Tuesday, December 11, 2007

SGA Virtual Mini-Workshop: “Headed for Disaster? Protect Your Collections through Disaster Planning and Prevention”
Thursday, January 17, 2008
2-3:30 p.m.

The SGA Education Committee is very pleased to announce its first mini-workshop for 2008, “Headed for Disaster? Protect Your Collections through Disaster Planning and Prevention.” SOLINET has very graciously allowed SGA to use their technology and benefit from the expertise of presenter Kara McClurken, Preservation Services Librarian at SOLINET and expert on all aspects of disaster preparedness. Because of this, we are able to offer this workshop free of charge to SGA members.

The details for this workshop are given below. Please note that registration is limited. All registrations must be received and confirmed by Monday, January 7, 2008. If you are interested in attending this workshop, please send an e-mail to Nancy Davis Bray as soon as possible (nancy.davisbray@gcsu.edu) to reserve your place.

TOPIC: Disaster Preparedness – Planning and Prevention
PRESENTER: Kara McClurken (Preservation Services Librarian, SOLINET)
DATE: Thursday, January 17th, 2008
TIME: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
PARTICIPANTS: Limited to 15-20 individuals
COST: No charge to SGA members
FORMAT: Virtual workshop - lecture with opportunity for questions/virtual interaction
TECHNOLOGY: SOLINET will provide participants with instructions to connect to the workshop
TO REGISTER: Send your name and e-mail address before January 7, 2008 to:
Nancy Davis Bray
Georgia College and State University

Tuesday, November 13, 2007


In its fifth annual Awards Ceremony on October 15, 2007, the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board presented 21 awards in 11 categories. These awards recognize excellence in legislative advocacy, archival program development, documenting Georgia history, research, and educational use of historical records. Student winners for grades 6-8 and 9-12, also received a financial award of $100 per award provided by the Friends of the Georgia Archives. Several SGA members or former members listed below were among the winners; see attached list for all winners.

Jean O. Turn and the Clay County Library received an Archival Program Development Award. In July 2005, the Clay County Library Board approved a 3,000 square foot building addition to house the local archives, an expansion from its 330 square foot special collections room. Through a GHRAB grant, the Clay County Library established a solid foundation for the effective administration of an archival program before its move to a larger facility. This small library in Southwest Georgia can serve as a model for similar organizations seeking to promote the identification, protection, preservation, and use of historical records.

A Special Recognition Award was presented to Clayton State University in recognition of the unique partnership of the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board, Georgia Archives, and Clayton State University in launching the Circuit Rider Archivist program in 2005 to assist local governments, historical societies, museums, and libraries in Georgia with managing archives and records. The University’s contribution was crucial to establishing this new program.

Kaye Lanning Minchew received a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her work to improve the documentation of Georgia's history. As Director of the Troup County Archives for 24 years, she has sought to improve records keeping in Troup County, West Georgia, and Georgia as a whole. Ms. Minchew is currently spearheading an NHPRC grant-funded project to make 19th century court records of Troup County available on the Digital Library of Georgia's website, which will greatly increase their accessibility to researchers. She has also worked on the state and national levels to improve the care of government records through her service as a long-term member of the GHRAB Board and as co-chair of the national "Closest to Home" local government records project of the Council of State Archivists.

Robert Eugene (Bob) White, Jr. (1949-2007) represented the very best in public service. He spent most of his professional life at the Georgia Archives including several years as Deputy Director. He completed his State career as Budget and Capital Projects Director for the Secretary of State. His respected leadership and trusted fiscal analysis helped to preserve the written documentation of Georgia’s history and heritage. Everything he pursued, from fiscal planning to capital projects, he did with integrity, frugality, humor, and a spirit of service. The Lifetime Achievement Award was given posthumously by the Georgia Historical Records and Advisory Board with a profound appreciation for his many contributions to the preservation of Georgia’s history.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Book your room for the SGA annual meeting!






