Please join the South Carolina Archival Association for their annual Spring Workshop, hosted virtually via Zoom, on Friday April 30th, from 9:00am-12:00pm. Our presenters are Theresa J. (T. J.) Wallace (South Carolina Humanities), Brad Sauls (South Carolina Department of Archives and History), Amber Westbrook (South Carolina Arts Commission), and Dawn Mullin (South Carolina State Library). In this session, they will discuss processes and best practices on grant writing, and share their experiences in relation to grant writing, grant reviewing, and/or grant operations during the Covid-19 pandemic. This event is free to attend, but registration is required. More information is included below. This event will be recorded and shared after the event for those unable to join us.


SCAA Spring Workshop

When: Apr 30, 2021 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Register in advance for this meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Please contact Erin Allsop (erin.allsop@cpcc.edu) or Tabitha Samuel (samuel@musc.edu) with questions. We look forward to this event. Thank you!


We are pleased to announce registration is open for the 2021 Society of Southwest Archivists Annual Meeting, Going With the Flow, being held virtually May 17-21, 2021!

Register before April 16 to take advantage of the early bird rate (You must register to receive access to the virtual event platform.)

Check out the conference website to see the program of wonderful sessions, take some virtual tours, and learn a little about our host city, Baton Rouge!

Jaimi Parker, University of North Texas


 The results of Tests 7 and 8 have been released. Both tests measured attenuation of the COVID-19 virus on hardcover book covers (buckram cloth, stacked configuration), softcover book covers (coated paper, stacked configuration), Plastic protective covers(Biaxially oriented polyester film, stacked configuration) and Expanded polyethylene foam (1-inch, unstacked configuration) at temperatures both higher and lower than the ambient temperatures (68 to 75°F; 20 to 24°C) used in Tests 1-6. Test 7 was held at temperatures of 34 to 36°F (1 to 4°C) while Test 8 was held at temperatures of 83 to 84°F (28 to 29°C). Results showed that attenuation rates for materials held at the colder temperatures were significantly slower compared to the warmer and ambient temperatures. The report can be found at https://www.oclc.org/content/dam/realm/documents/test-7-8-report.pdf.

In addition, the recording of the 29 January REALM webinar, “Project Update and Community Reflections,” is now available on demand at https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/realm-update-reflections.html.

There are also some new toolkit resources: 

A synthesis of information from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on cleaning and disinfecting considerations public spaces, surfaces, and objects: https://www.oclc.org/realm/resources/cleaning-considerations.html.

A synthesis of information in reopening plans that have been generously shared by libraries, archives, and museums: https://www.oclc.org/realm/resources/reopening-considerations.html.

A collection of curated information and resources about vaccines that can help to answer common COVID-19-related questions: https://www.oclc.org/realm/resources/vaccine-roundup.html.

A collection of resources to help provide guidance on social distancing measures while serving the public and keeping staff safe: https://www.oclc.org/realm/resources/social-distancing-roundup.html.

A collection of examples and resources for conducting successful virtual programs and meeting people where they are—online: https://www.oclc.org/realm/resources/virtual-programs-roundup.html.

Finally, Literature Review 3.1 of SARS-CoV-2 research published through November 2020 has been completed and can be found at https://www.oclc.org/realm/research/phase-3-systematic-literature-review.html.

The Assessment of Measures and Metrics for Public Services (AMMPS) Sub-Committee of the Reference, Access, and Outreach Section (RAO) of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) is conducting a survey of academic, governmental, corporate, and public archives, libraries, museums, historical societies, and other institutions utilizing the 2018 Standardized Measures and Metrics for Public Services in Archival Repositories and Special Collections Libraries.


The purpose of the survey is to gather information about which measures are being collected or not collected, which metrics are in use, and the types of data collection tools or systems institutions are using to implement the standards. The survey also seeks to gather information related to the readiness of institutions to contribute data to a national survey of comparative measures and metrics, as well as training needs. The results will be used to determine how to best support the ongoing implementation of the 2018 Standardized Measures and Metrics for Public Services in Archival Repositories and Special Collections Libraries and to improve outreach, training opportunities, and advocacy around the standards. This survey has received an IRB determination and has been designated as non-human subject research.


Before completing the survey, please view the full survey pdf and consider using one of the available editable survey guides (Word or Excel) to gather the necessary data and information from your institution. With the information ready and in hand, the survey should take 7-10 minutes to complete. Please complete the survey only once per institution.



**SURVEY LINKhttps://uky.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3DCQiFGOKRi4uTH


The survey will close on February 28, 2021. For additional information or assistance with the survey, please contact Jay-Marie Bravent at jmbravent@uky.edu.

The Music Library Association is searching for a new Archivist. See the position description here:


Our Archivist has a vitally important role. The successful candidate will maintain MLA’s documented history housed at the University of Maryland’s Special Collections in Performing Arts, actively collect and transfer organizational records from the membership on a regular basis, and provide reference service for MLA and the music library community worldwide. This is an excellent opportunity to serve MLA, liaise with every entity within the organization, and get up close and personal with our professional legacy.

The application deadline is February 18, 2021, and interviews for final candidates will be held February 26 and March 1.  If you have any questions about the position, please contact me or another member of the search committee: Jen Wochner (wochnerj@mailbox.sc.edu) or Matt Snyder (matthewsnyder@nypl.org).

The Music Library Association is strongly committed to diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute creatively to the Association's initiatives to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field of music librarianship.

Elizabeth Surles

Chair, MLA Archivist Search Committee



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