Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Georgia Collections Sought for Nationwide Digital Library

The Digital Library of Georgia is accepting applications for original, unpublished historic materials significant to Georgia to be digitized and included in a nationwide digital library.

Georgia libraries, museums, historical societies, archives and other cultural heritage repositories are invited to submit applications for up to five collections each to be considered for digitization and subsequent inclusion in both the Digital Library of Georgia and the Digital Public Library of America. The deadline is Jan. 25. Applications can be found at http://tinyurl.com/d8yt8k6.

The Digital Public Library of America is a groundbreaking project to make our country’s local archives digital, searchable, and freely accessible. Launched last summer by Harvard University, the DPLA recently received a boost when the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation gave $1 million to create seven pilot sites with libraries in Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, South Carolina and Utah to serve as regional hubs. Georgia’s share of the grant, together with additional funding from the Arcadia Foundation, is $350,000.

Based at the University of Georgia Libraries, the Digital Library of Georgia has operated since 2000 as part of Georgia’s GALILEO virtual library. According to Director Toby Graham, the DLG already includes more than a million digital files. “This project will allow us to issue a call for nominations from libraries and archives and other institutions around the state to add more content to the Digital Library of Georgia, which will serve as a pipeline into the Digital Public Library of America,” Graham said.

Selection of materials to digitize will be made according to the availability of resources and the DLG collection development policy, which can be found at http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/About DLG/CollectionDevelopment.html. DLG will be partnering with Lyrasis for the conversion of selected content, and staff hired through the grant funds will create descriptive records.

“Georgia’s public archives – in libraries, colleges and universities – have a rich collection that we’re eager to share with the world,” said Beverly Blake, Macon program director with the Knight Foundation. “Perhaps most importantly, this project will help ensure that our local communities engage with that history and contribute to the collection, helping our libraries become dynamic, digital community centers.”
For more information on the DPLA, see http://dp.la/

Friday, November 09, 2012

Report from FOGAH Advocacy Training

As you may know, the Friends of Georgia Archives and History (FOGAH) has hired Joe Tanner & Associates, a governmental affairs firm, to advise the group on their interactions with legislators and executive officials as FOGAH continues to push for a restoration of the budget and staff of the Georgia Archives.

At the Society of Georgia Archivists (SGA) annual meeting, held November 7-9 on St. Simon's Island, Joe Tanner & Associates held a FOGAH sponsored advocacy training. Approximately 60 SGA members and FOGAH supporters attended the training.

The purpose of the session was twofold:
  1. Communicate to attendees the language and focus of FOGAH's current message;
  2. Teach attendees how to approach their legislators to spread the message
A major priority for FOGAH and Tanner was to create simple, clear message that will be effective. What is known right now is that the Georgia Archives will move to the University System of Georgia. This will likely require a budget item in main budget (aka, the proposed budget for 2013-2014) for the State of Georgia.

The message developed by FOGAH can be boiled down to three basic points:
  1. We support the Governor's recommendation to move the administration of the Georgia Archives to the University System;
  2. The Secretary of State has shown his support for this recommendation;
  3. The University System and the Governor will determine the needed level of funding to restore the Georgia Archives and offer a recommendation for the State budget. We would like a minimum of 1.15 million in new money in the budget. Even though there is a minimum wanted by FOGAH, we want State legislators to support the true assessment of need from the University System.
Attendees were asked to stick to this message when approaching their legislators.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Be an annual meeting correspondent!

Are you attending the annual meeting this week? We'd like to hear from you!

The SGA Newsletter would like to get the widest possible coverage of this year's annual meeting. To that end, we're soliciting volunteers to act as correspondents for the meeting.

Your report of a session or event should be between 1-2 paragraphs. Ideally, no more than 3 people should cover the same session or event, although multiple points of view will add interest.

Please use the session sign-up sheet to volunteer and to select a session or event. You may select more than one. You can view the annual meeting schedule (PDF) for session descriptions and participants. View the response summary in advance to determine which sessions and events are already covered.

