Friday, September 02, 2011

2011 SGA Annual Meeting!

Are you ready for the 2011 SGA Annual Meeting?

The conference will be held at the Georgia Archives and NARA Southeast Regional in Morrow, GA from November 3-4. The early bird registration will be $95 for members, $115 for non-members. Early bird registration dates fall between August 29 and October 17, 2011.

Register for the meeting today!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Show Your Support for Georgia Archives Month!




It's time to begin the celebration of Georgia Archives Month with a proclamation from the Governor!

The Georgia Archives Month Committee is going to have a photo op on Thursday, September 1st with Governor Nathan Deal.  We will be celebrating his proclamation of October as Georgia Archives Month. Please come and join us at 10:30 a.m. at the Governor’s Office (Room 203) at the State Capitol.  This is a great opportunity to publicize our cultural institutions statewide.

For further information, please contact the Georgia Archives Month committee at ga.archivesmonth@gmail.com

*Too see more photographs of last year's GAM presentation by Governor Sonny Perdue, like the photograph included above, please visit  http://tinyurl.com/3t2zjhb

Monday, August 08, 2011

SGA at SAA


Attending the SAA Annual Meeting in Chicago this month? Meet up with other current, new and prospective SGA members on Thursday, August 25.


SGA Office Hours are 6:30-7-30 p.m. at the SAA Exhibit Hall. Stop by the SGA Booth and say “Hello!” We will be promoting our Annual Meeting (November 3-4, 2011), encouraging contributions to Provenance and handing out our fabulous SGA mechanical pencils!

SGA Mixer is at 8:30-9:30 p.m. at the Sweetwater Tavern and Grille. The Sweetwater is a comfortable, fun bar just a short walk from the conference hotel. Come buy your beverage of choice and have a good time catching up with other Georgia archivists and friends.

DIRECTIONS FROM THE CONFERENCE HOTEL: Exit the Hyatt Regency using the E. Wacker Dr. entrance. Turn left out of the hotel and walk 1 block. Turn left onto N. Michigan Ave. and walk 1 block. Cross S. Water St. The Sweetwater will be on your left at 225 N. Michigan Ave.


See you Chicago!

Marie Force
Chair, SGA Membership Committee

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Georgia Entries in SAA's National Contest


Voting is open from now until July 1 in the Society of American Archivists national "I Found It In the Archives!" promotional campaign. There are 3 entries from Georgia institutions, 2 from the Atlanta University Center Woodruff Library, and 1 from the MARBL Library of Emory University.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

NAGARA/CoSA Joint Annual Meeting

The NAGARA/CoSA Joint Annual Meeting will be held July 13-16, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Two SGA members will be presenting at the meeting: Kaye Minchew (Troup County Historical Society and Archives) and David Carmicheal (Georgia Archives). Ms. Minchew will be speaking about Friends of Archives groups, while Mr. Carmicheal will be a part of a panel discussing the CoSA/NAGARA/SAA Joint Task Force for the Preserving the American Historical Record (PAHR) Act.

You can learn more about the annual meeting, or register, at http://www.nagara.org/displayconvention.cfm

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

SGA President’s Award

Nominations Accepted June 1 – July 15, 2011

Award Presented in November 2011 during Annual Meeting Reception

The President’s Award recognizes an individual, organization, or institution outside the archival profession that makes significant contributions to the archival profession.   Contributions may take the form of advocacy, publicity, legislation, financial support, or a similar action that fosters archival work or raises public consciousness of the importance of archival work. Contributions should have broad, long-term impact at the state level or beyond.  

The SGA President is currently accepting nominations for the 2011 President’s Award.   Nominations should include full contact information including address, email and telephone numbers, as well as a brief narrative justification (less than 250 words) about why you are nominating the particular individual, institution, or organization. 
Nominations can be emailed, faxed or mailed to:
Christine Wiseman
SGA President, 2011
Georgia Archives
5800 Jonesboro Road
Morrow, GA 30260
678-364-3761 (tel)
678-364-3860 (fax)
cwiseman@sos.ga.gov

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Edward Weldon Scholarship

Are you planning to attend the SAA Annual Conference in Chicago, August 22-27? Consider SGA’s Edward Weldon Scholarship, which includes the cost of registration. The deadline to apply is June 1, 2011.

This scholarship covers the early bird registration fee for the annual meeting of SAA for one SGA member.  All SGA members (as of February 1, 2011) and Georgia residents are eligible. Preference will be given to applicants who do not have access to institutional support.

The scholarship recipient is responsible for registering prior to the early-bird deadline. After the SAA meeting, the recipient will be asked to write a short article about the experience for the SGA Newsletter.

The Edward Weldon Scholarship was established in 2000 in honor of Ed Weldon, the first Georgian to serve as president of SAA and a founding member and first president of SGA.  Weldon worked to preserve and provide access to Georgia’s historical records. During his almost twenty years at the Georgia Department of Archives and History, Weldon was a driving force behind the creation of the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board, which provides funding for valuable projects.

