4th Annual Minnesota Archives Symposium: Call for Proposals

The Twin Cities Archives Round Table is pleased to announce the fourth annual Minnesota Archives Symposium (MAS), sponsored by the Minnesota Historical Society. MAS is a local educational and networking opportunity for archivists, librarians, records managers, curators and other information professionals. We seek to broaden opportunities to share knowledge and insights among peers at a local level. The Symposium will be held on Monday, November 2nd.

This year’s topic will be: Bridging the Gap Between Our Digital and Physical Collections

Call for Proposals:

The focus of many institutions and special collections lately has been on all things digital.  For this year’s symposium we would like to take a step back and think about how our digital presence relates to our physical holdings. Can we leverage our digital collections to help drive use of our physical ones? Do our patrons understand the relationship between the two; and if not, how can we help make that clearer? What is and should be the relationship between on-site use and digital use? How do we attract audiences to our digital collections, and then how do we measure them once there?

Such a broad and important topic can be examined from many angles, both theoretical and experience-based. Please think about what you can share with the broader group to facilitate a better understanding of the issues at hand and possible techniques and tools to address them. We look forward to hearing from you!

Questions to consider include:

  • How can we increase the visibility of our digital content?
  • What tools and metrics are available for describing and measuring the use of our digital content?
  • How can we communicate (both to our organization and the public) the use/significance of our digital content?
  • How can we better engage our audience for digital content?
  • How do we prioritize our digital vs. our physical collections?

We encourage both novices and experts to submit your story in a proposal or session idea. Varied session formats are welcome.

Details for Submission:

  • Full sessions should be 60 minutes in length, include time for Q&A and can include multiple presenters.  In addition to traditional sessions, and individual speakers, we accept alternative session ideas such as lightning rounds, breakout sessions, Pecha Kucha, etc.
  • If you have a great idea for a topic but need presenters, let us know — we may be able to pair like-minded presenters together.
  • Include full contact information with submissions, including name of presenters, preferred method of contact, and institution or school if applicable.
  • Please include a 500 word or less abstract and working title for your presentation.

Deadline for submission is  Monday, August 31, 2015.

Submissions should be sent via email to the Twin Cities Archives Round Table or submitted online at Google Form.

Registration:

Save the Date!!! The Minnesota Archives Symposium will be held at the Minnesota Historical Society from 11:45 to 5:00pm on Monday, November 2nd. Registration is FREE, but we will ask that participants register their intent to attend soon. Look for more details on registering for this event on the TCART listserv and website.

Questions?

Questions should be sent to the Twin Cities Archives Round Table or Lori Williamson at lori.williamson@mnhs.org or 651-259-3252.

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TCART 2015 Spring Meeting wrap up

Spring Meeting II

Thank you to everyone who attended TCART’s 2015 Spring Meeting at the American Swedish Institute on May 20th. We had a fantastic turnout of nearly 60 attendees.  Thank you to Rob Nicholl and Scott Pollock of the American Swedish Institute for hosting us and providing tours of the Wallenberg Library and Archives.

We had two speakers, Nat Wilson of Carleton College and Lisa Calahan of the University of Minnesota, who presented on Archival Content Management Systems: What are the Options? For those interested, the slides from their presentations can be found here:

The Engagement: Announcing the Marriage between ArchivesSpace and the University of Minnesota by Lisa Calahan, University of Minnesota

Archon, we need to talk… by Nat Wilson, Carleton College

The business meeting included:

1. Secretary’s report (link to report and entire meeting minutes) — most notable for the fact that we have reached 100 members!
2. Treasurer’s Report from Lara Friedman-Shedlov
3. Old business — Student Scholarship program announcement, more information will be posted on the website as the due date approaches (October 1st)
4. Board Officer Position Proposal — updated bylaws were proposed to reflect the newly restructured position of Newsletter Editor to that of Communications Officer. The changes were voted up and approved.
5. Board election for Communications Officer  — votes were cast and the 2015-2017 Communications Officer is Kate Dietrick, Assistant Archivist of the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives at the University of Minnesota.
6. MN Archive Symposium committee — committee members were announced (Marcia Collins, Kate Dietrick, Ted Hathaway, Audra Hilse, Andrea Hoff, Rachel Howell, and Jennifer Johnson) and a tentative date has been set for November 2nd at the Minnesota Historical Society. More information will be announced at a later date.

