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  • 2018-07-06 10:41 AM | Michelle Chiles

    The Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies, sponsored by New England Archivists and Yale University Library, seeks applications for Associate Editors. Three positions are available (term starting March 2019).

    The Associate Editor works in collaboration with the Managing Editor and other members of the Editorial Board to solicit, select, and develop content for the journal. Primary duties include selection of peer reviewers for assigned submissions and supervising the peer review process in consultation with the Managing Editor, evaluating peer review reports, and making recommendations to the Managing Editor on the suitability of submissions for publication.

    Additional duties include participation in programming at events, soliciting submissions, assisting in the development of content, and actively participating in the management of the journal. Terms of service are three years with the opportunity for a second term for a total of six years of service.

    JCAS is a peer-reviewed, open access journal that furthers awareness of issues and developments in the work of professional archivists, curators, librarians, and historians. It serves as a locus for graduate students and professionals in library science, archival science, and public history to contribute original works of research and inquiry for peer review and publication. The journal publishes on an article-by-article basis.

    Applicants must submit a résumé/CV and a brief statement of interes​t​​ ​to by Tuesday, September 4.

  • 2018-06-26 12:19 PM | Michelle Chiles

    Principled Archivists: How to Make the Proposed New DACS Principles Work for You and Your Users
    Workshop instructors: Maureen Callahan, Smith College Libraries
    Adrien Hilton, Houghton Library, Harvard University

    • Co-Sponsored by Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (A.R.T.)

    Friday, July 27, 2018. 9am-5pm
    Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University, 121 Wall Street, New Haven, CT
    Maximum number of registrants: 30
    NEA/A.R.T. members $85
    Non-NEA/A.R.T. members $100

    Is your description helping your users?

    In this workshop, participants will test the proposed newly revised DACS principles, which provide an updated framework for archival description, against real-world researcher needs. This full-day workshop provides an opportunity for the archives community to learn more about the DACS revision process and the rationale behind revision. Most importantly, archivists will leave the workshop with a framework for determining how these principles can help structure a descriptive program.

    In this lively mix of presentation, discussion, and active learning, participants will:
    1) discuss and develop strategies for educating peers and colleagues about the proposed principles;
    2) engage in activities and exercises that will teach them how to enact these principles at their home institutions;
    3) learn how the principles can be a tool for advocacy and how to implement them.

    With a fuller understanding of why and how the Technical Subcommittee on Describing Archives: A Content Standard (TS-DACS) revised the principles, as well as of how the current and revised principles interact and overlap both with each other and with Records in Context (RiC), participants will leave the session energized and equipped to integrate the principles more deeply into their own archival practice.

    Everyone with an interest in archival description and the revised DACS principles is welcome.

    Describing Archives: A Content Standard is sponsored and maintained by the Society of American Archivists. The revised principles are still in the community comment phase and have not yet been adopted by SAA Standards Committee or SAA Council.

  • 2018-06-26 12:11 PM | Michelle Chiles

    Deconstructing Whiteness

    Workshop instructor: Samantha Winn, Virginia Tech
    Monday, August 6, 2018, 1:00-5:00 pm
    Rhode Island Historical Society, 110 Benevolent Street, Providence, RI

    Register early and save!

    • Early-bird rates are available through July 12:
    • New England Archivists Member $45
    • Student member $22
    • Non-member $60

    Advance registration runs July 13-August 2:

    • New England Archivists Member $65
    • Student member $42
    • Non-member $80

    This workshop is designed for archives professionals who want to critically and constructively examine how dynamics of whiteness affect their work. Participants will reflect upon critical conversations in the archival profession, including #ArchivesSoWhite, Mario H. Ramirez’s 2015 article “Being Assumed Not to Be: A Critique of Whiteness as an Archival Imperative,” and outcomes of the 2017 Liberatory Archives Forum in Portland, Oregon. Following an introduction to key concepts and definitions, trained facilitators will lead attendees in a series of participatory dialogues and exercises designed to unify theory and practice.

