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  • 2020-02-26 10:49 AM | Michelle Chiles
    The New England Archivists supports equitable and transparent hiring practices for every individual. Therefore, effective immediately, the NEADiscuss listserv will no longer accept job postings that fail to include a salary or salary range in the job description. 

    The NEA Executive Board supports this change in policy and feels it directly aligns with the organization’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and the ethical guidelines set forth in our Code of Conduct

    All job postings must now pass through the listserv moderator, who will serve as the primary point person for sharing employment notices with NEA members. The NEA listserv policy has been updated to reflect these changes in practice.

    You can read that updated policy on the listerv page. 

  • 2020-02-24 10:47 AM | Michelle Chiles

    The New England Archivists Membership Committee is looking for two volunteers to take on the roles of Mentoring Administrator and Membership Engagement Coordinator. 

    The Mentoring Administrator will be responsible for supporting the activities of the NEA Mentoring Program. They will recruit and organize the liaisons, mentors, and mentees; launch the next round of the program; and work with the Communications Committee to promote the activities of the program. The administrator will report on all Mentoring Program activity to the Membership Chair and, when requested, to the NEA Executive Board. The person in this position will be a member of the Membership Committee and will serve for two years.

    The Membership Engagement Coordinator develops and implements strategies for re-engaging lapsed members; recruits new members to the organization through targeted outreach efforts, such as attending membership meet-ups, career and internship fairs, and regional archives events; encourages donations to the NEA general fund and the awards and scholarship funds; works with the Membership Survey Coordinator to develop relevant questions for the annual membership survey; and identifies and recommends new opportunities for generating membership financial support.  The Membership Engagement Coordinator will report to the Membership Chair and, when requested, to the NEA Executive Board.  The person in this position will be a member of the Membership Committee and will serve for three years.

    If you are interested in either of these exciting opportunities, please send a letter of interest, specifying which role you are applying for, and your resume/CV to the Chair of the Membership Committee, Samuel Howes (, by Friday, March 13, 2020.

  • 2020-01-13 1:42 PM | Michelle Chiles

    Join NEA at the Spring 2020 Meeting, April 2-4, in Providence, RI, for “Inside and Outside.” This year’s meeting will explore ideas of inclusion and exclusion in our collections, audiences, and workforce. 

    In addition to sessions, the program will include four full-day workshops, plenary speakers, a community Day of Service, local repository tours, roundtables, special programming, and the opportunity to meet and share ideas with colleagues from across New England. In the coming weeks, look for sneak peaks into the many areas of programming that will be on offer!

    See the meeting’s webpage for more information on all of the events planned for the three-day meeting.


    If you have questions about registration, please see our Registration FAQ or contact NEA’s Registrar, David Read, at

    For questions or concerns about accessibility and/or disability accommodations that you would like addressed before registration, please contact NEA’s Inclusion and Diversity Committee co-chairs, Rosemary Davis and Rose Oliveira, at

    For questions about the program, please contact the Program Committee chair, Amber LaFountain, at

    Looking forward to seeing you in Providence!

  • 2019-12-19 8:57 AM | Michelle Chiles

    The New England Archivists Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 election:

    Vice President/President-Elect: Genna Duplisea

    Secretary: Kate Herbert

    Treasurer: Michael Dello Iacono

    Representative-at-Large: Stephanie Krauss

    Congratulations to our incoming Board members! Thanks to the voting membership for participation in this important process, and many thanks to all the candidates who put themselves forward to serve our organization.

    New England Archivists Nominating Committee 2019:
    Karen Adler Abramson (Chair)
    Prudence Doherty
    Ellen Doon
    Sarah Galligan
    Heather Moran

  • 2019-11-14 6:53 PM | Kelli Bogan

    The New England Archivists’ Education Committee is looking for one student member and one full member to serve a one-year term each, from Fall 2019 to Fall 2020 (beginning after the Fall 2019 meeting). We are also looking for three full members to begin serving next year, after the Spring 2020 Meeting.

    Responsibilities include planning workshops and webinars (which can be done from the comfort of your home through email), liaising with members to determine their education needs, and serving as a day-of workshop representative at NEA’s Spring meetings. It is a fun, easy way to build your resume.

    If you are interested, please contact co-chairs Becky Parmer and Nadia Dixson at

  • 2019-11-13 3:47 PM | Michelle Chiles

    Mark your calendars now for the 2019 New England Archivists election. Voting will start November 19 and continue through December 10.

    Candidates are listed below alphabetically, and NEA members can read the candidates' statements on the NEA website. Private and secure voting will take place online through, which will send each voter a unique link.  

