The Archivists Round Table is collecting resources to support archivists and allied professionals in the area related to issues of recent concern that are impacting our communities. Please visit our COVID-19 Resource Page and Human Rights & Anti-Racism Resources for more details.
The Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. supports the request of our Membership to advocate for increased diversity and equity for our professional community of archivists, librarians and records managers. We support and promote salary transparency for our membership of qualified emerging and established professionals, and aim to ensure that our job board offers positions that balance compensation with job responsibilities, desired education, and experience while providing the New York Metropolitan area with top candidates from our membership base for all levels of employment.
The ART Board voted to discontinue accepting job position submissions to our job board that do not include a salary or salary range; are in violation of US Labor laws; fall below a living wage according to the MIT Living Wage Calculator, or otherwise do not meet current professional best practices.
Effective 6 December 2019, all jobs submitted via the ART job board will be reviewed for compensation transparency; parity between job requirements and compensation; and parity between job description and job title.
ART has created new job submission forms to help guide those submitting jobs online, and will return for adjustments to postings that do not meet our current standards for paid employment and our current standards for student positions, internships, and volunteer opportunities as stated above. Posts that discriminate based on race, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation, and aim to widen the wage gap between men and women in our profession will also be returned.
The ART Board of Directors invites questions and comments on this newly adopted policy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Archivists Round Table invites you to celebrate the holidays and the 40th anniversary of our beloved organization with a gathering at the Brooklyn Collection. Housed within the Central Library at Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn Collection documents the history of Brooklyn from pre-colonial times to the present. Founded as a small book collection attached to the Library’s History Division, it has become the world’s largest public archive for the study of Brooklyn’s social and cultural history in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Please join your ART colleagues and friends on Wednesday, December 11, 7 pm - 9 pm at the Brooklyn Collection, where we'll enjoy hors d'oeuvres and drinks. On view will be special highlights from Brooklyn Collection archives and the exhibit, "Food fit for Kings County: The Culinary History of Brooklyn."
Learn more and register here: Archivists Round Table Celebrates the Holiday and 40 Years
DEADLINE EXTENDED: Midnight, November 1st
2020 New York Archives Conference Call for Session Proposals
The 2020 NYAC call for session proposals is now open! The 2020 annual meeting will be held June 10-12, 2020 in Poughkeepsie.
The New York Archives Conference Program Committee seeks session proposals relating to archival issues and efforts undertaken in any number of combinations by archivists in a variety of settings. We are hoping to create a diverse program that involves traditional presentations as well as lightning talks, debates, and roundtable/facilitated discussions with session attendees on topics of shared interest. We encourage members and non-members to submit proposals on a wealth of archival topics including (but not limited to) selection, arrangement and description, reference and access, preservation and security, outreach and advocacy, archives management, digital asset management, ethical and legal responsibilities, and emerging technology, processes, and services.
The submission form can be found here: https://forms.gle/DPtLcim7dnYBjKNa9
For more information about NYAC and past conferences, please see our website at http://www.nyarchivists.org/nyac/
Archives Week 2019 is here! We couldn't be more excited about our line up of events, exhibitions, and programs. See the full print calendar here (pdf), read the descriptions on our events page, or consult the calendar. From the Bronx (Lehman College) to the Battery (DORIS), Queens (Public Library) to XFR Collective (at the Ear Inn), this year's lineup has something for everyone. All events are free and open to the public--don't forget to RSVP!
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Please join us in congratulating this year’s Awards Ceremony recipients:
“MoMA Through Time” for ARCHIVAL ACHIEVEMENT, which 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. MoMA Through Time is a select history of MoMA and MoMA PS1 told through photographs, letters, videos, and ephemera from the Archives. This cross-departmental project – developed over the course of a year through the combined efforts of archivists, curators, educators, editorial staff, and web developers – has resulted in an interactive microsite where archival objects bring to life both canonical moments in the Museum’s history, as well as less familiar, sometimes surprising stories.
Aquinas Honor Society of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Academy for EDUCATIONAL USE OF ARCHIVES, which recognizes and celebrates an individual or organization who utilizes primary source materials to create engaging and informative learning experiences for diverse audiences. Students in the Aquinas Honor Society of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Academy are engaged in researching and writing books that tell the lost stories of servicemen listed on hometown war memorials, including the Jamaica Estates World War II Memorial, the My Buddy Monument in Richmond Hill, and a World War II Memorial discovered in Kew Gardens. Funded by supporters of their work, they research the servicemen using local archives.
Lost Rolls America for INNOVATIVE USE OF ARCHIVES, which 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. Ron Haviv, Founder of Lost Rolls America, is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker and Founder of The VII Foundation. Lauren Walsh, Director of Lost Rolls America, is a professor and writer, and the Director of the NYU Gallatin Photojournalism Lab. Lost Rolls America, while headed up by a photographer and a photo historian, in fact is a publicly-driven archive that returns to the power of representation to each person who is reflected in this dynamic national repository of photos and memories.
