Documenting the history of The Meridian Highway across Texas, February 18

Posted by rebruss on January 30, 2015

Individuals and organizations are encouraged to attend a public outreach meeting to share information and visual items related to the Meridian Highway for use in a public project. Texas Historical Commission (THC) staff and representatives of the preservation planning firm Hardy-Heck-Moore, Inc. (HHM) will introduce the project and involve community members through discussion, question-and-answer session, and displays of maps and historical Meridian images. Please bring historical photos, postcards, maps, and other Meridian-related items to the meeting. With your consent, HHM staff will scan or photograph materials to be included in the project. The meeting is open to the public and will be held Wednesday, February 18, 5:30-7:00 p.m. For more information visit: http://www.thc.state.tx.us/news-events/events/meridian-highway-across-texas-houston-public-outreach-meeting

WHO: Hosted by Preservation Houston, Hardy-Heck-Moore, Inc., and THC staff. The public is invited.

WHAT: Meridian Highway Public Outreach Meeting

WHEN: Wednesday, February 18, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

WHERE: The Parador
2021 Binz Street
Houston, Texas 77004

BACKGROUND: The THC is undertaking a two-year study to document the history of the Meridian Highway. The THC has awarded the contract to complete the study to Hardy-Heck-Moore, Inc., an Austin-based historic preservation planning and management firm. The project will result in a written history of the Texas section of the Meridian Highway, and a survey of the Texas Meridian route, including associated historic resources: auto repair garages, gas stations, diners, tourist camps, auto courts, motels, road markers, paving, and traffic signs. This effort is funded by the Texas Legislature and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) through the Transportation Enhancement Program. For more information, contact the THC’s History Programs Division at 512.463.5853 or visit www.thc.state.tx.us.

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Free Webinar on Project Management

Posted by rebruss on January 9, 2015

Project Management 101: Planning Your Project

Two-part webinar

February 5 and 19, 2015  (1 hour each afternoon)

11 am PST / 2 pm EST

Produced by the Coalition to Advance Learning in Archives, Libraries, and Museums

Join your colleagues from archives, libraries and museums for a two-part, interactive learning webinar that will introduce the fundamentals of project management: planning a project. All of our fields struggle with unstable budgets and dynamic technology, so learning to think and act in terms of projects is critical—it can be the difference between turning an idea into a successful, resourced initiative or not. Led by representatives from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the webinars will focus on the key elements of a project plan: the idea, the audiences, funding options, a work plan, an evaluation, and more. We will also discuss how to critically examine your project ideas, asking, Is it fundable? Valuable? Sustainable? And if not, what could you do differently? While learning these fundamentals, you will also benefit from the insights and experiences shared by your fellow participants from across archives, library, and museum institutions.

February 5     Key Elements of a Project Plan (1 hour)

This session will describe how careful planning leads to more successful projects.. We will cover how to develop an idea, define your audience, look at funding options, do an environmental scan, assess your resource capacity and needs, and develop a project scope and schedule for implementation. Attendees will be invited to use the two weeks between webinars to outline a project idea based on these key principles. Submitted project plans will be reviewed by webinar moderators with individual feedback provided for each submission.

February 19   Evaluating Your Project Plan (1 hour)

In this highly interactive second session, we will use sample project ideas and case studies to look at how we can assess the strength of a project plan before it is implemented. We will also discuss other project management resources and where to learn more about the topic.

How Will I Benefit?

After participating in this two-part webinar, attendees will be better able to:

  • Why project management is a critical skill
  • What it takes to turn an idea into a fundable project
  • Where to learn more about project management
  • How to evaluate staff and institutional capacities to manage a project

Who Should Attend

This topic is relevant to all organizational roles: you may be currently managing or soon will be managing a project, or you may be a contributor to a current or future project.

Presenters and Moderators

  • Robert Horton, Associate deputy director, IMLS
  • Sarah Fuller, Program specialist, IMLS

Register Now

Registration Info

About the Coalition to Advance Learning in Archives, Libraries and Museums

This is the inaugural project from the Coalition to Advance Learning in Archives, Libraries and Museums, which is supported by grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The purpose of the Coalition is to work in deliberate coordination across organizational boundaries to devise and strengthen sustainable continuing education and professional development (CE/PD) programs that will transform the library, archives, and museum workforce in ways that lead to measurable impact on our nation’s communities. Look online for a complete list of Coalition members.