The next TCART meeting will be around early October at St. Cloud State– more details to come.

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TCART’s 2015 Spring Meeting

American Swedish Institute (ASI)
2600 Park Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55407

Wednesday, May 20th, 9-12:30pm

Schedule

9-9:20 – Welcome (Coffee and treats will be provided)

9:20-9:50 – Tour of the Wallenberg Library and Archives with ASI Archivist Rob Nicholl.

10-10:40 – Archival Content Management Systems: What are the Options? – Presentations by Nat Wilson of Carlton College and Lisa Calahan of the University of Minnesota changes to Archival Content Management Systems and transitions to new systems.

10:40-11:00 – Discussion Thinking about a new CMS for your archives? Are you an Archivist’s Toolkit or Archon user and thinking about ArchiveSpace? This will be an opportunity to connect with other colleagues on these important issues!

11:00-11:10 – Break

11:10-11:50 – Business Meeting – Includes member voting on a modification to the TCART Newsletter Editor officer position, and elections for two officer positions.

11:50-12:20 – Tour of the Wallenberg Library and Archives with ASI Archivist Rob Nicholl.

12:30pm – Lunch at Fika (at the ASI) (Optional, at your own expense)

Location and parking information can be found here.

Please RSVP by Friday, May 15th

The TCART Spring meeting is open to all who are interested in attending. Membership information will be available at the meeting for those who wish to join. See http://tcartmn.org/membership/ for more membership information or to join today!

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TCART’s 2014 Fall Meeting

Givens Conference Suite
Rm 120
Andersen Library
University of Minnesota

Friday, Dec. 12th, 9-1pm

Schedule

9-9:20 – Welcome (Coffee and treats will be provided)

9:20-9:50 – Tour of the Caverns at the Minnesota Library Access Center (MLAC)

10-10:30 – “Ralph Rapson: A Legacy in Architecture and Design” – a presentation on this current exhibit at the Andersen Library, by Barbara Bezat, asst. archivist at the Northwestern Architectural Archives.

10:40-11:20 – Business Meeting

11:20-11:30 – Break

11:30-12:00 – New developments with the Minnesota Digital Library – a presentation by Molly Huber, MDL Coordinator, and Jolie Graybill, MDL Asst. Director

12:10-12:40 – Tour of the Caverns at the Minnesota Library Access Center (MLAC)

12:50 pm – Lunch (optional) at Republic (221 Cedar Ave – Seven Corners)

Location and parking information can be found online at http://www1.umn.edu/twincities/maps/AnderLib/

Please RSVP by Friday, Dec. 5th

The TCART fall meeting is open to all who are interested in attending. Membership information will be available at the meeting for those who wish to join. Members, please remember that membership renewal is due at the Fall meeting. See http://tcartmn.org/membership/ for more membership information or to join today!

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Announcing the 3rd Annual Minnesota Archives Symposium

3rd Annual Minnesota Archives Symposium

Inviting Interaction: Building Digital Access and
Connections in Archives & Special Collections.

Join the Hennepin County Library Special Collections and the Twin Cities Archives Round Table (TCART) on Friday, October 24, 2014 for the third annual Minnesota Archives Symposium. This year’s theme is Inviting Interaction: Building Digital Access and Connections in Archives & Special Collections. Attend the Symposium to meet with your peers and learn what methods archivists, librarians, curators, and other information management professionals are using to advocate and make connections with others, both within their institution and with the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Schedule of Events (for detailed session descriptions and full schedule see page 2)

12:15-12:45 pm Optional HCL Preservation Lab Tour with Frank Hurley (Hennepin County Library’s Preservation Technician) (must pre-register; limit 20)
12:45-1:00 pm TCART Sponsored Pre-Symposium Coffee & Mingle Break
1:00-1:15 pm: Introduction to the Symposium
1:15-2:15 pm Session One: Promoting archives by creating digital collections using Islandora, with Alexander Kent, Linda Richter, and Pam Sukalski
2:15-2:45 pm TCART Sponsored Coffee & Mingle Break & Optional HCL Preservation Lab Tour with Frank Hurley (Hennepin County Library’s Preservation Technician) (must pre-register; limit 20)
2:45-3:45 pm Session Two: Digital Arts Sciences + Humanities (DASH) and the Archives with Justin Schell.
3:45-4:00 pm TCART Sponsored Coffee & Mingle Break
4:00-5:00 pm Session Three: Digital Tools and Access to Collections with Tom Steman

Location and Time:
The Minnesota Archives Symposium will be held in Doty Board Room, 2nd level at Minneapolis Central Library (300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN) from 1:00 to 5:00 PM on Friday, October 24.