    To register, go to:

    New England Archivists
    Communications Committee

  • 2018-06-19 12:21 PM | Michelle Chiles
    As inclusion and diversity are core values in achieving the New England Archivist’s organizational mission, the IDC is currently seeking four new committee members:

    Two candidates for a 2-year term (2018-2020)
    Two candidates for a 1-year term (2018-2019)

    The IDC strives to help build and maintain an inclusive environment where differences of opinion, beliefs, and values are sought, listened to, respected, and valued. Through inclusion, NEA is dedicated to expanding membership, participation, and leadership that reflect the broad diversity of New England. You can learn more about the IDC’s work here:

    New members will rotate onto the committee in November 2018 and their duties are as follows:

    • Works with IDC committee co-chairs and members to identify ways to build and maintain an inclusive organization where differences of opinion, beliefs, and values are sought, listened to, respected, and valued.
    • Works with IDC committee co-chairs and members on related activities as appropriate to support committee effort toward building and maintaining an inclusive, welcoming organization, a key objective of the NEA Strategic Plan 2016-2020.
    • Helps provide resources, consultation, and feedback to NEA volunteers and members as requested in order to support their efforts toward building and maintaining an inclusive, welcoming environment within the organization.
    • Supports the IDC in its work to support and enforce the NEA Code of Conduct.
    • Contributes ideas and occasional writing as part of to Serves as coordinating editor for the regular NEA Newsletter column, “Who’s Missing From This Table?” by identifying topics, recruiting authors, and reviewing drafts.
    • Contributes to IDC efforts surrounding the administration of NEA’s Inclusion and Diversity Session and Travel Assistance Scholarship.
    • Assists the IDC with on-site coordinator for inclusion and diversity efforts at NEA Spring Meetings.
    • Contributes to quarterly reports submitted to the NEA Board

    Terms of Service: 2 years [two positions available] or 1 year [two positions available]

    Application Instructions: Applicants are encouraged to submit a statement that details your strong commitment to inclusion and diversity; knowledge of the issues and personal and professional experience with advocacy around diversity and inclusion; and understanding of collaboration and public outreach. Successful candidates will also be well-organized and demonstrate strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.

    All applications will be reviewed by the NEA Executive Board, as well as the Co-Chairs and current members of the IDC committee. If you have any questions about the role of the IDC at-large, or about the work individual committee members do in support of the IDC, don’t hesitate to contact us at the email address below.

    Please submit your application by July 15th to:

    We look forward to working with you!

    Rosemary K. J. Davis
    Rose Oliveira
    IDC Co-chairs, 2018-2021

  • 2018-06-05 8:42 AM | Michelle Chiles
    Our Common Code: Ethics in the Archives

    Friday, October 26, 2018
    John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum, Boston, MA

    New England Archivists (NEA) invites submissions of session proposals for the Fall 2018 Meeting, "Our Common Code: Ethics in the Archives." The meeting will take place at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Boston, Massachusetts, on Friday, October 26, 2018. The deadline for proposals is July 31, 2018

    We make ethical decisions in our work as archivists, especially towards preserving a fair and inclusive historical record and collective memory. These decisions help shape our professional ethics, and sharing these experiences improves our ethical context. The Fall 2018 Meeting will give archivists and allied professionals an opportunity to discuss archival ethics in three areas: appraisal and acquisitions, description, and access.  

    The Fall 2018 Program Committee is seeking proposals for presentations that facilitate conversation about archival ethics. Presentations can take the form of case studies, stories, or lightning talks. We encourage creative approaches, and we will give priority to proposals that foster group conversation. Each presentation must be no more than ten minutes long, and proposals must indicate which of the three above thematic areas they relate to.

    For complete description and submission form, visit the Fall 2018 Meeting page.

