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!
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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  • New standards added, superseded ones removed.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, 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

SAA Spotlight Award Nominations

Dear Colleagues,

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).

Best regards,

Jody Hoks
SAA Spotlight Award Subcommittee

Introduction to TARO Workshop

Registration is now open for this TARO full or half-day workshop hosted at Rice University on Monday, February 12, 2018.

This workshop will teach the hands-on basic skills needed to participate in TARO, including basic XML familiarity and editing, EAD familiarity, how to upload files to TARO, and troubleshooting. The full day is recommended for those with little or no TARO, EAD, or XML experience. The half-day (afternoon only) is recommended as a refresher for those who might feel rusty and/or have work environment changes which have changed their approach to TARO (such as using collection management software now instead of hand-encoding XML).

This workshop is open to anyone but is focused on TARO guidelines and workflows. This is not an intensive EAD course, which is offered as a two-day workshop by SAA (http://www2.archivists.org/profeducation/course-catalog/encoded-archival-description-ead3) or an intensive XML class, but will show the basics to get you started and share resources to help you once you return to your workplace.

Find out more and register: https://societyofsouthwestarchivists.wildapricot.org/event-2734149