Online registration is now closed.  However, you may still register in person at the Symposium.

Questions?
Please contact TCART at tcartmn@gmail.com or Ted Hathaway (ehathaway@hclib.org) for questions and information.

Minnesota Archives Symposium Full Schedule

Pre-Symposium Schedule
12:15-12:45 pm Optional HCL Preservation Lab Tour with Frank Hurley (Hennepin County Library’s Preservation Technician) must pre-register; limit 20)
12:45-1:00 pm TCART Sponsored Pre-Symposium Coffee & Mingle Break

Symposium Schedule
1:00-1:15 pm : Introduction to the Symposium

1:15-2:15 pm Session One: Promoting archives by creating digital collections with Islandora
In 2013, Southwest Minnesota State University and Minneapolis College of Art and Design joined PALS as implementation partners for the Islandora Digital Repository Project. This implementation was a key opportunity to test the true viability of Islandora, and it gave our partners the chance to digitize materials. PALS provides the following Islandora services: hosting the Islandora server and applications, planning and metadata assistance, creating customized ingest forms, and training and support. Through a demonstration of Islandora, we will highlight some of the features and show the flexibility and customizations possible in the user interface. We will also include a discussion of the projects, challenges, lessons learned, and successes.
Alexander Kent, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Linda Richter, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Pam Sukalski, Southwest Minnesota State University

2:15-2:45 pm TCART Sponsored Coffee & Mingle Break & Optional HCL Preservation Lab Tour with Frank Hurley (Hennepin County Library’s Preservation Technician)(must pre-register; limit 20)

2:45-3:45 pm  Session Two: Digital Arts Sciences + Humanities (DASH) and the Archives
A number of projects with the University of Minnesota Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections (ASC) department engage with emerging tools and methods of research and presentation. The Digital Arts Sciences + Humanities (DASH), which focuses on tools like crowdsourcing, mapping, data visualization, 3D printing, allows collaborations between DASH and ASC curators to bring new dimensions to these collections, as well as offer different avenues of access to researchers interested in using these collections. The presentation will offer concrete examples of how to develop digital projects using primarily open source tools.
Justin Schell, University of Minnesota Libraries

3:45-4:00 pm TCART Sponsored Coffee & Mingle Break

4:00-5:00 pm Session Three: Digital Tools and Access to Collections
Tom Steman discusses web-based tools that enhance the accessibility of digital objects, as well as information, held in archives. One tool, Timeline JS, is an open source tool that provides an easy and appealing way to present information in a timeline format. The other, HistoryPin, is being used by organizations to contrast past images of specific locations with their current appearance.

Tom Steman, St. Cloud State University
 

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Minnesota Archives Symposium: Call for Proposals

The Twin Cities Archives Round Table is pleased to announce the third annual Minnesota Archives Symposium (MAS), sponsored by the Hennepin County Library Special Collections Department. MAS is a local educational opportunity for archivists, librarians, records managers, curators and other information professionals. We seek to broaden opportunities to share knowledge and insights among peers at a local level. The Symposium will be held on Friday, October 24, 2014.

This year’s topic will be: Inviting Interaction: Building Digital Access and Connections in Archives & Special Collections.

Call for Proposals:

As technology changes, so do our patrons– users want what they want when they want it how they want it. But how can archives and special collections (no matter their size) identify, build, and sustain digital projects and collections that meet both their users’ needs and their internal goals? How do we use tools to benefit and entice users while still juggling day-to-day needs?

This year’s topic covers this broad theme of digital collections and interaction with our users. Sample ideas include popular digital humanities projects and exhibits, scanning on demand, social media outreach, methods of integrating physical exhibits with new technology, and much more.

