SAA-IUB 2014 Conference Final Schedule

Here is the final schedule for this year’s SAA-IUB conference. For a printer-friendly copy, see this pdf.


9:00-9:30   Registration and Breakfast

Room E174

9:30-10:30   Session 1 (parallel sessions)

Room LI031

Tech-knowledge-y in Special Collections: A Study of Technological Requirements in Special Collections ALA Joblist Advertisements from 2006-2013
Madeline Grdina and Colleen Barrett, Indiana University-Bloomington

New Archivists Seeking Employment: Exploring Entry-Level Jobs in Archives
Allison Haack, Michelle Gordon, Allison Siekman, and Hannah Keeney, Indiana University-Bloomington

Room LI001

Treasures Hiding in Plain Sight: Rare Materials in Aging Circulating Collections
Karen Stafford, Indiana University-Bloomington

Challenges in Special-Collections Public Services
Charles Roush, Indiana University-Bloomington

10:45-11:45   Session 2  (parallel sessions)

Room LI031

Yea or Nay?: Calling Congressional Archives and MPLP Up For a Vote
Hope Grebner, Indiana University-Bloomington

Is the Narrative of a “Public Archives Tradition” and a “Historical Manuscripts Tradition” Accurate?: Examining the History of the American Archival Tradition
Alessandro Meregaglia, Indiana University-Bloomington

Room LI001

Affecting the Art Historical Narrative: Discoveries at the Ray Johnson Estate Archive
Diana Bowers, Pratt Institute

From Private Journals to an Alligator Head: Working with the Belton Mss. At the Lilly Library
Erika Jenns, Indiana University-Bloomington

11:45-12:00   Break/Meet Designated Tour Leader

12:00-12:45   Tour

Options:

  • Lilly Library – A behind-the-scenes tour of the Lilly Library, Indiana University’s rare books, manuscripts, and special collections repository. The library contains 400,000 rare books, 6.5 million manuscripts, and 100,000 pieces of sheet music. Highlights include a Gutenberg Bible, Shakespeare’s first folio, a copy of the first printing of the Declaration of Independence, George Washington’s letter accepting the presidency of the United States, and the Slocum Puzzle Collection.
  • The Kinsey Institute  – Founded by world-renowned sex scientist Dr. Kinsey in 1947, the Kinsey Institute collections document a persistent pursuit of sexual understanding and knowledge, from the erotic images on a Roman oil lamp, to the landmark studies of Dr. Kinsey, to the current research. The collections comprise more than 432,000 items, including books, periodicals, photographs, art, films, and other special and unique research materials. Thousands of students and scholars of human sexuality now use the collections that were originally assembled to assist the work of Dr. Kinsey and his colleagues. This presentation will highlight collection’s acquisitions, organizations, exhibitions and digitization activities that are inspired by and carry on the legacies of Dr. Kinsey.
  • Archives of Traditional Music – A behind-the-scenes tour of the Archives of Traditional Music, the largest university-based ethnographic sound archives in the United States. Its holdings cover a wide range of cultural and geographical areas, and include commercial and field recordings of vocal and instrumental music, folktales, interviews, and oral history, as well as videotapes, photographs, and manuscripts.
  • IU Art Museum – A behind-the-scenes tour of the IU Art Museum, one of the foremost university museums in the country. Situated in an I.M. Pei-designed building, its internationally acclaimed collections range from ancient gold jewelry and African masks to paintings by Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso. The collection includes more than 40,000 objects representing nearly every art-producing culture throughout history.

1:00-2:00   Lunch

Room E174

2:00-3:00   Session 3

Room E174

Democratizing Archives: Digital Libraries and the Expansion of the Archival User Base
Leah Edelman, Elizabeth McGorty, and Timothy Walsh, Tufts University

Digitizing Special Collections: Concerns and Considerations for Future Programs
Siobhain Rivera, Indiana University-Bloomington

3:00-3:15   Break/Meet Designated Tour Leader

3:15-4:30   Workshop

Options:

  • Working with Photographs in Archives, IU Archives – What’s a cyanotype? What’s the difference between a daguerreotype and an ambrotype? In this workshop we will show you how to identify many of the typical types of photographs that you are likely to find in most archival repositories. We will also take a look at some of the basic terms associated with photographs and vinegar syndrome; how photographs are processed here in the University Archives as well as the procedures for putting these images into our on-line collection. Finally, we will talk about dealing with donors of photograph collections, deeds-of-gift, and permission-to-publish forms.
  • The Preservation of Film, IU Film Archive – The Indiana University Libraries Film Archive (IULFA) is one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive academic film collections. The archive contains more than 71,700 items spanning nearly 80 years of film production, including many rare and last-remaining copies of influential 20th-century films. Its collections are curated, catalogued, and preserved by IU Libraries film specialists, ensuring not only that these films last for generations, but also that they be easily searchable and accessible, providing unlimited educational, cultural, and scholarly opportunities. Ms. Stoeltje will share her experience with us and offer a comprehensive introduction to archiving films during this conference.
  • Tour of Auxiliary Library Facility, ALF – A behind-the-scenes tour of the Ruth Lilly Auxiliary Library Facility (ALF), a high-density shelving facility that provides low-cost housing with conservation-level environmental controls for library materials. It houses low-use film, media and print materials, archives, manuscripts and rare and fragile materials from several campus libraries. It also includes the state-of-the-art E. Lingle Craig Preservation Laboratory, a book freezer to assist with the treatment of water-damaged materials, and a vault with the capacity for approximately 6.4 million bound volumes.

