By Tanya Zanish-Belcher

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Tanya at SAA

While it is hard to condense both a year and a week into a blog post, I will certainly try my best. Serving as President of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) over the past year has certainly been a tremendous experience, both personally and professionally. I had to deal with a multitude of issues... more

Tanya at the Final Archives Leadership Institute, Berea (KY)

For the final year, I attended the Archives Leadership Institute as a Steering Committee member. The Steering Committee consists of archivists (Rachel Vagts, ALI Director) from Berea College as well as representatives from New York (Geof Huth), Massachusetts (Beth Myers), Ohio (Dan Noonan), Oregon (Terry Baxter), Virginia (Brenda Gunn), and North Carolina (Tanya). Funded by... more

Society of Ohio Archivists, Columbus-Ohio

I was invited to give the keynote presentation at the 50th anniversary of the Society of Ohio Archivists annual meeting which was held last week in Columbus. As a native of Ohio and graduate of Wright State University’s Public History Program, I was pleased to return as President of the Society of American Archivists. My... more

International Council on Archives–Mexico City, Mexico

The week after Thanksgiving, I was invited to speak at the International Council on Archives annual meeting in Mexico City, held jointly with the Asociación Latinoamericana de Archivos. The conference sessions were interesting (conducted in English, Spanish, and French with translation), and Mexico City was a fascinating and noisy mix of 22 million people, their... more

Tanya at NCLA

I attended the NCLA meeting this week; chairing a panel on Wednesday, attending sessions and the Ogilvie Keynote with Dr. Jon Gant, and perusing the numerous vendors.  Our Wednesday session “Special Collections Instruction: Engagement Beyond an Introduction” included Chrystal Carpenter (Elon University), Ellen Daugman (ZSR), Erin Lawrimore (UNCG), and Megan Mulder (ZSR). For my part,... more

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