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  • 17 Mar 2021 8:07 PM | Anonymous member

    The Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education (OML) at the University of Southern Maine (USM) invites you to participate in our spring 2021 crowd-sourced exhibition: "Where Will We Go from Here? Travel in the Age of COVID-19."

    We are seeking the stories of people who currently reside in Maine of all ages (in general), and other interested participants from anywhere in the world, related to how the COVID-19 Global Pandemic impacted your travel plans between March of 2020 and March of 2021

    Were you supposed to: take a long-planned trip? Study abroad? Go and visit friends and family? Go on an epic road trip? Travel for work? Go home? We want to understand where you were supposed to go, and how the cancellation of those plans impacted your personal and professional lives.

    We will match your canceled trip location with a map from our collections, and pair your reflection with the map in our upcoming exhibition "Where Will We Go From Here? Travel in the Age of COVID-19" (in our gallery in Portland, Maine, and/or online at We seek broad community participation, and all ages are welcome to submit a response.  To participate, PLEASE FILL OUT OUR QUESTIONNAIRE IN ITS ENTIRETY; the process should take 10-15 minutes.

    The exhibition will open in our gallery in May of 2021, and the digital exhibition will follow later this summer. 

    Note: Due to limited space, only a selection of submitted stories can be featured in the physical gallery. We will feature as many completed survey entries as possible on the digital version of the exhibition.  We will contact you for more information if your story is selected to be part of the exhibition. Please do not fill out the form if you do not want your story featured in our exhibition.  

    Thank you for your assistance, and please feel free to forward this opportunity to anyone who might be interested!


    Libby Bischof, Executive Director

  • 11 Mar 2021 5:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    AUGUSTA – The Maine State Archives has launched its first-ever catalog of its holdings, via the online ArchivesSpace portal, Secretary of State Shenna Bellows announced today. 

    For the first time in the Maine State Archives’ 56-year history, researchers can now search through the bureau’s listing of collections online to see if the Archives is the right resource for their purposes, before contacting an archivist to access the actual documents.

    “This is a first step, for the public to have an awareness of what we hold, and we will be building it into a public resource that will eventually link up with the actual digital copies of items such as documents and maps that we have posted to DigitalMaine,” said Katherine McBrien, Deputy Secretary for Archives.

    The launch of the Maine State Archives ArchivesSpace portal is the product of five years of work, recently accelerated by the inventory necessitated by the ongoing extraction of holdings from the Cultural Building during building repairs.

    “The new ArchivesSpace catalog makes the Archives more accessible than ever before by listing the full scope of our holdings,” said McBrien, “and it serves as an important electronic resource for staff as well.”

    Only about half the state archives across the country have completed this type of public-facing indexing. ArchivesSpace is a nonprofit organization created by archivists, hosting finding aids for subscribers on the cloud.

    The Maine State Archives maintains approximately 100 million pages of official State records considered to be permanently valuable, such as bills introduced in the Legislature, Governor’s Executive Council Reports, election returns, deeds, maps and military records through World War I. In addition, the bureau’s Records Management division is the custodian of all State records that must be retained for certain statutory periods of time.

    “Maine State Archives is a treasure trove of information about our state’s history, and we are excited to take this first step toward making this information more widely available online,” said Secretary Bellows. “Imagine students being able to access remarkable primary source documents from the classroom or their living rooms for research and learning. Our vision is that future generations will be able to access these precious documents from the comfort of their homes, schools or work.”

  • 11 Mar 2021 2:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The survey link is:

    Meris Westberg is a graduate student in the University of Pennsylvania's Historic Preservation program writing a master's thesis on Flood Risk Awareness & Preparedness at Cultural Heritage Sites. Prior to grad school, Meris worked for several museums and noticed 1) a struggle to prioritize hazard preparedness and 2) a disconnect between buildings and collections maintenance. These tensions will be addressed in the thesis project, particularly from the perspectives of federal flood management policy and organizational behavior toward hazard management. 

    This is a survey for collections and site managers asking about if & how flood risk is handled at their sites - with a particular interest in the interrelation of historic buildings and collections. The aim is to reach a broad range of site and collections steward to evaluate trends based on site type, size, and region. 

