C. Herbert Finch Online Publication Award

There’s only one week left to nominate a recent publication for MARAC’s C. Herbert Finch Online Publishing Award!


The C. Herbert Finch Online Publication Award was established to honor the memory of C. Herbert Finch, former Assistant Director of Cornell University Libraries, who died on April 27, 2005.

The Finding Aids Award Committee will award a prize honoring online publications, including virtual exhibitions, web sites and web pages devoted to the promotion and use of archival materials, created by individuals or institutions in the MARAC region: the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

Call for Submissions
The Finding Aids Award Committee will accept submissions or nominations for the C. Herbert Finch Award. An online publication that is primarily a finding aid is not eligible for the Finch Award but may be nominated for the Finding Aids Award. To be eligible for the Finch Award, an online publication must have a stable internet address and must have been published between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015.

The committee encourages the submission of entries that use a variety of media. Submissions are judged on content, navigability, usability, functionality, and site design. One award will be given with a maximum value of $250.00. The 2015 award will be announced at the MARAC Fall 2015 conference.

Submission Deadline
Entries must be received by July 31, 2015. Please e-mail URLs for each submission with a letter of nomination to the Senior Co-Chair of the Finding Aids Award Committee: Maureen Callahan, maureen[dot]callahan[at]yale[dot]edu

Fedora Interest Group

Attention archivists with digital repositories!

There’s been a call for a local Fedora Interest Group in the Philadelphia area. This would be a meet-up for GLAM-types who are using Fedora — or are thinking about using it– with Islandora, Hydra, or another front-end option.

As added incentive, it’s likely that these meet-ups would include presentations and workshops from David Wilcox, Fedora Product Manager, and Andrew Woods, the Technical Lead for Fedora.

Comment here or contact Scott Ziegler at sziegler[at]amphilsoc[dot]org with any questions, comments, displays of enthusiasm or general thoughts.

Call for Proposals for MARAC Spring 2016

Call for Proposals Announcement
The Program Committee is now accepting session proposals for the Spring 2016 meeting to be held April 14-16, 2016 in Pittsburgh, PA. The conference theme is Archival Confluence: Connecting Theory and Practice. Please visit the following Google form for more information and to submit session proposals: http://goo.gl/forms/loyQoO1DRR.
Proposals will be accepted until July 10, 2015.

Contact PC co-chairs Emily R. Cottle, emilyrcottle@gmail.com or Rachel Grove Rohrbaugh, grover@etown.edu with questions.

ABA + MARAC + 19th century warship

Save the date for June 4th, when you can spend some quality time with other Delaware Valley archivists while getting behind-the-scenes tours of the USS Olympia, the oldest steel warship still afloat in the whole world! You can walk there from Center City via the Walnut Street footbridge, park at the Penn’s Landing lot, or find street parking before crossing I-95 at Walnut or Dock Streets.

The event will feature:

– An introduction to the museum and the Olympia, including an overview of their genealogy project to research former crew members.

– A guided tour of the Olympia, which depending on interest, could include special access to the lower decks and engine room.

– A post-tour gathering for food and socializing (probably pizza and soda). Weather permitting, this will be held outside on the fantail of the ship!

Special notes:

– The event will be free to us and take place after the site closes to the public. In exchange for this, the Independence Seaport Museum is hoping to solicit support from those of us who attend, either with research assistance or help making the information accessible.

– The event will have a cap of 35 people, so an RSVP will be mandatory. To RSVP: http://doodle.com/k7dgd4iw5p9rg4mk


When: Thursday, June 4th. 5:00pm to 7:30pm
Where: The Independence Seaport Museum @ Penns Landing on the Delaware River.