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SAA Call for award nominations due February 28!

Posted by rebruss on January 7, 2015

The Society of American Archivists is in search of excellence! 

Do you know of an individual or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the archives profession? Or promoted greater public awareness of archives? Have you published a groundbreaking book, written an outstanding article, or developed an innovative finding aid? Do you need financial assistance to attend graduate school or a professional conference?

SAA offers a variety of opportunities for professional recognition and financial assistance through the naming of Fellows, an awards competition, and scholarships. To learn more about these recognitions, click on the links below. Nominate* a deserving colleague — or yourself!

More information on all fellows, awards, and scholarship and how to submit to nominations/applications can be found online: http://www2.archivists.org/recognition

The deadline for nominations/applications is February 28. In the most recent Archival Outlook, Steven D. Booth provides “6 steps for crafting an awards nomination” to help the process!

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Reminder – 2015 TCDL Call for Proposals

Posted by Lauren on December 18, 2014

Help to build the program for the 2015 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries!

The 2015 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries will be held April 27-28 at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center in Austin. The Texas Conference on Digital Libraries is the premiere gathering of digital library and information professionals across Texas and beyond. This is your opportunity to be part of the program.


Submit a Proposal for 2015!


TCDL addresses a wide range of topics including creation, promotion, preservation and management of digital projects and assets, as well as the software and applications that drive the digital library world.  Through a blend of interactive presentations, engaging speakers and informative workshops, TCDL 2015 will be a great place to network and experience the latest in all things digital.

What kind of broad areas would we hope to see covered at TCDL 2015? Here are some ideas!

  • Unexpected finds:  present new ways to use existing technology or demonstrate a new piece of software that’s really made an impact on your workflow.  Show off a new digital collection or project or present novel uses of your institution’s collection material.
  • Unexplained gaps: present ways the larger digital library community can work together to solve problems; initiate dialogues to answer to difficult questions that have faced your institution and to suggest solutions you’d like to see offered at a state or national level.
  • Unexplored collaborations: discover ways to partner together to address an unmet collecting need, novel partnerships that produced interesting results or ideas for greater exposure for collaborative collections.

Whatever you choose to submit, topics explored can include project management, intellectual property issues, deep explorations of software applications … the sky’s the limit! Need more inspiration? Check out last year’s successful programs to get your creative juices flowing.

How can you make your mark on TCDL 2015? Simple: submit a session proposal today. Sessions can take a number of forms, including:

  • PresentationsGeneral presentations on practical work, theoretical or speculative issues, or ongoing or completed research.
  • Panels:  Panel sessions should address a single topic from multiple perspectives and should engage the audience for a full 80-minute session.
  • 24×7 Presentations (24 slides in 7 minutes): 7-minute presentations comprising no more than 24 slides.
  • Posters: Posters will be featured at the conference reception and through a “Minute Madness” session, during which presenters will give a 60-second summary of each poster.
  • Workshops, Tutorials & Demos, Birds of a Feather SessionsThese events provide venues for in-depth instruction in important areas of digital library practice (workshops), demonstrations of new or useful tools and technologies (tutorials), and gatherings of interested attendees to engage in discussion about a particular topic (birds-of-a-feather sessions). Events in this category can range from 1 to 4 hours.

How to Submit a Proposal

More information and the Proposal Submission link can be found at the conference website.

Important Dates

Be a part of TCDL 2015 by submitting your session proposal now. Deadlines and other key dates are approaching quickly!

  • November 17: Call for Proposals
  • February 9: Deadline for all Conference Proposal Submissions
  • March 16: Notification of acceptance
  • March 31: Early bird registration deadline

Questions? Email us at support@tdl.org.

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AHA! Holiday party and Elections, December 11

Posted by rebruss on November 18, 2014

This year the University of St. Thomas will be hosting the annual holiday party and meeting. Please plan to attend Thursday, December 11th at 6 pm in the Crooker Center – Ahern Room, 1st Floor. Guest speakers are Margaret Culbertson and Michelle Johnson from the William J. Hill Texas Artisans & Artists Archive.

•Elections – A new board for 2015 will be elected. You must be a member of AHA! to vote. Candidates to be announced shortly.
•Food – It will be potluck, so please bring something to share. AHA! Board is providing a ham and rolls for the party.