    The candidates are:

    Vice President/President Elect
    -- Barbara Austen
    -- Genna Duplisea

    -- Stephanie T. Gold
    -- Kate Herbert


    -- Connor Anderson
    -- Michael P. Dello Iacono

    -- Sally Blanchard-O'Brien
    -- Stephanie Krauss

    To be eligible to vote, you must be a member in good standing. Please make sure your membership is current and that your contact information, including email address, is up to date in the NEA membership database. If you have questions about your membership status, please contact the Membership Secretary (

    New England Archivists Nominating Committee 2019:

    Karen Adler Abramson (Chair)
    Prudence Doherty
    Ellen Doon
    Sarah Galligan
    Heather Moran

  • 2019-10-03 12:33 PM | Michelle Chiles

    NEA: Behind the Scenes- The New England Archivists run on volunteer power, but sometimes it feels intimidating to figure out what is involved and how things work. Former NEA President Karen Adler Abramson will be leading a one hour webinar discussion (Oct 21, 7pm) to talk about the inner workings of NEA, including the structure and functions of the Board, its current strategic goals, and the many ways in which volunteers can get involved in the organization. Participants are encouraged to bring their NEA-related questions to the virtual table!

    Register here.

    Topic: NEA: Behind the Scenes
    Time: Oct 23, 2019 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

  • 2019-08-29 10:42 AM | Michelle Chiles

    Inside & Outside

    New England Archivists (NEA) invites submissions of session proposals for our Spring Meeting, to be held April 2-4, 2020, in Providence, Rhode Island.

    The deadline for proposals is extended to September 25, 2019.

    The Spring 2020 Meeting’s theme, Inside & Outside, will explore ideas of inclusion and exclusion in our collections, audiences, and workforce. We will consider the intersection of the individual and the institution, as well as the role of archivists in the context of the cultural, educational, and corporate institutions in which we work. Two decades into the twenty-first century, what does it mean to be an archivist?

    We are a group that comprises many identities: professionals, amateurs, experts, artists, educators, students, and community organizers. The roles we have are multifaceted, whether we work within a traditional institutional context or perform archival tasks for related professions and organizations, such as libraries, museums, galleries, corporations, and nonprofits. Moreover, our roles continuously evolve as our world changes. While static definitions and boundaries will only hold us back, we still need to maintain shared values and standards that help us perform the core tasks of our jobs: acquisition, preservation, and providing access to our collections.

    This meeting offers us a chance to come together to look within, reflect, and share our experiences not only with our archives community but also with those who are affected by our work.

    The Spring 2020 Program Committee invites proposals on all topics but is especially interested in the following:

         How can we protect our collections from outside forces, such as climate and politics?
    What does it feel like to be outside of the profession looking in from related fields, and what is it like looking out from inside? What do we borrow from others?
    In what ways has the shift from analog to digital required us to reconsider traditional workflows?
    How do our labor practices promote or discourage inclusion?
    When should collections not go to a repository? What is the role of community archives?
    How has social media impacted our profession? And how do we incorporate it into our collections?
    What outside forces shape outsiders’ perception of the profession, and how do we use those perceptions as a route to engagement?
    How do we continue to act as guides for researchers, stakeholders, the public, and new audiences whose understanding of what an archive is may be at odds with our own definitions? What is our role in guiding users who only interact with our collections online?
    Who and what are excluded, and how do we become more inclusive, with regard to who is in the profession, the audiences we reach, and how we acquire and describe material?
    How do we care for ourselves when collections contain challenging topics?
    Can we imagine who/what might be "inside/outside" the archives 20 years from now?

    First-time presenters, current graduate students, and early-career professionals are encouraged to apply.  

    Possible Session Types

    Standard Presentations
    Two or three speakers present on a common theme. May include a moderator to steer discussion and/or introduce speakers and theme.

    Open Forum
    Topical discussion with moderator leading discussion with everyone in attendance. May include additional moderator(s) to direct breakout conversations.

    Roundtable Discussion
    Three or four participants make very brief remarks, then discuss a topic together. Includes a moderator to steer discussion.

    Each presentation consists of 20 slides or images displayed for 20 seconds each, with comment, and lasts 6 minutes and 40 seconds. Highest number of presenters possible is 12, fewer if leaving time for questions.

    Lightning Talks
    Like PechaKucha, but without a set format. May or may not include slides or images. Presentations may be from 3 to 10 minutes long, with number of presenters depending on time allotted for each.

    Moderator announces the topic, and two other people debate.

    Note: standard AV (a projector and screen) will be provided for each session. Presenters are expected to provide a laptop for connecting to the projector, as well as any additional audiovisual equipment needs.