We encourage both novices and experts to submit your story in a proposal or session idea. Varied session formats are welcome. We want to hear about what tools you have explored, projects that have worked (and that didn’t), and lessons you have learned along the way.

Details for Submission:

● Full sessions should be 60 minutes in length, include time for Q&A and can include multiple presenters. In addition to traditional sessions, and individual speakers, we accept alternative session ideas such as lightning rounds, breakout sessions, Pecha Kucha, etc.
● If you have a great idea for a topic but need presenters, let us know — we may be able to pair like-minded presenters together.
● Include full contact information with submissions, including name of presenters, preferred method of contact, and institution or school if applicable.
● Please include a 500 word or less abstract and working title for your presentation.

Deadline for submission is Monday, August 25, 2014.
Submissions should be sent via email to the Twin Cities Archives Round Table or submitted online at Google Form.

Registration:

Save the Date!!! The Minnesota Archives Symposium will be held at the Special Collections Department, Minneapolis Central Library (300 Nicollet Mall) from 1-5pm on Friday, October 24. Registration is FREE, but we will ask that participants register their intent to attend soon. Look for more details on registering for this event on the TCART email lists and website.

Questions?

Questions should be sent to the Twin Cities Archives Round Table or Erin George(georg038@umn.edu).

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Twin Cities Archives Round Table Spring Meeting

Dear Friends,

We have reached our attendee limit of 52 for the spring TCART meeting. At this time all RSVPs will be added to a waitlist. You will be notified as your name moves up the list to attend.

To those who have already RSVPd, if you can no longer attend the meeting, please contact me immediately. This will allow someone on the waitlist to attend in your place.

Thank you all and I look forward to seeing you on the 22nd. – Jennifer Johnson

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Thursday, May 22, 2014
2:00-6:00PM
Walker Art Center, Art Lab, http://www.walkerart.org
Parking and driving directions: http://www.walkerart.org/visit/directions-and-parking

Please join us in Minneapolis for the spring TCART meeting. In addition to the business meeting and officer elections, we will tour the archives of the Walker Art Center, learn more about the collection below. We will also have a presentation on Scanning on Demand by Erik Moore, University of Minnesota, Head University Archives & Co-Director of the University Digital Conservancy.

Thursday nights are free Thursdays at the Walker, starting at 5:00PM. We encourage you to stay after the meeting to tour the galleries. See below for a list of events on May 22nd.

If you have an idea or issue you would like to add to the agenda, please contact Jennifer Johnson at jennifer_i_johnson@cargill.com.

The TCART spring meeting is open to all who are interested in attending. However, space is limited to 52. Please RSVP by Monday, May 19, 2014. We will have a wait list.

Membership information will be available at the meeting for those who wish to join. See http://tcartmn.org/membership/ for more membership information or to join today!

Walker Art Center Archives + Library

The Walker’s Archives and Visual Resources are a rich resource for study, consisting of 4,000 linear feet of materials dating from the private collection of T.B. Walker in 1879 to the Walker’s most recent exhibitions. Included in the Archives are more than 600,000 photographs, 2,800,000 documents and 6,000 rare audio and videotapes. In addition, the Archives maintains The Ruben / Bentson Film and Video Study Collection of 800 titles ranging from Soviet silent era films to the American avant-garde.

The Walker’s Library is one of a small number of museum libraries in the United States devoted exclusively to contemporary art. It contains a comprehensive collection of books and periodicals, including more than 13,000 artists monographs and 35,000 catalogues from exhibitions held worldwide from the 1940s to the present. The Rosemary Furtak Collection of artists’ books presents more than 1,800 examples of contemporary book arts from an international perspective such as Yoko Ono and the Fluxus movement to the local scene such as Harriet Bart and members of the Minnesota Center for Books Arts.

Also at the Walker Art Center on May 22nd will be:

  • Exhibitions: “Hopper Drawing: A Painter’s Process,” “Midnight Party” (Permanent Collection installation)
  • Film screenings: Motionpoems and The Man with a Movie Camera
  • Open Field: the ever popular artist designed mini golf will be open weather permitting (9 holes for $12.00, 18 holes for $18.00)
  • Gather, the restaurant, is open Thursday nights as well as the garden café
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