8:00-10:00   Social Gathering at Nick’s English Pub (optional)

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SAA-IUB puts on a Wikipedia-Edit-a-thon

On February 22, a small group gathered for a Wikipedia-Edit-a-thon. We started off with a presentation by Chanitra Bishop, the Instruction & Emerging Technologies Librarian here at IU. Chanitra talked to us about Wikipedia culture, page editing, and why libraries and archives should take the time to contribute to Wikipedia.saa_wikiEdit_20140222_02

Since February is Black History Month, we took the opportunity to edit and create pages about African-American alumni and organizations. Our faculty advisor, Dina, had pulled reference and clipping files for us in advance.

Here the pages we worked on:saa_wikiEdit_20140222_01

Marcellus Neal

Charlie Nelms

Adam Herbert

Frances Marshall

Two of our attendees were experienced wikipedians and worked on their own special projects:

National Register of Historic Places listings in Anchorage, Kentucky

Vladislav Krasnov

All in all, it was a productive and informative day – I think we all learned something new. Thanks to everyone who came to our event!

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Technology in Archives Panel

On February 18 the IUB SAA and ALA student chapters jointly hosted a “Technology in Archives” panel. We invited three professionals to sit in and discuss their experiences and opinions:

  • Carol Choksy – Adjunct Professor, Records Manager, and CEO of IRAD Strategic Consulting, Inc.
  • Julie Hardesty – Metadata Analyst/Librarian, Digital Library Program, Indiana University
  • Phil Bantin – Direct of the Office of the University Archives at Indiana University, Bloomington

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The session began with an introduction from each panelist. Carol and Julie spoke about their educational and technological backgrounds, as well as gave some general advice regarding technology.

Phil decided to begin his introduction with a reflection on a recent study about technology requirements in archives jobs, including archives, archives and records saa_technologyPanel_20140218_03management (ARM), and something Phil called “hybrids”, a combination of archives and information management.

Once the introduction section was over, Cara, our lovely moderator, proceeded to pick each panelist’s brain with questions taken from ILS students. Topics included:

  • born digital strategiessaa_technologyPanel_20140218_02
  • various metadata standards (EAD, METS, PREMIS)
  • content management systems vs document management systems
  • challenges of technology in small institutional archives

The panel ended up being very enlightening and interesting. If you weren’t there, you surely missed out!

A big thank you to all three of the panelists for taking time out of their schedules to share their experiences with us. Also, thank you to Cara for being a great moderator.

If you’re in town this weekend, be sure to join us for this year’s SAA-SC Wikipedia-Edit-A-Thon. And don’t forget, registration for the 2014 SAA-IU annual conference ends tomorrow (02/21)!

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SAA-IUB 2014 Conference Tentative Schedule

The conference is almost upon us. We have already sent out a series of posts for conference attendees, including a post on hotel options and one on transportation.

Below is the tentative schedule for our 2014 conference. If you’re looking for a downloadable format, here is a pdf version of the schedule. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at saa.iub[at]gmail[dot]com.


Tentative Conference Schedule – March 8, 2014

9:00-9:30   Registration and Breakfast

Room E174

9:30-10:30   Session 1

Room TBA

Tech-knowledge-y in Special Collections: A Study of Technological Requirements in Special Collections ALA Joblist Advertisements from 2006-2013                               Madeline Grdina and Colleen Barrett, Indiana University-Bloomington

New Archivists Seeking Employment: Exploring Entry-Level Jobs in Archives            Allison Haack, Michelle Gordon, Allison Siekman, and Hannah Keeney, Indiana University-Bloomington

 10:45-11:45   Session 2  (parallel sessions)

Room TBA

Yea or Nay?: Calling Congressional Archives and MPLP Up For a Vote                              Hope Grebner, Indiana University-Bloomington

Is the Narrative of a “Public Archives Tradition” and a “Historical Manuscripts Tradition” Accurate?: Examining the History of the American Archival Tradition                   Alessandro Meregaglia, Indiana University-Bloomington

Room TBA

Affecting the Art Historical Narrative: Discoveries at the Ray Johnson Estate Archive Diana Bowers, Pratt Institute

From Private Journals to an Alligator Head: Working with the Belton Mss. At the Lilly Library                                                                                                                                              Erika Jenns, Indiana University-Bloomington