Women’s Film Preservation Fund (WFPF) of New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT) for OUTSTANDING SUPPORT OF ARCHIVES, which recognizes an individual or organization for notable contributions to archival records or archives programs through political, financial or moral support. The Women’s Film Preservation Fund of New York Women in Film & Television, founded in conjunction with the Museum of Modern Art, has been working closely with archives, filmmakers, and preservation specialists since 1995 to preserve nearly 150 American made films by and about women. These important films, many made by independent pioneers and under-represented voices, span silent era to contemporary works of all genres that would have been lost from cinema history without preservation.
Pamela Cruz for A.R.T. VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR, which recognizes an individual who has made a remarkable contribution to the Archivists Round Table. Pamela Cruz is an archive executive and strategist with extensive global experience in assessment, organization, preservation, and management of asset collections. Her career includes being chief strategist for the National Historic Preservation Center, Girl Scouts of the USA and vice president of archival services, Miramax Films. Pamela served on the Board of Directors of Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (A.R.T.) as vice president responsible for monthly programming and later as president. She also served as A.R.T. representative to the Regional Archival Associations Consortium (RAAC) for Society of American Archivists (SAA). In 2017 Ms. Cruz was appointed to the 15-member NYC Archives, Research and Reference Advisory Board by Mayor de Blasio; she is honored to serve the City of New York in this capacity and to support Pauline Toole, Commissioner, NYC Department of Records and Information Services.
This fall, the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (A.R.T.) will be celebrating its 40th anniversary with the 31st Annual New York Archives Week from October 16th-23rd, 2019.
Archives Week events are designed to raise the public’s awareness of the importance of preserving and making accessible our documentary heritage. Activities include a wide range of programming, including lectures, workshops, exhibitions, and tours of repositories, all free and open to the public. We urge you and your repositories to plan an Archives Week event and help celebrate our 40th anniversary!
Suggested Archives Week activities:
* Hold an open house, highlighting unique materials held by your repository.
* Mount an exhibition using materials from your repository.
* Demonstrate or report on activities/projects supported by grants.
* Ask a researcher to speak on the value of your collections to their research.
* Present a film festival using films or videos held by your repository.
* Sponsor lunchtime talks by archivists, historians, and other researchers.
* Organize a walking tour of your repository's neighborhood.
Please submit your Archives Week event through the linked form below for inclusion in the Archives Week event calendar:
The deadline for submission of the form is Wednesday, October 9, 2019. Questions regarding submissions should be sent to email@example.com.
In addition, as part of an effort to draw public attention to Archives Week and highlight the importance of our repositories and collections, A.R.T. will sponsor three exciting events:
-- On Thursday, October 17th, we will hold a full-day symposium focusing on, “Rebellion in the Archives;”
-- On Saturday, October 19th, the annual K-12 Archives Education Institute will take place; and
-- On Monday, October 21st, we will honor our colleagues at our Annual Awards Ceremony.
AEI 2018 - Sports in New York
National Archives at New York City, 1 Bowling Green, New York, NY 10004
Saturday, October 20, 2018
10:30 am to 1:00 pm
2018 Participating Archives:
New York University: Tandon School of Engineering
Center for Jewish History
The Archives Education institute (AEI) is a free program designed to introduce primary sources to teachers as viable and practical resources for classroom instruction, while helping archivists and special collections professionals identify ways to connect these materials with Common Core and state requirements. Primary source materials are drawn from the rich collections of ART member repositories and other metropolitan area archives, museums, and libraries. We offer travel grants for any matched archivists and educators who connect after the event.
For more information regarding the upcoming 2019 AEI, please contact Sarah Bellet, Director of the ART Outreach Committee: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a reminder that nominations are still open for the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (A.R.T.) five awards presented 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.
Thank you for your generous participation and good luck to all the nominees!
2019 Board of Directors Election Candidate Biographies and Statements
Candidates for Vice President/President-Elect
Amye McCarther: I’m an arts archivist and media conservator currently based at the New Museum in New York. My previous work has included the Merce Cunningham Trust, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the Judd Foundation, the Whitney Museum, the Harry Ransom Center, the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s CALL Project, and others. I’m the outgoing Director of the Programming Committee for the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, the Co-coordinator of the Solo Art Information Professionals special interest group for the Art Libraries Society of North America, a member of the Digital Libraries Federation’s Museums Cohort and Labor Working Group, and a member of the American Institute for the Conservation of Artistic Works’ Electronic Media Group. My research interests include analog media and hardware preservation, performance documentation, scaling conservation in response to climate change, critical approaches to library and archival practice, and designing digital collections for engagement and access.
