News from the
Archivists Round Table

Edition #7: February 2012

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Archives Education Institute (AEI)
Program Update
On January 19, 2012, ART held its monthly program, “Young Historians, Local Educators, and Availing Archivists: Teaching with Primary Source Materials and Common Core State Standards.” The program was hosted by the National Archives at New York City, and focused on the K-12 Archives Education Institute (AEI). The AEI is an annual outreach program that pairs local educators and members of the archival community to discuss the increased use of primary source materials in class curriculum. The last AEI occurred in October 2011, and explored the theme of immigration and migration in New York. The January event brought together many of the AEI participants once again and included presentations from:

Since the October AEI, a core group of participants have been developing questions, exercises, and activities for students. This collaborative work has culminated in the K-12 AEI Curriculum Guide on Immigration and Migration. The curriculum utilizes the collections of NARA-NYC, the Brooklyn Public Library, and the Ukrainian Historical and Educational Center of New Jersey. At the January event, a draft of the curriculum was distributed to everyone to review. After incorporating comments and further revisions, the curriculum will be available on the ART website as a free resource for educators.
Please stay tuned for future announcements in the next month for when the curriculum will be available to the public.

The next AEI is planned for October 2012 during New York Archives Week. If you would like to become involved with the AEI, please email

ART would like to thank our presenters and our partners at the National Archives at New York City and the United Federation of Teachers/Associated Teachers of Social Studies. ART also thanks MetLife for its generous support of this event.

Image (above): Cover of the forthcoming AEI K-12 AEI Curriculum Guide designed by ART member Shirin Khaki.

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ART Member Rachel L. Conrad Joins Metropolitan Archivist as Managing Editor

We are pleased to announce that ART member Rachel L. Conrad has joined the staff of Metropolitan Archivist, as a managing editor. Rachel brings a unique set of skills and experiences to her role. She currently serves as publications editor at the New York Philharmonic, where she was originally employed as an editorial assistant from 2003 to 2006 while, she pursued a master's degree in library science at Pratt's School of Library and Information Science, which she obtained in 2006.
She added that degree to an already impressive academic portfolio, which includes a bachelor's degree in flute performance and music history from Temple University and an M.A. in musicology from NYU. After earning her library degree, Rachel spent three years in Washington D.C. as an online publishing specialist at the National Center for Biotechnology Information at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.
She returned to New York in 2010, when the Philharmonic offered her current position as publications editor. As a managing editor at the Metropolitan Archivist, Rachel joins a team that already includes Mary Ann Quinn and Madeline Rogers, both of whom are delighted to welcome her. 
Rachel's extracurricular passion, apart from her cat Mimi, is hiking and long-distance walking. Between hiking trips abroad (most recently to Tenerife) she stays in shape by walking at least one way to work each day, weather permitting, from her home in Brooklyn (about eight miles).
Submitted by ART member and
Metropolitan Archivist Managing Editor Madeline Rogers

Basics of Project Management: January Workshop Review

On January 25th, Mitch Brodsky, Treasurer of ART and the Digital Archives Project Manager at the New York Philharmonic, presented a workshop on the "Basics of Project Management for Archivists." After an overview that established the need for project management training in the archives profession, Mr. Brodsky provided practical examples from his experience managing digitization projects and shared some open-source tools that make project management accessible for all budgets and backgrounds. Detailed event information is posted on the ART website.
Due to the great response, ART is planning on hosting another project management workshop, so stay tuned for future announcements!
Thanks to the National Archives at New York City for graciously hosting this workshop.

For questions regarding this event, please e-mail

Submitted by ART Education Committee

Photograph (above) courtesy of Christopher Zarr of the National Archives at New York City.

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Preserving Electronic Records:
New Online Workshop from

New York State

The following statement was recently released by the New York State Archives:

“'Preserving Electronic Records in Colleges and Universities'
(, is a new web-based recorded workshop designed primarily for college and university archivists, librarians, and records managers. The workshop is valuable as well to individuals responsible for electronic records in other types of organizations, large and small, in the government, nonprofit, and business sectors. Topics covered include e-records to be aware of in your environment; preservation issues, standards, goals, and strategies; disaster preparation and recovery, and creating an action plan.
'Preserving Electronic Records' is organized in eight segments and takes about two hours to complete. It was developed through a grant to the
New York State Historical Records Advisory Board
and the New York State Archives from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. Stephen Goodfellow of Access Systems Consulting served as the consultant on the project."
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METRO Collection Assessment Grant Opportunities
for Regional Archives

