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  • 10 Dec 2014 12:13 PM | Anonymous

    The recently-passed Senate FOIA bill is jostling with lots of other unfinished business for room on the House’s suspension calendar. If It doesn’t make it on the calendar, it dies for the year – and will likely be even harder to pass next year (http://www.openthegovernment.org/Now_or_Never_FOIA). Please help us convince Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader McCarthy that they cannot miss this opportunity to pass a bill that will make federal agencies more accountable to the public.

     

    Please tweet:

    @SpeakerBoehner & @GOPLeader don't miss this opportunity to make fed agcys more accountable to the public! Schedule #FOIA vote today

  • 05 Dec 2014 9:05 AM | Anonymous

    The new issue of the International Council on Archives' Human Rights Working Group News, containing information about events that occurred in November, is now on line at http://www.ica.org/16981/hrwg-newsletter/hrwg-newsletter-november-2014.html

  • 21 Oct 2014 10:54 PM | Anonymous

    Posted on behalf of the Regional Archival Associations Consortium (RAAC). More information may be found on the SAA website: http://www2.archivists.org/initiatives/askanarchivist-day-october-30


    What Is #AskAnArchivist Day?

    It’s an opportunity to:

    ·         Break down the barriers that make archivists seem inaccessible.

    ·         Talk directly to the public undefined via Twitter undefined about what you do, why it’s important and, of course, the interesting records with which you work.

    ·         Join with archivists around the country and the world to make an impact on the public’s understanding of archives while celebrating American Archives Month!

    ·         Interact with users, supporters, and prospective supporters about the value of archives.

    ·         Hear directly from the public about what they’re most interested in learning about from archives and archivists. 

    How Does It Work?

    On October 30, archivists around the country will take to Twitter to respond to questions tweeted with the hashtag #AskAnArchivist. Take this opportunity to engage via your personal and/or institutional Twitter accounts and to respond to questions posed directly to you or more generally to all participants.

    Questions will vary widely, from the silly (What do archivists talk about around the water cooler?) to the practical (What should I do to be sure that my e-mails won’t get lost?), but each question will be an opportunity to share more about our work and our profession with the public.

    Between now and October 30:

    PROMOTE #AskAnArchivist Day among your users and constituents via your institution’s website, Twitter account, blog, newsletter, and any other mediums available to you. Click here for the public announcement (and feel free to pick up language from it for your own promotions).

    For additional inspiration on what your promotion of #AskAnArchivist Day might look like, see these great examples of the recent promotion by museums of #AskACurator Day:

    ·         Cincinnati Museum Center

    ·         Indianapolis Museum of Art

    ·         The Library of Virginia

    ·         Presidential Libraries of the National Archives

    Examples of possible Twitter promotion:

    ·         Happy #AskAnArchivist Day! Our archivists are waiting for YOUR questions. Tag us at @TWITTERHANDLE and use #AskAnArchivist.

    ·         Archivists at @TWITTERHANDLE are gearing up for #AskAnArchivist Day on October 30! Literallyundefineddocuments and photo boxes stacked and waiting!

    ENCOURAGE the public to use #AskAnArchivist and your institution’s Twitter handle (e.g., @smithsonian) when asking questions so you won’t miss any that are intended for you and so we will be able to track questions and answers to measure overall participation.

    TALK to your staff and colleagues to develop a plan for responding to tweets throughout the day.  Will one person respond to all tweets?  Will you share the task? Will individuals sign up for time slots and let the public know who will be available when?

    Here’s one example:

    ·         During this year’s #AskACurator Day, one person at the Indianapolis Museum of Art was selected to monitor both the general hashtag and tweets sent directly to @imamuseum. When direct questions came in or interesting general questions were posed via the hashtag, the designated monitor sent the questions to participating curators via email. The curators (and their archivist!) replied with their answers, and the monitor posted all answers from the @imamuseum Twitter account. (See the Storify of the IMA's participation in #AskACurator Day for results.)

    CREATE an institutional Twitter account if you don’t already have one. #AskAnArchivist Day and American Archives Month are both great opportunities to start one! Click here to get started.

    And if an institutional Twitter account is not an option for you, go ahead and answer questions from your personal Twitter account! If your institutional affiliation and job title are not already listed on your profile, be sure to add that for the duration of #AskAnArchivist Day.

