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#AskAnArchivist Day Oct 3

Get ready for #AskAnArchivist Day on Wednesday, October 3, when archivists around the country will answer questions about archives. Find ideas for promoting the day among your users and developing a plan with your colleagues to respond to tweets. Follow other #AskAnArchivist Day participants, and email Abigail Christian with your institution’s handle to join the list.

Source: Society of American Archivists, In the Loop for Wednesday, September 12, 2018

What Is #AskAnArchivist Day? (Source: )

It’s an opportunity to:

  • Break down the barriers that make archivists seem inaccessible.
  • Talk directly to the public—via Twitter—about what you do, why it’s important and, of course, the interesting records with which you work.
  • Join with archivists around the country and the world to make an impact on the public’s understanding of archives while celebrating American Archives Month!
  • Interact with users, supporters, and prospective supporters about the value of archives.
  • Hear directly from the public about what they’re most interested in learning about from archives and archivists.

SOA Annual Meeting, 50 Years of New Frontiers: SOA at 50

The Society of Ohio Archivists is pleased to invite you to the SOA Annual Meeting, 50 Years of New Frontiers: SOA at 50, on Friday, May 18, 2018 where we will be celebrating the organization’s 50th anniversary. The meeting will be held at Quest Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio.

The plenary speaker this year will be Tanya Zanish-Belcher, current president of the Society of American Archivists and director of Special Collections & University Archivist at Wake Forest University. Ms. Zanish-Belcher will discuss several key components of an archival career, including the role of mentoring and networking, keeping up with trends in archives, and why belonging to professional associations is important.

We would also like to invite you to an informal mixer the night prior to the conference, Thursday, May 17, 2018, at the Polaris Grille. The mixer will run from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  

For more information about the conference, including hotel and registration information, please visit:  

We hope you can join us.   


Robin Heise
SOA President, 2017-2019

Scholarships Available to Students and New Archival Professionals

The Society of Ohio Archivists (SOA) 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 to attend their annual spring meeting on Friday, May 18, 2018  at the Quest Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio.

The scholarship consists of conference registration (including lunch), a one year membership to SOA, and a $100 travel stipend.  Awardees are required to submit a photograph and write about their experience for publication in the Ohio Archivist newsletter.

 Applications should include the following information:

  • Applicant’s name, mailing address, and e-mail 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;
  • Applications are due by February 16, 2018.

Applications and inquiries can be sent via e-mail or mail to Devhra BennettJones

The Ohio History Fund – Application Deadline September 1, 2017

The Ohio History Fund grant application is now available. These grants are offered through the Ohio History Connection and support all kinds of history projects including museum collection storage, educational programs, exhibit development, digitization of archival materials and historic photographs, repairs and rehabilitation for National Register-listed historic buildings, archaeological surveys, oral history, and more. Visit and apply by Sept. 1.

The Ohio History Fund is a part of the Initiative for Ohio History, with the goal of sustaining and expanding funding and reaching new audiences with the program. Help us reach those audiences! The History Fund exemplifies the core value of working together. We can also extend the Ohio History Connection’s efforts help others be good stewards of and share authentic history and tell relevant stories. The History Fund is another resource we can use to be ever more inclusive. The Ohio History Fund is sustainable thanks to the tax check-off and sales of Ohio History “mastodon” license plates. And it’s great to see so many “mastodon cars” (my term) in our staff parking lot!
Ohio History Fund 2017 Recipients

Those of you who have any other association with the Ohio History Fund will likely received another email in the near future announcing the availability of the grant application. Sorry for cross-postings.

If you have any questions, please contact me – and thanks!

Andy Verhoff | Ohio History Fund Grant Coordinator | Local History Services
Ohio History Connection | 800 E. 17th Ave. Columbus, Ohio 43211
p. 614.297.2341 | f. 614.297.2567 |

OLHA/SOA Fall Meeting, October 7-8, 2016

OLHA/SOA Fall Meeting, October 7-8, 2016


The Society of Ohio Archivists is partnering with the Ohio Local History Alliance for Connecting Communities. This conference will be held on October 7-8, 2016, at the Crown Plaza hotel in Dublin, Ohio.

The SOA track will take place on Friday October 7th and will feature the following sessions:

9:00-9:50: Bringing History Home: Using Local Government Records in the Classroom with Elise Kelly, Greene County Records Center & Archives
10:10-11:00: A Private Matter: Dealing with Privacy-Sensitive Materials in the Archives with Judith Wiener, Health Sciences Library, The Ohio State University and Emily Gainer, Cummings Center for the History of Psychology
11:20-12:10: Preserving & Digitizing the Kent Tribune Newspaper with Jenni Salamon, Ohio History Connection and Sandy Halem, Kent Historical Society
2:10-3:00: Thinking Outside the Hollinger Box: Creative Ways to Promote Your Archives with Natalie Fritz, Clark County Historical Society; Kevlin Haire, The Ohio State University; Elise Kelly, Greene County Records Center and Archives; and Karen Robertson, Ohio History Connection
3:20 -4:10: Perspectives on Archival Processing with Connie Conner, Ohio History Connection; Cara Gilgenbach, Kent State University Libraries; Abigail E. Miller, Kenyon College; and Rhonda Rinehart, Cummings Center for the History of Psychology

Attendees are welcome to attend any of the Local History Alliance sessions, luncheons, and other special events on both Friday and Saturday.

