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  • 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).

     

     

     

     

  • 02 May 2014 12:24 AM | Anonymous
    Call for Nominations: A.R.T. Board of Directors 2014 - 2015

    The Board of Directors of the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (A.R.T.) announces the official call for nominations for Board positions available for the 2014 - 2015 election year. Terms shall commence at the conclusion of the A.R.T. Annual Meeting, to be held in June, with the announcement of the election results.

    Deadline for nomination submissions is Monday, 26 May 2014, midnight EST.

    All current A.R.T. members are eligible for nomination. Nominations from colleagues and self-nominations are both welcomed.

    Serving on the A.R.T. Board is a unique volunteer opportunity. As an A.R.T. Board member, you will gain skills and expertise beyond the scope of your past and present work commitments. Local leadership, project management, and networking are a few of the key benefits. Most importantly, you are serving as a representative for your colleagues and all A.R.T. membership.

    Positions are two-year terms, with the exception of the Vice President, which is a one-year term, following which the Vice President becomes President without an election. After the nominations period closes, each candidate confirming acceptance of the nomination will be required to provide a short biography, candidate statement, and headshot for the ballot, due by Friday, 30 May 2014, midnight EST.

    Open Board positions include:

     Vice President (Two Year Term: 1 year Vice President, 1 Year President)

    At the request of the President, or in the absence of the President, at the request of the Board, the Vice President shall perform all of the duties of the President and so acting shall have all the powers of and be subject to all restrictions upon the President. The Vice President shall solicit nominations for Director, officer and committee positions; inform the nominator and nominee of the nomination; prepare ballots with candidates’ biographies and statements; and appoint an independent election committee to receive and count the ballots. The Vice President shall serve as liaison with the President to national, regional and local professional associations; prepare a report for the Annual Business Meeting; and perform such other duties as from time to time may be assigned by the Board or by the President.

    Secretary(Two Year Term)

    The Secretary shall act as secretary of all meetings of the Board, and shall keep the minutes thereof; shall be custodian of the seal of the Corporation and may seal with the seal of A.R.T., or a facsimile thereof, all documents the execution of which on behalf of the A.R.T. under its corporate seal is authorized in accordance with the provisions of the By-laws; shall have charge of A.R.T.’s books, records and papers relating to its organization and management as a Corporation, and shall see that the reports, statements and other documents required by law are properly kept and filed; shall manage the A.R.T.’s archives according to the Records Retention Policy and Schedule, and shall, in general, perform all the duties incident to the office of Secretary and such other duties as from time to time may be assigned by the Board or by the President. 

    Director of the Outreach and Advocacy Committee(Two Year Term)

    The Director of the Advocacy and Outreach Committees shall conduct outreach by coordinating community programs and promoting awareness of A.R.T. to other organizations and community groups, promote the archival profession to new audiences, advocate for the preservation and increased use of historical materials, and influence policy decisions that affect the archives profession. 

    Director of the Communications Committee(Two Year Term.)

    The Director of the Communications Committee shall identify the communications requirements of A.R.T.; manage the A.R.T. website and online presence; update and produce publications, such as the Metropolitan Archivist, for A.R.T., as needed, or as requested by the Board; communicate the concerns of A.R.T. on various subjects as needed; and perform other duties applicable to the office as prescribed by the Board.

    Director of the Membership Committee (Two Year Term.)

    The Director of the Membership Committee shall encourage institutional and individual membership in A.R.T.; develop and update an orientation packet for new members; collect and maintain personal information submitted by members, and document the reasons members have not renewed their membership.

    For further information about A.R.T.’s governance structure and the above positions, please see the by laws on the A.R.T. web site.

    Nominations are officially open to all current A.R.T. members via the official nomination form:

    https://nycarchivists.wufoo.com/forms/call-for-nominations-art-board-2014-2015/

    Alternatively, you may email Ryan Anthony Donaldson, A.R.T. Vice President at veep@nycarchivists.org with subject line “A.R.T. Board Nomination” if you would like to nominate someone, including yourself, for a position on the A.R.T. Board.  Please send submissions ASAP; the final deadline for nominations is Thursday, 29 May 2014, midnight EST.

    If there are any questions about the open positions, or this year's election, please contact the A.R.T. Vice President: veep@nycarchivists.org

     

     

     

  • 01 May 2014 11:44 PM | Anonymous
    A.R.T. members alerted the A.R.T. Board this evening of the sad news of the death of Kathleen Kirwan. A viewing has been scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, May 2nd, with details below.
    Kathleen Kirwan
    Obituary

    Katie Kirwan, 59, of Brooklyn, N.Y., passed away Saturday, April 26, 2014, of complications from multiple sclerosis. She was born April 1, 1955, in Youngstown, Ohio, a daughter of the late Mary Jewel and Michael J. Kirwan Jr.Ms. Kirwan was a 1973 graduate of Peters Township High School and obtained several undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and New York University. She was a former archivist in the Special Collections Department for New York City. Surviving are her brother, Michael J. Kirwan III, and three sisters, Molly J. Kirwan, Bridget M. Kirwan and Maureen K. McLaughlin. She is also survived by three nieces, Christy, Casey and Anna, and her dear friend, David Kisacky.
     
    Viewing is 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 2, in Hugh Reid Funeral Home, Brooklyn, N.Y.
     
    Reid Funeral Home
    153 Greenpoint Ave.
    Greenpoint, Brooklyn
    Published in Observer-Reporter on Apr. 30, 2014
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