    To facilitate collaboration, the Spring 2020 Program Committee has created a space for NEA members to develop session proposals together:

    Please use this space to connect with your colleagues about potential session topics and formats. This collaborative space will be accessible until the deadline for proposals, September 20, 2020.


    Proposal Submission

    To submit a proposal, complete the form below.

    Please note that proposed sessions involving fewer than three presenters and/or covering overlapping topics may be grouped together.

    All submissions will be acknowledged by the Program Committee. If your proposal is selected, your acknowledgment will include instructions about next steps. All presenters are required to register for the conference upon acceptance, at the early-bird rate, and to fund their own travel expenses.


    Accessibility and Code of Conduct:

    NEA is committed to making the Spring 2020 Meeting welcoming and accessible to all presenters and attendees. Presenters are encouraged to ensure that their presentations meet current accessibility guidelines. Presenters are also required to abide by the NEA Code of Conduct, which can be found here:

    If you will need specific accommodations, such as interpretive services, to support your participation in this event, please contact the program chair.


    Scholarships and Awards:

    Meeting and travel scholarships are available through NEA for those in need. Details may be found on the NEA website: Please also refer to the following pages for specific details on:

         Meeting and travel assistance:

         Student member meeting and travel assistance:

         Inclusion and diversity session scholarship:

    Questions? Please contact the Program Committee chair, Amber LaFountain, at

  • 2019-08-17 1:22 PM | Kelli Bogan

    New England Archivists seeks an NEA Registrar for the upcoming two-year term, ideally to commence in early September 2019. This position offers a great opportunity to support NEA, and is ideal for someone looking to build their professional network by engaging with a wide range of NEA members

    The Registrar manages meeting and workshop registration, both in person and online; works with NEA committees, Vendor Coordinator, and Treasurer to ensure registration and payments are successful; and connects with membership and fellow archivists during the onsite registration process. 

    This integral part of NEA's executive board also attends quarterly board meetings, as a non-voting member. This position is a great way to stay engaged in the New England archival community, and become involved with NEA leadership. 

    A full job description is available at this link, or via NEA's leadership page on the website.

    Interested parties should submit a brief statement of interest to the NEA President, Jamie Rice, at  by Aug 28th.

  • 2019-07-31 6:10 PM | Kelli Bogan

    Dear NEA Members,

    The 2019 Nominating Committee is seeking candidates for the following positions on the New England Archivists Executive Board, to be voted on in the upcoming fall elections.  

    • Vice President/President-Elect
    • Secretary
    • Representative-at-Large (one open position)

    We encourage you to consider nominating yourself or a colleague to join NEA’s leadership. Serving on the NEA Board is a great way to support archivists and allied professionals in our region, meet colleagues, build your resume, and develop skills in strategic planning, budget management, community outreach, and more.

    The NEA Board works collaboratively toward achieving the goals outlined in the organization’s current Strategic Plan and strives to include diverse perspectives in moving NEA forward. The Nominating Committee seeks candidates whose strengths and interests align with NEA’s strategic direction and who are prepared for leadership in the following areas: 

    • Inclusion and Diversity – build an organization welcoming to, and representative of, all of New England’s archivists and allied professionals;
    • Advocacy and Outreach – advocate for policies and resources that support archives, archivists, and allied professionals and increase public appreciation of the profession;
    • Community Engagement – create opportunities for members to join together in collaborative, cost-effective, and innovative ways;
    • Membership Development – sustain growth through building membership and meaningful engagement; and
    • Education – cultivate and provide lifelong learning opportunities at all career stages.

    As a member of the Executive Board, you would attend quarterly, daylong board meetings, the location of which often changes from meeting to meeting in order to accommodate members from around the New England region. You would also participate in the development of NEA's new strategic plan, to take effect in 2021. More information about the responsibilities of the Vice President/President-Elect, Representative-at-Large, and Secretary positions can be found on the NEA website, here.

    We encourage members at any stage of their career to consider running, and we especially encourage nominations from archivists of color, and individuals representing all six New England states and all organizational types. If you are interested in stepping into a regional leadership position or know someone who would be a good candidate, please submit a Nomination Form. All submissions are anonymous and confidential. Questions about the election and the nominating process can be sent to any member of the Nominating Committee. 

    Nominations are due on Friday, September 6, 2019. 

    New England Archivists’ strength is its membership, and each year we are privileged to elect new leaders from among you. Thank you for helping us continue to develop NEA as a strong and vital organization.


    The 2019 NEA Nominating Committee

    Karen Adler Abramson (chair), JFK Presidential Library, MA (

    Prudence Doherty, University of Vermont (

    Ellen Doon, Yale University, CT (

    Sarah Galligan, New Hampshire Historical Society (

    Heather Moran, Maine State Archives (

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