Have Learned about Mentoring, Leadership, and Service. She discussed several key components of an archival career, including the role of mentoring and networking, keeping up with trends in archives, and why belonging to professional associations is important.

Conference hashtag: #soaam18


  • Online registration:
  • Printable form: download this PDF, and mail to Mark Bloom, Treasurer, 8477 Summer Road, Macedonia, OH 44056.
  • The meeting registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, and breaks (including cake!) on Friday. Due to catering restrictions, lunch cannot be guaranteed for those who register onsite.
  • Categories
    • Early bird meeting registration (ends April 30, 5 PM): $45 SOA members, $65 nonmembers, $30 students.
    • Regular meeting preregistration(May 1–May 11, 5 PM): $50 SOA members, $70 nonmembers, $35 students.
    • Onsite meeting registration (May 18): $60 SOA members, $80 nonmembers, $40 students.
    • Workshop preregistration (ends May 11, 5 PM): $20 for members of SOA/ALAO, $25 for nonmembers, and $10 for students. No onsite registration available for workshop. Limited to 40. Workshop FULL.
    • Mixer registration (ends April 30, 5pm): $20.

SOA reserved a block of rooms at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Columbus Polaris, which is right next to both the Polaris Grill and Quest Conference Center. The rooms were available at a discounted rate of $119 a night. Book by April 18, 2018. To reserve a room in the block, use this link, or call 614-568-0770 and mention that you are with the Society of Ohio Archivists.

Schedule & Program

SOA 2018 Full Program PDF

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Preconference Workshop – Finding Aids for the Future, with Morag Boyd and Cate Putirskis, in partnership with ALAO SCAig.
1:30PM-5PM. Ohio History Center, 3rd floor Cardinal Classroom, 800 E. 17th St, Columbus

This year SOA is partnering with the Academic Library Association of Ohio’s Special Collections & Archives Interest Group (ALAO SCAig) to bring you a joint preconference workshop.

Description: This workshop will address the importance of using descriptive and technical standards when creating and updating finding aids in order to provide better access to collections and to make future migrations between archival management systems easier. It will also touch on project management strategies for clean-up projects aimed at bringing legacy finding aids up to current best practices. Limited to 40 participants, so register early!
Presenters: Building on her background as a cataloger, Morag Boyd is the Acquisitions and Discovery Strategist at The Ohio State University Libraries. Morag leads the acquisitions, electronic resources, and collection description functions. Cate Putirskis is the manager of the Special Collections Processing Program at Ohio State University Libraries, leading a team responsible for the arrangement, description, and collection maintenance of the archival holdings at OSUL.

Workshop schedule:
– 1:30-2:00 PM Registration
– 2:00-4:30 PM Workshop
– 4:30-5:00 PM Tour

50th Anniversary Mixer
6PM-8PM. Polaris Grill, 1835 Polaris Parkway, Columbus, 43240
Our 50th Anniversary Mixer will be an excellent opportunity to talk with old buddies and colleagues, and to make new friends among your SOA peers over heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Also available will be a cash bar. The mixer will be limited to 50 attendees, and registration will close when early bird registration ends on May 1, or when the event is full. Remember the early bird gets the worm!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Annual Meeting
8:15AM-5:10PM. Quest Conference Center, 8405 Pulsar Place, Columbus, Ohio, 43240.

Annual Meeting Schedule


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