Category Archives: Conferences / Meetings

Call for Applications: 2023 SOA Scholarships

The Society of Ohio Archivists is pleased to announce five scholarships available to students (2 awards), and new archival professionals (2 awards) with three years or less experience in the workplace. The final scholarship category, the Ohio Preservation Council Student/New Professional Scholarship, is available to either students or new professionals.

The awards will be presented at the SOA Annual Meeting business meeting which will be held on Friday, May 12, 2023 at the Dayton Metro Library in Dayton. Applications are due by March 10, 2023.

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.

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 emailed to Membership & Awards Committee Cochair Stephanie Shreffler.

Download the 2023 flyer.

Call for Proposals: 2023 SOA Annual Meeting: Forward Together: Community Partnerships and Public Service

The Society of Ohio Archivists is planning for a hybrid annual meeting in 2023, on Thursday, May 11 (virtually) and Friday, May 12 (in person) at the Dayton Metro Library in Dayton, Ohio!

This year we welcome proposals that explore the theme of Forward Together as it relates to community partnerships and public service in support of a more inclusive and equitable society.

The committee welcomes submissions relating directly to the theme, along with a broad array of other topics.

Deadline to submit proposals (updated): Friday, January 27, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. See the Annual Meeting page for much more detail and the submission form.

Questions? Contact Educational Programming Committee Cochairs Matt Francis and Adam Wanter.

Register Now: SOA Virtual Workshop, Going Rogue: Practical Hacks (and Pitfalls) for Electronic Records Processing, Nov 9-10, 2022

The Society of Ohio Archivists is excited to announce that registration is now open for its fall virtual workshop, “Going Rogue: Practical Hacks (and Pitfalls) for Electronic Records Processing“!

“Going Rogue” will be held online via Zoom on both Wednesday November 9 and Thursday November 10,  10am-12pm Eastern. This is a two-day workshop and attendees are expected to participate on both days. The workshop will not be recorded but resource links will be shared after the workshop.

See the Meetings page for all the details and to register.

Registration is FREE for members and $15 for non-members.

Description: The challenges of born digital records are well-known to most archivists by now. For years professional literature, workshops, and trainings have informed us of the complexities and issues around these materials. But what happens when theory meets reality? What kinds of collections are we actually encountering, and what are the real-life tools and procedures that repositories are using?

Speakers: Carol Kussmann, Digital Preservation Analyst, Digital Preservation and Repository Technologies and Lara Friedman-Shedlov, Digital Records Archivist, Archives & Special Collections, University of Minnesota Libraries.

The SOA Educational Programming Committee is partnering with the Midwest Archives Conference Speakers Bureau to offer this great educational opportunity.

Questions? Contact the Educational Programming Committee Cochairs Matt Francis and Adam Wanter.

SOA Annual Meeting 2023 Quick Survey

The Society of Ohio Archivists Educational Programming Committee (EPC) is considering going hybrid for the 2023 Annual Spring Conference!

We would like your feedback on offering a traditional in-person conference with the ability to attend some or all sessions virtually. We will use the information from this one-question survey to gauge how many people might prefer to attend virtually, and how large of a venue we might need. Please respond by Friday, September 2.

Access the survey here.

If you are interested in joining the EPC (or have questions), please reach out to the Educational Programming Committee Cochairs Matt Francis and Adam Wanter.

2022 OHLA/SOA Fall Joint Conference Registration EXTENDED

Joint OLHA/SOA Fall Meeting 2022: Be the Change

September 30-October 1, 2022, in-person at the Quest Conference Center, Columbus (Westerville).

Join the Society of Ohio Archivists and the Ohio Local History Association for our in-person fall meeting! This is OLHA’s annual 2-day meeting with the addition of a SOA track on Friday, September 30, serving as SOA’s fall conference. Come for SOA’s sessions or come for the entire conference!

