MARAC 2019 Spring - Morgantown, WV 11-13 April

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    Labor Union Organizing in the Archives
    (2019-04-13) Bhatia, Sharmila; Delinger, Kevin; Eidson, Jennifer
    Unions are organized to advocate for workers' rights in the workplace, whether that be in a factory, an academic library, or a federal archives. Panelists spoke about their perspectives on unions in libraries and archives and the union history of their organizations. What is it like to be a union member during a time when there are actions to undermine national and international unions? How does this impact the ability of the union to effectively negotiate with management? Organizing efforts in the Bakers Union, a key labor collection at the University of Maryland, will be highlighted as an interesting example from the 1970s, before the Reagan administration, to show the differences in the labor situation when compared to now.
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    Student Workers and Special Collections: A Symbiotic Relationship?
    (2019-06-11) Romans, Laura; McKittrick, Allison
    Many special collections utilize student labor, and in many cases, tight funding and resources dictate that the students provide what the profession often considers high-level skills, including providing reference services and processing collections. Consequently, professional staff invest significant amounts of time and energy to provide students with the training and support necessary to carry out these tasks successfully, even if the student only stays for a semester or two. Based on their experiences as student workers and now as managers, the presenters of this session will explore the essentialness of student labor and consider both the concerns and opportunities that arise as a result.
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    Drawing the Circle Wider: Employing Individuals on the Autism Spectrum in the Archives
    (2019-04-13) Beland, Matthew Robert
    Presentation by Matthew Beland for "Archivists, Love, and Communities" at MARAC Morgantown, April 2019. This presentation discusses the disability of autism in relation to the archives and addresses several questions: What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? How do people with ASD work in other workplaces? What can we expect when archives employ people with ASD? Examples of other workplaces that employ people “on the spectrum” and literature discussing the same are provided.
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    From PPG Works #8 to the Work of Processing: Harnessing Personal Experience and Lifelong Glassworkers to Enhance Description of PPG Industries Photographs
    (2019-04-12) Green, Sierra
    As an archivist with the Heinz History Center's Detre Library and Archives, Sierra Green was afforded the opportunity to process the PPG Industries Records, a collection pertaining to the history of the glass industry in Western Pennsylvania and throughout the United States. For over 38 years, her father has been an industrial glassworker. As a college student during summer breaks, Sierra worked alongside her father as a glassworker. Serendipitously, this archival collection originated from the very same company for which her father has worked for most of his life. What follows in this presentation are her reflections from this experience as well as applicable strategies to partner with industry workers in order to enhance collection description.
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    Working Collections: Preserving Memory, Enhancing Heritage
    (2019) Ward, Sandi; Ward, Sandi
    Presentation by Sandi Ward for "Working Collections: Preserving Memory, Enhancing Heritage" at MARAC Morgantown, April 2019. The CR/10 Project (CR/10) is a video oral history project created by the East Asian Library, University Library System, University of Pittsburgh. CR/10 aims to preserve memories and impressions from people who experienced China's Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, which lasted from 1966-1976. The collection also includes interviews with members of China's post-Cultural Revolution generations, who reflect on the circumstances under which they did, or did not, learn about the Cultural Revolution. Interviewees are given approximately 10 minutes to express their memories of or thoughts about the 10 years of China's Cultural Revolution. This presentation discussed the motivations of the project, its workflow and technical details, and its reception by researchers, faculty, and the public.
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    Archives Month as a Way to do Advocacy
    (2019-04) Lewandowska, Karolina; Spiers, Gabrielle; Mazzone, Alyson
    Poster presentation from the MARAC conference in Morgantown, WV on April 11-13, 2019. Part of the nationally celebrated American Archives Month, the U.S. Navy’s Naval History and Heritage Command archival staff to participate in Archives Month for the first time. Covering a range of issues, from getting started and developing a plan to balancing normal workload with additional Archives Month duties, this poster discusses how they have defined archival advocacy in order to make it both a manageable and scalable goal and an effective and meaningful project. The poster will also share resources and strategies that attendees can use in their own programs, whether for a single institution or for an entire region.
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    Building Awareness of Archival Value: Working with Record Creators
    (2019-04) Lewandowska, Karolina; Resch, Sesily
    Presentation from the MARAC conference in Morgantown, WV on April 11-13, 2019. S18. BETTER BEGINNINGS, BETTER ENDS: WHAT WE'VE LEARNED BY ENGAGING RECORDS CREATORS As part of the U.S. Navy, the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC)'s mission is to preserve an accurate history of the Navy, including collecting official records. NHHC staff will share how they educate records creators, including naval personnel at all levels, to help them understand what archival value means, what it means for the records they create, how their records might be used once they reach the archives, and how to adapt and apply these concepts to future records transfers. Describing both successes and opportunities for further growth, panelists will discuss bringing traditional archival competencies to their work with record creators and what additional knowledge and skills are useful.
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    Moving the National Trust Library at UMD
    (2019-04-12) Caringola, Liz; Johnson, Charlotte M.
    Presentation from the MARAC conference in Morgantown, WV on April 11-13, 2019. S10 - Out of Sight but Not Out of Mind: Providing Service During Collection Moves.
