2019 Minnesota Archives Symposium Call for Proposals

The Twin Cities Archives Round Table is pleased to announce the seventh annual Minnesota Archives Symposium (MAS). 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 4th at the Spring Lake Park/Blaine/Mounds View Fire Station #3.

This year’s topic will be: Challenges in the Archives
We’ve covered the basics and worked on balance but that doesn’t stop challenges from cropping up in the archives. They might be small, repetitive tasks that crop up again and again, or a monumental undertaking. Maybe you are facing a new enterprise, midway through your labor, or recently completed a tough project. Sometimes our strategies for handling the job are not technically correct, or don’t match the “ideal,” but do fit the needs of our archives. We want to know your secrets!

Ideas for presentation topics include:

  • Strategies, favorite tools, or support systems.
  • Realities of challenges in large vs small organizations
  • Theoretical ideals vs. real world
  • Crossovers
  • What skills have you developed to cope? What skills do you wish you had?

This is not an exhaustive list, but will hopefully spur on ideas.

Call for Participants:

We welcome submissions to presentations submitted to or given at other conferences and symposiums, or perhaps you would like to update the group on a project mentioned in a previous presentation. 

We are also opening up a section for student poster presentations which will be on display during breaks. We would especially like to hear from new institutions or those who have never spoken at a symposium before. We encourage presentations from archivists and information professionals at all levels of their career.

If you have a great idea but don’t think you can speak for an entire hour, please still submit your idea! We will attempt to pair you with other presenters with similar topics for a panel presentation.

If you are interested in presenting at the symposium, please provide us with a brief abstract and working title for your presentation, along with how long you wish to present (30 minutes/60 minutes). Include full contact information with submissions, including your name(s) and institution or school if applicable.

Submissions should be sent to tcartmn@gmail.com.

Deadline for submission is Monday, September 2, 2019.


Save the Date!!! The Minnesota Archives Symposium will be held at the Spring Lake Park/Blaine/Mounds View Fire Station #3 on Monday, November 4th. Registration is FREE, but we will ask that participants register their intent to attend. Look for more details on registering for this event on the TCART listserv and website.


Questions should be sent to the TCART Communications Officer Jennie Shaw at tcartmn@gmail.com or shawx186@umn.edu.

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2019 Spring Meeting wrap up

Classroom view of Daardi Sizemore giving her presentation on Legacy Strategic Agenda at the Spring TCART meeting.

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2019 TCART Spring Meeting — 52 people attended the meeting down in Northfield, Minnesota. We extend our thank you to Nat Wilson who coordinated the day at Carleton College, as well as Daardi Sizemore Mixon for presenting on the Legacy Strategy Agenda.



During the meeting we also voted on new officers — please welcome the new TCART Communications Officer Jennifer Shaw Spence! She will be taking over from our previous Communications Officer Kate Dietrick who served in the position for four years. Secretary Caitlin Marineau was also voted in for a second term in her position. Both Jenny and Caitlin will serve their two year term from 2019-2021.

The next TCART meeting will occur in the fall during the Minnesota Archives Symposium.


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2019 Spring Meeting

We will be holding our spring meeting this year at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. This meeting will include time to mingle with colleagues, tours of the archives, a presentation, and we will vote for new officer positions.

Where: Carleton College Weitz Center for Creativity. 320 3rd St E, Northfield, MN 55057.  Larson Family Meeting Room, room 236.

When: Monday, May 13th, 2019 9:30am – 2:00pm

Tentative schedule:

  • 9:30am -10:00am:  Welcome and Reception – Coffee/tea and light breakfast snacks
  • 10:00am – 10:30am: Business meeting, including TCART Elections for Communications Officer and Secretary positions
  • 10:30am -11:30am: Tours available, 2 times through at 30 minutes each.  Digital Archives (Nat Wilson) and the Carleton in China Collection (Eric Hillemann)
  • 11:30am – 12:00pm: Presentation from TCART member
    • Topic: Legacy Strategic Agenda – What is it, and how is it working to make Minnesota History more visible and accessible

      Description: The Legacy Strategic Agenda (LSA) is a collaborative partnership between the Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums (MAHLM) and the Minnesota Historical Society.  The LSA fosters innovation and growth of history and cultural heritage in communities across the state.  Action on the LSA invests in the future of our communities by finding new ways to partner with diverse cultures and groups.  We use the LSA to help make Minnesota History more visible and accessible.  Not only have we become more engaged with one another, we are also creating real-world models for local history organizations and other states.  http://www.mnhs.org/legacy/strategicagenda

      Presenters:        Daardi Sizemore, Minnesota State University, Mankato

  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch, 3 group options and the attendees can choose which place they want to go to.  Mexican food, Indian food, Americana food.
  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm: Two tours available, 2 times through at 30 minutes each. of Northfield Historical Society Archives and Northfield History Collaborative and Museum
During the meeting, we will be holding elections for two of our officer positions that are opening up this spring – Secretary and the Communications Officer. Each position is a two-year term, May 2019 – May 2021.
The duties of the Secretary are as follows:
The Secretary shall keep the minutes of the meetings of the TCART and the Executive Committee; shall see that all notices are duly given in accordance with the provisions of these by­laws or as required by law; shall be responsible for the corporate records and archives; shall maintain membership records; and, in general shall perform all duties incident to the office of the secretary and such other duties as from time to time may be assigned to him or her by the President or by the Committee. In the absence of the President, the Secretary shall preside at business meetings of TCART and at meetings of the Executive Committee.
Our current Secretary, Caitlin Marineau,  will be running again for this position.
The duties of the Communications Officer are as follows:
The Communications Officer will be responsible for monitoring, updating, and sending out news and announcements to TCART communication forums, including email, website, and social media accounts. The Communications Officer will serve as the TCART Executive Committee representative on the Minnesota Archives Symposium planning committee and will preside at business meetings of TCART in the absence of the other members of the Executive Committee.
Our current Communications Officer, Kate Dietrick, will be stepping down after four years of service.
If you are interested in running for either position, please email TCART President Nat Wilson at nwilson(at)carleton.edu


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7th Annual Minnesota Archives Symposium wrap up


Thank you to all who attended the 7th annual Minnesota Archives Symposium, which took place this year at the Carondelet Center on Monday, November 5th. We had 79 attendees come out on a rainy Monday. Thank you to our speakers for sharing with us their time and expertise, and thank you to Michelle Hueg with Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet for hosting us and providing tours of the archives. Finally, a big thank you to the planning committee for putting on the event — a lot of time and effort goes into making the event a success and we are grateful for your work.

If you are interested in being part of the planning committee for the next symposium, please reach out to the TCART Communications Officer.


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