Job Posting: Project Archivist at the MFAH

The Project Archivist assists in all aspects of managing the The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Archives and overseeing the materials pertinent to the history of the MFAH and our collections.

This individual will work directly with the Managing Archivist to coordinate the accessioning, arrangement, description and preservation of the permanent records of the MFAH in all formats. This individual will assist in providing access to archival collections of individuals or institutions closely associated with the MFAH.  Additionally, the Project Archivist will be involved in implementing and maintaining the software and systems needed to meet the needs of housing digital materials in the Archives.

The Project Archivist will keep abreast of developments in the archival and standards communities, take a leadership role on special projects and initiatives, and serve as steward and ambassador for the Archives within the MFAH and professional community

For more details see:

https://www.mfah.org/downloads/32acb098-46bc-e811-80e8-005056bbc3d7/view

https://www.mfah.org/about/current-openings/

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Fall Meeting Sept.20 at the Heritage Society

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/

Summer Meeting July 26 at Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research

Mark your calendars for our summer meeting, coming up Thursday, July 26 at 6pm at the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research. Part of the Houston Public Library Special Collections, Clayton is at 5300 Caroline, and parking is free! More details to come, hope to see you there!

Texas Historical Records Advisory Board Summer Workshops

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

Description:

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.

 

TS-DACS Update on Companion Standards

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.

Changes include:

  • 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.

2018 AHA! Happy Hour Schedule!

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!

Rudyards
Time: 6pm
Address: 2010 Waugh Dr, Houston, TX 77006
Dates*: May 22, June 19, July 24 July 17

Under the Volcano
Time: 6pm
Address: 2349 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005
Dates: August 21, September 18 September 11, October 16

8th Wonder Brewery
Time: 6pm
Address: 2202 Dallas St, Houston, TX 77003
Dates*: November 20, December 18, January 15

Coffeehouse Somewhere
Time: 6pm
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.

AHA! Scholarship for SSA Conference Registration

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.

AHAScholarshipApplication-AnnualMeeting2018