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ARL-SAA Digital Archives Specialist Courses at US National Archives: Early-Bird Deadline Approaching

national-archives-statue-the-future-by-robert-aitkenimage © David KingRegister by Friday, October 10, to receive the early-bird discount on the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) courses being offered by ARL and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) at the National Archives in Washington, DC, November 10–14. You do not need to work at an ARL library to register for the courses at this site—they are open to all librarians and archivists—but the first 15 seats are reserved for ARL member institution staff.

 
 

ARL/SAA Mosaic Program Fellows Selected for 2014–2016

19th-cent-stamped-envelopeimage © Clemson University LibraryThe selection committee for the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)/Society of American Archivists (SAA) Mosaic Program has chosen five master of library and information science (MLIS) students specializing in archival studies to participate in the 2014–2016 cohort. Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), this program strives to promote much-needed diversification of the archives and special collections professional workforce.

 
 

Synergy: News from ARL Diversity Programs—Issue 11 Focuses on Professional Trends

synergy-11-coverSynergy, no. 11 (PDF) The 2014 issue of Synergy: News from ARL Diversity Programs features three brief articles on a range of topics around trends in the library and archival profession. The newsletter provides an opportunity for ARL diversity programs participants to share information about key issues and emerging trends in the workplace.

 
 

Synergy Issue 11, September 2014

This issue of Synergy features three brief articles on a range of topics around trends in the library and archival profession. Camille Salas reflects on a service-learning project that was implemented as a product of formal library and information science coursework on universal design, and the nexus with the “makerspace” movement in libraries. Harrison Inefuku provides an update about the ARL/Society of American Archivists (SAA) Mosaic Program, a collaborative diversity recruitment program entering its second year. The final article features three ARL/Music Library Association (MLA) Diversity and Inclusion Initiative (DII) fellows—Joy Doan, Rahni Kennedy, and Patrick Sifuentes—in a virtual fireside chat as they reflect on their experiences from the past year of their fellowships and the DII program.

pdfsynergy-issue-11.pdf

 
 

ARL/SAA Mosaic Program Hosts Inaugural Leadership Forum at SAA Annual Meeting

mosaic-fellows-with-david-ferrieroARL/SAA Mosaic Program fellows with David Ferriero, photo by Sarah McGheeThe 2013–2015 ARL/Society of American Archivists (SAA) Mosaic Program fellows participated in the first Mosaic Leadership Forum on August 12, 2014, during the SAA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. The daylong forum focused on such topics as leadership in the archives profession and increasing diversity within the field. The event also included a practical session on job interview techniques and strategies for transitioning into the professional archives workforce. The importance of building a supportive career network and community by utilizing the opportunities available in SAA was a common theme developed throughout the day. A highlight of the forum was a special appearance by David Ferriero, the Archivist of the United States.

 
 

ARL-SAA Digital Archives Specialist Courses at U Minnesota: Early-Bird Deadline Approaching

u-minnesota-andersen-libraryU Minnesota, Andersen Library, photo by Elliott ShoreRegister by Monday, May 26, to receive the early-bird discount on the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) courses being offered by ARL and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) at the University of Minnesota, June 9–13. You do not need to work at an ARL library to register for the courses at this site—they are open to all librarians and archivists.

 
 

ARL-SAA Digital Archives Specialist Courses at Emory: Early-Bird Deadline Approaching

emory-u-woodruff-libraryEmory University, Woodruff Library, image © Nick NoakesRegister by Thursday, May 1, to receive the early-bird discount on the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) courses being offered by ARL and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) at Emory University, May 19–23. You do not need to work at an ARL library to register for the courses at this site—they are open to all librarians and archivists.

 
 

ARL/SAA Mosaic Program Application Deadline Extended

19th-cent-stamped-envelopeimage © Clemson University LibraryThe Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) have extended the application deadline through Wednesday, April 16, 2014, for the second cohort of the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program. This program promotes much-needed diversification of the archives and special collections professional workforce by providing financial support, practical work experience, mentoring, career placement assistance, and leadership development to emerging professionals from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups. An important objective of the program is to attract and retain individuals who demonstrate excellent potential for scholastic and personal achievement and who manifest a commitment both to the archives and special collections profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it.

 
 

Strategies to Sustain Digitized Special Collections: Ithaka S+R/ARL Web Seminar Video and Q&A Online

A A S Vigilantes of Montana posterVigilantes of Montana poster, courtesy American Antiquarian SocietyMuseums and libraries are taking advantage of advances in technology to move their rare and unique collections online. What most institutions learn quickly is that digitization is the easy part. As grant funding rarely covers ongoing operations, the larger challenge is to develop a successful strategy to make sure the digitized collections remain accessible and relevant over time.