Address:
University of St. Thomas

Crooker Center – Ahern Room
3909 Graustark
Houston, Texas

Street parking is available or there is also a parking garage. The Moran Center Parking Garage, located at the corner of West Alabama and Graustark (enter on Graustark) is available to all students, employees and visitors. Rate: $2/day. More information on parking and location of Crooker Center can be found: http://www.stthom.edu/Campus_Student_Life/Campus_Security/Parking_and_Bicycle_Regulations.aqf?Page_ID=100222

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TCDL 2015 Call for Proposals

Posted by Lauren on November 18, 2014

Help to build the program for the 2015 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries!

 

The 2015 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries will be held April 27-28 at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center in Austin. The Texas Conference on Digital Libraries is the premiere gathering of digital library and information professionals across Texas and beyond. This is your opportunity to be part of the program.
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Submit a Proposal for 2015!
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TCDL addresses a wide range of topics including creation, promotion, preservation and management of digital projects and assets, as well as the software and applications that drive the digital library world. Through a blend of interactive presentations, engaging speakers and informative workshops, TCDL 2015 will be a great place to network and experience the latest in all things digital.

What kind of broad areas would we hope to see covered at TCDL 2015? Here are some ideas!

  • Unexpected finds: present new ways to use existing technology or demonstrate a new piece of software that’s really made an impact on your workflow. Show off a new digital collection or project or present novel uses of your institution’s collection material.
  • Unexplained gaps: present ways the larger digital library community can work together to solve problems; initiate dialogues to answer to difficult questions that have faced your institution and to suggest solutions you’d like to see offered at a state or national level.
  • Unexplored collaborations: discover ways to partner together to address an unmet collecting need, novel partnerships that produced interesting results or ideas for greater exposure for collaborative collections.

Whatever you choose to submit, topics explored can include project management, intellectual property issues, deep explorations of software applications … the sky’s the limit! Need more inspiration? Check out last year’s successful programs to get your creative juices flowing.

How can you make your mark on TCDL 2015? Simple: submit a session proposal today. Sessions can take a number of forms, including:

  • Presentations: General presentations on practical work, theoretical or speculative issues, or ongoing or completed research.
  • Panels: Panel sessions should address a single topic from multiple perspectives and should engage the audience for a full 80-minute session.
  • 24×7 Presentations (24 slides in 7 minutes): 7-minute presentations comprising no more than 24 slides.
  • Posters: Posters will be featured at the conference reception and through a “Minute Madness” session, during which presenters will give a 60-second summary of each poster.
  • Workshops, Tutorials & Demos, Birds of a Feather Sessions: These events provide venues for in-depth instruction in important areas of digital library practice (workshops), demonstrations of new or useful tools and technologies (tutorials), and gatherings of interested attendees to engage in discussion about a particular topic (birds-of-a-feather sessions). Events in this category can range from 1 to 4 hours.

How to Submit a Proposal

More information and the Proposal Submission link can be found at the conference website.

Important Dates

Be a part of TCDL 2015 by submitting your session proposal now. Deadlines and other key dates are approaching quickly!

  • November 17: Call for Proposals
  • February 9: Deadline for all Conference Proposal Submissions
  • March 16: Notification of acceptance
  • March 31: Early bird registration deadline

Questions? Email us at support@tdl.org.

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Announcing keynote speaker for TCDL 2015

Posted by Lauren on November 15, 2014

Make plans now to attend the 2015 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries (#tcdl2015), to be held April 27-28 in at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center in Austin, Texas.

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BESS SADLER WILL BE TCDL 2015 KEYNOTE SPEAKER

We are delighted to announce that Bess Sadler from Stanford University Libraries will serve as the keynote speaker for TCDL 2015.

An open source advocate and self-described library “geek,” Bess Sadler is Manager for Application Development at Stanford and was formerly Chief Architect for the Online Library Environment and Research and Development Librarian at University of Virginia Library. She is a co-founder of several successful open source software projects including Blacklight (http://projectblacklight.org) and Hydra (http://projecthydra.org), which are used by libraries, museums, archives, and cultural institutions around the world.

You can follow Bess Sadler on Twitter at https://twitter.com/eosadler and on her blog “Solvitur ambulando” at http://www.ibiblio.org/bess/.

