The Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York is pleased to announce academic librarian, author, and activist Fobazi Ettarh as the keynote speaker for this year's Annual Business Meeting. An ALA Emerging Leader, Ettarh's essays on dismantling "Vocational Awe" have gained widespread recognition for their insight into issues of professional identity, work-life balance, and diversity. Ettarh's lecture will expand on these concepts to address the similar but distinct issues impacting the archival field today.
Details & Registration:
Annual Business Meeting & Board Elections with Keynote Speaker Fobazi Ettarh
This summer, ART will hold elections for 5 different board positions. The term of each position is two years, a length of time which allows each member to contribute their unique expertise to the archival community within these collaborative roles. Read below to learn about the experience of transitioning directors:
Karen Jamison Trivette, Past President
Holding the office of Past-President is the third of three years of service to ART in an executive capacity, the first of which is Vice-President/President-Elect and the second being President. While the demands are few for the Past-President, they are crucial to the on-going celebration that is ART. As Past-President, I attended monthly Board meetings as often as possible to contribute to ART's business continuity. Also, I served as Chair of the Awards Committee; that entailed forming the committee, submitting the call for nominations, deliberation and selection of awardees, and arranging for the highlight event of New York Archives Week, the Awards Ceremony, which happens every October. It is a very satisfying role to hold and provides for organizational memory that might be lost otherwise.
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Cristina Vignone, President
It has been an honor to serve ART as its President this past year. Much of this position’s responsibilities concern supporting the tireless work of the board in accomplishing their goals. My term as President was successful because of the exciting programming—including a variety of free and paid lectures, discussions, tours, and workshops featuring experts in our field—we offered, as well as another impressive New York Archives Week (NYAW). I supported the efforts of the board to encourage more collaboration, including partnering with New England Archivists (NEA) on its Joint Spring Meeting and partnering with the New York Metropolitan Chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NY) to raise nearly $5,000 in support of Puerto Rican archives and libraries affected by Hurricane Maria. This past year’s board also accomplished a number of firsts: we hired our first intern, grew two board positions (Past President and Publications Director), and launched the Metropolitan Archivist blog. Anyone with interest in developing their leadership skills while serving this incredible professional community should seriously consider running for the three-year term of Vice-President/President-Elect/Past-President!
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Ashley Levine, Director of Advocacy
The ART Advocacy Director role provides a meaningful way to engage with the archival profession by identifying and addressing local, state, and national issues affecting archivists, librarians, information professionals, and society at large. Serving the Advocacy Committee provided me a forum to help organize local labor events (Investing In Archivists: Advocating as a Lone Arranger; Labor in the Archives: A Community Roundtable), advocate for government archives ethics and transparency, (ART Statement on ICE Retention Schedules; ART and CAA Joint Letter to Congress Opposing DHS Visa Lifecycle Vetting; ART Statement on the New York City Charter Revision; ART Statement on DOI Request for Records Disposition Authority), and stay connected to the Metropolitan archival community. The Advocacy Directorship is ideal for an activist-minded archivist, providing unlimited potential to stand-up for the profession.
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Marcos Sueiro Bal, Director of Education
In your quest for Archival World Domination, consider the position of Education Committee Chair an essential step. Where else do you:
help put together a yearly symposium that is one of the highlights of the year for any NY archivist?
Not only do you get all this for free, but you do it under the guise of "helping your fellow archivists"! Ha!
Let me get this straight: You get to hang out with some of the best minds in the business, evaluate and shape current and future archival trends, and at the end of the day you feel better inside and sleep better at night? I rest my case: clearly, you can only go up from here.
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Amye McCarther, Director of the Programming Committee
It has been wonderful to serve as Director of the Programming Committee for the Archivists Round Table these past two years. I’ve been able to work with archivists at wonderful collections throughout the city, collaborate with allied professional groups in New York and abroad, test new ideas and formats, and create programming that directly addresses issues impacting the field today. I’ve been able to do this due to the tireless dedication and keen talents of A.R.T.’s Programming Committee, as well as support and feedback from A.R.T.’s other Board Members. It has grown my practice and professional sphere in ways I could not have imagined. I highly recommend this position to anyone who loves to share ideas, support the work of their peers, and socialize!