If you use Google Drive, you can access a shared folder to create and save your report. Or, you can email them to anne (dot) m (dot) graham (at) gmail (dot) com. Also email if you have any questions or need additional information.

Thanks and I look forward to seeing you this week!

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Trolley tour update

Unfortunately we didn't get sufficient interest to offer a private trolley tour of St. Simons for SGA members. However, if you would still like to see the island, check out the public tours conducted each day at 11:00 am. For more information, see the St. Simons Trolley Company.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

More things to do on St. Simons

Fort Frederica
Fort Frederica, courtesy of the Atlanta History Center
Are you still searching for something to do before the annual meeting? Do you need an excuse to linger in the Golden Isles before heading back to work? Here are some attractions and activities to enjoy around the annual meeting.

Ghost tours: It's Halloween, so celebrate the season with a tour of St. Simons' haunted sites!
Enjoy the outdoors: St. Simons Island and the rest of the Golden Isles offer a variety of outdoor activities, so get moving!
Day trips: The Golden Isles and coastal cities of Georgia offer lots of attractions and activities to enjoy. Check out Brunswick, Sea Island, Little St. Simons Island, and Jekyll Island.
Pamper yourself: The Golden Isles have several day spas and health clubs, so pump some iron or get your facial on.

Rise & shine: It's a conference, so you might need some caffeine to get you started.
Don't forget the weather:  In light of Frankenstorm, check the weather before you start packing.

We'll see you in a week!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Advocacy workshop at annual meeting

Sign up now to take part in the advocacy workshop sponsored by Friends of the Georgia Archives (FOGAH) at the SGA Annual Meeting. Training will be conducted by Joe Tanner of Tanner and Associates and will cover how to contact your representative so that your voice will be heard!

The training is free and is open to both members of SGA and anyone in the SE Georgia area who wants to participate. It will be on Thursday, November 8 from 3:00 to 4:30 PM at the conference venue, Sea Palms Resort on St. Simons Island, Georgia.

Registration is required because of the limited space. Please visit 
http://soga.org/events?eventId=574216&EventViewMode=2&CalendarViewType=0&SelectedDate=10/30/2012 to register. 

Questions about the training? Contact Dianne Cannestra at
Questions about registration? Contact Renna Tuten at rtuten@uga.edu

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Annual Meeting Registration deadline

Online registration for the 2012 SGA Annual Meeting will end on Monday, October 29. For those who do not register online by this date, you may register onsite at the conference on November 8 by check only. We will not be able to take registration by credit card at the conference site. If you plan on registering by mail before the conference, please make sure the Administrative Assistant receives your check by Friday, November 2 at the latest. Send any checks to the following address:

Society of Georgia Archivists
c/o Rebecca Landel-Hernandez
P.O. Box 688
Decatur, Georgia 30031-0688

For questions, please contact Local Arrangments Chair Paul Crater at pcrater@atlantahistorycenter.com

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Who wants to trolley?

Opening of Coastal Highway, St. Simon's Island, Ga. 1928. Foltz Photography Studio Photographs, MS 1360. Courtesy of the Georgia Historical Society
Opening of Coastal Highway, Motorcade, St. Simon’s Island, Ga.,
1928. Foltz Photography Studio Photographs, MS 1360.
Courtesy of the Georgia Historical Society.
Are you interested in taking a trolley tour of St. Simons as part of your annual meeting experience? If so, the Local Arrangements Committee wants to hear from you!

We have the opportunity to schedule a group tour of the island by St. Simons Island Trolley Company, but we need a minimum number of people to sign up. So, please take a minute (seriously) to take our Trolley poll and indicate your preferred date and time. If we have sufficient interest by the end of this week (10/28), we'll offer a sign-up sheet.

The trolley tour is $23/adult and $10/child and includes the Lighthouse, Bloody Marsh, Fort Frederica, Retreat Plantation, and Christ Church.

Get Ready for St. Simons!