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    Mining the Backlog: Uncovering Collections to Enrich Labor Community Heritage and Memory
    (2019-04-13) Peters, Amanda; Shirer, Abby
    The Patch/Work Voices Project began in the 1970’s with the collection of oral histories to document the heritage of the coal and coke industry in Fayette County. Artifacts, photographs, and other materials were donated by interviewees and the coal community up until the early 2000’s. Accession records were made, on occasion, and some records were kept in notebooks. This collection, aside from the oral histories, has been kept in a storage room, untouched until 2014. Roughly estimating 180 linear feet. Experience how the story of Fayette County’s mining community was rebuilt through the backlogged Patch Work Voices Community Collection at the Coal and Coke Heritage Center at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus. The conversation covered the challenges faced and the significant transformations these and similar projects could have on the library and archival profession.
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    Professional Women: The Gender Politics of the National Education Association's Century of Non-Unionism
    (2019-04-11) Smallen, Vakil
    Before the feminist revolution, teaching was one of the few professions where women were the majority. The National Education Association (NEA) represented many of these teachers as members. From its founding in 1857 until the late 1960s, the NEA rejected the label of 'union' preferring to call itself a professional association. In tandem with rejecting the label, it rejected the tactics of unionism, as well. Advocating for respect by 'professionalizing the profession' were favored over strikes, collective bargaining, and adversarial relationships with adminstrators. Complicating this relationship was the role of the (mostly male) school administrators, who had authority over the members as employees while also playing an outsized role in directing the agenda of the NEA itself. Only when the teachers, as members, were able to throw out the old model in favor of a more directly democratic organization did the NEA begin to strongly advocate for members' rights.
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    Storage and Technology Obsolescence: Evaluating Digital Preservation Capacity Using the Digital Preservation Capability Maturity Model (DPCMM)
    (2019-04-12) Rezaei, Fatemeh; Conlin, Kristin; Bell, Laura
    In this panel presentation, Fatemeh Rezaei, Archivist; Kristin Conlin, Reference and Instruction Librarian; and Laura Bell, Archivist at the University of Baltimore discuss how to convey the importance of a digital preservation program in a data-supported framework that ensures continuous access to digital assets to library administration. An initial assessment using the Digital Preservation Capability Maturity Model (DPCMM) revealed that our library's storage and retention of records were based on individual department standards which were not uniform or implemented with archival principles for storage and retention in mind. In this panel discussion we share our experience using the DPCMM in the Robert L. Bogomolny library at the University of Baltimore, as well as the impact of the results and the departmental conversations that occurred surrounding digital preservation in our library.
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    You Had Me at 3 Years: The Ethics and Practicality of Project Archivists
    (2019-04-12) Sayles, Sheridan L.; Vo, Amy C.; Johnson Melvin, L. Rebecca; Leu, Sarah
    With the Society of American Archivists working to define standards for both intern and volunteer workers, it seems fitting to look now towards another hallmark of archival work: project positions. These positions work to both introduce new archivists to the field and get smaller scale work off the ground, but at the same time, create a volatile job market that not only exacerbates new archivists but also hinders institutional memory and creates a burden on permanent employees. Due to restrictions of grant funding and other institutional factors, these positions are not going away any time soon, and a need for guidelines in creating these jobs is crucial to the development of the field. This talk will look at ethical and practical considerations surrounding project work—both from the employee and hiring manager’s perspectives—and propose ways that institutions can approach project work in order to create better environments for their employees and themselves.
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    Digital Virginias is Live! The DPLA Service Hub for Virginia and West Virginia
    (2019-04-12) McMillen, Jessica
    This poster gives an overview of the creation of the Digital Virginias service hub for the Digital Public Library of America and provides information to institutions interested in participating.
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    My Labor of Love: Lone Arrangement and Appraisal of the LC Commissioned Composers Web Archive
    (2019-04-13) Wertheimer, Melissa E.
    Melissa E. Wertheimer, a Music Reference Specialist in the Library of Congress Music Division, describes her selection, description, and appraisal methodologies for a forthcoming digital collection, the LC Commissioned Composers Web Archive. The presentation includes project challenges as a lone arranger of web archives for the Library of Congress Music Division, project goals, statistics, discussion of a web archiving life cycle model, and methods of appraisal applicable to both web archives and electronic records.
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    Putting the Do In Donor Relations: A Proactive, Improvised Approach to Engaging the Donor Community
    (2019-04-19) Barker, Ray
    Ray Barker, Archivist at the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, will share his efforts as an outsider to the D.C. community, new to his role in donor relations. Mr. Barker shares his creative, and often non-traditional steps in getting to know the city’s history and people, and how it leads to unique outcomes.
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    Paper Will Kill the Court System
    (2019-04-13) Huth, Geof
    Geof Huth describes how he changed archives and records management systems and practices at the New York State Unified Court system through a process of conversation and quick and wrenching change.
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    Using JSTOR Forum for Digital Collections at Caldwell University
    (2019-04-12) Reamer Lynch, Kimberly
    This poster will highlight how Caldwell University Archives is using JSTOR Forum for its digital collections. Caldwell University Archives began using JSTOR Forum in 2015 as the result of a grant from the Council of Independent Colleges Consortium on Digital Resources for Teaching and Research. In addition to the original project which focused on student experiences in service activities, we have used JSTOR Forum to host digital collections of archival photographs and as a basic institutional repository for student research. Our newest project, funded by a Consortium on Digital Resources for Teaching and Research Development Grant, includes integration with to create digital exhibitions and supplements the original project by establishing a user-generated archive.
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    Program for the Spring 2019 MARAC Meeting: Working Archives: A Labor of Love
    (2019-04) MARAC: Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference
    The program for the Spring 2019 MARAC meeting, "Working Archives: A Labor of Love" held April 11-13 in Morgantown, WV.