Thursday, October 04, 2007

Georgia Archives Month Proclamation Signing

Please join the 2007 Georgia Archives Month committee at the Georgia Archives Month Proclamation Signing at the Governors Office on Monday Oct. 29, 2007 at 2:15 PM.

Please RSVP to sara.saunders@nara.gov, or call 404-865-7155.

What: Proclamation Signing * Gov. Perdue's Office
When: Monday, October 29, 2007 at 2:15 P.M.
Governor Perdue's Office
111 State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 3033

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

New Scholarships Established for SGA-Sponsored Workshops!

SGA has established two new scholarships for attendance to the SGA-sponsored Spring/Summer Workshop and the Pre-Conference Workshop. The scholarships, covering workshop registration, will be offered for the first time with the 2008 Spring/Summer Workshop. All SGA members and those working or studying in the archival field in Georgia will be eligible.

An endowment fund has been setup for the ongoing support of the scholarships. SGA members can contribute by adding a donation to their 2008 membership renewals and by donating to and participating in the 2008 Annual Scholarship Auction to be held on November 8th, at 6:00 p.m. at the CSU Theatre on the Park in Columbus. For more information on the auction and instructions for donating items, please visit http://soga.org/am/2007/auction.php.

The scholarships will be named by current SGA members for significant SGA members or supporters through an online voting process leading up to the SGA Annual Meeting. Nominations are being accepted until October 5th by email to lspracher@savannahga.gov or Christine.decatanzaro@library.gatech.edu. Please include one or two sentences on why the nominated person is worthy of this honor.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

October is Georgia Archives Month

In October, Georgia will celebrate its 8th archives celebration -- Georgia Archives Month. This year's theme is “Georgia History: Stay Tuned.” There’s still plenty of time to plan special events such as exhibits, tours, lectures, workshops, collection viewings, etc. For ideas, visit our website at http://www.soga.org/aw/index.php and click on one of the past years under the “Events” section.

The purpose of Archives Month is to celebrate the value of Georgia’s historical records, publicize the many ways historical records enrich our lives, and recognize those who maintain our communities’ historical records. This is the ideal time to call attention to your organization or local government, and its work in preserving Georgia’s documentary heritage.

We encourage you to think of ways in which your organization or local government can celebrate Archives Week in your community. If you are planning an event, please email archivesmonth@soga.org and we will add your event to the Archives Week web site.

If you have any questions, please view our web site at http://www.soga.org/aw/index.php or contact archivesmonth@soga.org (Sara Saunders, 865-7155; Sally Loy, 770-427-2117 x 107). Thank you.

Monday, August 27, 2007

SAA Happy Hour!

Friends and members who are attending the SAA conference,

Please join me and your SGA colleagues at our Society of American Archivists Conference Happy Hour. We will meet at the Fairmont Hotel's Aria Bar on Friday August 31, from 6:00-7:00 PM.

And of course, feel free to bring non-SGA friends - the more the merrier!

I look forward to seeing you.

Morna Gerrard
Chair SGA Membership Committee

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

SGA/SLA mix and mingle

Members of the Society of Georgia Archivists are invited to mix and mingle with Atlanta-area Special Library Association members at Apres Diem for happy hour, August 9 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Apres Diem is located in the Midtown Plaza Shopping Center at 931 Monroe Drive Suite C-103. Directions can be found at http://www.apresdiem.com/directions.html

I look forward to seeing you there!

Morna Gerrard,
Chair, Membership Committee

Thursday, June 07, 2007

SGA and GAM now in Wikipedia!

Society of Georgia Archivists and Georgia Archives Month have now been added as entries in the online encyclopedia, Wikipedia. Add your institution, too!

View entries:
Society of Georgia Archivists
Georgia Archivies Month
Summer Newsletter Submission Deadline

It's time again to share what's happening at your institution with your colleagues via the Summer 2007 edition of the SGA Newsletter.