Monday, May 02, 2011

Outreach Collaborative Idea: Providing “Real World” Client Experience

This collaboration began in the fall of 2010 and continued through the spring of 2011, with plans to continue due to its success as an experiential learning experience and promotional tool for Special Collections.



Special Collections of Georgia College & State University deems promotion and outreach an important goal as it is more important than ever to validate the significance of archival materials and services, especially during current economic difficulties. To achieve this, collaborations were implemented to provide educational experiences for authentic learning and impactful promotion of the department’s rotating exhibit and special projects. Generally, the department works with history, English, political science and other liberal arts majors. However, a simple conversation brought together an unlikely pairing; Special Collections and a (Marketing/Communications) Publications Design class. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

SGA Members Set to Take Over ACA!

There are three (3) SGA members running for national positions with the Academy of Certified Archivists. If you are a member of ACA, please review their candidate statements and consider them as you vote.


Running for Vice President/President Elect:

Kaye Minchew
Troup County Historical Society and Archives


Question: "What is the primary benefit of ACA membership and why?"


Answer: "The primary value of ACA membership varies for different people and different groups.
For individuals, the primary benefit of ACA membership is being judged to have met a series of standards needed to become a professional archivist. One should rightly be proud to have mastered a core area of knowledge and gained work and professional experience to become certified. The fact that these standards to become a certified archivist have stood the test of time for more than twenty years, and have been strengthened and refined over time makes the value of ACA membership even stronger.

Employers looking to hire a new staff member benefit from ACA by having a professional standard to judge qualifications of prospective employees. ACA membership strengthens a candidate’s position when applying for jobs.

For the archival field as whole, the primary benefit of ACA membership is greater professionalism. A non-profit certifying board has identified basic areas of knowledge which practitioners have been judged to have learned plus ACA members participate at work and in professional organizations. The fact that members must be recertified every seven years encourages ACA members to stay active and involved in the profession."


Running for Secretary:


Renna Tuten
Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, UGA



Question: "What is the primary benefit of ACA membership and why?"

Answer: "In my opinion, the primary benefit of ACA membership is being part of a body of professionals who voluntarily dedicate themselves to actively keeping abreast of advances in professional development while sustaining traditional and proven models of archival practice. Although there are many organizations devoted to serving those in the archives and records management profession, the Academy of Certified Archivists is the only one that requires recertification, which, in turn, yields a group of people who openly demonstrate this commitment.

The advantages that stem from such a high standard of membership include: advocacy among employers regarding a set standard of acceptable qualifications; a clear statement regarding the role of an archivist in the workplace; support of expanding graduate-level archival education, and the attraction of more and more members who are drawn to an organization centered around a defined knowledge base and not just paid dues.

Another set of benefits that can be gleaned from such a strong membership body is the continued commitment to create an exam that advocates a thorough course of study as it covers all areas of archival work, not just the most common ones. Because of the lack of true standardization in archival education, some areas of knowledge (say, legal issues and preservation) are often secondary to others like arrangement and description. In this same vein, the Academy’s openness to applicants from different educational backgrounds is an asset to the group by not advocating one correct path to certification.

All of these assets and benefits come together to make an organization that is greater than the sum of its parts. Its operating philosophy and ethics work together with its membership’s commitment to sustaining and pursuing archival knowledge work in concert to create an academy in the truest sense."

Running for Regent for Certification Maintenance:

Christine de Catanzaro
Archives and Records Management, Georgia Tech


Question: "What is the primary benefit of ACA membership and why?"

Answer: "ACA membership is beneficial to all archival professionals, whether they are seasoned archivists or just starting out in the field. One primary benefit of membership in ACA is that certification provides a professional credential that is well understood by administrators and those in other professions as well as those who are practicing archivists. Job seekers know that certification is increasingly listed as at least a desirable qualification, if not a required one, for professional positions in the archival world. Employers understand that certification signifies the attainment of a certain level of knowledge and experience in the archival profession.

But I think the benefits of ACA membership go well beyond assisting job seekers. ACA offers us a community in which each of us can strive to promote and maintain high standards in the archival profession. Through my participation on the Exam Development Committee, and before that as a booth volunteer, lecturer, and exam item-writer, I have come to appreciate the importance of this work even more. I have seen the deep commitment to excellence from the ACA officers and from my colleagues on the EDC, and that has inspired me to commit myself to the high standards I see around me.

ACA also encourages all of us to maintain and refresh our skills through recertification. When we recertify, if we don’t choose to take the exam, we need to be sure that we have credits in employment, education, professional participation and outreach, professional service, and/or writing, publishing, and editing. If we choose to recertify through examination, we need to become current with the latest trends and developments in our profession through reading and study.