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Margot Note, Treasurer
It's been an honor to serve as ART's Treasurer. Growing up, I never considered myself as a numbers person, but when I started my consulting business a few years ago, I realized how truly valuable understanding financials can be. In order to build my skills and confidence, I volunteered to serve as treasurer. During my tenure, I had a behind-the-scenes view of how a professional organization should be run to make each dollar count. ART provides so many important networking, educational, and enriching experiences to our members, all thanks to the funds we've raised through membership, donations, and sponsorship. What I truly valued about this experience is that it allowed me the flexibility to take care of my duties while juggling a busy professional life. This position would be a great opportunity for someone looking to contribute our local community that either are already good at financial issues or looking to improve their skills in a friendly environment. I've found this position as a rewarding form of professional development, as I'm sure my fellow board members have found theirs. I highly recommend running for a seat on the board.
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The Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (A.R.T.) is formally accepting nominations for the A.R.T. Board for the 2019 election year. Terms shall commence at the conclusion of the A.R.T. Annual Meeting, to be held on 27 June 2019, with the announcement of the election results. The meeting will take place at Metropolitan New York Library Council, 599 11th Avenue, 8th floor New York, NY 10036.
Deadline for nomination submissions is 13 June 2019, midnight EDT. Please submit your information via this form.
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 following exception: the Vice President, which is a one-year term, from which the Vice President becomes President without an election, then s/he serves as Past-President for an additional year.
After the nomination period closes, each candidate confirming acceptance of the nomination will be required to provide a short biography (100 words or less), a candidate's statement, and a heads hot for the ballot, all due by 18 June 2019, midnight EDT.
Each year the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (A.R.T.) presents five awards during New York Archives Week. This year's event will be held on Monday, October 21, 2019 at the Brooklyn Historical Society.
We invite members to submit nominations via this online form for worthy colleagues, archival organizations, and innovative projects. The awards celebrate distinguished work and lasting achievements in our profession. Remember that the Awards Ceremony is only enriched and further elevated with all your nominee suggestions!
Nominees must be either an A.R.T. member or operate within the New York metropolitan area.
A.R.T. VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR recognizes an individual who has made a remarkable contribution to the Archivists Round Table.
Past recipients include:
2018 Bonnie Marie Sauer
2017 Laura DeMuro
OUTSTANDING SUPPORT OF ARCHIVES recognizes an individual or organization for notable contributions to archival records or archives programs through political, financial or moral support.
2018 The Robert A. & Elizabeth R. Jeffe Foundation
2017 XFR Collective
INNOVATIVE USE OF ARCHIVES recognizes an individual or organization for use of archival material in a meaningful and creative way, making a significant contribution to a community or body of people, and demonstrating the relevance of archival materials to its subject.
2017 Helen Selsdon/ American Foundation for the Blind
2016 The Refugee Project
ARCHIVAL ACHIEVEMENT recognizes an individual or archival program that has made an outstanding contribution to the archival profession, or a notable achievement of value to the archives community, its patrons or constituents. The recipient must be a member of A.R.T. or an archival program operating within the New York metropolitan region.
2018 Kenneth Cobb
2017 CUNY Digital History Archive
2016 Mary Hedge
AWARD FOR EDUCATIONAL USE OF ARCHIVES Recognizes and celebrates an individual or organization who utilizes primary source materials to create engaging and informative learning experiences for diverse audiences.
2018 Greater Astoria Historical Society
2017 Staten Island Museum
2016 Brooklyn Connections at the Brooklyn Public Library
Fill out the nomination form here.
Nominations must be received by Monday, September 2, 2019 for consideration.
Please send any questions to the A.R.T. Awards Committee at Awards@nycarchivists.org.
Your help is needed to plan and support the annual New York Archives Week programs and events.
