Archives Month 2016

Saturday, October 1, 2016 Houston History Conference, “The History of Houston’s Musical Soul”

Call for volunteers! AHA! will once again be tabling at the annual Houston History Conference, volunteers are encouraged to help represent AHA! at this exciting event. If you are interested in helping out, please contact me directly (evinson@uh.edu).

Find out more about the full conference agenda (Sept. 30 – Oct. 2) – including film screenings, live music, and a pop-up museum here:  https://www.houstonhistoryalliance.org/houston-history-conference/2016-houston-history-conference/2016-conference-weekend-schedule/

Sunday, October 2, 2:00-4:00: Walking tour of Glenwood Cemetery – $10 (special AHA! rate)

Guided by Jim Parsons, director of special projects and walking tours chairman for Preservation Houston, we will explore Glenwood Cemetery. Located on rolling land near Buffalo Bayou with glorious trees and landscaping, as well as elaborate Victorian monuments and statuary, historic Glenwood Cemetery, established in 1871, is one of the most beautiful outdoor spaces in Houston. It is also the resting place of some of Houston’s most famous citizens, including philanthropist George Hermann; Texas Governor and Humble Oil co-founder Ross Sterling; oil wildcatter Glenn McCarthy; movie star Gene Tierney; and eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes. Our tour explores the unforgettable stories of the men and women buried here as well as Glenwood’s beautiful landscape and elaborate monuments.http://www.preservationhouston.org/tours/glenwood/

Sign up here to let us know you will be coming: http://tinyurl.com/jd5ych8

Sunday, October 16, 2:00-6:00: Austin Archives Bazaar 

Join our colleagues in Austin for a free afternoon learning about more than 20 area repositories, and check out the Oral History Booth, Preservation Station, an archival film screening, old time photobooth, and more! http://www.austinarchivesbazaar.org/  Sign up here if you are interested in going, and consider carpooling with other AHA! members: http://tinyurl.com/zs9e2co

 

 

Saturday, October 22, 12:00-2:00: The Printing Museum Book Fair

Call for volunteers! In the spirit of this year’s theme of “community,” AHA! will be participating in a “basics of preservation” lab during the fair. We will be discussing how individuals can best care for their personal archives. Some topics that it would be great to have AHA! volunteers on hand to discuss are: rare books, archival storage, care and handling of photographs and/or scrapbooks, and personal digital archiving. Please contact me directly (evinson@uh.edu) if you would like to help out.

All AHA! members are also encouraged to attend the Book Fair, which includes a book sale, as well as a presentation by J.P. Bryan, founder of The Bryan Museum in Galveston, Texas. Food trucks will be on site for a quick lunch with friends.Admission for those who don’t volunteer is $8. http://printingmuseum.org/event/book-fair/

Education Opportunities, Texas Historical Records Advisory Board

The Texas Historical Records Advisory Board is pleased to announce FREE educational opportunities for Texas archivists, librarians, and staff members.

Thinking Digital webinar
Sponsored by the Society of American Archivists, these 90-minute on demand workshops that provide an introduction to the world of digital records while providing practical examples and workflows to implement a digital preservation system.
September workshops available in Nacogdoches, College Station, and San Marcos, TX.
For more information visit  https://www.tsl.texas.gov/thrabwebinar

Archival Award of Excellence
This award recognized significant achievements of a Texas archival institution and individual achievements in preserving and improving access to historical records in any format.  Deadline for submissions is Friday, September 16, 2016.
For more information visit https://www.tsl.texas.gov/thrabwebinar

Grant Proposal Writing Workshop
This course provides an overview of the types of state, federal, and private foundation grants available and provides information about researching and writing grant proposals. Spaces are limited and available on a first come, first serve. Deadline to register is Monday, October 17, 2016.
For more information visit https://www.tsl.texas.gov/thrabwebinar

Digital Frontiers Conference, Sept 22-24, 2016

Register now for Digital Frontiers 2016. We’re celebrating our 5th Anniversary at Rice University with Keynote Speakers Roopika Risam (Salem State University) and Patrick Meier (author, Digital Humanitarians). Join us September 22-24, 2016.

Click here to register now!

Opening Keynote
Burning Down the Tent: New Futures for Social Justice and Digital Humanities
Roopika Risam (Salem State University)

Closing Keynote
From I, Robot to WeRobotics: Humanitarian Robotics in Action
Patrick Meier (WeRobotics & Humanitarian UAV Network; author, Digital Humanitarians)

Our diverse program includes workshops on digital pedagogy, making coloring books from digital archives, and using MOUs to manage projects, along with panels, papers, and posters by 59 presenters representing 27 institutions in 8 US states.

We’re also partnering with the Texas Digital Humanities Consortium and the Resilient Networks to Support Inclusive Digital Humanities initiative for a THATCamp on Saturday, September 24! Registration for THATCamp Digital Frontiers is free, but limited to the first 50 registrants. Visit http://digitalfrontiers2016.thatcamp.org/ to register.

