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 The SFA Board uses this blog to post news items and announcements of interest to members. Additionally, you may want to read current and past issues of The Florida Archivist.
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  • 11 Jan 2019 7:59 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    The SFAJ Editorial Board is delighted to announce that Volume 1 Issue 1 of the Society of Florida Archivists Journal is now published online! You can find it under the Current Issue menu on the SFAJ website. Below is a list of the wonderful authors that contributed articles to this issue as well as the folks who provided some insightful book reviews. Congratulations to all for a job well done!

    Articles:

    Matthew Miguez
    Robert Rubero
    Sandra Varry
    Rory Grennan
    Krystal Thomas

    Reviews:

    Elliot Williams
    David Benjamin

    The editorial team learned a lot by putting this first issue together and now we’re ready to start creating the next one! A recent Call for Future Papers went out in the Fall 2018 Florida Archivist Newsletter so please consider submitting for a future issue.

    If you have an essay, case study, reflective or opinion piece, tool or book review, or any other work-in-progress paper please reach out to the Journal at floridaarchivists.journal@gmail.com. We’d love to know what you’re working on as we consider content for our 2019 issue.

  • 21 Dec 2018 9:24 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    All of us here at SFA wish you a safe and happy holiday season. Most of our board will be spending time with their families so responses to emails may be delayed until January 2, 2019. 

    If you have a membership renewal question, the Membership Committee is working diligently to process incoming renewals via our PO Box and answer questions. Please be patient and someone from the committee will contact you in the new year if you've emailed a question.

    We look forward to seeing you all at the 2019 Annual Meeting in Miami. Please visit our webpage about the meeting for all the details and information on the Call for Proposals.

  • 19 Dec 2018 3:03 PM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    The College and University Archives Section of SFA is seeking nominations for the following positions. Please consider nominating someone or running for office yourself! More information on the section is available here http://www.florida-archivists.org/College-and-University-Archives-Section

    COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES SECTION NOMINATION FORM*

    *Note: Only members of the College and University Archives Section may nominate and vote for these positions. Please contact the CUA Section with any questions regarding membership.

    College and University Archives Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect (1 Year Term)

    The Vice-Chair/Chair-elect becomes Chair after a year of service. In the absence of the Chair, the Vice Chair/Chair-elect shall assume the Chair's duties, namely to preside over Section meetings and over meetings of the officers, and, with the assistance of other Section officers, direct the Section's activities. 

    College and University Archives Secretary/Treasurer (1 Year Term)

    Assists Chair and Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect with administrative and financial responsibilities of the Section, gives input on and helps conduct Section activities. 

    For more information on either position or about the CUA Section of SFA, see the section's bylaws.

    Nominations will be accepted until February 22, 2019. 

    Please contact the 2019 SFA Nominating Committee with questions on the nomination process.

  • 19 Dec 2018 2:58 PM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    The Society of Florida Archivists is seeking nominations for the Executive Board for the following positions. Please consider nominating someone or running for office yourself!

    SOCIETY OF FLORIDA ARCHIVISTS EXECUTIVE BOARD NOMINATION FORM

    Vice-President/President-Elect (1-year term)

    Bylaws Article IV, Section 3. The Vice-President/President-Elect shall have the following responsibilities: assist the President in the management of the affairs of the Society; perform such duties as the President may assign; and perform the duties of the President in his or her absence, particularly at Executive Board meetings. The Vice-President/President-Elect shall become the President when his or her term as Vice-President expires.

    Treasurer (3-year term)

    Bylaws Article IV, Section 5. The Treasurer shall have the following responsibilities: prepare an annual budget, quarterly financial reports, and an annual report to be presented at the Annual Meeting. The Treasurer shall have custody of all funds belonging to the Society and shall disburse them in accordance with the annual budget or upon the expressed authority of the Executive Board. Prior to the Annual Meeting the financial records of the Society shall be given to the Audit Committee for review and reporting.

    Director (2-year term)

    Bylaws Article IV, Section 6. The Directors shall serve as general members of the Executive Board and as members of committees as designated by the President. They shall perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Board.

    Nominations will be accepted until February 22, 2019.

    More information on these positions is available here: http://www.florida-archivists.org/administrative-documents. The process is open to all SFA members. Please contact the 2019 SFA Nominating Committee with any questions.

  • 07 Dec 2018 8:38 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    We're on the home stretch for 2018 folks! Which means the SFA 2019 Annual Meeting will be here before you know it. The Call for Proposals is now live as well as general information (hotel rooms are now available as well). Hope to see everyone in Miami next year!