I joined the Archivists Round Table when I moved from Texas to New York during graduate school and the community I found within the organization was an invaluable support in charting my early career. Working as the Director of the Programming Committee these past two years has, in many ways, been the realization of my best hopes for what I might do as an archivist, whether it has been crafting programs around unique collections, tackling challenges impacting our members and sister organizations, or simply celebrating the success of my colleagues. I hope to continue growing my professional service in the capacity of Vice President.
Archives continue to be a rising presence in our cultural life and imagination, and our work increasingly intersects with issues that intimately shape contemporary experience, including information literacy, social and historical narrative, privacy, surveillance, and transparency, to name a few. Our professional ethics and insights have incredible value to bring to these spaces and I’m excited at the prospect of leading a professional organization representing such a sophisticated talent pool. But I also recognize that we still have work to do in order to truly foster diverse representation within our membership, adapt to an ever-evolving technological landscape, and address the rising precarity experienced by emerging archives professionals.
I have been immensely proud of the advocacy work that the ART Board has undertaken to elevate the field and the leadership I’ve seen demonstrated. If elected, I hope to carry that vision forward while upholding our core values. The Archivists Round Table has an amazing foundation in its many committee members and devoted supporters, and this foundation has enabled us to address the needs of our community and to raise our collective voice regarding critical issues impacting the field.
As Vice President, I would be committed to providing lateral support and resources to our committee leaders and their members, and to recognizing those whose service has made us the organization that we are today. It is my belief that we should continually seek out avenues for engaging with policy in the public sphere, and I would work with our Advocacy Committee to ensure that we take advantage of every opportunity to have a seat at the table. Finally, I would continue to bring forward voices that bring diversity to our conversations and strengthen our shared practice. I’m excited by the proposals that our President Cristina Vignone and President-Elect Deidre Dinnigan have brought forward in response to the feedback we’ve received from members over the past year, and I look forward to celebrating our fortieth anniversary season together!
Stanley B. Burns, MD, FACS, is a New York City ophthalmologist, an internationally distinguished author, curator, historian, collector, TV consultant and archivist. He is Clinical Professor of Medicine & Psychiatry and Professor of Medical Humanities at NYU Langone Medical Center. His collection of over one million historic photographs is recognized as the most important private comprehensive collection of early historic photography. In 1977, he founded The Burns Archive to share his discoveries. He has authored 49 books, over 1100 articles, curated over one hundred exhibitions, and consulted on dozens of documentaries and feature films. He is the Medical, Historical & Technical Advisor to HBO/Cinemax’s THE KNICK and PBS’ MERCY STREET.
The Burns Archive houses the world’s largest private collection of early medical and historic photographs from the birth of photography to the atomic age. With over one million historic photographs, it is well known for providing photographic evidence of forgotten, unseen and disquieting aspects of history. The cornerstone of The Burns Archive is its unparalleled collection of medical photography, but it is also renowned for its iconic images depicting the darker side of life: death, disease, crime, racism, revolution, and war. The Archive has produced dozens of books, and curated and contributed to thousands of international museum and gallery exhibitions. Over the past forty years, thousands of publishers, curators, authors, researchers, artists and filmmakers have utilized this unique source of visual documentation. The Burns Archive actively acquires, donates, researches, lectures, exhibits, consults, and shares its rare and unusual photographs and expertise worldwide.
I wish to serve as Vice-President of ART because I would like to share of my knowledge as an archivist and my experience and expertise as an executive at multiple organizations. As a leader and innovator, I served as president of the Medical Archivists of NY State from 1979-1981 and CEO of the International Society of Physician Historians in the 1980s. I was chair of the photography committee at the National Arts Club for over a decade. My 45 years as an archivist and professional in multiple library, archival and historical organizations, includes managing the Burns Archive, a collection of over one million historic photographs.
Candidates for Director of Programming
Lisa Barrier is the Asset Cataloger for the Carnegie Hall Archives. Her role consists mainly of creating, organizing, and standardizing metadata for the Archives’ physical and digital collections and for Carnegie Hall’s education, marketing, and development assets. Outside of metadata management, she enjoys working with different departments to promote the use of archival materials and Carnegie Hall history. Lisa graduated from Pratt Institute's Master of Library and Information Science program in Spring of 2015, with a focus on Archives and Digital Archives. She currently lives in New York, NY.
As a relatively new Archivist, I am always looking for ways to learn from other information professionals and expand my network. The A.R.T. Director of Programming position provides a platform for me to do so and allows me to demonstrate my ability to work efficiently and resourcefully to produce beneficial monthly meetings. I believe I am qualified for the role as I am friendly, organized, enjoy working both individually and in groups, complete projects and tasks quickly and accurately, and am not afraid to creatively solve problems. I have experience in fundraising and event planning for cultural institutions and non-profits and am flexible with my time and availability. As Director of Programming, I plan to become fully acquainted with the needs and wishes of current A.R.T. volunteers and members and to work closely with everyone to coordinate fresh, successful events.