Hi everyone! If you're looking forward to this year's annual meeting in St. Simons as much as we (the local arrangements committee) are, you'll want to know in advance what the island has to offer outside of our excellent roster of speakers. Below you'll find links about dining, shopping, and tourism on the island. If you happen to be a St. Simons insider, please leave additional recommendations in the comments section!

New Georgia Encyclopedia entry on St. Simons Island
(This entry provides links to related articles and information about the island.)

Urban Spoon's list of St. Simons restaurants, rated
Ditto for Trip Advisor

List of local shops

Winn-Dixie (220 Retreat Vlg)
Harris Teeter (600 Sea Island Rd, #23)

St Simons Drug Co (209 Longview Plaza Driveway)
CVS (1650 Frederica Road and 30 Market Street)

St. Simons Lighthouse

Arthur J. Moore Methodist Museum

Wheel Fun Rentals (bike rentals)

Left Bank Art Gallery

St. Simons Island Trolley Tours

Fort Frederica National Monument

Salt Marsh Nature Tours

 Shrimping Excursions aboard the Lady Jane

Calendar of events, November 5-11

Explore St. Simons Island and Visit St. Simons Island both have lots of suggestions for visitors, too.

Image courtesy of the Georgia Historical Society.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Today's update from FOGAH and GA in the news

From FOGAH President Dianne Cannestra:

As of yesterday, five of the 10 remaining employees will still be losing their jobs October 31.  We are continuing to work through our consultant, Joe Tanner and Associates, to decrease that number.  He shares our opinion that all 10 of the employees are essential to the Archives operation.  

Unless more surprises are coming our way, it does appear that the Archives will remain in Morrow, even after the Archives operation in transferred to the University System.  Just in case, the FOGAH Board is providing rational to the consultants regarding the benefit to not physically moving the Archives from its current location.

We still need to identify volunteers around the state who will personally make contact with their state legislators after receiving training and “talking points” from our consulting firm.  If you would be willing to volunteer, please email me at diannebc@bellsouth.net with either your district number or your nine digit zip code and I will add you to the list.  The first training session will be November 8 in St. Simons Island from 4:00 pm to 5:30 so we are especially interested in volunteers from South Georgia right now.

Because the consultant contract fee was not anticipated and thus not in the FOGAH budget, you can also assist in saving the Archives by making a donation to FOGAH for the “Consultant Fee” fund.  You can send a check to FOGAH, 5800 Jonesboro Road, Morrow GA 30260 or by PayPal at www.FOGAH.org.  Please check that web site frequently for additional updates.

Links to news items after the jump:

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Update from FOGAH

From FOGAH President Dianne Cannestra:

"After reading the October 18, 2012 Press Release from Governor Deal’s office, the FOGAH Legislative Affairs Committee had a conference call with our Legislative Affairs Consultant.  It is unclear how the latest news will impact on the termination of the 7 employees.  The consultant will attempt to get more information on that question as soon as possible.  He shares our opinion that all 7 of the employees are essential to the Archives operation.  It was also not clearly stated that the Archives will remain in Morrow.  We will be working on that clarification as well.

We are all very appreciative of the Governor’s intervention and are especially excited about the move to the University System.  Please write letters to the Governor thanking him for his intervention as soon as possible.
Our fight for restoration of the budget is not over.  The $125,000 is obviously not nearly enough.  No matter where the Archives resides organizationally,  we need to convince our senators and representatives that the Archives needs $5.4 million to get back to the model Archives it once was and be open 5 days a week. 

The first task in the consultants work plan is to identify volunteers around the state who will personally make contact with their state legislators after receiving training and “talking points” from our consulting firm.  If you would be willing to volunteer, please email me at diannebc@bellsouth.net and I will add you to the list.

Because the consultant contract fee of $3,000 per month for 6 months was not anticipated and thus not in the FOGAH budget, you can also assist in saving the Archives by making a donation to FOGAH for the “Consultant Fee” fund.  You can send a check to FOGAH, 5800 Jonesboro Road, Morrow GA 30260 or by PayPal at www.FOGAH.org.  Please check that web site frequently for additional updates."