    From the Country

    Corona, NY: The Louis Armstrong House Museum Collections, the world’s largest archives for a single jazz musician, have been digitized and are now available to anyone from anywhere in the world.

    Austin, TX: The University of Texas and former White House photographer David Valdez have worked together to display artwork from his photographic archive of President George H.W. Bush. The exhibit is now on display at the Briscoe Center for American History.

    Champaign, IL: Thousands of letters written by Marcel Proust will be available on a website created by University of Illinois researchers and their partners in France to digitize Proust’s correspondence.

    Little Rock, AR: More than 350,000 digital files related to the history of segregation and integration of Arkansas schools are now available at no cost to researchers and to others around the world.

    Washington, D.C.: The American Institute of Physics announced that it has received a three-year grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to make a unique collection of rare books in the physical sciences universally accessible.

    Worcester, MA: Taner Akçam, Professor in Armenian Genocide Studies at Clark University’s Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, recently collaborated with Turkish experts and graduate students on a digital repository that makes Guerguerian’s vast collection of incriminating documents available to scholars worldwide.

    Provo, UT:  Additional criminal charges were filed against an Orem collector of Latter-day Saint artifacts accusing him of stealing rare photos from university libraries.

    From the World

    London, England, UK: A two-year project, drawing on the collections of the British Library and the Bibliothèque nationale de France, has made 800 manuscripts from the period 700 – 1200 available online.

    New South Wales, Australia: When adventurer Andrea Corsali saw the Southern Cross after he passed the Cape of Good Hope in 1516, he swooned. Now a rare letter containing Corsali's illustration and description of the Southern Cross has been acquired by the State Library of NSW.

    From the Blogosphere

    Creative Commons is planning a party for public domain in 2019.

    The Digital Preservation Network (DPN) will sunset.

  • 16 Nov 2018 8:28 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Hello everyone! Exciting news this week. SFA has announced our dates for the 2019 Annual Meeting AND the hotel block is already open for you to start booking your rooms. For all the details, see the Save the Date page.

    In other news, my assistant web communications manager has stepped down from her duties so I'm flying solo at the moment. I'll collect news over a two week period and then share everything out to try and be consistent with that at least as we make our way into the new year. 

    All of us here at SFA wish you and yours a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!

    From the Country

    Laramie, WY: Stan Lee's archive is housed at the University of Wyoming's American Heritage Center. Have a look as we mourn the great man's passing. Excelsior!

    Albuquerque, NM: The University of New Mexico is now home to The Zuni Language Materials Collection to help preserve and teach the Zuni language.

    New York, NY: The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at The New York Public Library acquired the full archive of actors and activists Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee.

    Las Vegas, NV: University of Nevada at Las Vegas shared research on 14,000,000 tweets posted following the 1 October Mass Shooting

    Boston, MA: Dave Liebman donates archive to Berklee College of Music.

    Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library launched a new platform for the Detroit Jewish News Digital Archive, a free, searchable database containing more than 100 years of digital copies of the Detroit Jewish Chronicle and the Detroit Jewish News.

    New York, NY: The New York Times announced that it is leveraging the power of Google Cloud technology to digitize an extensive collection of photographs dating back to as early as the late 19th century.

    From the World

    Cambridge, England, UK: A Margaret Thatcher puppet and the unbroadcast script and video tape for the pilot episode of Spitting Image have taken their place in the program archive at Cambridge University (November 13). [Note: there is a creepy puppet in this article]

    Toronto, ON, Canada: a peek inside CBC's legendary music vault.

    Istanbul, Turkey: 11 volumes of Reşad Ekrem Koçu's unfinished Istanbul Encyclopedia and thousands of documents about the content of its unpublished volumes are being digitized as part of a three-year project started as a collaboration between SALT and Kadir Has University.

    Tokyo, Japan: Writer Haruki Murakami plans archive at his alma mater, Waseda University.

    From the Blogosphere

    DPLA had a shake-up last week and there is lots of news [Please note: this does NOT effect the work of the Sunshine State Digital Network and those participating continue to share their digital items with DPLA]

    Announcing the Digital Processing Framework

  • 02 Nov 2018 10:30 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Folks, it has been a minutes since our last Friday News post! My apologies. Between travel, a hurricane and other project work happening, this got a bit away from me. I will be back on schedule hopefully for the rest of the year though. I hope you enjoyed all the posts for Archives Month. If you missed any, you can see the entire gallery here. Now, onto the news:

    From the State:

    Tallahassee: Florida State University launches Civil Rights Institute.

