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  • 2018-11-02 7:56 PM | Kelli Bogan

    The New England Archivists Mentoring Program is seeking volunteers to serve as Mentoring Liaisons. We are looking for three Mentoring Liaisons to take on support roles in Mentoring Circles. Liaisons will provide program information to participants and assist mentors with logistical tasks, including scheduling meetings and acting as mediators when issues or concerns arise within a circle. Liaisons will help mentors brainstorm discussions and activities as needed. The Mentoring Liaisons serve for two years as members of the Membership Committee. They report directly to the Mentoring Administrator and keep the Membership Committee Chair and the NEA Board informed about circle activities.

    First launched in 2013 by the Roundtable for Early Professionals and Students (REPS), the NEA Mentoring Program offers members the opportunity to participate in Mentoring Circles, which are small groups that typically consist of four to six mentees and two co-mentors. Diverging from the traditional one-on-one mentoring model, the circle model fosters not only mentoring relationships between the mentors and the mentees, but also peer mentoring relationships among the mentees and between the co-mentors. More information about the program is available here:

    In the most recent cycle, five Mentoring Circles consisted of ten mentors and more than twenty mentees. The Circles are supported by the Mentoring Liaisons, who help to schedule meetings and communicate with participants. This rewarding opportunity is a great way to network, build your resume, and become more involved with the NEA community. If you are interested in volunteering for one of the three Mentoring Liaison positions, please email a letter of interest detailing your relevant experience, reasons for applying for the position, and your availability to commit to a two-year term, to the Mentoring Administrator, Jessica Holden, at by November 15, 2018.

  • 2018-11-02 7:50 PM | Kelli Bogan

    The New England Archivists Representatives-at-Large seek NEA members to serve on the Awards Committees to help review applications for the following:

    -- Hale Professional Development Award
    -- Haas Records Management Award
    -- A/V Professional Development Award

    You need only be a current NEA member in good standing to volunteer; no prior experience with NEA or with awards committees is required, making this a great opportunity for both new and seasoned members to get involved with NEA. The review and discussion of applications is all conducted virtually, so no travel or in-person meetings are required. Applications for these awards will be accepted starting in early December, and winners will be chosen by February. For more information on NEA awards and scholarships, see:

    To volunteer, send an email to the NEA Representatives-at-Large ( with your name, contact info, and the name of the award selection committee(s) on which you would like to serve by Tuesday, November 20th. If we receive more volunteers than we have spaces for, volunteers will be selected at random.

    New England Archivists
    Communications Committee

  • 2018-09-20 3:48 PM | Michelle Chiles
    The 2019 Inclusion and Diversity Scholarship Committee is now forming, and we need your help.

    First awarded in 2016, the New England Archivists Inclusion and Diversity Scholarship is given annually to the presenters of one session during the Spring Meeting. The session must be dedicated to issues of inclusion, diversity, and social justice within the profession.

    The Inclusion and Diversity Committee (IDC) is seeking a current member of NEA to serve on this committee, working with representatives from the IDC Committee and the Spring Programing Committee. This committee is charged with awarding the Inclusion and Diversity Scholarship for 2019. More details on this award can be found on the NEA website:

    If you are interested (or have questions), email your contact information and a short statement of intent to by October 15, 2018.

    This is a great opportunity to get involved with NEA. We look forward to working with you!

  • 2018-09-20 3:43 PM | Michelle Chiles

    First awarded in 2016, the New England Archivists Inclusion and Diversity Scholarship is given annually to the presenters of one session during the Spring Meeting. The session must be dedicated to issues of inclusion, diversity, and social justice within the profession.

    The session will be chosen from the proposals submitted to the Spring Meeting Program Committee; there is no separate application process. The presenters of the session will be eligible for a total of up to $1200 in reimbursement for registration, travel, and hotel expenses.

    The deadline for proposals for the Spring 2019 Meeting is Friday, September 28, 2018.

  • 2018-09-12 11:25 AM | Michelle Chiles
    Join New England Archivists (NEA) for the Fall 2018 Meeting, “Our Common Code: Ethics in Archives,” Friday, October 26, at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. ​Registration is open now

    through October 22 at

    ​Don't miss presentations by colleagues on ethical issues relating to appraisal and acquisitions, description, and access! More information on presentation topics will be available on the website.

    The meeting will also feature a lunchtime plenary talk by the Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi, Director of the Ethics Initiative at the MIT Media Lab and President & CEO of The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (see Plenary-only registration is also available, with lunch included.

    Following the event, meeting attendees may take a free tour of the  Kennedy Library and Museum[CW1] 

    Find more information on the Fall 2018 Meeting webpage:


    Please contact Program Committee Chair Juliana Kuipers at

    If you have questions about registration, please see our Registration FAQ at or contact NEA's Registrar, Olivia Mandica-Hart, at

    Looking forward to seeing you in Boston!

    New England Archivists
    Communications Committee

  • 2018-09-12 11:23 AM | Michelle Chiles

    NEA’s Education Committee is looking for a student member to serve a one-year term from Fall 2018 to Fall 2019 (The one-year term begins after the Fall 2018 meeting).

    Responsibilities include planning workshops (which can be done from the comfort of your home through e-mail), acting as a liaison to other students to determine their education needs, and serving as a day-of workshop representative for biannual meetings. It is a fun, easy way to build your resume.

    If you are interested, please contact Jessica Steytler:

  • 2018-09-12 10:53 AM | Michelle Chiles

    The New England Archivists Membership Committee is in search of a volunteer to fill the Survey Coordinator position. This is a great opportunity for archivists across the region, including students and new professionals, to get involved in their professional organization, network, and build that resume! No prior experience or volunteer experience is required. Committee meetings are generally held virtually (NEA provides Zoom for web conferencing), and most business is done by email, phone, or web conferencing.

