TCART 2016 Spring Meeting

This year’s spring meeting is extended to include a presenter we were able to secure thanks to the MAC Speakers Bureau. The morning will constitute our usual business meeting; those that are interested may stay for the afternoon dedicated to the presentation.


What: TCART Spring Meeting

When: 10am – 5pm on Tuesday, June 14th

Where: Blake Upper School in Minneapolis (map here) (parking available at no cost in school lot on west side of building– turn onto Northrop Lane from Kenwood Parkway to enter the lot)

Schedule for the day:
10:00 – 10:10 — Welcome and announcements
10:10 – 10:40 — First tour of archives (20 people max)
10:50 – 11:20 — Business meeting and elections
11:20 – 11:50 — Second tour of archives (20 people max)
11:55 – 1:00 — Lunch (we have secured a food truck from Cafe Racer to be located nearby)

1:00 – 5:00 — Presentation on Strategic Planning for Small Archives (cap attendance at 40 people)


Presentation by Colleen McFarland Rademaker (Head Archivist, Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth in Kansas) — Strategic planning is an essential management tool for all archival programs. The barriers to creating and implementing a strategic plan, however, can seem insurmountable to solo and small-shop archivists. This workshop will provide an overview of the strategic planning process from the perspective of small archival program management, emphasizing relationships and community-building both within and outside of the archival program’s parent organization. Participants will receive guidance on writing effective mission statements, setting strategic priorities, crafting attainable and meaningful goals, and seeing those goals to completion. The workshop’s hands-on exercises will give participants a jump-start in writing their own strategic planning documents, and sample strategic plans will be available for inspiration and critique.  Archivists serving larger repositories are welcome to attend.
Please RSVP if you plan on attending. Further questions can be addressed to
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