For the SOA track we have 3 panels, plus the discussion session Crucial Conversations: Social Justice in the Archives. Panel sessions cover Grants for Your Institution: Where to Find Them and How to Get Them with Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board members; From Skin to Skeleton: Pulling off the “Illustrated Human” Exhibit and Lecture Series at the Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions with University of Cincinnati staff; and Beyond the Grant: Cultivating Sustainable Next Steps with Bowling Green State University, Kent State University, and Lakeside Heritage Society representatives.

See the annual conferences page to register and for many more details! Continue reading

Save the Date: SOA Fall Virtual Workshop, November 9-10, 2022

Save the date for the Society of Ohio Archivists fall virtual workshop, “Going Rogue: Practical Hacks (and Pitfalls) for Electronic Records Processing“!

“Going Rogue” will be held online via Zoom on both Wednesday November 9 and Thursday November 10,  10am-12pm Eastern. This is a two-day workshop and attendees are expected to participate on both days. The workshop will not be recorded but resource links will be shared after the workshop.

The SOA Educational Programming Committee is partnering with the Midwest Archives Conference Speakers Bureau to offer this great educational opportunity.

Registration will open in October. Free for members; $15 for non-members.  See more on the meetings page!

Description: The challenges of born digital records are well-known to most archivists by now. For years professional literature, workshops, and trainings have informed us of the complexities and issues around these materials. But what happens when theory meets reality? What kinds of collections are we actually encountering, and what are the real-life tools and procedures that repositories are using?

Speakers: Carol Kussmann, Digital Preservation Analyst, Digital Preservation and Repository Technologies and Lara Friedman-Shedlov, Digital Records Archivist, Archives & Special Collections, University of Minnesota Libraries.

Questions? Contact the Educational Programming Committee Cochairs Matt Francis and Adam Wanter.

SOA Business Meeting Minutes for May 20, 2022 Available

The Society of Ohio Archivists most recent business meeting minutes, from the annual meeting held on May 20, 2022 at Columbus Metro Library, can now be found on the Council Meeting Minutes page.

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.

Meeting Scholarships Awarded for 2022

The Society of Ohio Archivists Membership & Awards Committee is pleased to announce three scholarships awarded at the Annual Meeting on May 20, 2022.

Scholarship awardees are:

  • Student Scholarship: Kaylee Rigg, Ohio Northern University
  • Ohio Preservation Council Student Scholarship: Kasandra Fager, Bowling Green State University
  • New Professional: Elizabeth Coots, Digital Archivist, Vermont Granite Museum

2022 Scholarship Awardees pose at the Society of Ohio Archivists Annual Meeting on May 20, 2022 (L to R): Stephanie Shreffler, SOA Membership & Awards Committee Cochair; Kasandra Fager, Ohio Preservation Council Student Scholarship; Elizabeth Coots, New Professional Scholarship; Kaylee Rigg, Student Scholarship; Amy Rohmiller, SOA Vice President/President Elect.

The scholarship consists of registration to the SOA annual meeting (including lunch), a one-year SOA membership, and a $100 travel stipend. Look for articles sharing their meeting experiences in the fall issue of the Ohio Archivist newsletter.

Questions? Contact Membership & Awards Committee Cochair Stephanie Shreffler.

SOA Membership Forum @ Annual Meeting

Due to a family emergency SOA President Sherri Goudy is unable to attend the SOA Membership Forum at the Annual Meeting on May 20. We are postponing that Forum and will announce in the coming weeks whether it will be rescheduled as a separate event or as a SOA/OLHA Fall Meeting session.

We’ll be replacing the Forum with this replacement annual meeting session: Crucial Conversations–Join your colleagues for moderated small group discussions on efforts towards greater diversity, equity, and inclusion in the archives. Come share what you and/or your institution are doing, bring resources you’ve found valuable, and gain inspiration from efforts that are happening around the state. Moderated by: Amy Rohmiller, Kettering Health Dayton; Penelope Shumaker, State Library of Ohio; and Adam Wanter, MidPointe Library. Continue reading