    The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and is totally anonymous. Meris will share full results once the project is complete (hopefully by May!).

    The survey link is:

  • 03 Mar 2021 12:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    DPOE-N Support Funding: Call for Applications

    The Digital Preservation Outreach & Education Network (DPOE-N) is excited to announce two new opportunities for funding available to cultural heritage professionals and institutions located in the United States and U.S. territories for digital preservation training and hardware support. 

    About DPOE-N Funding

    DPOE-N offers professional development support for cultural heritage professionals to attend online workshops and face-to-face training (when traveling is appropriate) focused on digital preservation and access. Funding can be used within a network of available professional development providers and can cover more than one workshop.

    DPOE-N staff are also available to work with you to develop a professional development program that fits your needs. For more information on professional development support, and to apply, please visit: 

    DPOE-N has also set aside a modest amount of funding for emergency hardware support to small cultural heritage institutions that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and are in need of new hardware to ensure the persistence of digital collections with enduring value. For more information about emergency hardware support, please visit:

    Interested in applying?
    Deadlines for both funding opportunities are rolling. Our grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation provides funding until June 2022!

    DPOE-N staff is available to help you with the application process and to answer any questions you may have. Please contact us at

    About DPOE-N

    DPOE-N is a network of training resources available to cultural heritage professionals nationwide to enhance their digital preservation knowledge and skills. We are motivated by the pressing need for libraries, archives, and museums to collect, preserve, and provide access to born-digital materials. DPOE-N is hosted by the Pratt Institute School of Information in collaboration with the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and is generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

    To learn more about DPOE-N, please visit our website at and follow us on Twitter @dpoe_network and Instagram @dpoe_network

  • 23 Feb 2021 2:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The American Association for State and Local History will again hold an online conference this fall, October 12-15, following the in-person conference in Little Rock, Arkansas, September 22-25. This year’s theme for the dual conferences, “Doing History, Doing Justice,” will take an active orientation – how do history organizations and practitioners DO justice? We will look at how we do our work and how people are impacted by our work, unpacking the notion of “justice” in all its dimensions.

    Every year, increasing numbers of conference sessions address issues specifically affecting small museums. These sessions can be as practical and wide-ranging as training, marketing, and strategic planning. Other sessions focus on creative ways to forge and re-energize relationships with the surrounding community.

    Now in its sixteenth year, AASLH’s Small Museums Committee is offering several scholarships to AASLH members who are full-time, part-time, paid, or volunteer employees of small museums. Each scholarship will cover one Full Access registration for the online conference. Acceptance of the scholarship is contingent upon recipients submitting a post to the AASLH blog about their online conference experience.

    Please note: Small Museums Scholarships are only being awarded for the online conference.

    To qualify, the applicant must work for a museum with a budget of $250,000 or less. They also must either be an individual AASLH member or work for an institutional member.

    The deadline for applications is August 1, 2021. The committee will email award winners by September 1. For questions, please contact Bruce Teeple, Small Museums Scholarship Subcommittee Chair, at, or Alex Collins, AASLH Professional Development Manager, at or 615-320-3203.

    To apply for this scholarship, please go to:

    The future of these scholarships rests on the generosity of members across the museum community. Please consider donating to this scholarship fund:

  • 20 Feb 2021 2:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Nominations are now being accepted for the 2021 Donald Peterson Student Travel Award!

    Established in 2005, this award supports students and recent graduates from graduate archival programs within North America to attend SAA’s Annual Meeting. The goal of the scholarship is to stimulate greater participation in the activities of SAA by students and recent graduates. This participation must include either a presentation of research during the Annual Meeting or active participation in an SAA-sponsored committee, section, or roundtable. 

    Click here to preview the application and/or to apply. All applications must be submitted online and include the following:

    1. A 500-word essay describing the applicant's career goals and potential impact on the archival profession.
    2. Unofficial transcript to verify student status or copy of graduate diploma.
    3. Two letters of recommendation from individuals having definite knowledge of the applicant's qualifications.

    Nominations will be accepted until February 28, 2021.