2019 marks the 31st year A.R.T. has organized a robust Archives Week agenda of special events designed to celebrate the importance of historical records and to familiarize the public with archival materials illuminating centuries of New York City history and culture.
NOT incidentally, it’s also our 40th year as NYC’s premier resource for archivists, librarians, and records managers.
This is Why …
WE NEED YOU!!!
to help make the 2019 Archives Week celebration better than ever!!
Sign up for one of the following Archives Week planning committees:
Archives Education Institute [AEI]
Archives Week Calendar Programs/Events
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Join your fellow Archivists for a night of Speed Mentoring & Mingling! After the success of January's event, we decided to do this event during Graduation Season.
With the nuances of Archives work, at one time or another, we've all needed advice. This event is an opportunity to dialogue with newcomers and seasoned professionals.
Event details and registration here.
The Archivists Round Table (ART) is pleased to announce “Archiving the Gesture” an expanded lecture demonstration exploring evolving practices around the archiving and transmission of the artistic works of acclaimed choreographer and dancer Trisha Brown, co-presented with the Trisha Brown Archive, in collaboration with former Archive Director and company member Cori Olinghouse, and former company member Shelley Senter.
One of the most acclaimed and influential choreographers and dancers of her time, and an artist whose work has earned recognition in numerous museum exhibitions and collections, Trisha Brown (1936-2017) has forever changed the landscape of visual art. Her movement vocabulary, and the new methods that she and her dancers adopted to train their bodies, remain one of her most pervasive legacies within international dance.
Details and registration: Archiving the Gesture: An Evening with the Trisha Brown Archive
The Archivists Round Table (ART) is delighted to announce the receipt of a generous gift of $1,000 to our campaign from ArtQuake, a local collective supporting artists of the Caribbean diaspora. This gift, and the individual gifts of over one hundred ART, ARLIS/NY members and allied fields throughout New York City, brings the total donations towards supporting Puerto Rican archivists consortium La Red de Archivos de Puerto Rico to $4,640 -- 93% of our initial goal of $5,000.
In honor of this spirit of generosity, ART is temporarily extending our fundraising through the end of January, so that we can reach our goal and fully finance making Spanish-language instruction on disaster recovery and collections care freely accessible to cultural stewards across Puerto Rico. If you considered giving before and did not have the opportunity, please make your contribution by January 31st!
What is the value of archival labor, and what are its implications for diversity, inclusion, equity, and sustainability? How does invisible labor work against these central tenets of the field? How do we take meaningful action?
Details & registration: Labor in the Archives: A Community Roundtable
The Archivists Round Table (ART) is pleased to announce a holiday celebration and benefit on Tuesday, December 11th in a beautiful gallery in Lower Manhattan. This year, we are delighted to invite our colleagues from the New York chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NY) to join us and to announce that the proceeds from the event will be donated to Puerto Rican cultural heritage collections impacted by Hurricane Maria.
For the past several months, ART has been collaborating with ARLIS/NY in organizing a project to support existing recovery efforts on the ground in Puerto Rico, and to aid local organizations in preparing for future disasters. This effort, undertaken in partnership with La Red de Archivos de Puerto Rico (ArchiRED), will include the creation of Spanish-language programming and instructional materials on preservation, disaster response and recovery, and grant writing that will be freely accessible to all organizations across the island. To further this endeavor ART is hosting an online fundraising campaign and donating the proceeds from the campaign and the holiday party to ArchiRED.
Come enjoy festive refreshments in a beautiful space with colleagues from ART and ARLIS/NY in support of cultural heritage in Puerto Rico, with speakers Caroline Gil and Coral Salomón, and photography on view by Cristobal Guerra. We hope to see you there!
Details and registration: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/after-the-storm-a-fundraiser-for-puerto-rican-cultural-heritage-collections
Photo: Cristobal Guerra, from the series Rio Blanco/Playa Sucia, 2017. Courtesy the artist. © Cristobal Guerra. Design by Barbara Calderón