Links to news coverage below the jump.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Georgia Archives announcement in the News


Statement from FOGAH on the Georgia Archives remaining open

Although the Governor's press release raises a number of questions,
it's fundamentally good news.  Archives is in a better place today
than it was yesterday.  With continued efforts, things may improve

FIRST AND FOREMOST, FOGAH encourages EVERYONE to send an email or
letter to the Governor thanking him for his support.  Without his
efforts, we wouldn't have this victory.

Everyone is concerned about the staff -- one of the unanswered
questions.  Please remember that staffing decisions are ultimately the
Secretary of State's, not the Governor's.  It's one thing to ask the
Governor to continue efforts to support the Archives and the Staff,
but please avoid language that sounds demanding.

We still have lots of work to do.  We need to make sure that the
Archives has adequate support when transferred to the Board of
Regents.  That means meeting with members of the Assembly --
preferably in their district before the beginning of session, rather
than at the Capitol.  We're planning an advocacy training session at
the SGA meeting so that we can all work together as effectively as
possible.  Stay tuned for details.

Again, please use all available channels to say "thanks" to the Governor!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Recent News from the Georgia Archives

Today Secretary of State Brian Kemp released a statement explaining the new appointment system for the Georgia Archives.

This news was covered far and wide, and incorporated into a new AJC article about the immigration bill that Secretary Kemp has used as an example for the increase in services his office provides.

Kaye Minchew, of the Troup County Historical Society and the Coalition to Save Georgia Archives was interviewed in a WABE story on the new.

Chris Davidson, Director of the Georgia Archives, release the following information about the appointment system:

"The Archives began yesterday afternoon making appointments with researchers for November.  To make an appointment, contact me by phone or email and pick the type, day, and time of an appointment.  Researchers will be limited to one appointment per month.  For a list of appointment choices, go to:

Some additional links covering the story:

Monday, October 15, 2012

Update on the Georgia Archives from FOGAH

After much deliberation and talking with many different people, on October 11, 2012, I signed, as President of the Friends of the Georgia Archives and History (FOGAH), a contract with the legislative affairs consulting firm Joe Tanner & Associates, Inc.  The contact is $3,000 a month for six months.

As you know the Archives budget has been severely cut for the past several years.  Although the Coalition to Save the Archives has worked tirelessly to restore some or all of the funding, we have had very limited success.  The latest cut which resulted in the decision to close the Archives to the public made us realize that a more organized approach must be taken.  The legislative and budget process is very complex and requires very specialized expertise and the ability to contact the appropriate legislators and budget officials.  The FOGAH Board of Directors believes Joe Tanner & Associates, Inc.  is the perfect firm to assist us.

Very shortly, we will share the entire work plan with all of you because all of you will be asked to assist.  One of the first tasks is to identify individuals who live in each house and senate district in Georgia.  We will be asking those individuals to make contact with each legislator after specialized training and talking points have been given to you by Joe Tanner & Associates, Inc.  Our goal is to work with the Governor and the General Assembly to put the Georgia Archives on more stable financial footing for years to come. 

You can also assist by making a donation to FOGAH that is designated to the “Consultant Fund”.   This $3,000 a month is an expense that was not anticipated and is not covered by our current budget.  You can make the donation by sending a check to FOGAH, 5800 Jonesboro Road, Morrow GA 30260 or by using PayPal on the FOGAH web site, www.fogah.org

Thank you in advance for your assistance in saving our Archives.

Dianne Cannestra

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Items Needed: 2012 SGA Scholarship Auction

It’s time for the Annual SGA Scholarship Auction! Each year the Scholarship Committee sponsors the auction to raise funds for the four scholarships offered by SGA. This year's auction will be part silent and part live auction, with the silent auction opening at noon on Thursday and ending that evening at the conclusion of the live auction so that everyone will have a chance to bid on something!

Each year members and institutions from around the state donate wonderful items to be auctioned off and we hope this year will be no different. We need your donations to continue supporting the professional development of archivists and students from Georgia. We hope that each of you will consider donating to this wonderful event!