 
 

ARL-SAA Digital Archives Specialist Courses at U Alberta: Early-Bird Deadline Approaching

u-alberta-rutherford-libraryU Alberta, Rutherford Library, image © Alexander AffleckTuesday, April 1, 2014, is the last day to register at early-bird rates for the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) courses being offered by ARL and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) at University of Alberta, April 21–25. You do not need to work at an ARL library to register for the courses at this site—they are open to all librarians and archivists.

 
 

ARL-SAA Digital Archives Specialist Courses at Syracuse: Register Now

syracuse-u-carnegie-librarySyracuse University, Carnegie Library, photo Kai Brinker, © Encyclopaedia BritannicaThere are still seats available in the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) courses being offered by ARL and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) at Syracuse University, March 10–14, 2014. You do not need to work at an ARL library to register for the courses at this site—they are open to all librarians and archivists.

 
 

ARL-SAA Digital Archives Specialist Courses at Syracuse: Early-Bird Deadline February 21

syracuse-u-carnegie-librarySyracuse University, Carnegie Library, image © Encyclopaedia Britannica, credit Kai BrinkerThis Friday, February 21, 2014, is the last day to register at early-bird rates for the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) courses being offered by ARL and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) at Syracuse University, March 10–14. You do not need to work at an ARL library to register for the courses at this site—they are open to all librarians and archivists.

 
 

ARL/SAA Mosaic Program Call for Applications—Deadline April 1, 2014

19th-cent-stamped-envelopeimage © Clemson University LibraryThe Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) are now accepting applications for the second cohort of the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program. This program promotes much-needed diversification of the archives and special collections professional workforce by providing financial support, practical work experience, mentoring, career placement assistance, and leadership development to emerging professionals from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups. An important objective of the program is to attract and retain individuals who demonstrate excellent potential for scholastic and personal achievement and who manifest a commitment both to the archives and special collections profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it.

 
 

ARL-SAA Digital Archives Specialist Courses at Syracuse: Early-Bird Deadline Approaching

syracuse-u-carnegie-librarySyracuse University, Carnegie Library, image © Encyclopaedia Britannica, credit Kai BrinkerFriday, February 21, 2014, is the last day to register at early-bird rates for the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) courses being offered by ARL and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) at Syracuse University, March 10–14. You do not need to work at an ARL library to register for the courses at this site—they are open to all librarians and archivists.

 
 

ARL-SAA Digital Archives Specialist Courses 2014 Open for Registration

digital-archives-specialist-das-logoRegistration is open for the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) courses being offered by ARL and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) at several ARL member libraries in 2014. You do not need to work at an ARL library to register for these courses—they are open to all librarians and archivists.

 
 

Strategies to Sustain Digitized Special Collections: Key Lessons from Ithaka S+R/ARL Report “Searching for Sustainability”

A A S Vigilantes of Montana posterVigilantes of Montana poster, courtesy American Antiquarian SocietyMuseums and libraries are taking advantage of advances in technology to move their rare and unique collections online.  What most institutions learn quickly is that digitization is the easy part. As grant funding rarely covers ongoing operations, the larger challenge is to develop a successful strategy to make sure the digitized collections remain accessible and relevant over time.

 
 

Strategies to Sustain Digitized Special Collections: Key Lessons from Ithaka S+R/ARL Report “Searching for Sustainability”

A A S Vigilantes of Montana posterVigilantes of Montana poster, courtesy American Antiquarian SocietyMuseums and libraries are taking advantage of advances in technology to move their rare and unique collections online.  What most institutions learn quickly is that digitization is the easy part. As grant funding rarely covers ongoing operations, the larger challenge is to develop a successful strategy to make sure the digitized collections remain accessible and relevant over time.

 
 

ARL/SAA Mosaic Program 2013–2015 Participants Chosen

rare-booksimage © Sophia HussainThe Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) announce the selection of five master of library and information science (MLIS) students with specialization in archives to participate in the 2013–2015 ARL/ SAA Mosaic Program. Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), this collaborative diversity recruitment program reflects the joint commitment of ARL and SAA to address the need for professional staff in archives and special collections to better reflect the evolving demographics of students and faculty in those fields.

 
 

Strategies to Sustain Digitized Special Collections: Key Lessons from Ithaka S+R/ARL Report “Searching for Sustainability”

A A S Vigilantes of Montana posterVigilantes of Montana poster, courtesy American Antiquarian SocietyMuseums and libraries are taking advantage of advances in technology to move their rare and unique collections online.  What most institutions learn quickly is that digitization is the easy part. As grant funding rarely covers ongoing operations, the larger challenge is to develop a successful strategy to make sure the digitized collections remain accessible and relevant over time.

