We are excited to announce the first Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Planning Summit. There has not been any kind of library connected statewide emergency training in well over a decade. With the guidance of a statewide committee that includes staff representation from several public libraries as well as State Library staff, the Summit will provide two days of comprehensive training to address a variety of topics to assist libraries before, during, and after disasters.  

The Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Planning Summit is a workshop for library administrators, staff, and partners who seek to improve their knowledge around preparedness before, during, and after disasters. The Summit will address topics such as: Introduction to Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Planning, Creating a Disaster Plan, Emergency Preparedness Considerations for People with Disabilities, Design before Disaster, Crisis Communications, Mental Health for Staff, Librarians’ Roles and Supporting Staff in Emergencies, Planning for a Successful Disaster Recovery, and Partnerships including the FEMA Ambassador program. Hear from colleagues who will talk about living through disasters, and participate in a Collections & Salvage workshop and Disaster Plan Stress Test with the NEDCC. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to meet potential partners for collection preservation, staff development, and statewide emergency management contacts. Please also feel free to share with your community partners as this is a great opportunity for everyone to work together! 

The Summit takes place September 9 and 10, 2021 from 8am-5pm at the Hilton Garden Inn, Columbia. Travel grants to cover hotel costs are available for you and your library staff. We will continue to update the information page: https://guides.statelibrary.sc.gov/c.php?g=366438&p=8499845. -Registration is $25 which includes two days of training, breakfast, lunch, and breaks. Register here: https://statelibrary.sc.libcal.com/event/8089439. Rooms are $124.26 per night including tax and are limited so please reserve your rooms now using this link: https://hiltongardeninn.hilton.com/en/gi/groups/personalized/C/CAECDGI-SSL-20210908/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG and parking is free. 

If you have any questions, please contact me at dlyons@statelibrary.sc.gov or 803.734.6061. We hope to see all of you there. 


Aubrey B. Carroll  
Chief of Headquarters Library Services 
Florence County Library System 
(843) 413 - 7070

I’m relocating to New Hampshire in a few weeks and I'll be leaving Historic Charleston Foundation after 17 years as the Archivist/Librarian. HCF will be looking to hire a new person soon. Briefly, HCF’s Archives isn’t traditional; in fact, I’ve set it up as a “hybrid,” incorporating library practices with archival.  Also the scope of the collections is largely historic buildings and historic preservation. I serve about 600 researchers a year in-person and via phone and email, including HCF preservation and other staff members, owners of historic homes, architects, undergrad/grad students, realtors, etc.  I also field many inquiries from other types of researchers with questions about Charleston history, genealogy, etc., so providing reference services is also a big part of the job. Aside from the rewarding work itself, the perks are very nice, e.g., relative autonomy, 35-hour work week, alternate Fridays off, good benefits (health insurance/retirement), parking, and one of the best views in Charleston!


I want to do all I can to help ensure the continued success of the Archives so I’ve reached out to the Charleston archival community and now to the broader SC community to let y’all know that the position will be open and, hopefully, announced soon. To let HCF know of your interest in the position, please send an email to Kerry Erlanger at kerlanger@historiccharleston.org. You can also check HCF's website periodically or consider subscribing to HCF's newsletter, although I’m not sure when or where else it will be advertised. 


Many thanks,

Karen Emmons

TAKE THE SURVEY HERE: https://survey.sogosurvey.com/Survey1.aspx?k=SsQSWVXPsSTYsPsPsP&lang=0

The goal of this survey is to better understand your perspectives on various components of the REALM project produced so far, including the research on the COVID-19 virus as it relates to collections and facilities and the toolkit resources for archives, libraries, and museums. This feedback will help inform the next phase of the project.

OCLC has contracted with Partners for Public Good (PPG), a national nonprofit research organization, to conduct this survey. Your participation is entirely voluntary but will be most appreciated. Any information you provide to PPG will be reported in aggregate form only – with no identifying information. 

We hope you are willing to participate in this effort—your input will help the REALM project increase its relevance to a wide array of cultural heritage institutions and the communities they serve.

The deadline to take the survey is August 10, 2021.

If you have any questions or concerns about this evaluation, please contact Beth Cain at PPG, at ecain@partnersforpublicgood.org.

With kind regards,
The REALM project team

If you are a current archives student or a new professional (5 or fewer years of professional work experience), we would like to request your participation in an online survey concerning archival education. Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (re-246422-ols-20), this research project is being conducted by Dr. Alex H. Poole, Assistant Professor at Drexel University’s Department of Information Science (IRB# 2010008122).


The questionnaire should take approximately 20 minutes to complete. It can be accessed at this link: drexel.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6ilXLsTUsPjVgrz 


Alex Poole

Proposals are now being accepted for the SCAA 2021 Annual Meeting, which will be held virtually on Friday, October 29, 2021. This year’s conference theme is “Crossroads.” The year of the pandemic presented unprecedented challenges, but it also ushered in opportunities for growth and rebirth. The same holds true for archival institutions, including the physical spaces, collections, projects, workflows, staffing, and services offered.


The SCAA Board of Directors, which serves as the Annual Meeting Planning Committee, invites you to submit proposals for presentations and student posters relating to the theme of “Crossroads” as it intersects with topics of interest to archival professionals, including but not limited to the following:


  • Advocacy, diversity, and inclusion in archival education and training

  • Advocacy, diversity, and inclusion in collections

  • Case studies highlighting collections or resources within collections

  • Description, cataloguing and metadata

  • Challenges in funding, physical resources, and staffing

  • Collection development during COVID-19

  • Conservation

  • Creating finding aids and similar resources for patrons

  • Innovative strategies for outreach and community partnerships

  • Making our collections accessible to a wider range of patrons and constituencies

  • Methodology(ies) for creating and sustaining records management policies that work

  • Opportunities and obstacles in digitizing traditional resources

  • Opportunities and obstacles in managing born-digital resources

  • Raising awareness of and promoting collections through events, exhibits, and publications


Presentations may also take several formats, including:

  • Individual presentation (45 minute session)

  • Lightning round (7-10 minute presentations that will be grouped into 45-60 minute sessions)

  • Group presentation (45 minute session; one presentation with multiple speakers)

  • Discussion (45 or 60 minute session; one or more panelists lead a discussion)

  • Student poster presentation


The Board of Directors will review proposals and select those best suited to a virtual meeting that will be of interest and value to our wide range of members.


NOTE: Please limit your proposal to 250 words maximum.


The number and format of sessions will be determined in part by the proposals but also by the platform(s) and technological requirements available to the SCAA for hosting a virtual meeting.


Presentation proposals will be accepted from SCAA members and non-members through Monday, August 30, 2021. Student poster session proposals will be accepted through Thursday, September 30, 2021. Submit your proposal using the SCAA Fall 2021 Conference Proposal Submission Form.



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