  • 2018-04-18 10:13 AM | Michelle Chiles

    Community Engagement Coordinator
    The Community Engagement Coordinator works to increase public appreciation and understanding of archives by conceiving and developing outreach, engagement, and advocacy opportunities for the general public and specific groups (e.g., teachers, historians, related organizations). Contact Sarah Shoemaker (

    Membership Committee Chair
    The Membership Committee works to recruit new members to NEA; retain current members; support members by providing access to membership information, promoting benefits and events available from NEA, and administering benefits when appropriate; and engage members in ongoing support of the organization. Contact Ellen Doon (

    Newsletter Editors
    The New England Archivists Newsletter is currently accepting applications for both the News/Notes Editor and Reviews Editor positions. The four editors of the quarterly Newsletter take turns serving as lead editor and assistant editor on issues, and all editors work to solicit feature articles and columns.

    The Reviews Editor solicits books for reviews, solicits book review contributors, edits reviews, and submits them for publication (term starting January 2019). The News/Notes Editor solicits news updates from NEA members, New England repositories, NEA Roundtables, and creates the calendar of upcoming events that would be of interest to NEA members (term starting October 2018).

    Applicants for newsletter editor must submit a resume and writing sample to Sean Parke ( and Claire Lobdell ( by May 15, 2018.

  • 2018-03-18 1:36 PM | Kelli Bogan

    The N.E.A/A.R.T. Spring 2018 Meeting Program Committee has put together a handy navigation aid to use while participating in “Rise Up,” from March 22-24, 2018.
    Personalize your conference experience by downloading the free mobile app Guidebook, which can be used on iOS, Android, or the web. You can download this using Google Play or the App Store.

    Once you have Guidebook installed on your phone, click on the magnifying glass and search ‘NEA/A.R.T.’ The guide ‘NEA/ A.R.T. Meeting Spring 2018’ will pop up. Select and download this guide. With this app you can make your own schedule, browse vendors and supporters, and get food and drink recommendations from your colleagues.

    Alternatively, go to to obtain a link to the guide on your phone.

  • 2018-03-05 9:19 AM | Michelle Chiles

    At this year’s NEA/ A.R.T. meeting, the NEA Membership Committee is sponsoring a resume review session for professionals at any stage of their career seeking guidance and feedback on their resume. If you are a seasoned professional, now is your chance to give back and help a fellow archivist advance in their career!

    If you would like to review or be reviewed, please sign up here by Wednesday, March 14th. Please note which form you are signing (Reviewer/ Get Reviewed).

    SEEKING REVIEW? Are you ready to take the next step in your career but need a little feedback? Are you dusting off the old CV after a few years in the same position? If you are interested in having your resume reviewed by an experienced colleague at the Spring Meeting, sign up here!  Be sure to sign up on the sheet labeled “Sign up to have your resume reviewed”.

    BE A REVIEWER! Now is your chance to give back and help out a fellow archivist looking to develop their career. We’ve all been there! The Membership Committee is seeking knowledgeable, generous volunteers to review resumes. Volunteers can sign up on the Google Sheet - make sure to sign up on the sheet labeled “Volunteer to review resumes”

    Date: Saturday, March 24
    Time: 8:00 am - 9:00 am
    Place: Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale,
    Church room

  • 2018-03-05 9:11 AM | Michelle Chiles
    Sign-ups are now open for our dinner night on Thursday, March 22nd! Get to know someone new while enjoying delicious food. We are offering the opportunity for small groups of conference participants to get to know one another while visiting some of the best restaurants in the area. Reservations for up to 6 people will be made at 7 restaurants, or participants can stop by Café Nine for a slice of pizza sponsored by the Records Management Roundtable. 

    Participants will meet in the Omni Hotel, head to the restaurant as a group, and pay for their own meals. Sign up online at

  • 2018-03-02 12:39 PM | Michelle Chiles

    For those who’ve signed up for this year’s NEA Mentoring Program, please stop by to introduce yourself and meet mentors and other participants. For those who haven’t signed up and are interested in learning more about the program for the next cycle, please stop by to chat with the program’s facilitators. All are welcome.

    Date: Saturday, March 24
    Time: 8:00 am - 9:00 am
    Place: Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale,
    Wooster room

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