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AHA General Meeting, July 15

WHO: JoAnn Pospisil, archivist and director, Baylor College of Medicine Archives

WHAT: JoAnn will present on the topic of oral history. In addition to local, regional and national archivist societies, JoAnn is a member of the Texas Oral History Association. She has extensive experience with oral history work (such as the Library of Congress Veterans History Project, the Quilters’ Save our Stories Project and various family history projects) and training others to conduct successful interviews.

Refreshments will be provided.

WHEN: 6:00pm, Thursday, July 15, 2010

WHERE: McGovern Historical Collections
Houston Academy of Medicine – Texas Medical Center Library
Historical Research Center
8272 El Rio Street
Houston, TX 77054

Archivists get-together, April 29

Feeling down because it seems every archivist you know will be in Santa Fe next week for the Society of Southwest Archivists meeting? You’re not alone!

Join fellow AHA! members for dinner, drinks and fellowship. No RSVP required.

Thursday, April 29, 2010, 6pm
Cafe Express
3200 Kirby Drive
(between West Alabama and Richmond)

HMRC Oral History program, April 26

WHO: The Friends of the Texas Room (of the Julia Ideson Library, downtown) present their quarterly meeting, free and open to the public.

WHAT: Louis J. Marchiafava, Ph.D. will speak on the origins and development of the oral history program at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center (Houston Public Library).

WHEN: Monday, April 26, 2010, 6:30pm reception, 7pm program

WHERE: Museum of Printing History
1324 W. Clay Street
(between Waugh Drive and Montrose, one block south of West Dallas)
Free parking is available in the lot across the street or in the small lot on the left, adjacent to the Museum building.

Minimal Processing workshop, May 13

UPDATE: For those of us who are certified archivists, the workshop has been preapproved by ACA for 2 recertification credits.

“More Product, Less Process” (MPLP) has been a hot topic ever since Greene and Meissner published that famous article back in 2005. Have you been wondering how you can apply the principles of minimal processing to your collections?

AHA is sponsoring a 3-hour workshop on May 13, 2010. Mike Strom, Senior Archivist at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, will take us through the ins and outs of MPLP and help us think about how to apply it in our own archives. Munters, in Pasadena, is graciously providing the classroom space.

Cost is $20. Space is limited so don’t delay! The flyer has all the details about how to register.

University of Houston Libraries job posting

The University of Houston is seeking to fill a full-time position in the Special Collections library. For additional information about responsibilities, benefits and how to apply, see the university’s career site and search for the posting number listed below.

Title: Program Coordinator 2
Posting Number: 064975
Salary Range: 2,527.20 – 3,222.27

This position reports directly to the Head of Special Collections in the University Libraries. Responsibilities include supervising staff and a team of student workers in data entry and other tasks. Also oversees online delivery of archival collection finding aids. Coordinates department activities such as scheduling the reception and reference desks, is responsible for monitoring the departmental security system and oversees the organization and maintenance of the book stacks for efficient use. Also coordinates tracking use and ordering of supplies, as well as other administrative duties as assigned.

Requires a thorough understanding of both theoretical and practical aspects of an analytical, technical or professional discipline; or the basic knowledge of more than one professional discipline. Knowledge of the discipline is normally obtained through a formal, directly job-related 4 year degree from a college or university or an equivalent in-depth specialized training program that is directly related to the type of work being performed.

Coordinates and provides senior-level administrative support to an ongoing program at the University.

Requires a 4 year degree preferably in liberal arts discipline and a minimum of one (1) year of directly job-related experience. Also experience working in library in archives setting is a plus.

AHA general meeting

WHO: Vince Lee, archivist at the Gregory School, will be the featured speaker at the AHA! general meeting at 5:30pm, Wednesday, March 24.

WHAT: The African American Library at the Gregory School is the new archive in town, having officially opened its doors November 14, 2009. Come hear about Houston Public Library’s newest special collections and tour the renovated facility which formerly served as the first public school for African Americans in Houston.

WHEN: 5:30-6:45pm, Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Please pardon the early start time, which is necessary because of the hour the building closes. We will socialize and enjoy light refreshments for a bit to allow more time for attendees to arrive for the program and finish promptly by 6:45pm.

WHERE: African American Library at the Gregory School
1300 Victor Street
Freedmen’s Town, Fourth Ward
Houston, TX 77019

New AHA Officers

New AHA officers were elected at the annual holiday meeting in December. Amy Mobley is vice president/president elect. Ron Drees is treasurer. Javier Garza is serving another term as secretary. Congratulations to all the officers. Annie Golden moved up to the position of president for 2010.

Special thanks to Phil Montgomery, the outgoing president, for all his fine work and leadership.