    TWEET and GREET! Take advantage of this opportunity to join with archivists from around the country to talk to and hear directly from the public on October 30.



  • 02 Oct 2014 12:24 AM | Anonymous

    The 2014 New York Archives Week Events Calendar is now available! This revised version includes events listings from the following 25 organizations:

    • American Civil Liberties Union Archives
    • American Museum of Natural History Research Library
    • Bayside Historical Society
    • Brooklyn Public Library
    • Center for Human Rights Documentation and Research, Columbia University
    • Center for Jewish History
    • Chin Ying Asian Library, Sun Yat-Sen Hall, St. John’s University
    • City University of New York Graduate Center Library
    • Girl Scouts of the USA, National Historic Preservation Center
    • Józef Piłsudski Institute of America
    • Monmouth County Archives
    • National Archives and Records Administration of New York City
    • NYC Department of Records & Information Services/Municipal Archives
    • New-York Historical Society
    • New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwartzman Building
    • New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
    • Oyster Bay Historical Society
    • Port Washington Public Library
    • Richard Meier Model Museum
    • RESOBOX Gallery
    • St. John’s University - Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Library
    • St. Joseph’s Seminary
    • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
    • Tamiment Library, Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, New York University
    • Waldorf Astoria New York Hotel

    The calendar can be viewed here.

    A.R.T. thanks all of the organizations that are participating in New York Archives Week this year.



  • 27 Aug 2014 11:03 PM | Anonymous



    A.R.T. Announces 2014 New York Archives Week Awards Winners
    Signature event recognizes innovative and educational uses of archives, outstanding support of archives, and archival achievement

    www.nycarchivists.org

    For immediate release.


    The Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (A.R.T.), along with hundreds of organizations in the archives community across New York State, will celebrate the 26th Anniversary of New York Archives Week, October 5-11, 2014, with special commemorative activities throughout the New York City metropolitan area.  New York Archives Week is an annual celebration aimed at informing the general public of the diverse array of accessible archival materials and local cultural institutions.

    The Awards Ceremony is the NYAW signature event. The awards celebrate distinguished work and enduring achievements in the local archives profession. This year, A.R.T. is pleased to announce this year’s recipients:

    Outstanding Support for Archives Center for Jewish History


    http://www.cjh.org/ | blog.cjh.org

     

    Innovative Use of Archives - The Roaring ‘Twenties: An Interactive Exploration of the Historical Soundscape of New York City by Emily Thompson and designed by Scott Mahoy produced through the multimedia journal, Vectors


    http://vectorsdev.usc.edu/NYCsound/777b.html

    Educational Use of Archives - Queens Memory Project


    http://queensmemory.org/

    Archival Achievement Linda Edgerly, Founding Partner & Director, Information & Archival Services, The Winthrop Group, Inc.

    http://www.winthropgroup.com

     

    The Awards Ceremony will take place at the New York Junior League  on Thursday, October 9, 2014. Registration will be available on the A.R.T. website beginning September 1st, and open exclusively to A.R.T. members and special guests of the awards winners. The Awards Ceremony will feature a Commemorative Journal to be distributed at the event.

    The journal will include a section for congratulatory announcements and advertising opportunities for individuals, businesses, and other organizations. To learn more about this sponsorship opportunity, please visit - http://www.nycarchivists.org/event-1745340.


    A.R.T. thanks MetLife for being a major sponsor of New York Archives Week since its inception in 1989. A.R.T. also thanks the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation for their generous support.




     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



     

  • 22 Jul 2014 10:37 PM | Anonymous


    Previously posted on the METRO listserv on July 21, 2014.


    Interference Archive, a volunteer run community archive in Brooklyn, is hosting a scavenger hunt…in the archive!

    Have you been looking for a good excuse to leaf through a box of political pamphlets, or a reason to dig through alternative newspapers? It’s finally here, and it’s for a good cause: to raise money for operational expenses at Interference Archive.

    Here’s the info:

    Scavenge the Archive
    Wednesday July 30
    7 to 9pm
    131 8th Street Brooklyn NY 11215

    Entry cost: $5 by donation
    Snacks and drinks by donation
    Fun prizes and raffle!

    RSVP to the Facebook event!