    If you have any questions regarding the award or the application process, please contact Krista Oldham, Donald Peterson Student Travel Award Committee Chair, at

    For more information on the details on awards from previous years, please visit the Donald Peterson Student Travel Award on the SAA webpage.  Please feel free to pass along this announcement to colleagues.

    2021 Recipients: As the 2021 SAA Annual Meeting will be held virtually, 2021 recipients will receive complimentary registration to the 2021 virtual conference. They will also receive complimentary registration and travel support to the 2022 Annual Meeting in Boston (or the next annual conference that is held in person). The award cannot be extended past the next in-person annual conference.  

    Donald Peterson Student Travel Award Committee:

    Jessica Hornbuckle

    Tola Livesey

    Krista Oldham (Chair)

    Danielle Sangalang 

  • 17 Feb 2021 12:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) is currently accepting responses to their annual “National Visitation Survey for History Organizations,” the only national effort to monitor and report on in-person visitation trends at history museums, historic sites, and other history organizations. This survey will help the field assess the impact extended closures from Covid-19, climate change, social unrest, and more had on our institutions last year. In addition to asking about changes to in-person visitation from 2019 to 2020, the survey includes a special section about the impact of the pandemic on operations, capacity restrictions, and staffing.

    Your response is absolutely critical to this effort. With information about budget, staffing, and visitation on-hand, the survey should only take about ten minutes. Your contribution to this survey will help the entire field better understand the impact 2020 had on the history community and help AASLH provide better resources and support for the road ahead. Please complete the survey and encourage colleagues at other institutions to do the same. 

    The survey closes on March 31.

  • 09 Feb 2021 1:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Special Collections librarians and archivists who are involved in data collection for their units are invited to participate in a research study about the use of standardized statistical measures.  

    The study is being conducted by Melanie Griffin, Assistant Head of Special Collections at the University of Arkansas Libraries, and Amanda Hawk, Head of Public and Research Services for Special Collections at Louisiana State University Libraries. 

    To participate, you must be 18 years or older and a current employee at a special collections library or archive. Only one response per institution is recommended.  

    The survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.  Participation is completely voluntary, and you may quit the survey at any time.  

    The results will be reported for the group of respondents as a whole. No identifying institutional information will be disclosed. 

    The deadline to complete the survey is March 19, 2021. 

    Access the survey:

  • 04 Feb 2021 11:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Society of American Archivists

    Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award

    Please excuse cross-postings. 

    The Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award Subcommittee of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) seeks nominations for the 2021 award.

    This Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award recognizes an archivist, editor, group of individuals, or institution that has increased public awareness of a specific body of documents (which can be a specific archival collection or thematic aggregation) through compilation, transcription, exhibition, or public presentation of archives or manuscript materials for educational, instructional, or other public purpose. Work that has had an impact on a local, regional, national, and/or international level is welcomed.

    Recent winners include:


    Individual archivists and editors, groups of individuals, organizations. This award is open to nominees within and outside of the United States, and is not limited to SAA members.


    A certificate and a cash prize of $500.

    Application Deadline:

    All nominations shall be submitted to SAA by February 28 of each year. 

    For more information on this award, including the nomination form, please go to

    For more information on SAA awards and the nominations process, please go to

  • 03 Feb 2021 11:24 AM | Anonymous

    It is that time of year again! I am reaching out as your state "captain" for the American Association for State and Local History Leadership in History Awards program.  

    For over seventy years, AASLH has given Leadership in History Awards to establish and encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful to all people.

    By publicly recognizing superior and innovative achievements, the Leadership in History Award winners serve as models and inspirations for others in the field. We offer awards for many different types of projects, including publications, exhibits, public programming, and more. Award winners come from all over the country, from organizations of all kinds, sizes, and budgets.

    This awards program, with the exception of the Publications category, is non-competitive, meaning your nomination is not in competition with others for a finite amount of awards. Your nomination is evaluated alone on its own merits. We encourage nominations from small and all-volunteer organizations.

    Nominations are due March 1, and more details can be found here:

    Details about the nomination process:

    Please reach out to me, Julia Gray, at if you are thinking about submitting a nomination!

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