    Survey Coordinator (3-year term)
    Will manage the annual survey by collaborating with other NEA committees in order to gather information from NEA membership, creating the survey, and reporting results to the Membership Committee and NEA Board. The survey is used to evaluate how well NEA is meeting the needs of members and to inform planning in NEA.

    Please contact Sam Howes, Membership Committee Chair, at

    Submit your current contact information and a brief statement of interest by Friday, September 21, 2018.

  • 2018-08-14 3:57 PM | Michelle Chiles


    New England Archivists (NEA) invites submissions of session proposals for our Spring 2019 Meeting, to be held April 4–6, 2019, in Burlington, Vermont, at the Hilton Burlington.

    The deadline for proposals is September 28, 2018.

    With the theme “Together We Can,” the Spring 2019 Meeting will explore how archivists work with both records and users, especially with diverse peoples and groups who use and share archival material. Sessions offering practical information and innovative ideas will inspire archivists in the work they do every day as well as advance the archives profession.

    The Spring 2019 Program Committee invites proposals on all topics but is especially interested in the following:

           Archivists who work with non-traditional user groups

           Interdisciplinary projects involving archivists or the use of archives

           Effects of changes in laws or policies related to archives

           Concepts of fact and truth in the archives

           Archival advocacy within different types of administrative structures

           Collaboration to complete digital and analog projects

           Vermont history and culture

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


    Standard Presentation
    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.

    Each presentation consists of 20 slides or images displayed for 20 seconds each, with comment, and lasts six minutes and 40 seconds. Highest number of presenters possible for one session 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 three to ten minutes long, with number of presenters depending on time allotted for each.

    Moderator announces the topic, and two other people debate.

    Alternative Format
    Suggest an alternative format or create your own. Proposals must include a description of the format and how the format will benefit the presentation and the audience.

    Note: Standard A/V (a projector and screen) will be provided at each session.

    In order to facilitate collaboration, the Spring 2019 Program Committee has created a space for NEA members to develop session proposals together: COLLABORATION SPREADSHEET

    Please use this space to connect with your colleagues about potential session topics and formats. This collaborative space will be accessible through the deadline of September 28, 2018.

    To submit a proposal, please complete this form:

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

    All proposals will be acknowledged by the Program Committee. If your proposal is accepted, you will be contacted 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. Presenters are required to abide by the NEA Code of Conduct, which can be found here:

    NEA is committed to making the Spring 2019 Meeting welcoming and accessible to all presenters and attendees. If you need specific accommodations to support your participation in this event, please contact the program chairs.

    Meeting and travel scholarships are available through NEA for those in need. For information and details on how to apply, see

    Questions? Please contact program chair Sarah Galligan at

  • 2018-08-10 3:38 PM | Kelli Bogan

    The New England Archivists Membership Committee is in search of new volunteers to fill a variety of new and exciting positions. This is a great opportunity for archivists across the region, including students and new professionals, to get involved in their professional organization, network, and build that resume! No prior experience or volunteer experience is required. Committee meetings are generally held virtually (NEA provides Zoom for web conferencing), and most business is done by email, phone, or web conferencing.  

    We're looking for members who can start ASAP to focus on:

    · Development (2-4 members; 3-year term)

    Aided by membership survey data and the Development Task Force final report (2013), will define development plans for NEA, identify priorities for funding opportunities, identify new and existing sources of funding, and work with the NEA Treasurer on sustainable and responsible financial planning.

    · Meet-up organization (1-2 members; 3-year term)

    Will schedule and plan social meet-ups for NEA members at the Spring Meeting and throughout the year, occasionally in collaboration with other allied groups (such as Digital Commonwealth), and communicate with the Membership Chair and the Treasurer for budgeting and funding.

    · Annual meeting coordination (2-3 members; 3-year term)

    Will work collaboratively with the Local Arrangements Committee and other Spring Meeting organizers and Membership Committee groups to schedule and coordinate Membership Committee-sponsored events (e.g., resume review, practice interviews, NEA informational tables, etc.).

    Please contact Sam Howes, Membership Committee Chair, at Include your current contact information, which position(s) interest you, and a brief statement of interest by Friday, August 31, 2018.

  • 2018-08-02 2:06 PM | Kelli Bogan

    Dear NEA members,

    The 2018 Nominating Committee seeks candidates for this fall’s election for the following positions on the NEA Executive Board:

    • Vice President/President-Elect  
    • Treasurer
    • Representative-at-Large (2 positions open)

    Please consider nominating yourself or a colleague to join NEA’s leadership.  Serving on the NEA Board is a great way to contribute to our regional archival association, help make decisions that will drive our institution, and gain tangible experience in areas such as strategic planning or budget management that will enhance your professional skills.

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

            Advocacy and Outreach – advocate for policies and resources that support archives and archivists and increase public appreciation of the profession

            Community – create opportunities for members to join together in collaborative, innovative ways

            Development – sustain growth through building income and meaningful engagement

            Education – cultivate and provide lifelong learning opportunities at all career stages

            Inclusion and Diversity – build an organization welcoming to, and representative of, all of New England’s archivists

    More information about the responsibilities assigned to the Vice President/President-Elect Representative-at-Large, and Treasurer can be found here:


    We encourage members at any stage of their career to consider running, and we especially encourage nominations representing all six New England states and all types of archival institutions. If you are interested in stepping into a regional leadership position or know someone who would be a good candidate, please use the 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 by Friday, September 7. 

    New England Archivists’ strength is its members, 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 vibrant organization.


    The 2018 NEA Nominating Committee

    Ellen Doon (chair)
    Maria Bernier
    Stephanie Call
    Rosemary Davis
    Jennifer Gunter King
    Tom Rosko

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