Mark your calendars! The Society of Ohio Archivists’ 2020 Annual Meeting will be held on Friday, May 15, 2020, at the Columbus Metropolitan Library Main Library in Columbus, Ohio, with a preconference workshop and mixer on Thursday, May 14. Continue reading
This year’s theme for the Ohio Archives Month poster was Small Steps, Giant Leaps: Ohio’s Role in Space Exploration, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969. We invited repositories and institutions across Ohio to submit photographs, documents, or other graphical materials that demonstrated a connection to the theme to be featured on the SOA Archives Month poster. (Download the poster.)
The SOA Advocacy and Outreach Committee received submissions from fifteen institutions, for a total of 38 photographs and documents! The submissions were compiled, and eleven images were selected as winners through online voting.
The winning images provided great material for the designers, however not all of the winners could be featured on the poster. As such, the Committee would like to highlight each winning image and institution.
Scroll down to see the winning images from Bowling Green State University Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives; National Museum of the United States Air Force; Ohio State University, Ohio Congressional Archives; Shelby County Historical Society; University of Akron, University Libraries, Archival Services; and Wright State University Libraries Special Collections and Archives.
We also would like to thank the following institutions for their submissions and participation: Clark County Heritage Center; Case Western Reserve University; Mound Discovery Center; Ohio History Connection; Sandusky Library,; Smuckers Corporate Archives; University of Cincinnati; University of Dayton; and Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor Archives/Library.
We hope everyone takes the opportunity this Archives Month to promote their institution and collections, as well as their fellow Ohio repositories (check them out in this year’s Ohio Archives Passport)! Be sure to check the SOA website and Twitter account regularly for updates on the various Archives Month activities throughout the state!
2019 Winning Images
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
The Fall 2019 issue of the Ohio Archivist is now available on the website at www.ohioarchivists.org/ohioarchivist/.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org regarding your membership status.
Registration Now Open: Join us at the 2019 Joint Meeting: Local History is American History!
October 4-5, 2019 – Crowne Plaza Columbus-Dublin, Dublin, Ohio
This is the Ohio Local History Alliance’s annual meeting 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 -40%. Also single day rates and preconference workshop available. Preregister online by September 20.
Program: For more information on the full program see http://www.ohiolha.org/what-we-do/alliance-annual-meeting/ or download the program brochure.
SOA TRACK – Friday Oct 4
- 9-9:50am – Where Were You the Last 200 Years? Building a Diverse and Inclusive Repository for Underrepresented Communities. Gino Pasi & Lori Harris, University of Cincinnati
- 10:10-11:00am – Locating Local Manumission Records: Antebellum Ohio, the Journey North. Robin Heise, Greene County Records Center and Archives; Amy Brickey, History Works, Inc.
- 11:20-12:10pm – Moving Archives: Experiences from Two Repositories. Christine Schmid Engels, Scott Gampfer, & Annie Kling, Cincinnati Museum Center; William Modrow, Miami University
- 2:00-2:50pm – Navigating Complex Issues in Modern Archival Collections: Privacy and Copyright. Virginia Dressler and Cindy Kristof, Kent State University
- 3:10-4:00pm – Ask a Records Manager. Robin Heise, Greene County Records Center and Archives; Nathan Owens, Office of Ohio Attorney General; Tina Ratcliff, Montgomery County Records Center & Archives; Pari Swift, The Ohio State University
Questions? Contact Stephanie Bricking, Educational Programing chair at Stephanie.Bricking@cincinnatilibrary.org.
Registration coming soon!
Workshop I: Fundamentals of Born-Digital Archiving (Beginner)
THURSDAY MAY 16, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM – Kent State University Libraries, Kent.
Instructors: Dr. Gracy & Dr. Soyka
This workshop is designed for archivists with little or no prior experience with the management of digital records and objects. Instructors will cover basic concepts of digital preservation and electronic recordkeeping, and will provide multiple examples to illustrate concepts and challenges.
Topics to be addressed will include:
• Types of digital records and media formats
• Digital longevity challenges
• Metadata requirements for digital archiving, including technical and administrative data needs
• Practical digital preservation strategies, including refreshing, reformatting, and migration
• Software tools for digital preservation activities, such as checksum generation/validation, file characterization/validation, and metadata harvesting
• Demonstrations of basic workflows for acquisition, appraisal, preservation, and access to digital records/objects, including a walkthrough of Archivematica
• Communicating with administrators about digital archiving requirements
Attendees will also engage in hands-on exercises designed to help them apply what they are learning to particular record types and varied scenarios. Limited to 30 per workshop.
