TCART State of the Organization

The TCART officers would like to give everyone an update on our plans for the 2021 year.

TCART recognizes that our ability to foster networking opportunities has been drastically reduced due to the Covid 19 Pandemic. We would like to provide a way for members to reach out to each other on an individual level. We are reviving the TCART Directory and encourage you to participate. If you wish to be included, please fill out this FORM.

The Spring Meeting will NOT happen in 2021, in any form. Zoom fatigue is real and the officers would like to encourage you to look after your mental health. However, the officers are discussing plans for the Fall Symposium, which WILL take place in 2021. We will be sending out a survey later this summer gauging members’ comfort levels and preferences for a digital or in person meeting. Keep an eye out.

Congratulations to Ellen Engseth and Beth Goodrich, Our 2020-2021 Professional Development Award recipients. Please look for a follow-up post, which will include their reviews of the meetings they attended.  

The officers would like to thank Caitlin Marineau for her dedication as the TCART Secretary for the last four years. We would also like to welcome Kristell Benson as the new Secretary.

Stay safe, be well.

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TCART October forum on COVID-19 and Social Justice

Hello TCART members,

We will be hosting another forum over Zoom on Thursday, October 8th from 2-3 pm (RSVP here). At the last forum, some of you expressed an interest in hearing about how archivists can responsibly document, and respond to, the pandemic and protests against racism and police brutality. For this next forum, we have arranged for short presentations from two managers of collections that focus on both those topics.

We will hear from Dr. Heather Shirey from St. Thomas who is publishing online examples of urban street art through the George Floyd & Anti-Racist Street Art collection and the COVID-19 Street Art collection. We will also get to talk with Dr. Susannah Ottaway of Carleton College who manages similar projects on the Black Lives Matter movement and COVID-19.

After Shirey and Ottaway’s presentations, we will have a chance to ask them about these projects. We really hope you can attend, it will be a great opportunity to learn about some important and fascinating work.

Please complete the following RSVP Google Form for the Zoom meeting. Zoom invitations will only be sent to those who complete the form. Thank you!

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TCART Membership 2020-2021 Announcement

Due to the current crisis, TCART membership fees have been waived for the 2020-2021 year. We are still asking members to fill out the renewal form (found at z.umn.edu/tcartmembership) so we can keep our contact information up-to-date. Any fees that are paid through the Paypal link this year will be considered a donation. If you have questions please send them to tcartmn@gmail.com. Thanks everyone.

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Note from TCART President — Spring Meeting 2020 Canceled

Dear TCART Members,

I am sorry to announce that the spring meeting for TCART will be canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Many of us value the opportunity to reconnect with colleagues, share our ideas, and tour the collections managed by our members. But the TCART officers and I also recognize the tremendous burden this health crisis has placed on all of us, both professionally and personally. In light of these challenges, we will be postponing any presentations and gatherings for TCART members until the Minnesota Archives Symposium in the fall.
We would still like to remotely hold elections for the two officer positions that are opening up this spring – President and Treasurer. Audra Hilse, the current Treasurer, and I have both agreed to run again for our current positions. Unless there are objections from TCART members, candidates who are running unopposed for an office can be elected by acclamation. If you do have any concerns or questions about this election, please don’t hesitate to contact us at tcartmn@gmail.com.

 
We all hope you are able to stay healthy and productive for as long as this pandemic lasts, and we look forward to seeing you all again in the fall.
 
Nat Wilson 
TCART President
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