 
 

Vanderbilt Television News Archive

Vanderbilt Television News Archive, Vanderbilt University is one of eight case studies used in Searching for Sustainability: Strategies from Eight Digitized Special Collections (PDF)  (by Nancy L. Maron, Sarah Pickle, and Deanna Marcum), an article published in November 2013 by ARL and Ithaka S+R and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Case Study (PDF)

 
 

Quakers and Slavery

Quakers and Slavery, Haverford College is one of eight case studies used in Searching for Sustainability: Strategies from Eight Digitized Special Collections (PDF)  (by Nancy L. Maron, Sarah Pickle, and Deanna Marcum), an article published in November 2013 by ARL and Ithaka S+R and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Case Study (PDF)

 
 

Maine Memory Network

Maine Memory Network, Maine Historical Society is one of eight case studies used in Searching for Sustainability: Strategies from Eight Digitized Special Collections (PDF)  (by Nancy L. Maron, Sarah Pickle, and Deanna Marcum), an article published in November 2013 by ARL and Ithaka S+R and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Case Study (PDF)

 
 

Home Economics Archive: Research, Tradition, and History

Home Economics Archive: Research, Tradition, and History, Cornell University is one of eight case studies used in Searching for Sustainability: Strategies from Eight Digitized Special Collections (PDF)  (by Nancy L. Maron, Sarah Pickle, and Deanna Marcum), an article published in November 2013 by ARL and Ithaka S+R and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Case Study (PDF)

 
 

Grateful Dead Archive Online

Grateful Dead Archive Online, University of California, Santa Cruz is one of eight case studies used in Searching for Sustainability: Strategies from Eight Digitized Special Collections (PDF)  (by Nancy L. Maron, Sarah Pickle, and Deanna Marcum), an article published in November 2013 by ARL and Ithaka S+R and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Case Study (PDF)

 
 

Florida Folklife Collection

Florida Folklife Collection, Florida Department of State, Division of Library & Information Services is one of eight case studies used in Searching for Sustainability: Strategies from Eight Digitized Special Collections (PDF)  (by Nancy L. Maron, Sarah Pickle, and Deanna Marcum), an article published in November 2013 by ARL and Ithaka S+R and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Case Study (PDF)

 
 

Biodiversity Heritage Library

Biodiversity Heritage Library, Smithsonian Institution is one of eight case studies used in Searching for Sustainability: Strategies from Eight Digitized Special Collections (PDF)  (by Nancy L. Maron, Sarah Pickle, and Deanna Marcum), an article published in November 2013 by ARL and Ithaka S+R and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Case Study (PDF)

 
 

American Antiquarian Society Digital Collections

American Antiquarian Society Digital Collections is one of eight case studies used in Searching for Sustainability: Strategies from Eight Digitized Special Collections (PDF)  (by Nancy L. Maron, Sarah Pickle, and Deanna Marcum), an article published in November 2013 by ARL and Ithaka S+R and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Case Study (PDF)

 
 

How Are Digital Collections Being Sustained? New Evidence-Based Report and Case Studies from ARL and Ithaka S+R Provide Answers

A A S Vigilantes of Montana posterVigilantes of Montana poster, courtesy American Antiquarian SocietyThe Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the not-for-profit research and consulting group Ithaka S+R released today Searching for Sustainability: Strategies from Eight Digitized Special Collections. The report aims to address one of the biggest challenges facing libraries and cultural heritage organizations: how to move their special collections into the 21st century through digitization while developing successful strategies to make sure those collections remain accessible and relevant over time.

 
 

Searching for Sustainability: Strategies from Eight Digitized Special Collections

Searching for Sustainability report coverA report and eight cases studies by Nancy L. Maron, Sarah Pickle, and Deanna Marcum. Published November 2013 by ARL and Ithaka S+R. Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

The report aims to address one of the biggest challenges facing libraries and cultural heritage organizations: how to move their special collections into the 21st century through digitization while developing successful strategies to make sure those collections remain accessible and relevant over time.

Report (PDF)

Case studies:

See also the video of the January 2014 web seminar with ARL, Ithaka S+R, and speakers from the eight case studies presented in the Searching for Sustainability report.

 
 

ARL-SAA Digital Archives Specialist Courses in LA: Early-Bird Deadline Approaching

U C L A Young Library interiorUCLA Young Research Library, image © Peter LeonardTuesday, November 26, is the last day to register at early-bird rates for the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) courses being offered by ARL and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), December 16–20. You do not need to work at an ARL library to register for the courses at this site—they are open to all librarians and archivists.

 
 
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