If you have any questions about the auction or would like to donate an item to be auctioned, please contact Scholarship Chair Allison Galloup either by email at agalloup@auctr.edu or by phone at (404) 978-2133.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Rally Round-Up

Thank you to everyone who showed their support for the Georgia Archives by attending the rally today at the State Capitol!

There was a wonderful turnout, with archivists, genealogists, historians, students and other well-wishers in attendance.

Speakers included Dianne Cannestra of the Friends of Georgia Archives and History, former U.S. Attorney/Congressman Bob Barr, UGA historian James Cobb, Emma Davis-Hamilton of the African-American Genealogical Society, Senator Gail Davenport, Representative Debbie Buckner, and Kaye Minchew of the Troup County Archives and the Coalition to Preserve the Georgia Archives.

A surprise(d) speaker was Mayor J.B. Burke of Morrow, who gave impassioned comments about the importance of the Georgia Archives to Morrow, Clayton County and the State.

Press was well-represented, and coverage of the rally has already appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Kudos to the speakers, organizers and attendees!

You can share your photos or reflections on the event in the SGA newsletter. Send submissions to Joshua Kitchens by October 12, 2012 at joshua.kitchens@gcsu.edu

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Archives rally update: Share the flyer!

This flyer for the October 3 rally was shared this morning via the SGA list serve. If you missed it and need an additional copy, please contact Outreach@soga.org

Monday, September 24, 2012

Georgia Archives support continues with 2 rallies in October

Despite promises from Governor Deal to keep the Georgia Archives open, there is no plan in place for such action. The 7 staff laid off last week received confirmation this week, and planned hours are still restricted to "by appointment only."

The Friends of Georgia Archives and History continue to take the lead on educating the public on this issue and gathering support. Two rallies are planned for October, one at the Georgia Capitol and one at the Georgia Archives building.

Capitol Rally
Save the Date: Wed., Oct. 3, noon-1 p.m.
Location: Capitol South Wing (inside)

Archives Rally
Date: TBD
Location: Georgia Archives, Morrow, GA

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Next Steps: A Message from the SGA President

From President Marie Force via the SGA list serve:

Quite a day at the Capitol! Almost 100 supporters came out!  I think Glenda Anderson wins the prize for longest drive - all the way from Savannah. We were limited to about 20 in the governor's office for the photo, but thank you everyone for packing his waiting room - and he knew all of you were there.

Let me know if you have personal photos of the event we can share on SGA's Flickr site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/23288207@N04/

Kaye Minchew did a great job for us as she asked the Governor for his support in keeping the Archives open! We handed over your letters of support and the 10,000 petition signatures. We were very pleased the AJC and Clayton County reporters were able to be the governor's office with us to confirm that he said he will keep the Archives open:

What does the governor mean by "open"?? We need to tell him "open" means public hours and professional archival staff! The governor and your legislators have to hear from their constituents in Georgia that "open" does not mean appointments only with 3 full-time staff to handle the entire state archives operations.

Keep making noise! People are paying attention. To locate your representatives, see http://soga.org/involvement/legislative

Thank you,

Marie Force
SGA President

GAM 2012

Over 100 archivists, historians, genealogists and other supporters of the Georgia Archives gathered today at the Georgia State Capitol to witness Governor Nathan Deal sign a proclamation declaring October "Georgia Archives Month." 

SGA President Marie Force and Coalition to Save the Georgia Archives Chair Kaye Minchew presented the Governor with a petition and letters written in support of the Georgia Archives.

The petition was a print out of the first 10,000 signatures gathered on the "The Governor of GA: Leave our state archives open to the public," a Change.org petition started by Georgians Against Closing of the State Archives.

The event was covered by reporters from both the AJC and the Clayton Daily News.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Georgia Literary Festival at the Annual Meeting!

Something fun and exciting to do after the SGA Annual Meeting...