Megan Williams is the Outreach and Reference Librarian in the Photographs and Prints Division at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Her interests include preserving and providing access to the photographic record of black culture, teaching radical histories through images, contemporary art, and motorcycles.
I have been a member of ART or other professional organizations, such as ARLIS, for several years. These organizations have been invaluable to me as I pursued my career as a librarian and archivist, and I am eager to give back by serving as Director of the Programming Committee. ART events are a great opportunity for our community to learn more about the many local institutions, exhibitions, individuals, and issues relevant to our work. They are also a chance for us to get to know one another. I am interested in expanding upon the great work that's already been done by focusing the committee's energy on events that center the archives and voices of marginalized groups. I look forward to reaching out to and collaborating with my friends and colleagues around the city to put together fun and interesting programs for you all. I am also excited to hear from our members about the kinds of programming that would be most meaningful or helpful to them and their work.
Candidate for Director of Education
Maya Naunton is a graduate of the Palmer School Library and Information Science at Long Island University. Maya’s experience includes working
in university and museum libraries. She is interested in improving digital tools and copyright issues as they apply to libraries and archives. From her previous career as an Art Conservator, Maya brings expertise and interest in preservation issues.
I strongly believe in the Archivists Round Table mission of providing a platform for the members to communicate and to further their professional development. In the coming year, I propose continuing cooperation between the Archivists Round Table, Metro, and SAA and to use this cooperation to further improve our educational programming.
As the field continues to change and evolve, the Education Committee has the responsibility for assisting archives professionals to further develop their professional skills and stay up to date with new tools. In order to fulfil this obligation, I propose offering workshops that educate the members in the issues of copyright as it applies to their work as well as covering technological developments that are of interest. As one of the ways for the members to expand their awareness of digital issues, I feel that A.R.T. would benefit from cooperating with NYC Digital Humanities group.
I am looking forward to helping A.R.T. members learn new skills in the collaborative environment and to making the next Symposium a great success.
Candidate for Director of Advocacy
Patricia Glowinski is currently an archivist at the New York City Municipal Archives. She holds an MLIS from Pratt Institute (2008) and a Digital Archives Specialist Certificate from the Society of American Archivists (2014). Since graduating in 2008, she has worked primarily as an archivist but has also had gigs as a librarian and has worked at a variety of institutions and repositories such as the Center for Jewish History; Weill Cornell Medical Center Archives; University of California, Irvine Special Collections and Archives; Brooklyn Historical Society; the Harvard Library in New York; and Pei Cobb Freed and Partners, Architects. She is a member of the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York; Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference; Society of American Archivists; National Council on Public History; and the American Printing History Association.
I am excited by the opportunity to run for director of the Advocacy Committee, one of the committees of the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York (ART) that does important work for the archivist community and archival repositories in New York City and beyond. I have been a member of ART since 2010 and a member of the Advocacy Committee since 2015. Although I have been a member of professional organizations that have ranged from local to international in scope, I feel most connected and effective working at the local level. That said, the New York City metropolitan area is vast and it includes a wealth of talented archives professionals who come from a multitude of backgrounds with many viewpoints, needs, and concerns. While serving on the Advocacy Committee I have had the pleasure of working with inspiring fellow committee members and I have learned that the most effective way to serve the community is to not only educate myself on issues facing the archival community but to listen to and learn from the community. Each year brings new concerns and issues alongside long term issues that affect the archival community. Advocating for diversity and inclusivity in the archival profession, addressing inequitable workplace practices, advocating for sustainable funding, and ensuring equitable access to archives, just a short list of pressing issues, will require a lot of work from all of us. Regardless of the outcome of the election, I look forward to continuing serving on the Advocacy Committee to create opportunities for the archival community to come together and address these and other critical issues.
Candidate for Treasurer
Sonali Sugrim. MLS 2017, CUNY Queens College and Certificate for Archives and the Preservation of Cultural Materials, MA Public History, St. John's University, E-Resources and Content Management Librarian, Acquisitions Librarian, Freelance Archivist, Queens Memory Project Volunteer
As a Treasurer, I will be thrilled to be a part of such a diverse group of Archivists. I would make it a priority to engage and collaborate with colleagues as well as to assist in the continuation of the programs supported by the organization including the many advocacy initiatives. I would bring years of experience of handling budgetary needs of various positions and a desire to learn and work together. I would advocate for transparency and accountability and make an effort to ensure that the organization meets the needs of its members.
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