Workshop II: Beyond the Basics: More Concepts and Strategies for Digital Archiving (Intermediate/Advanced)
THURSDAY MAY 16, 2:00 PM-5:00 PM – Kent State University Libraries, Kent.
Instructors: Dr. Gracy & Dr. Soyka
The afternoon session is designed for archivists with some prior experience and comfort with the basics of electronic recordkeeping and digital archiving (as described in the morning session above). In this interactive afternoon session, we’ll dig into the complexities of decision-making for records retention, appraisal, digitization, and access. We’ll explore hot topics like email retention, archiving social media, and digital forensics, using tools like ePADD, Archive-It, and BitCurator, and look at various repository solutions for digital archiving. Finally, we’ll look at the National Digital Stewardship Alliance’s Levels of Digital Preservation and consider how to make progress with digital archiving goals, depending upon your repository’s resources and digital archiving requirements. Limited to 30 per workshop.
- Early Bird Workshop Registration
- SOA members: $30 for 1 workshop / $50 for 2 workshops; Nonmembers $35 for 1/$55 for 2; Students $25 for 1/$45 for 2.
- Through April 30
- Regular Preregistration–through May 10
- SOA members: $40 for 1 workshop / $60 for 2 workshops; Nonmembers $45 for 1/$65 for 2; Students $35 for 1/$55 for 2.
- Through May 1-May 10
- Onsite Registration: No onsite workshop registration.
- Early Bird Workshop Registration
Instructor: Dr. Karen F. Gracy is an associate professor in the School of Information at Kent State University. She teaches courses in the digital preservation and archival studies areas, with a particular interest in preservation of audiovisual resources. Dr. Gracy’s scholarly interests are found within the domain of cultural heritage stewardship, including applications of semantic technologies to improve description and access to archival materials. She is co-editor-in-chief of Preservation, Digital Technology and Culture, and recently edited Emerging Trends in Archival Science, a collection of research presented by scholars at the 2016 AERI conference held at Kent State.
Instructor: Dr. Heather Soyka is an assistant professor at the Kent State University iSchool, teaching in the areas of archives and special collections. She has been an active member of the Society of American Archivists for over a decade, and currently serves on the editorial board for the American Archivist and as the co-chair of the annual SAA Research Forum. She completed her PhD in archival studies/library and information sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.
Preregistration has been extended through Friday, September 28 for the Society of Ohio Archivists and Ohio Local History Alliance 2018 joint meeting and conference: The Past is Present, October 5-6, 2018, in Dublin.
See our Conference page for the program and link to registration!
Articles and news items include: “‘History’s First Draft’ Online: NDNP in Ohio” by Jenni Salamon, “What is Your Personal Digital ‘Ecosystem’?” by Daniel Noonan, News & Notes, Ohio Grant News, Annual Meeting Summary, Archives Month, Fall Meeting, Merit Awards, National History Day in Ohio Awards, and the New Professional and Student Conference Scholarship Award essays.
The SOA Membership Committee has purchased equipment for membership display tables for conferences and other public events. We now have three sets of full-length table-cloths, display banners for the front of the table, and hardware to fasten the banners and other displays. Additionally, we have 1,000 pencils to offer as conference giveaways; the pencils include the SOA url.
These items are presently with Ron Davidson at the Sandusky Library, but sets will soon be distributed to strategic locations throughout the state, including Columbus and other yet to be determined sites. They will be available for members to use wherever SOA is represented. For more information, contact Ron Davidson, Membership Committee chair.
The Ohio Archivist editorial board is pleased to announce the spring issue of the Ohio Archivist is now available.
Access it from the Newsletter page. The more recent issues are also available through issuu at http://issuu.com/societyofohioarchivists
This issue contains:
- An Archival Literacy Assignment by Leah Schmidt
- Disability: Uncovering Our Hidden History by Barbara Floyd
- Go-To Digital Resources by Daniel Noonan
- The Past is Prologue: Archival Literacy as Bridge between Archivists and Educators by Shelley Blundell
SOA and Ohio Archives News
- Annual Meeting Overview & Registration by Suzanne Maggard
- Archives Month update by George Bain
- Engaging and Attracting SOA Members by Emily Gainer
- Fall Joint Meeting Recap by Christine Schmid Engels
- News & Notes by Lisa Rickey
- Ohio Grant News by Lisa Rickey
- President’s Message by Judy Wiener
- Public Information Committee News by Jennifer Long Morehart
- Slate of Candidates by Jane Wildermuth
- SOA Committees–You are Invited! by Nathan Tallman