If you plan to stay in the area after SGA, you might want to attend the 2012 Georgia Literary Festival at the Golden Isles, Nov 9-11 at the Jekyll Island Convention Center.  The Festival is hosted by College of Coastal Georgia, Jekyll Island Authority, and Golden Isles Convention and Visitors Bureau.  There will be over 33 featured authors, including Natasha Trethewey, Mark Kay Andrews, Steve Berry, Natalie Dupree, June McCash, Jack McDevitt, Pamela Bauer Mueller, William Rawlings, and others. 

There will be new fiction and favorite beach reads, Southern cuisine cookbooks, coastal history, nature and the environment, popular children’s literature, and contributors to The Georgia Review literary magazine.  The festival is sponsored by the Georgia Center for the Book with funding from the Georgia Humanities Council and local sponsors.

For a full schedule of events, visit www.ccga.edu/Community/GeorgiaLiteraryFestival.asp

Friday, September 07, 2012

Annual meeting trolley tour

The Local Arrangements Committee is pleased to offer a trolley tour of beautiful St. Simons Island during the annual meeting. To get a sense if people are interested in signing up, please let us know if you would like to take a 1.5-hour trolley tour of the island. We have a few options for tour date and time:

- Wednesday (11/7) at 3:00 pm or 4:00 pm
- Friday (11/9) at at 1:00 pm or 2:00 pm

Rates are $23.00 for adults, children 4-12 are $10.00 and under 4 are free. If there is enough interest, we will offer the tour on both Wednesday and Friday. Please take our poll to indicate your preference.

See you in St. Simons!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

SGA Workshop: Creating DACS Compliant Finding Aids in AT

Creating DACS-compliant finding aids using the Archivist's Toolkit
Date: Friday, September 21, 2012 from 9AM-4PM
Location: Georgia State Archives, 5800 Jonesboro Road Morrow, GA 30260. Room 210

Take advantage of simple tools and current standards to describe your collections in a stream-lined workflow! This one-day workshop will consist of 2 parts: a review of the elements of DACS- Describing Archives, A Content Standard- and an instructional, hands-on workshop using the Archivist's Toolkit to create DACS-compliant finding aids.  Participants should be familiar with archival arrangement and description and have past experience creating finding aids using MS Word or other word processing programs; they should also be aware of EAD- Encoded Archival Description- though mastery is not required. Each participant should bring a laptop with the Archivist's Toolkit Sandbox (Version 2.0) downloaded onto it (http://archiviststoolkit.org/support/sandbox2.0) and a short, medium, and long finding aid (both with series and subseries and without) to enter as practice.

The workshop will be led by Dana Miller, Manuscripts Archivist at the University of Georgia.

Archival Recertification Credits-ARCs: 5

Register here.

Please address any questions or concerns to Dana Miller, dmmiller@uga.edu.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Registration is open!

Registration is now open for the SGA Annual Meeting!

Register now for the 2012 SGA Annual Meeting to be held on St. Simons Island, Georgia! Early-bird registration for the conference will extend to October 20, 2012. Early-bird registration for SGA members is $95.00. If you are member presenting in St. Simons your cost is $75.00. Student members pay a registration fee of $70.00 and the non-member rate is $115.00.

The meeting will be held on November 8-9 at the Sea Palms Golf & Tennis Resort. Single room are available at the rate of $99.00/night and double rooms at $150.00/night. The conference rate is valid for attendees beginning Monday, November 5 and extending through Sunday, November 11.  When registering online, use the code sgaresort to get the group rate. Please make your hotel reservations at Sea Palms before September 19!

Registration is available at www.soga.org/annualmeeting 

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Call for Nominations: 2012 SGA President's Award

The Society of Georgia Archivists President is currently accepting nominations for the 2012 President’s Award.

Nominations accepted until July 16, 2012.

Award presented in November 2012 during SGA Annual Meeting Reception.

The SGA 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. 

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. 