ACA membership creates an invaluable community of archivists committed to promoting and maintaining high professional standards. This, to me, is the greatest benefit of association with ACA."





Sunday, April 03, 2011

Spotlight on "Provenance"


I learned many things at the Georgia Archives Institute in 2010, but one of the most important was the value of professional journals.  Our instructor, Tim Ericson, former Director of Archival Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Information Studies, was clear about the importance of keeping up with current issues in the profession, and off the top of his head, he could list the state and local organizations that produced their own journals.  First on the list, of course, was the Society of Georgia Archivists’ Provenance.  In 1972, Provenance became the first professional archival journal published by a state or regional organization.  It was founded and first edited by David B. Gracy II, and today has a circulation of over 300 internationally.  The current editor is Brian Wilson, Reference Archivist at the Georgia State Archives, and he was kind enough to explain what they are looking for in a submission.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Workshop: Disaster Recovery

News from just next door in South Carolina...

No ever thinks of the disasters that could strike an archives or library.

Sure there are hurricanes, floods, and fires.  But, what about the less obvious disasters like busted pipes, sewage leaks, or a leaky HVAC unit?

Do you know what to do when a sudden disaster befalls a collection at an archives or library?

In conjunction with the Palmetto, Archives, Libraries, and Museum Council on Preservation (PALMCOP), the Archival Students Guild is proud to host a disaster workshop.  Preservation officer, Heather South will present "Disaster Recovery and Response: An Exercise in Disaster and Planning.  Participants will gain hands-on experience in salvaging documents and other materials in the event of a disaster.

Where: South Carolina Department of Archives and History (8301 Parklane Road, Columbia, SC 29223)
Date: Saturday, March 26, 2011
What time: 10 a.m. (please arrive between 9:30 and 9:45)

Please complete the registration form by March 20, 2011.  The registration form should be emailed to soarchiv@mailbox.sc.edu.  Space is limited to the first 30 people.  Lunch will be provided courtesy of ASG.

Come rain or shine, this event will take place and wear comfortable shoes.





Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Georgia College Publishes Cartoons of Famed Alumnae Flannery O’Connor

Mary Flannery O’Connor is best known for her 32 short stories and 2 novels, but during her years at Georgia State College for Women (former name of Georgia College & State University) she was the author of many humorous and witty cartoons. Numerous examples of her artwork appeared in the school’s newspaper, literary magazine, and newspaper.

Recently, Georgia College has published a book of the cartoons with the help of Special Collections’ materials and staff. The Cartoons of Flannery O’Connor at Georgia College, a 112-page, soft-cover coffee table book, provides the never before assembled and published collection of the author’s cartoons that appeared in four Georgia College publications during her undergraduate years, 1942-45. 


2011 Georgia Archives Institute

It's time to apply for the 2011 Georgia Archives Institute!



44th Annual Georgia Archives Institute
June 6 - 17, 2011
Designed for beginning archivists, manuscript curators, and librarians, the 44th Georgia Archives Institute will offer general instruction in basic concepts and practices of archival administration and management of traditional and modern documentary materials.  The Institute will be held at the Georgia Archives in Morrow, Georgia, 15 miles south of Atlanta.

Dr. Timothy L. Ericson, former Director of Archival Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Information Studies, will be the instructor during the first week. Topics will include acquisition, appraisal, arrangement, description, reference, as well as legal and administrative issues.  The second week of instruction will begin with training on preservation by Christine Wiseman, Preservation Manager at the Georgia Archives.  To link archival theory with real world application, students will also participate in individualized, three-day internships at local archival repositories.

Tuition is $500.  Enrollment is limited and the deadline for receipt of application, resume, and $75 application fee (refunded if not admitted to Institute) is March 1, 2011. Tuition does not cover transportation, housing, or meals.

Tuition scholarships are available from the Society of Georgia Archivists, www.soga.org and The Friends of Georgia Archives and History, www.FOGAH.org.  Scholarships have earlier deadlines. 

For an application to the Institute or information, please visit the Georgia Archives Institute web site at www.georgiaarchivesinstitute.org or contact:
Georgia Archives Institute
P.O. Box 279
Morrow, GA 30260-0279
Email: GeorgiaArchivesInstitute@yahoo.com 

Monday, January 24, 2011

SAA: Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award

Please excuse cross-postings!

Society of American Archivists - Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award

The Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award Subcommittee of the Society of American Archivists seeks nominations for the 2011 award.

This award recognizes an archivist, editor, group of individuals, or institution that has increased public awareness of a specific body of documents through compilation, transcription, exhibition, or public presentation of archives or manuscript materials for educational, instructional, or other public purpose. Archives may include photographs, films, and visual archives. Publication may be in hard copy, microfilm, digital, or other circulating medium.