To view the conference program and to register, see conference web page at: or download the registration form:

Interested in attending an upcoming workshop or to learn more about upcoming SOA educational opportunities? Contact the Education Committee Chair.

Registration Rates Until Friday, May 13

Registration rates until Friday, May 13, at 5 p.m. $50/ SOA members, $70 / non-members, $35 / students.


On-site registration*: $60 / SOA members, $80 / non-members, $40 / students.
*Please note: Lunch is not guaranteed for on-site registrants.
For online registration, please visit Society of Ohio Archivists 2016 Spring Conference Registration

The Society of Ohio Archivists 2016 Spring Conference
Where: Quest Conference Center, 8405 Pulsar Place, Columbus, Ohio, 43240
When: Friday, May 20, 2016
Theme: Knocking down walls and reaching out: Archives in your community.
Plenary speaker: Mandy Altimus Pond, Archivist for the Massillon Museum.
Other highlights: Exciting presentations, poster session and networking opportunities, silent auction, SOA business meeting, and much more!

Ohio Statehood Day: March 1, 2016

Join fellow history lovers at the Ohio Statehouse to commemorate Ohio’s birthday – and to advocate for Ohio History.

In commemoration of Ohio’s founding, we and our partners invite you to join a broad coalition of history advocates for our annual Statehood Day event. The state’s birthday serves as an appropriate time each year for history advocates to come together to help showcase the importance of Ohio’s history and how history, historic preservation and the organizations that help provide access to Ohio’s rich history benefit the Buckeye State. Statehood Day is a celebration of Ohio and its history, as well as a legislative advocacy event! Register today.

{Please note that additonal security measures have been implemented for your safety at the Ohio Statehouse and the Riffe State Office Tower. Be prepared to have your ID and to go through metal detectors.}   


9:30–10 a.m.            Coffee and registration

10–10:30 a.m.         Briefings on Statehood Day legislative priorities

10:30 a.m.–Noon    Meet with state legislators (scheduled on your own)

                  Find your state representative here.

                  Find your state senator here.

Noon–1:30 p.m.     Lunch program

  • Presentation of Ohio History Leadership Award to State Rep. Kirk Schuring (R-Canton)
  • Keynote Speaker: Marion F. Werkheiser,
    Founding Partner Cultural Heritage Partners
  • History Fund grant awards

1:30 p.m.– later        Additional legislative meetings as necessary.

Optional Statehouse tour available

Registration is now open. Click here to register.

Call for Proposals SOA 2016 Spring Conference

Call for Proposals SOA 2016 Spring Conference

Knocking Down Walls and Reaching Out: Archives in Our Community

Friday, May 20, 2016
Quest Business and Conference Center
8405 Pulsar Place, Columbus, OH, 43240

This year we are accepting both session proposals and poster proposals at the same time. All proposal topics are welcome. Possible ideas include, but are not limited to:

• Tools for Archival Discovery, Maintenance, and/or Marketing
• Outreach and Instruction efforts
• Student, Intern, and Volunteer Experiences and Projects
• Funding for Archival Projects or Archival Facilities
• Unique Collection Development Ventures
• Preservation of Analog and/or Digital Materials
• Description and Access to Traditional, Born-digital, or Hybrid Collections

Proposals of traditional panel sessions, student and professional posters, and alternative formats such as lightening rounds, pecha kucha, fish bowl sessions, and other session formats that allow for interaction between presenters and attendees are encouraged.

The Program Committee encourages proposals from students, new professionals, first time presenters and attendees, as well as individuals from related professions.
Proposals must include the following information:

• Session Title
• Session Type (Traditional Panel, Student Poster, Professional Poster, Fishbowl, Lightening Round, Debate, Mini-workshop, World Café, etc.)
• Session proposal abstract of 250 words or less describing the session or poster and how it will be of interest to SOA attendees
• Session Description for the SOA program (150 words or less)
• Session Contact Person (Name, Institution, Title or Degree Program, Telephone Number, Email Address)
• Other Participants and Contact Information (Name, Institution, Title or Degree Program, Telephone number, email address)
• A/V or Technology Requirements
• Additional Special Needs

DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: Proposal submissions are now closed.