Author Archive

What’s It All About in Special Collections & Archives?

A frequent question heard in ZSR: “So, I have a question for Special Collections & Archives, who should I contact first?” That is a very good question to ask, and here is an answer. While everyone in SCA multitasks to a certain point, we do have people serving as “leads” in particular areas, and it... more

Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon

I recently returned from the week-long meeting of the Society of American Archivists meeting in Portland, Oregon. As Stephanie recently noted, this was not only our largest West Coast meeting, it was our 2nd highest attended meeting ever. All in all, it was a busy week in beautiful Oregon. The majority of my time was... more

Archives Leadership Institute 2017

After RBMS, I headed on to Berea, Kentucky. As a Steering Committee member, I again participated in the Archives Leadership Institute (ALI), now based at Berea College. Funded by the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC), the goal for the Institute is to “bring to tomorrow’s leaders the insights and understanding necessary for increasing... more

Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS/ALA) Annual Meeting

There were times where I wondered if I was completely sane in driving cross-country to attend the RBMS meeting in Iowa City, but I am ever so glad I did. The theme was “The Stories We Tell” as both practice and metaphor in special collections work. RBMS began with a plenary from Micaela Blei, the... more

Association for Librarians & Archivists in Baptist Institutions (ALABI)

I had the wonderful opportunity of attending the annual meeting of ALABI (the Association for Librarians & Archivists at Baptist Institutions), hosted by the American Baptist Historical Society (ABHS) located at Mercer University (Atlanta, Georgia). The theme was “Transitions & Turnarounds: Successfully Navigating Change in Baptist Archives and Libraries” and while this is a small... more

SAA in Atlanta, 2016

I recently returned from the Society of American Archivists annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia—it was a bit warm, but a nice shower every afternoon cooled things off. I am “in-between” on some of my governance duties and so I had the opportunity to attend some programming. In addition, all of the sessions are now available... more

Tanya and the Archives Leadership Institute (Berea College), 2016

I recently attended our second funded round of the Archives Leadership Institute (ALI), now based at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. Funded by the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC), the goal for the Institute is to “bring to tomorrow’s leaders the insights and understanding necessary for increasing public use and appreciation of archives.”... more

Tanya @ MAC (Midwest Archives Conference), Milwaukee, WI

I recently attended the Midwest Archives Conference (MAC) annual meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. MAC is one of the largest regional archival organizations, and I have been an involved member since 1995. It was, however, a nasty shock to arrive in Milwaukee with the high only being 40—apparently, I am now completely acclimated to the NC... more

Tanya @SAA2015

I recently returned from the Society of American Archivists annual meeting in Cleveland, Ohio and per usual, it was a very busy week! I finished my third year and term as an SAA Council member. As before, much of my time was spent with governance issues during the week. However, not to worry—there is a... more

Archives Leadership Institute (ALI) 2015 (Decorah, Iowa) by Tanya

I recently attended our third and final iteration of the Archives Leadership Institute (ALI), located in Decorah, Iowa. Funded by the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC), the goal for the Institute is to “bring to tomorrow’s leaders the insights and understanding necessary for increasing public use and appreciation of archives.” However, while we... more