The Society of Ohio Archivists most recent leadership meeting minutes, from February 10, 2022, can now be found on the Council Meeting Minutes page. The document includes many between-meeting actions.
Interested in SOA over time? Also on that page are minutes dating back to 1997. In addition to documenting actions from the leadership meeting, minutes include reports from the treasurer as well as from committees and task forces.
Questions about minutes? Contact SOA Secretary Jen Johnson.
The 2021 annual Ohio Local History Alliance and Society of Ohio Archivists fall meeting (virtual), was held Thursday September 30-Saturday October 2, with the theme of Challenge Accepted: Overcoming Obstacles.
See the SOA 2021 Meeting page for more details and the links to SOA Track recordings (hosted by OHLA on YouTube) and speaker slides. (All sessions captured by OLHA can be seen on OLHA’s 2021 meeting page.)
Recordings are available for the plenary sponsored by Ohio Humanities, “Making the Local Universal: How Hidden Histories in Ohio Communities Can Broaden Audiences and Bring More Support,” with Dr. Anna-Lisa Cox; “Making Your DPLA Harvest Go Farther,” with John Dewees and Penelope Shumaker; “Community Partnership for the Preservation of Jewish History in the Mahoning Valley” with Martha Bishop, Hannah Klacik, Kayla Metzger, and Sarah Wilschek; and “Lessons Learned: Adapting Collections Care in a Global Pandemic” with Dyani Feige.
Questions? Contact the SOA Educational Programming Committee Cochairs Rachael Bussert and Anne Ryckbost.
The SOA Membership & Awards Committee seeks nominations for the 2022 Society of Ohio Archivists Merit Award.
The award is given to individuals or organizations that have by excellence in deeds, actions, or initiatives improved the state of archives in Ohio over the past year. The award will be presented at the SOA Annual Meeting, which will be held on May 20, 2022 in Columbus.
Applications are due by April
1 8th, 2022.
Nominations should include the following information:
- Name of nominee;
- Nominee’s employer or institution;
- Nominee’s mailing address, phone number, and email address;
- Brief reason for nomination;
- The nominator’s contact information so that the awards committee may contact you for additional information.
See the list of past awardees on the Merit Award page.
Applications and inquiries can be sent via email or mail to Membership & Awards Committee Cochair Stephanie Shreffler, Roesch Library RM 304A, 300 College Park, Dayton, OH 45469-1360. Due April
1 8th, 2022.
Download the 2022 flyer.
The Society of Ohio Archivists is pleased to announce four scholarships available to students (2 awards), and new archival professionals (2 awards) with three years or less experience in the workplace. The award will be presented at the SOA Annual Meeting, which will be held in person on May 20, 2022 in Columbus. Applications are due by April 8, 2022.
The scholarship consists of registration to the SOA annual meeting (including lunch), a one-year SOA membership, and a $100 travel stipend. Awardees are required to submit a photograph and write about their experience for publication in the Ohio Archivist newsletter.
The Membership & Awards Committee is responsible for soliciting applications and submitting recommendations to Council. Awards are announced and presented at the Annual Meeting on May 20.
How to Apply: Applications should include the following information:
- Applicant’s name, mailing address, and email address.
- Students should list their school’s name and academic program;
- New professionals should list their employer and number of years working within the field;
- Description about how the meeting will benefit the applicant professionally;
- Brief description of the applicant’s scholarship and contribution to archives. This will be taken into consideration along with the applicant’s number of years in the field or academic study;
- Statement of the applicant’s need for financial support to attend the conference;
- Details: Scholarship page.
Applications and inquiries can be sent via email or mail to Membership & Awards Committee Cochair Stephanie Shreffler, Roesch Library RM 304A, 300 College Park, Dayton, OH 45469-1360. Due April 8, 2022.
Download the 2022 flyer.
Announcing 2 (of 6 available nationally) of the 2022 Dance/USA Summer Archiving Fellowships will be located in Ohio!
Institution: Dance/USA, Department of Archiving & Preservation
Position: Summer Archiving Fellowships
Locations: Dancing Wheels Company (Cleveland) & Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (Dayton)
Contact: Hallie Chametzky, email@example.com. All details are at https://www.danceusa.org/fellowships
Availability: June-August 2022, approximately 450 hours total.
Application deadline: 11:59pm EST, February 28, 2022 Continue reading
We are now collecting submissions of News and Notes for the Spring 2022 issue of the Society of Ohio Archivists’ newsletter Ohio Archivist. You do not need to be a member of SOA to submit your news – all Ohio archives, records, and special collections news is welcome!
Think you don’t have anything to share? Think again!
- Upcoming events: Did you create a great new exhibit or host an interesting conference or program?
- Institutional news: Did you receive an important collection or write a successful grant? Did you embark on a digitization project or do something cool with social media?
- Personal news: Did you change jobs? Did you earn a promotion or award? Did you speak at a major conference or have an article published?
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.
Learn more about the event from its announcement.
For more information about the Task Force on Social Justice and Black Lives Matter, visit its page here.
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 Annual Meeting: Archives and Sustainability, will be held on Friday, May 20, 2022, at the beautiful Columbus Metropolitan Main Library in Columbus.
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.
Questions? Contact the Educational Programming Committee Cochairs Rachael Bussert and Anne Ryckbost.