Registration for Digital Frontiers closes September 9.

For more information, please visit the website, email digtalfrontiers@unt.edu, join our Facebook Group, and follow @DigiFront and #DF16RU on Twitter.

We look forward to seeing you in Houston in September!

Art Libraries Society of North America Conference

The Art Libraries Society of North America Texas-Mexico chapter invites you to join us for our forthcoming conference in Mexico City from October 12-15. The planning committee has organized a rich event featuring visits to numerous art libraries and cultural institutions, as well as sessions devoted to Latin American collection building and collaboration.  And, of course, we’ll have the opportunity to connect with and learn from our Mexican colleagues while there as well.

Highlights of the site visits will include the libraries and collections of the Museo Nacional de Antropología, Banamex, Museo Franz Mayer, Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, and Museo Nacional del Virreinato.  Click here for full program and registration details.

We hope you will consider joining us in Mexico City!

Regards,

Jon Evans
President, ARLIS/NA Texas-Mexico
Chief Librarian
Hirsch Library
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Job Announcement: HMRC

Houston Metropolitan Research Center (HMRC) and the Houston Public Library are seeking a customer service oriented Librarian II (Preservation Librarian) to:

  • Lead and direct the HMRC’s preservation and conservation efforts including possible supervision of staff and volunteers;
  • Contribute to HMRC’s programming activities by assisting with programs and outreach efforts, and representing the library and HMRC at public events; Provide specialized reference services and research assistance to the general public in-person and electronically;
  • Participate with the manager in unit strategic planning specifically concerning conservation, preservation, and disaster preparedness and response efforts

For a full job description and to apply for this position, please visit City of Houston Career Pages at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/houston/jobs/ 1490167/librarian-ii- preservation-librarian. This position closes August 8, 2016.

Upcoming Local DAS Course: Command Line Interface

Rice/WRC is sponsoring a DAS course at the Fondren Library on October the 7th. It’s an all -day class on Command Line Interface. Folks who are working toward DAS certification or who need post-certification courses should attend. Click here to learn more about this course.

Course Description
In this course you will learn hands-on skills for working with digital archival objects at the most basic levels: files, data, and the computer operating systems in which they live. These basics establish manual and automated capacities for protecting the bits, automating/extracting metadata, and preparing for the next steps of building and managing digital archives.

MFAH Disaster Response and Recovery Workshop

THE MFAH TO HOST TRAINING FOR MUSEUM, LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES PROFESSIONALS, CULTURAL LEADERS AND EMERGENCY PROFESSIONALS AUGUST 1-2, LED BY THE TEXAS CULTURAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE ALLIANCE

What

The MFAH will host a disaster response and recovery workshop, led by Texas Cultural Emergency Response Alliance, on Monday, August 1 and Tuesday August 2. Library, archive, and museum professionals in Houston and the surrounding counties are invited to share expertise and resources in this unique partnership.

The 2-day workshop will focus on disaster response and recovery situations specific to the region, including hurricanes, tornadoes, and flash floods, and will show participants how to respond to such large-scale natural events to both protect and preserve the objects in their care and to connect to a larger network of national emergency management professionals.

Program, Day 1:

Speakers

  • Jennifer Suter, Training and Program Manager, Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management
  • Robert Emery, VP for Safety, Health, Environment & Risk Management, UT Health Science Center
  • Paul A. Tabor, State Critical Incident Stress Management, Director Texas Department of State Health Services
  • Kirk Lively, Director of Technical Services, Belfor USA
  • Trey Johnson, Executive General Adjuster, York Insurance Group

Program, Day 2:

  • Lectures and Training Exercises
  • TX-CERA, Assessment and recovery techniques for wet recovery and salvage of cultural heritage collections.

When

  • Monday and Tuesday, August 1-2, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where

The American General Meeting Room
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Audrey Jones Beck Building
5601 Main Street Houston, Texas 77005

Cost

  • $80.00, lunch is included. Free parking in MFAH parking lot.

Details
The MFAH is an experienced disaster management leader and advocate for protecting cultural heritage resources in the region.

The Texas Cultural Emergency Response Alliance (TX-CERA) is a statewide resource for cultural heritage and disaster management and part of the nationwide Alliance for Response program. Through a series of regional forums, it builds bridges between the cultural heritage and emergency response communities before disasters happen. Their programs lead to new partnerships, policies, and cooperative planning efforts. For more information, visit:

Contacts

  • Steve Pine, Museum of Fine Arts, spine@mfah.org,
  • Olivia Primanis, University of Texas, Austin, primanis@utexas.edu, or
  • Melanie Sanford, Textile Preservation Services of Texas – info@conservingthreads.com

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2-day-disaster-preparedness-and-recovery-workshop-hosted-by-tx-cera-tickets-26365409650

MFAH Hosts Disaster Recovery Conference, Annoucement