Author Archives: amobley

San José State archives student seeks project

The Master of Archives and Records Administration (MARA) at San José State University (SJSU) is a new program developed to train archives and records professionals. Members of its first cohort are entering their final year in the program and are in a position to apply their skills and knowledge to an organizational consulting project— at no cost to your firm. The goal of the OCP is to provide an integrative opportunity for the student to apply at a high level the knowledge and skills developed in the MARA program. The scope of the OCP is substantive such that the client would normally pay a substantial consulting fee for the level of work.

One of the students in the first cohort, Brande Hall Gex, recently moved to Houston and is seeking a client for the OCP. Brande would like to assist a client with developing e-discovery policies and procedures, developing records management training programs, retention schedules, litigation hold policies and procedures, and/or vital records policies, but she is open to other projects proposed by the client. If you have a project you think would be suitable or if you would like to brainstorm a project, please contact Brande at brande.gex@gmail.com. She will be happy to discuss the project with you and, if requested, to provide a copy of her resume and references.

For more information about Brande or the program at SJSU, read this memo.

MAC call for session proposals, Spring 2011

Have something to share with another region of the country? The Midwest Archives Conference (MAC) is casting its nets widely in search of session proposals for its 2011 annual meeting. Held in April in St. Paul, Minnesota, the theme for next year’s meeting is “Headwaters of History”. Submissions are due September 1st. Please see the call for proposals form for additional details.

HMRC Conservation and Preservation program, July 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: Laney McAdow and Mary McMillen (both on staff at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center) will speak on the conservation and preservation of books, documents, letters, newspapers, leather, and photographs and conduct a brief demonstration of techniques for preserving the life of these kinds of materials.

Mrs. McMillen worked 25 years in the Harvard University Library System, including 16 years as collections conservator at the Graduate School of Education. She studied bookbinding and conservation at the North Bennet Street School in Boston, and is a member of AIC and The Guild of Bookworkers.

WHEN: Monday, July 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.

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.