    From the Country:

    Occidental, CA: Peace-justice activist Mary Moore donates personal archive to UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library.

    Tempe, AZ: Arizona State University Libraries announced over the next two years, large portions of four of the library's unique archives — putting farm workers, civil rights and LGBT history in the spotlight — will become available online.

    Lexington, KY: Nunn Center’s oral histories are toast of the Bourbon Trail Welcome Center.

    Morrison, CO: The Colorado Music Experience archives state music history from John Denver to Johnny Smith.

    From the World:

    Damascus, Syria: The national antiquities museum in the capital of war-torn Syria reopened its doors after six years on Sunday.

    Blogosphere:

    A unique photo archive of the NASA Shuttle Program is highlighted in this interview with the photographer John A. Chakeres.

  • 10 Aug 2018 9:35 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    If you're on a college campus, this is the time of year you love - intersession! It's really just the calm before the storm but hopefully you're taking advantage of the quiet to get ready for the fall!

    From the Country

    Hawaii: A look at the effort to preserve and provide access to Hawaiian-language newspapers (via Atlas Obscura).

    Washington, D.C.: NEH Announces $43.1 Million for 218 Humanities Projects Nationwide.

    Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan acquires archive of 'Silence of the Lambs' director Jonathan Demme.

    From the World

    Warsaw, Poland: Poland has obtained a World War II-era archive that documents the efforts of Polish diplomats to get Jews out of Europe by issuing phony passports.

    Dublin, Ireland: Oscar winner Neil Jordan donated his archive to the National Library of Ireland this week.

    Florence, Italy: Indiana University and Uffizi Gallery unveil website featuring first set of 3D digitized artifacts.

    From the Blogosphere

    Hopefully you all enjoyed #NationalBookLoversDay this week. Here are some photographs from the National Archives to warm your bookworm hearts.

  • 27 Jul 2018 8:32 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Hope everyone's week went well - here is the news for the week!

    From the Country

    Pittsburgh, PA: $8 million dollars worth of rare books and manuscripts from the central library at Pittsburgh was stolen by the collection's archivist over decades.

    Milwaukee, WI: Marquette University's J.R.R. Tolkien collection acquired the original score for The Lord of the Rings written by the Dutch composer Johan de Meij.

    Houston, TX:  A new digital archive at Rice University aims to prevent the loss of valuable Hurricane Harvey-related social media memories by preserving them within the university’s digital collections.

    New York, NY: The debate over the Iraqi Jewish archive continues as a bipartisan Senate resolution urges the State Department to revisit an agreement to return the materials to the Iraqi government.

    From the World

    Cologne, Germany: Archeologists are sure they have found what looks like the foundations of the oldest verifiable library in Germany. It was built by the Romans about 1,800 years ago.

    Bristol, England, United Kingdom: World's first IVF baby's family archive unveiled as part of exhibit to celebrate the woman's 40th birthday.

    From the Blogosphere

    In case you're in need of some cute animals to get through Friday, The National Zoo released over 700 digitized slide images from the Zoo in the 1970s.

    Ode to the Microfilm Reader (and why we still need them).

    NASA and the University of Texas Dallas released the audio archive for Apollo 11 as the 50th anniversary looms of the historic mission.

  • 13 Jul 2018 9:24 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Hope everyone is staying cool as we head into the hottest part of the year!

    From the State:

    Tampa: Next week is Archives Awareness Week in Tampa.

    Tallahassee: FSU Libraries announced its new dean, Gale S. Etschmaier

    Tallahassee: FSU Libraries welcomes its first cohort of Diversity Resident Librarians.

    From the Country:

    Austin, TX: One of 8 such archives in the US, St. Edward’s University launched a craft brewing and distilling archive in 2017 to document and preserve the history of craft beer in Texas.

    Stanford, CA: A new archive at the Stanford University Libraries chronicles the work of successful multiracial designer and diversity advocate Cheryl D. Miller.

    Milwaukee, WI: The largest independent LGBTQ zine collection is stored in a Riverwest basement, and you can see some of it online now.

    From the World:

    Singapore: With amendments to the National Library Board Act recently passed, the NLB will also no longer need to seek written consent from owners of local websites before making copies of online content deemed to be of historical value to Singapore.

    Kagali, Rwanda: Rwanda to get a National Archives Centre, a facility that will be the central point of reference for the country’s records.

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