Recent winners include:

2010 The Giza Archives Project at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
2009 Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections of the University of Toledo’s “From Institution to Independence”
2008 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the CBC Digital Archives (Les Archives de Radio-Canada)
2007 National Library of Medicine’s “Profiles in Science”

Eligibility:
Individual archivists and editors, groups of individuals, organizations.

Application Deadline:
All nominations shall be submitted to the Awards Committee by February 28.

For more information on SAA awards and the nominations process, please go to http://www.archivists.org/recognition/index.asp

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

44th Annual Georgia Archives Institute



Designed for beginning archivists, manuscript curators, and librarians, the 44th Georgia Archives Institute will offer general instruction in basic concepts and practices of archival administration and management of traditional and modern documentary materials.  The Institute will be held at the Georgia Archives in Morrow, Georgia, 15 miles south of Atlanta.


Dr. Timothy L. Ericson, former Director of Archival Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Information Studies, will be the instructor during the first week. Topics will include acquisition, appraisal, arrangement, description, reference, as well as legal and administrative issues.  The second week of instruction will begin with training on preservation by Christine Wiseman, Preservation Manager at the Georgia Archives.  To link archival theory with real world application, students will also participate in individualized, three-day internships at local archival repositories.


Tuition is $500.  Enrollment is limited and the deadline for receipt of application, resume, and $75 application fee (refunded if not admitted to Institute) is March 1, 2011. Tuition does not cover transportation, housing, or meals.


Tuition scholarships are available from the Society of Georgia Archivists, www.soga.org and The Friends of Georgia Archives and History, www.FOGAH.org.  Scholarships have earlier deadlines.  


For an application to the Institute or information, please visit the Georgia Archives Institute web site at www.georgiaarchivesinstitute.org or contact:



Georgia Archives Institute
P.O. Box 279
Morrow, GA 30260-0279
Email: GeorgiaArchivesInstitute@yahoo.com

*Drawing of Georgia Archives, Morrow, GA, from www.georgiaarchivesinstitute.org

Friday, January 07, 2011

News From Next Door: South Carolina Edition




The Waring Historical Library and MUSC University Archives announce the opening of a new web exhibit:

"Civil Practice to Civil War: The Medical College of the State of South Carolina, 1861-1865"

http://waring.library.musc.edu/exhibits/civilwar/

The Medical College of the State of South Carolina (MCSSC), as it was known from 1832 until 1952, suspended classes after the March 1861 graduation, just three months after South Carolina seceded from the Union and a month before shots upon Fort Sumter marked the official commencement of hostilities between North and South. Almost immediately, many of the College's faculty, students, and alumni joined the Confederate military and the College was left dormant for five long years. Even while the College was on hiatus, its students, alumni, and faculty were getting an entirely new education in the field hospitals and on the battlefields. The exhibit tells the stories of but a few of the hundreds of MCSSC's alumni, faculty and students who took their medical bags to war.

For more information about the web exhibit, please contact Brooke Fox, University Archivist at foxeb@musc.edu.



*Colcock Hall, n.d., Waring Historical Library, MUSC, Charleston, SC

Savannah Heritage Emergency Response Workshop

Insurance and Appraisal for Disaster Recovery for Cultural Heritage Organizations. Savannah, GA . January 18, 2011.

Day long workshop on insurance and appraisal of cultural heritage collections, targeted to museums, galleries, historic house museums, and libraries. Sessions to be held January 18th 2011, at the Metropolitan Planning Commission, 112 E. State St.  Registration 8:30- 9:30, Programs 9:30-3:30. $25.00

Registration:  Please mail registration form with your name, address, phone, e-mail, institutional affiliation (if any) and a check made out to CEMA (Chatham Emergency Management Agency) and mail to Beth Reiter, Chairman of SHER, 202 Atkinson Avenue, Savannah, Georgia 31404. 912-234-9398; reitlatt@comcast.net

Morning Speakers: Jeff Minett and Lynn March, Senior Vice Presidents with Aon/Huntington T Block Insurance Agency.  Topics will include coverage, exclusions, evaluation, incoming and outgoing loans, terminology, certificates of insurance, notice of loss, arbitration, and how to reduce the financial impact of a risk.

Afternoon Speakers:  Debra Freer, Senior Appraiser with Aaron Appraisal Services in Atlanta, Ga. Topics will include appraisal of fine art, decorative art, antiques and she will share insights from her appraisal of the Fox Theatre’s collection in Atlanta.  One description is present and the other future – do we want to be consistent?

Off street parking can be found in the City's State and Bryan Street parking garages.

Start the New Year with SGA


Happy New Year from SGA!

Start the year (and decade) off right with the new SGA newsletter. It contains a welcome from our new President, Christine Wiseman, as well as coverage of the annual meeting, new Committees and Board Members.

Check it out today, http://soga.org/publications/currentnewsletter

*Image from the New York Times.