MARAC 2023 Spring - Virtual Meeting 26-28 April

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    Session 15: Finding New Methods of Making Legacy Collections Relevant to Students and Researchers in a Digital World
    (2023-04-28) Wick, Harrison; Vetter, Laura
    Learn how archivists at two different types of educational institutions are helping students and researchers navigate new and old archival resources. At Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the Special Collections and University Archives is building new opportunities for student-faculty collaboration and comparative research using oral history interviews and digitized archival collections, including rare books and primary source materials related to pandemics. At the Episcopal High School, a private boarding school established in 1839, students are using primary source materials within the school's archival holdings for research projects and adding to the historical record by conducting interviews with alumni.
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    Session 14: Let's Collaborate: Facilitating Engaging Projects With Students
    (2023-04-28) Tighe, Molly; Amodei, Joseph; Carpenter, Chrystal; Davis, Emily; Johnson, Crystal
    In this session, archivists and faculty who are working together to enrich campus experiences and forward institutional goals will discuss a variety of classroom applications for primary source collections. Speakers will share examples of immersive media technology applied to historical records to engage the concept of "serious play" in student exhibitions that reflect upon social good and political engagement. The session will also provide a view of ongoing collaborations between archivists and faculty to map the history of security and public safety; how students interrogate whose stories are being told and what role archives play in institutional accountability; and an exploration of new and evolving opportunities to engage a wide variety of stakeholders with archival collections in service of broad institutional goals.
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    Session 13: Leveraging Regional Advocacy to Advance Ethical Labor Practices: Northwest Archivists' Archivist-In-Residence Program
    (2023-04-28) Kramer, Kathryn; Cray, Laura; Piasecki, Sara; Thomas, Rachel; Woody, Rachael Cristine
    Conversations about fair and ethical archival labor practices underpin ongoing advocacy to build a strong, stable, and diverse workforce within the archival profession. The discussion around the value of archival labor has increased with urgency, and in response, Northwest Archivists, Inc. (NWA) created an ad hoc committee to develop a new paid internship pilot, the Archivist-in-Residence (AiR) program. The goal is to advocate for the value of internships as archival labor and to effectively steward the next generation of archivists into the profession through the creation of productive, self-initiated, and funded internship opportunities. This session will address the AiR program formation and decision-making process; detail application and evaluation rubrics and how they can be replicated; describe the challenges and solutions involved in offering fair compensation across a region with widely varying cost of living; and address the sustainability of the program by reviewing fundraising strategies.
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    Session 12: That's in the Archives! Helping Researchers Find Your Digital and Analog Collections
    (2023-04-28) Barker, Melissa; Rousseau, Anastasia
    Archives are often overlooked by researchers who think they can find everything they are looking for on line. Even if what they need happens to be in a digital format, researchers may have a hard time finding it. Attend this session to learn how to get your analog and digital collection noticed by genealogists, university students, authors, and other researchers.
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    Session 11: When Artworks Are Not Artworks: Caring for Artist Ephemera in the Archives
    (2023-04-28) Avant, Nathan; Blake, Ben; Crawford, Stephanie; Howe, Cara
    Preserving and providing access to objects such as drawings, collage, and sculptures, often calls for techniques that are not part of traditional archives education programs. In this session, speakers will share their experiences caring for art objects in a variety of contexts. Nathan Avant will give a tour of two artist-ephemera collections at Glenstone Museum and discuss the value of developing cross-departmental consultation relationships. Cara Howe will discuss her approach to caring for Upstate Medical University's portrait collection and its positive impact on other parts of the Archives and Special Collections. Stephanie Crawford will discuss the challenges of processing artwork in two collections of artists papers held at the Miriam Schapiro Archives on Women Artists at Rutgers University and the Mattatuck Museum. Finally, Ben Blake will discuss the challenges of preserving and providing access to artifacts of labor and social justice protests such as hand painted signs, leaflets, and t-shirts.