Join the Archivists of the Houston Area (AHA!) for our fall meeting Thursday, September 20 at 6pm at the Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park. The Heritage Society is located at 1100 Bagby Street, Houston, TX 77002. Parking is free! For map and directions, see https://www.heritagesociety.org/campu-map/
The Texas Historical Records Advisory Board is sponsoring two free workshops this summer. “Grant Proposal Writing” will be offered at SFA on July 24 and at UTEP on August 21. Each workshop will cap at 25 participants and THRAB requests only one seat per institution. For more details and to register, please visit: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/workshops
This course surveys the types of state, federal, and private foundation grants available and provides information about researching and writing grant proposals. Topics include types of grants, types of funders, elements of a grant proposal, the grant review process, managing your grant project, reporting requirements, and funding resources.
Who Should Attend?
Archivists, librarians, and staff members at Texas archival repositories who have a responsibility to explore and an interest in funding resources for preservation, processing, digitization and similar projects. An emphasis on NHPRC and other federal grants is stressed.
Sharing on behalf of the Technical Sub-Committee on Describing Archives: A Content Standard:
TS-DACS is pleased to announce that a major overhaul and new version of Appendix B: Companion Standards is available. The standards in the appendix provide more detailed rules for describing materials and can be used in conjunction with DACS if you need to provide more granular description.
The appendix has been completely rewritten to account for recent developments in the field and to improve usability.
- New standards added, superseded ones removed.
- Links added to existing citations.
- Full bibliographic citations from modern (i.e. online) standards removed.
- Version details removed, as they change frequently.
- Categories, subcategories, and standards alphabetized.
The appendix covers content standards, data structure standards, and data value standards/thesauri.
You can view the updated Appendix B: Companion Standards on the DACS GitHub site.
More about how TS-DACS is using GitHub
DACS is available as the printed blue book (available from SAA Press), as a PDF, on SAA’s website, and on GitHub. The most current version of DACS is the version on GitHub; all other versions are derivatives of this version.
Information about how TS-DACS is using GitHub to manage the standard over time is available in the readme file.
The results are in from our Happy Hour surveys! Below are the dates, times, and locations for all the AHA! Happy Hour for the year (and then some). Please join us every 3rd Tuesday* when you can!
Address: Send us suggestions!
Dates*: February 19, March 19
* Dates could change due to conflicts or popular demand. If locations or dates change, an announcement will be made on the website, email list, and social media.
It’s a pleasure to announce that AHA! will be awarding one scholarship to cover the cost of registration for the upcoming Society of Southwest Archivists Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX. Any member in good standing (having paid 2018 dues) is eligible. Please see the attached application, due April 30 by email, or postmarked April 23, 2018.
The SAA Spotlight Award Subcommittee invites nominations for the 2018 Spotlight Award. This award “recognizes the contributions of individuals who work for the good of the archives profession and of archival collections, and whose work would not typically receive public recognition.” Nominees do not have to be members of SAA. Please share this message as you think appropriate. I hope you will consider recognizing a colleague (or yourself!) in this way. Additional information about the criteria and process is found below.
Purpose and Criteria for Selection: Established in 2005, the Spotlight Award recognizes the contributions of individuals who work for the good of the archives profession and of archival collections, and whose work would not typically receive public recognition. The nominee(s) should have achieved distinction in one or more of the following ways:
* Participating in special projects.
* Exhibiting tireless committee or advocacy work.
* Responding effectively to an unforeseen or pressing need or emergency.
* Contributing innovative or creative ideas to the profession.
* Performing extraordinary volunteerism.
* Quietly but effectively promoting the profession.
Eligibility: Awarded to an individual archivist or a group of up to five archivists who have collaborated on a project. Preference is given to archivists working in smaller repositories, especially those without institutional support for professional activities.
Prize: A certificate and complimentary registration for the individual recipient or group (of up to five individuals) to the SAA Annual Meeting occurring in the year in which the award is presented.
Submission Deadline and Nomination Form: Deadline: February 28, 2018. Please complete the nomination form (https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/45541-Society-Of-American-Archivists).
SAA Spotlight Award Subcommittee