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EARLY REGISTRATION WILL OPEN JANUARY 20

Discounted early registration will open on January 20, 2015. Conference registration fees will cover conference sessions, including the keynote session, presentations, poster sessions, and some workshops. Light breakfast and snacks, as well as a conference reception, will be included as part of the regular registration package.

Costs: Discounted rates for early registration will be $125 for TDL members, $185 for regular attendees, and $60 for students. Early registration will open on January 20 and continue through March 31, after which rates will increase. More information about registration is available on the TCDL website.

A limited number of hotel rooms are available at the conference center hotel at a special rate of $179 per night through March 30, 2015. See the conference website for details.

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ABOUT TCDL 2015
The Texas Conference on Digital Libraries covers topics relevant to the creation, promotion, and preservation of research, scholarship, and cultural heritage digital materials. The goal of TCDL is to bring together those working on digital projects — including outreach librarians, repository managers, cataloguers, faculty members, technical staff, and others — in order to build a practical, usable and sustainable model for digital libraries.

When: April 27-28, 2015
Where: AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center in Austin, Texas
For more information, and to view information about past conferences, visit the TCDL 2015 website.

For more information, and to view information about past conferences, visit the TCDL 2015 website.

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Save the date: AHA! Holiday Party, Thursday, December 11

Posted by rebruss on October 31, 2014

AHA!’s annual holiday party and elections will be held on December 11, 2014 at University of St. Thomas. Please bring potluck dishes to share.

Guest speakers are Margaret Culbertson and Michelle Johnson from the William J. Hill Texas Artisans & Artists Archive. More details will be available soon.

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Save the Date! TCDL 2015: April 27-28 in Austin

Posted by Lauren on October 28, 2014

Mark your calendars!

The Texas Digital Library conference committee is pleased to announce that the 2015 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries will be held April 27-28, 2015, in Austin, Texas.

TCDL 2015 will be held at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, located on the UT Austin campus.

The Texas Conference on Digital Libraries covers topics relevant to the creation, promotion, and preservation of research, scholarship, and cultural heritage digital materials. The goal of TCDL is to bring together those working on digital projects — including outreach librarians, repository managers, cataloguers, faculty members, technical staff, and others — in order to build a practical, usable and sustainable model for digital libraries.

When: April 27-28, 2015
Where: AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center in Austin, Texas

More information about registration rates and conference programming will be coming soon! Registration will cover conference sessions, including keynotes, presentations, poster sessions, and some workshops. Light breakfast and snacks, as well as a conference reception, will be included as part of the regular registration package.

For more information, and to view information about past conferences, visit the TCDL 2015 website.

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Job posting: Archivist I, African American Library at the Gregory School

Posted by rebruss on October 16, 2014

The African American Library at the Gregory School is seeking an Archivist I. This is a great opportunity to define and manage the oral history collections in a way that creates optimal value for the library and its customers and assist with the archival development for the African American Library at the Gregory School. This archival library is an Archeological landmark in Texas that is dedicated to documenting the community traditions and history of African Americans in Houston through special collections, archives, exhibits, oral histories, programs and a variety of media. The Library is located in historic Freedman’s Town and housed in the Gregory School building, the first African American public school in Houston..

This position is responsible for the development of the oral history collection and will manage the project to include building partnerships with outside agencies and businesses with historical collections of interest. The focus of the work is to positively impact library visits, program attendance and archival use. The Archivist I reports to the Archivist III (and Manager) and works as a contributing team member of the unit, and may lead the work of volunteers and staff on oral history projects. Performs advanced-level reference work to assist researchers in identifying and using archival collections and other library materials; interprets and enforces library policies for the security and administration of the collections; as appropriate, collaborates with the team to mount exhibitions that highlight archival collections. Provides excellent customer service demonstrating the ability to communicate effectively with people.

Other responsibilities include reference duties answering research questions pertaining to archival materials and programs, retrieval of requested archival collections, and assisting the Archivist team in inventorying, processing, and inputting data into Archivists Toolkit, newly acquired materials. The Archivist I is also expected to conduct tours, help with planning special programs, and assist, as required, with the editing, publishing and distribution of library publications. Requires some evening shift and weekend (Saturday and Sunday) work.

For more information please visit: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/houston/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=985658

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