Send nominations by e-mail, fax or mail to:

Marie Force
Delta Air Transport Heritage Museum
P.O. Box 20585
Dept. 914
Atlanta, GA 30320-2585
404-714-2371 (tel)
404-715-2037 (fax)

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

SGA Fellow Nominations

SGA is pleased to announce that nominations are open for 2012 SGA Fellows program!  SGA members and current Fellows are welcome to nominate individuals who have made outstanding contributions to SGA and to the archives profession.   The nomination form and the procedures for nomination can be found on the SGA website, or by following the links below:

Please forward nominations to Christine Wiseman by April 30, 2012.  Nominations can be sent by email or snail mail to the address below.

Submit your nomination today!

Christine Wiseman
Preservation Services Manager
Georgia Archives
5800 Jonesboro Road
Morrow, GA 30260

Friday, February 17, 2012

SGA 2012 Call for Submissions

The Society of Georgia Archivists Program Committee announces a call for presentation proposals for the 2012 SGA Annual Conference.

The SGA Annual Conference will take place this year in beautiful Saint Simon’s Island, Georgia, on November 8th and 9th, 2012.

The conference theme is Brave New World: Next Steps in the Archives Profession.

The Program Committee is soliciting presentation proposals for sessions touching on a variety of topics under this theme, including:

  • Practical and theoretical foundations for new archivists, including appraisal, accessioning, arrangement and description, and public service approaches
  • Making digital resources accessible by creating useful descriptive metadata, promoting interoperability standards for the distribution of digital content, investigating content management software, strategies, etc.
  • Project Management- from various angles for anyone managing any kind of project, including personnel management, project life cycle, concrete tools and techniques, strategic planning, etc.
  • Electronic Records Primer- intro covering the appraisal, maintenance, use, and preservation of born-digital records, and ways to address the challenges of technological change and format obsolescence
  • Self Assessment-  tools and methods archivists use to self evaluate and measure our impact, determine needs for improvement, prove value, and structure workflow
  • Electronic Preservation Case Studies- examples from the archives community of working digital preservation strategies, including successes, failures and next steps.
Interested individuals should submit proposals here by March 30 for consideration. If you have any questions, please contact the SGA 2012 Program Committee at program@soga.org.

Monday, February 06, 2012

New exhibit: "Celebrating 100 Years of Girl Scouting"

Duluth Cadette Troop 1941 of the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta invites you visit the new exhibit to "Celebrating 100 Years of Girl Scouting."

The exhibit will open February 3, 2012, through April 28, 2012. The public will be able to learn more about the history of Girl Scouting and view artifacts such as original handbooks and uniforms on loan from the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Archives.

An original uniform (not a replica), circa 1914-1928. When the girls earned badges, they sewed them on their sleeves instead of a separate sash or vest as you see today. Some of the very first Girl Scouts in 1912 even had to embroider the badge before sewing it on, since there was not a ready-made supplier. A large crowned hat with "GS" pin on the front band would have been worn with this uniform.

The exhibit at the Duluth City Hall will feature information regarding current troops and the service they perform within the community. An open house will be held on Sunday, February 12, 2012, from 3:00-5:00 pm at the Strickland House.

The Cadette troop also encourages the public to bring their memories and pictures to share of Girl Scouting in Gwinnett County, as they are compiling a more complete history of Girl Scouting in this area of Georgia. Artifacts from several local families are featured in the exhibit, including a 1930s era uniform.

Pocket from a Senior Girl Scout Mariner uniform. The program began in 1934 and is still active, although there are not very many Mariner troops left. In the program, the girls learned all about sailing, and often took weekend long trips in boats. Some of the volunteer Archives members were Mariners when they were younger, and recall sailing up and down the eastern seaboard. There was another program which began in 1941 called the Wing Scout Program. The girls in this program learned all about aviation, but was phased out in the 1970s.

The entrance to the Duluth Historical Society Museum is free for members, or $3 per adult and $1 per student. The Duluth Historical Society Museum is located at 2956 Buford Highway, Duluth, GA 30096, and can be reached at 770-232-7584.

*Photographs and captions courtesy of Pamela Nye.