Feel free to pass on any announcements, updates, plugs, or just plain news for publication. Please send items to rtuten@uga.edu or newsletter@soga.org by June 29.

Renna Tuten
Editor, SGA Newsletter

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Managing Electronic Records

The SGA Education Committee is very pleased to announce this year's summer workshop, "Managing Electronic Records in Archives," to take place on Friday, July 20, 2007, at the Georgia Archives. Geoffrey A. Huth, Director of Government Records Services at the New York State Archives, will be our presenter.

For further information and to register for this exciting workshop, link to http://www.soga.org/ce/erc2007.pdf.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

SGA and SLA Happy Hour

Members of the Society of Georgia Archivists are invited to mix and mingle with Atlanta-area Special Libraries Association members at Neighbors for happy hour on Thursday, May 10 from 6PM to 8PM. Neighbors is located on the corner of North Highlands Avenue and Charles Avenue in Virginia Highlands. If you plan to attend and/or have any questions, please contact Membership Committee chair Morna Gerrard at libmjg@langate.gsu.edu.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Deadline for Edward Weldon Scholarship

The Edward Weldon Scholarship will provide the registration fee for an SGA member to attend the Society of American Archivists (SAA) annual meeting. The Edward Weldon Scholarship was established in 2000, to recognize Ed’s leadership in furthering the preservation and access of Georgia’s historical records. He was instrumental in helping to establish the Society of Georgia Archivists and served as its first President. Directing the activities of the Georgia Department of Archives and History from 1982-2000, Ed was the first Georgian to serve as President of the Society of American Archivists. He was also the moving force behind the establishment of the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board, whose grants have helped to carry out many worthy initiatives.

The scholarship covers only the amount of the early-bird registration fee, the recipient is responsible for covering any costs associated with travel and accommodations. Please note that the scholarship winner is responsible for submitting their SAA meeting registration by the early-bird registration deadline [Early-bird registration deadline is June 29, 2007]. After the SAA meeting, the recipient will submit their SAA registration receipt to the SGA Treasurer for reimbursement, as well as a brief article on the experience for use in the SGA Newsletter.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Caroll Hart Scholarship deadline!

Send in your application for the Caroll Hart scholarship in before March 1, The Society of Georgia Archivists each year awards a scholarship for attendance at the Georgia Archives Institute held each summer in Atlanta. The purpose of the scholarship is to enhance archival education and membership. The scholarship is named for Carroll Hart, former director of the Georgia Department of Archives and History, founding member of the Society of Georgia Archivists, and founder of the Georgia Archives Institute. The scholarship will cover an amount equal to the noncredit tuition for the Institute but not to exceed $500, and a year's membership in the Society of Georgia Archivists. Please note that individuals must also apply separately to the Georgia Archives Institute [Deadline to apply for Institute is April 15, 2007; Institute will be held June 11-22, 2007]. After the Georgia Archives Institute, the recipient will submit a brief article on the experience for use in the SGA Newsletter.
Circuit Rider Archivist Program

Are you overwhelmed with old files? Are you unsure what records you can keep and which you can toss? Do you have precious, historical documents but are unsure how to preserve them? The Circuit Rider Archivist can help. The Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board in conjunction with the Georgia Archives and Clayton State University, launched the Circuit Rider Archivist program in 2005 to assist local governments and historical societies, museums, and libraries in Georgia with managing archives and records. Through the program, an experienced archivist counseled over 60 organizations on issues ranging from the proper environment for the preservation of letters from the Civil War to efficient use of storage space.

Now, the Circuit Rider Archivist is preparing for a second round of visits that will be conducted July - December 2007. You can apply for a visit by completing the brief application form at www.GeorgiaArchives.org; click on "Who Are We," then "Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board," then "Grant Programs," and then "Circuit Rider Archivist Program." APPLICATION DEADLINE is MARCH 1st.