By Katie Womble & Brenda Burk
Time’s running fast (don’t forget to spring back this weekend), and we’ve got a workshop coming up! Brenda Burk and myself are planning the Spring Workshop, and want to share a couple of details as things start to take shape. Get ready for more details in the next few days.
Our focus this year is “(Out)reaching to the Universe on a Ground Level Budget”.
Mark your calendars, because on April 24th you can attend a workshop that will focus on bringing together experts and resources – and each other – to discuss how to better perform outreach to our communities. Charity Rouse, Director of Local History at Spartanburg County Public Libraries, will present on galvanizing community archiving through your organization, followed by a panel of news media outlet speakers who will share the inside scoop on how to effectively present information to them in order to get it to the public.
We will be having our annual workshop at the main branch of Spartanburg County Public Libraries. The schedule looks a little something like this…
. Registration and Social
Behind the scenes of Attics to Archives
An overview of this project of the Spartanburg Public Library discussing their successful and not so successful efforts in community outreach and involvement. It will be followed by questions and answers time with a panel of their staff to answer questions from the group but also questions to the group to think through for themselves.
Getting their attention!
How can we get the attention of local news media outlets to publish stories about our collections, services, and projects? Editors from the Spartanburg Herald-Journal will give us tips and advice on what they will publish in their newspaper. We will then be able to create our “elevator speeches” to grab their attention and get our work noticed in the community.
During the day, we have learned a lot! The ending session will be a time for others to share their experiences and to brainstorm potential ideas on how to enhance their outreach activities at their organization.
Breakfast (coffee, tea, pastries) and lunch included.
By Morgan Jones-King
Happy February, y’all!
2017 is off with a running start! The new board convened for its first meeting of the year in January, and we discussed a few changes, the annual theme, and future programming. We were delighted to welcome Zach Johnson on board as the new treasurer and Brenda Burk as the first-year director. We’re also pleased to announce this blog and its new editor, Bryan Brown! We decided to transition to a blog and leave behind the newsletter platform this year for several reasons. First, we felt that we would like to be able to share newsletter-worthy items with the SCAA membership more regularly. Secondly, we felt that a blog could generate more interest from our membership both for contributions and consumption. Finally, the blog provides greater transparency of the executive board with occasional updates from officers on their positions. We hope that the blog is a successful endeavor and look forward to feedback!
Our annual theme of 2017 is “South Carolina at War.” 2017 marks the centennial of the United States’ entry into World War I, the end of United States’ involvement in the Mexican Expedition (1916-1917), and the creation of Fort Jackson here in South Carolina. Additionally, we can look to 2018 as the fast approaching 50th anniversary of Vietnam. This year is a unique time to highlight the preservation of military records and memorabilia both in institutional and private hands. With this theme in mind, we’re looking forward to a year of events featuring everything from military service to conscientious objection to civilian contribution! I’d like to take the opportunity to thank our first and second-year directors, Brenda Burk and Katie Womble, in advance for all they will be doing to put together our program this year: a spring workshop and a fall conference. A blog post on plans for this year’s programming from the directors will be coming soon! I’d also like to thank Nathan Saunders, this year’s Vice-President/President Elect on all he’ll be going to arrange the summer social!
Wrapping up, we are also hoping to institute a series of pop-up meetings this year. Pop-ups will be informational sessions on SCAA, how membership can benefit the audience, and how they can be more professionally involved. With these informal meetings, we hope to increase our membership and reach groups that would not otherwise be aware of SCAA such as student organizations and local history societies. Our first pop-up meeting is planned for later February with the USC group SCALM – the Student Cooperative for Archives, Libraries, and Museums. If you have a group in mind who could benefit from SCAA membership or is interested in more information, email us at email@example.com!
When: Friday, October 28, 2016
Where: Presbyterian College, James H. Thomason Library
503 South Broad Street, Clinton SC 29325
Time: 9:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (onsite registration available from 9:00 – 9:45 am)
Registration is now open for the South Carolina Archival Association’s 2016 Fall Conference, “Sights and Sounds of South Carolina”. This year’s theme focuses on the rich audio and visual resources housed throughout the state in museums, archives, and libraries.
Our keynote speaker is civil rights photographer Mr. Cecil Williams, an eyewitness to and chronicler of many important events of the civil rights movement and of social change in South Carolina. He will not only share his experiences during this dynamic time in local and national history, but also his current project to catalog and preserve thousands of negatives and images in his vast body of work, working in tandem with Claflin College in Orangeburg.
Registration fees are $35 members; $50 nonmembers (includes membership fee); $15 students. Registration fees include a buffet lunch; some vegetarian items will be available.
The Call for proposals is active, and can be found here: Call for Proposals
This fall’s Annual Meeting “Sights and Sounds of South Carolina”, will be held on Friday October 28th, at Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC. There are three options this year for presentations: 45-minute sessions (1-3 speakers per session), 20-minute sessions (1-2 speakers per session), or 10-minute lightning rounds (single speaker per session). See the linked PDF for complete details and instructions for submitting proposals. Deadline for submission is September 16th; please send proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org in either Word or PDF format.
We look forward to some wonderful presentations! Thank you!
SCAA 2016 Fall Conference and Annual Meeting
“Sights and Sounds of South Carolina”
Friday, October 28, 2016
Presbyterian College, 503 South Broad Street, Clinton SC 29325
9:30 am to 4:00 pm
The theme for the South Carolina Archival Association’s 2016 Fall Conference is “Sights and Sounds of South Carolina”, focusing on the rich audio and visual resources housed throughout the state in museums, archives, and libraries. South Carolina not only has a wealth of photographic archives, but a growing trove of oral histories as well as video and sound / musical recordings. Making this wide variety of materials discoverable and accessible always challenges us as professionals to think outside the box and to creatively highlight these unique materials.
This year’s keynote speaker is civil rights photographer Mr. Cecil Williams, an eyewitness to and chronicler of many important events of the civil rights movement and of social change in South Carolina. He will not only share his experiences during this dynamic time in local and national history, and but also his current project to catalog and preserve thousands of negatives and images in his vast body of work, working in tandem with Claflin College in Orangeburg.
A Call for Proposals will be posted shortly to the SCAA website, the SCAA Facebook page, and distributed via email. Additional conference details will also be provided, along with information regarding registration.
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