    If you have a smartphone, charge it up and bring it.
    If you don’t have a smartphone, don’t fret.
    For those who can’t make it, follow along with the fun at 
    #IAscavenge14

    See you there!
  • 16 Jul 2014 9:08 PM | Anonymous


    Originally posted by Celia Hartmann on the the A.R.T. LinkedIn "Discussions" page, on behalf of the New York State Council on the Arts:

    "New York State Council on the Arts is seeking input from users, enjoyers, and creators of art to assist in planning for arts and culture funding. Complete their survey here: http://lnkd.in/dvrN5s7"

  • 04 Jul 2014 3:19 PM | Anonymous

    Received via Christine W. Ward, New York State Archivist:


    "We are writing to let you know of changes that are planned for the regional services portion of the New York State Archives Documentary Heritage Program (DHP).  Our aim is to move the DHP in a direction that will bring the best quality and most comprehensive services to New York's historical records community with the resources available to us. 

    DHP Regional Services
    For over 25 years the DHP regional services have provided technical assistance and training through contracts between the New York State Education Department (SED) and nine regional providers, which have included seven 3Rs library councils, the Museum Association of New York, and the Greater Hudson Heritage Network. We thank the organizations that have contributed to the success of this program and advancements in preservation and access for New York's heritage. 

    When the contracts between the SED and these agencies expire on June 30, 2014, there will be changes to the contractual process for operating this part of the program.  The DHP competitive grants program will not change and will continue to be operated from the New York State Archives' central offices.  

    Service Delivery Changes
    Instead of nine separate DHP contracts, the SED will seek a single, statewide five-year contract to deliver a set of supports and educational services for eligible archives, libraries, historical societies, museums, and other institutions that hold historical records and/or library research materials and operate programs to preserve them and make them accessible. The contract will cover DHP services and also incorporate elements of the New York State Library's Conservation/Preservation Program. 

    Interim Assistance
    Until the new statewide contract is in place, the State Archives will provide basic support to the historical records community through email and phone communications and delivery of on-line resources. Repositories in need of archival assistance may contact Pamela Cooley at the New York State Archives (
    pcooley@mail.nysed.gov(518) 474-5393) starting July 1 and until further notice. For preservation-related assistance, organizations may continue to contact Barbara Lilley at the New York State Library (blilley@mail.nysed.gov(518) 486-4864."


  • 28 Jun 2014 3:14 PM | Anonymous


    As first announced at the A.R.T. Annual Meeting at the Center for Jewish History on June 16, 2014, the new A.R.T. Board members have been elected:


    Vice President/President Elect:

    Janet Bunde


    Secretary:

    Erin Allsop


    Director of the Communications Committee:

    Alice L. Merchant


    Director of the Membership Committee:

    Tamar Zeffren


    Director of the Outreach and Advocacy Committee:

    Tiffany Nixon


    The continuing A.R.T. Board would like to extend congratulations to the election of the new Board members, as well as offer sincere thanks to the outgoing Board members ending their terms: Pamela Cruz (President); Melissa Bowling (Secretary); Wanett Clyde (Director of the Communications Committee); Anne Petrimolux (Director of the Membership Committee); and Janet Bunde (Director of the Outreach and Advocacy Committee).

    More information on all current Board members can be found here-
    http://nycarchivists.org/board
  • 09 Jun 2014 6:02 PM | Anonymous

    The candidates for the 2014-2015 A.R.T. Board have been announced:

    Vice President - Janet Bunde

    Secretary - Erin Allsop

    Director of the Communications Committee - Alice L. Merchant

    Director of the Membership Committee - Tamar Zeffren

    Director of the Outreach and Advocacy Committee - Tiffany Nixon

    More information on the candidates can be found here.

    2014-2015 A.R.T. Board Candidate Nominations by Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc.


    A.R.T. members can vote at the annual meeting and June programming event to be held at the Center for Jewish History on June 16th. This event is FREE for A.R.T. members and will also feature the panel discussion "Perspectives on Theatre Archives."

    If you are unable to attend the meeting, or if you know you will arrive after the voting period, you are encouraged to cast your vote via the online ballot form. The online voting period ends at 8pm on Sunday, 15 June 2014. Please note on the ballot that you must enter in the email address registered with your A.R.T. membership account.

    More information on the meeting and event, along with registration information, is available here. The deadline to register for the event is this Friday (6/13).

     

     

     

     

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