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Ohio Archives News & Events: Ohio Library Support Staff Institute: 2019 Scholarship Contest is Open!

Greetings from the Ohio Library Support Staff Institute (OLSSI),

Our Scholarship Content is open now through April 24th — Apply to attend the entire Ohio Library Support Staff Institute for FREE!  

More details below, and at

In an effort to help libraries and their support staff, OLSSI is offering three full scholarships to our 2019 conference.

OLSSI Scholarships cover the entire $299 registration fee for the annual OLSSI event.  This will allow three (3) scholarship winners to attend the 2019 Institute free of charge (even if the scholarship recipients have attended OLSSI before).

To apply, you must meet the following criteria:

1. Be presently employed as a library support staff member.

2. Agree to contribute to the planning of the 2020 Institute as an OLSSI Steering Committee member.

How to Apply:

Please write, in 300 words or less:

1) Why you would like to attend the Institute,

2) How you think attending OLSSI will help you, and

3) How it might enhance your library/work performance.


  • All applications must be written by the applicant, and not their supervisor(s).

  • Deadline for scholarship entry is 5:00 PM, April 24, 2019.

  • Winners will be announced on or before April 30, 2019.

  • Remember to provide the contact information (see attachment, below, or visit, along with your essay.

Please email submissions to:

Good luck & we hope to see you at Heidelberg University for Castle OLSSI – 2019!

2019 OLSSI dates:

Scholarships: March 27 – April 24

Early Bird Registration:  April 10 – May 7

Regular Registration:  May 8 – July 10

Castle OLSSI 2019: July 28 – 30, 2019 @ Heidelberg University

NOTE: If you are not awarded an OLSSI Scholarship,

there will still be time to get a discounted admission rate

with our Early Bird Registration!  Good luck!!

Sarah Schaff, Discovery Librarian
Office: Denison Library,  120  &  w.: 740.587.6470

Another October another American Archives Month!

As part of the annual celebration, SOA creates a poster every year to highlight items from collections around the state. This year’s theme was Ohio in World War I, to mark the 100th anniversary of United States involvement in the “War to End All Wars.” Out of the 21 institutions that submitted images for possible inclusion, a poll of SOA members selected six. Only three were included in the final poster, so we wanted to take this opportunity to share all of the winning images and their stories with you. Congratulations to all images chosen and keep an eye out for the call for submissions for next year’s poster!

Congregational Archives, Franciscan Sisters of the Poor, Cincinnati, OH
In 1918, after 46 years in the US, Sister Eutropia was required to register as an Alien Enemy Female. She had to carry her registration card at all times.

Franciscan Sisters Registration Card

Franciscan Sisters Registration Card

National Museum of the United States Air Force, Dayton, OH
Female employees at the Dayton-Wright Airplane Company, Plant 1, Motor Department, July 1, 1918.

Dayton Wright Airplane Company, Plant 1, Motor Department, 1 July 1918.

Defiance College, Defiance, OH
Card advertising the Student Army Training Corps on the Defiance College campus, c. 1918.

Defiance Students Army Training Corps Card

Defiance Students Army Training Corps Card

Ohio Army National Guard, Columbus, OH
Chaplain John F. Herget serving ice cream to Soldiers of the 1st Infantry Regiment during training in Cincinnati, September 1917.

Ohio National Guard members being served ice cream

Chaplain John F. Herget serving ice cream to Ohio National Guard Soldiers

Ohio History Connection, Columbus, OH
Photograph of 21,000 soldiers who were stationed at Camp Sherman in Chillicothe, Ohio, during World War I standing in formation to make the shape of President Woodrow Wilson’s head. In the upper right-hand corner can be seen the tents and buildings of the camp.

Soldiers in Formation as Woodrow Wilson's Head

Soldiers stationed at Camp Sherman in standing in formation as the shape of President Woodrow Wilson’s head

Mary E. Gladwin Papers, University of Akron Archival Services of University Libraries, Akron, OH

Akron nurse and University of Akron graduate Mary E. Gladwin (back row, center) poses with nurses at the American Red Cross Field Hospital in Belgrade, Serbia during World War I—the only Red Cross hospital then located in a combat zone—where she helped care for over 9,000 soldiers.

Akron Gladwin with Nurses in Serbia

Akron Gladwin with Nurses in Serbia

With your Archives Month celebrations wrapped up, don’t forget to check out SOA’s Passport to the Past, it’s a great tool to learn more about historical organizations throughout the state.

“I Found It in the Archives” 2017 Voting Begins Today, August 14th

The 2017 state-wide “I Found it in the Archives” contest features winning essays from two institutions: The Clark County Historical Society and the Ohio History Connection

Anne Strupp and Janet Peterson - Entrants in the "I Found It in the Archives" 2017 Contest

Anne Strupp and Janet Peterson – Entrants in the “I Found It in the Archives” 2017 Contest

Read the 2017 “I Found it in the Archives” state finalist essays on the “I Found it in the Archives” Contest Entries page and vote for your favorite in the side navigation of any page on the SOA website.

If viewing the contest on a mobile device, please scroll down to the bottom of the page to place your vote.

Voting begins August 14, 2017 and ends August 31, 2017.

The “I Found it in the Archives” state winner will be featured during the SOA fall meeting, held in partnership with the Ohio Local History Alliance October 2017 in Dublin, Ohio.

Keep a lookout for more information about SOA’s fall meeting on the SOA website.

2017 T-Shirt Design Contest

Society of Ohio Archivists
2017 T-Shirt Design Contest

Wear your love for SOA on your sleeve! Or your front, or your back, it’s up to you!

The Advocacy & Outreach Committee is looking for a few creative people to submit their designs for an SOA t-shirt design contest.

Between now and April 3, 2017, the Advocacy & Outreach Committee will be accepting submissions for t-shirt designs.  SOA members will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite design between April 17th and April 28th, 2017.

The winning design will be announced in early May and t-shirts would be available for purchase on the SOA website and a few will be available for sale at the Spring meeting.

The winning artist will not only win bragging rights to having their design featured on an SOA t-shirt, they will also win a free annual SOA membership, a story in the Ohio Archivist, and a free t-shirt!

T-Shirt Contest Guidelines

  • Designs should be in the spirit of the theme, “Keeping History Alive”;
  • JPG, TIF, and PDF files will be accepted;
  • Images must be at least 300 dpi;
  • Images can have as many colors as you would like;
  • Your design must be original. By submitting a design you are confirming that you either hold the rights to the artwork or are not infringing on anyone’s copyright;
  • All entries should be sent to and must be received by 5 PM on April 3, 2017;
  • All entry emails should have the subject line “SOA T-Shirt Design Contest”;
  • Include your name, institution’s name, address, telephone number, and email address;
  • The contest winner will grant the Society of Ohio Archivists perpetual use rights for the design;
  • The Society of Ohio Archivists has the right to license submitted designs for use in promotional and fundraising materials.

Put a little HEART in history and
submit your design today!