 11:45-12:00   Break/Meet Designated Tour Leader

12:00-12:45   Tour

Options:

  • Lilly Library
  • Indiana University Archives
  • The Kinsey Institute
  • Archives of Traditional Music
  • IU Art Museum

1:00-2:00   Lunch

Room TBA

2:00-3:00   Session 3 (parallel sessions)

Room TBA

Democratizing Archives: Digital Libraries and the Expansion of the Archival User Base       Leah Edelman, Elizabeth McGorty, and Timothy Walsh, Tufts University

Digitizing Special Collections: Concerns and Considerations for Future Programs Siobhain Rivera, Indiana University-Bloomington

Room TBA

Treasures Hiding in Plain Sight: Rare Materials in Aging Circulating Collections         Karen Stafford, Indiana University-Bloomington

 Challenges in Special-Collections Public Services                                                              Charles Roush, Indiana University-Bloomington

3:00-3:15   Break/Meet Designated Tour Leader

3:15-5:00   Workshop

Options:

  • Workshop: The Preservation of Film
  • Workshop: Working with Photographs in Archives
  • Tour: Auxiliary Library Facility

8:00-10:00   Social Gathering at TBA

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Transportation Options for 2014 Conference

We’re so excited to meet our out of town guests coming to our conference!  In order to make things as convenient as possible, we’ve compiled a list of transportation options in order to make your trip to Bloomington as easy to navigate as possible.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

Shuttles to airport: If you’re flying to Indiana for the conference, you’re probably going to the Indianapolis airport. GO Express Travel provides affordable shuttles back and forth between Indy and Bloomington, which are about an hour’s drive apart.  You can reserve a one-way ticket online for $16 or buy one at the kiosk for $20.

GO Express Travel website: http://www.bloomingtonshuttle.com/airport_shuttle

Bus routes around town: Bloomington Transit has several buses that stop right at the library, and can take you all around town. Fare is $1.

Bloomington Transit’s website: http://www.bloomingtontransit.com/

Parking options on campus: Because the conference will take place over a weekend, you’re in luck! IU has free parking in the D and E lots as well as its parking garages on Saturdays.

IU Parking website: http://www.parking.indiana.edu/parking_operations/parking.aspx

Taxi Services:

E2Taxi – Environmental taxi service: http://e2taxi.com/about.php

Red Tire Taxi – http://redtiretaxi.com/

Yellow Cab Company: Phone: (812) 339-9744. No website.

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Bloomington Hotel Options for the 2014 Conference

The IU SAA-SC is looking forward to welcoming all of our out-of-town guests for the upcoming conference. Unfortunately, there is no hotel with special rates for conference attendees. However, we’ve compiled a list of nearby hotels to help you plan your trip.

Biddle Hotel, Indiana Memorial Union
The Biddle Hotel is the closest hotel to campus – because it’s right in the middle of it! Located in the Indiana Memorial Union, the Biddle Hotel is a short walk away from the Herman B Wells Library. This hotel may be best for those who don’t wish to take public transportation or hire a taxi. The rest of the hotels listed are close, but not quite walkable.

Walnut Street Inn
For those craving to be right in the heart of downtown Bloomington, the Walnut Street Inn is in the city center, five blocks from the IU campus.

Comfort Inn
The Comfort Inn is about a mile away from the IU campus.

Courtyard by Marriott Hotel
The Courtyard is in downtown Bloomington, only a few minutes from the IU campus.

Days Inn
The Days Inn is an inexpensive hotel located 1.5 miles from the Wells library.

Motel 8
The Motel 8 is your best bet for the cheapest accommodation.  Located three miles from the library, it’s best to have a car if you plan on staying at this motel.

We hope this helps narrow down your choices. Check back for a blog about transportation and parking options while in Bloomington.  For more information about Bloomington hotels, check out the Visit Bloomington Hotel and Accommodations guide. We can’t wait to see you at the conference!

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Registration for 2014 SAA-SC Conference is now open

The Indiana University student chapter of the Society of American Archivists invites you to attend our sixth annual conference for students and beginning professionals on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Herman B Wells Library in Bloomington, Indiana.

The conference will consist of presentations on topics related to archives, special collections, and rare books by students from a variety of institutions. It also will include tours and workshops at Indiana University repositories and museums. Attendees will have plenty of time to get to know one another during the day and at our evening social.

To register for the conference, download and complete the registration form and follow the instructions for mailing. Local Bloomington attendees are welcome to drop off registration materials at the University Archives reception desk during general operating hours (M-Th 8 am-6 pm, F 8 am-5 pm).

The deadline for registration is Friday, February 21, 2014, but remember that tour and workshop options are limited and assigned on a first come, first served basis.

A tentative conference schedule will be posted soon. Details about presentation sessions, including titles, presenters and abstracts, will be updated as they are confirmed.

If you have questions, please e-mail us at saa[dot]iub[at]gmail[dot]com

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