Category Archives: COVID-19 Pandemic

Virtual Meet-Up for Ohio Archivists, Aug 13, 2020

The SOA Advocacy and Outreach Committee is hosting a virtual informal Meet-Up on Thursday, August 13 at 3pm via Zoom. This is an opportunity for Ohio archivists to get together to chat about the COVID-19 survey archives results, reopening, policies and procedures, and more!

Join us to chat with fellow archivists!

Meeting Info:
Topic: Society of Ohio Archivists Virtual “Meet Up”
Time: Aug 13, 2020 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Register here for the for Zoom Meeting, registration open through meeting time.

We hope you can join!

Questions? Contact the Advocacy and Outreach Committee Cochairs Natalie Fritz and Jenifer Baker.

Survey Results! Reopening Procedures & Effects of COVID-19 Pandemic in Ohio

COVID-19 Re-Opening Survey Summary thumbnailA few weeks ago, the Society of Ohio Archivists Advocacy & Outreach Committee sent out a survey to Ohio archival repositories to gather information regarding reopening dates, effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on staffing, and new procedures and policies implemented in response to COVID-19.

We are now ready to share the Ohio Archives Repository COVID-19 Re-Opening Survey Summary (PDF), a visual representation of the results. If nothing else, we hope that this survey provides a general overview of how archives were affected for posterity. We hope that some might find reassurance in seeing others responding similarly and/or get ideas and guidance.

Discuss it at a virtual meet-up on Thursday August 13, 3pm.

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Survey: Reopening Procedures & Effects of COVID-19 Pandemic in Ohio

COVID-19 graphic from the CDCThe SOA Advocacy and Outreach committee is conducting a survey of Ohio archival repositories to gather information about reopening procedures and effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Access the survey here:

Deadline to complete the survey is Friday, July 24. We hope to share the results within 2 weeks following the close of the survey.

Note: While repository name is asked, it is used only to filter duplicate responses and will not be associated with any reported results.

Thank you for your participation!

Questions? Contact the Advocacy and Outreach Committee cochairs Natalie Fritz and Jenifer Baker.

Keep in Touch: Update Email Address if Necessary

Dear SOA members,

In this unstable time, please let us know if you need to change your preferred email address for SOA Membership communications. If so, please email with your current email address and the email address that you’d like it changed to. Also, if you need to change your Listserv email settings, you can do it here.

Soon we will be contacting members regarding online voting for leadership positions, as well as annual meeting and newsletter news, and we don’t want to miss you!

Ohio Humanities COVID-19 Cultural Sector Survey: Please Fill Out!

COVID-19 graphic from the CDCPlease fill out the below Ohio Humanities survey by April 7 if possible. Each organization/institution should fill it out once, regardless of whether or not it anticipates needing future aid.


During these moments of national crisis, the cultural and heritage nonprofit sector is frequently overlooked. People turn to the humanities and arts to understand what is going on and for solace. Governor DeWine’s frequent assurances that Ohioans have faced tough times before and prevailed–and will do so again–are informed by his knowledge of our state’s history. While our sector isn’t working in emergency departments or the grocery stores, gas stations, and banks deemed critical, we help fortify those who do with insight and an enhanced quality of life.

Your responses to this survey are vital and will help Ohio Humanities craft an emergency plan to distribute federal stimulus funds to help Ohio’s cultural heritage community. We’ll use this to plan and distribute federal stimulus funds and create other services to fortify your institution as you address your community’s needs in the face of COVID-19. Continue reading

Cancelled: SOA Annual Meeting, May 14-15, 2020 (Now virtual June 16-17)

The Annual Meeting will now be virtual on June 16-17, 2020! Watch the annual meeting page for updates!

Based on recent developments regarding COVID-19, the uncertainty it has created, and the great health risk it poses, Council has decided to cancel the 2020 Ohio Archivists’ Annual Meeting scheduled for May 14-15, 2020 at the Columbus Metropolitan Main Library in Columbus.

Discussions are ongoing regarding the possible rescheduling of the conference/preconference workshop for another date or other alternative options. As decisions are made, we will continue to update you. Continue reading