As a part of the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) Documentary Heritage Program (DHP), three awards will be granted to archives within New York City and Westchester County to fund a collection assessment for the purposes of preservation planning. DHP Consultant, AudioVisual Preservation Solutions will be conducting assessments.
The award is tailored to smaller collections or sub-collections containing audio and/or videotape, motion picture film or still photography.
The deadline for applications is 4:00pm, February 29th, 2012. Awardees will be notified in mid to late March, with projects to be scheduled for April and May.
Full application guidelines are available on the METRO website:
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Brooklyn Arts Council Releases
Black Brooklyn Renaissance
Digital Archive
On February 1, 2012, Brooklyn Arts Council announced the release of Black Brooklyn Renaissance Archive, a digital archive that contains the results of a year-long initiative, Black Brooklyn Renaissance: Black Arts & Culture, 1960-2010, originally held from February 2010 - February 2011 and explored Black culture and arts in Brooklyn over 5 decades.
Black Brooklyn Renaissance Archive collection includes research, an oral history project featuring interviews with artists and community leaders, recordings and documentation of BAC-curated events including concerts, performances, workshops, readings, screenings, exhibitions, symposia and a conference produced throughout the year.
A reception will be held on February 15th and hosted by the Brooklyn Collection at the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL). BPL is one of nine institutions that will house and make the entire collection publicly assessable. Copies of the digital archive will also be held at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, Brooklyn College Library, Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Academy of Music Archive and Medgar Evers College Library, as well as deposited at the NYPL Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the American Folklife Center Archive at the Library of Congress.
A selection of the digital archive can be viewed online at
To RVSP for the reception visit Brooklyn Public Library online.
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Call for Mentors:
2012-2013 ART Mentoring Program

The ART Mentoring Committee needs several more professionals to pair with newer members who want to build on their knowledge. 

The committee does the matching; mentors meet with mentees and suggest coursework, conferences, or workshops to further career goals.  You may give your mentee a tour of your institution, introduce them to professional colleagues and offer informational resources such as publications, finding aids, policies and sample resumes.  Mentees can pick your brains about career paths, cover letters, and current professional trends, as well as many other topics.  All it takes is an agreement to stay in touch and meet at least three times over a six-month period. 

If you haven’t done so already, please email the Program at with your institutional affiliation and title. Briefly describe your professional expertise, the types of collections you work with, what you can offer a mentee, and any questions you have about the program.

Submitted by ART Membership & Nominating Committee
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"Artists' Records in the Archives"
in the News!
"Artists' Records in the Archives" is featured in the Winter 2012 issue of Museum Archivist (p.21), the bi-annual newsletter of the Society of American Archivists Museum Archives Section.

The issue can be downloaded at the following address:
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Call for Donations!
Help Occupy Wall Street Archives

Your fellow archivists need your help!

Since the early days of Occupy Wall Street, members of the OWS Archives Working Group have been engaged in collecting materials significant to documenting the movement.  Without financial support, however, the collections languish in a general office space, uncataloged and exposed to the surrounding environment.
As part of its mission, the Archivists Round Table Advocacy Committee is working to support the efforts of the OWS archivists. To that end, the ART Advocacy Committee is holding a donation drive to collect materials desperately needed by the OWS Archives to process the collections.  Please consider donating any unneeded materials or materials ready to be discarded by your institutions.

Your donations will help the OWS archivists fulfill their mission to develop a grass roots collection documenting the actions and legacy of the movement, in the overall spirit of openness and transparency advocated by the OWS movement.  In addition, support from the professional archival community will lend a legitimacy to the OWS Archives and boost their visibility within the OWS movement.

We are collecting donations of:
•    Acid-free boxes (any size)
•    Acid-free folders (any size)
•    Pencils
•    Archival-quality pens
•    Acid-free tissue paper
•    Archival-quality labels
•    Digital storage media (i.e. flash drives, hard drives)
•    Any office supplies (notepads, paper, pens, etc.)

If you are able to donate, please contact the ART Advocacy Committee at with a list of materials. We will determine on a case-by-case basis how best to collect materials.

For more information on the OWS archives, see the following websites:

OWS Archives Working Group:

OWS Archives Mission Statement:
NYC General Assembly:

Submitted by ART Advocacy Committee
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From Our Members:
ART Listserv Contributions

1/30 March 7 Dig Sig meeting - Registration open!
Posted by Cynthia Tobar

Barnard College Event: “Orphan Photos, Fugitive Images”
Posted by Jenny Swadosh
1/24 Kellen Design Archives - Digitization Project Manager
Posted by ART Jobs Administrator
1/23 Fellowship Announcement: Increasing African American Diversity
Posted by ART Communication
& Outreach Committee

1/18 Project Archivist with Yiddish Language Skills, Center for Jewish History
Posted by Rachel Miller
1/10 Lesbian Herstory Archives - Library & Archives Internships - Spring
Posted by DYV

Upcoming Award & Fellowship Opportunities

Increasing African American Diversity in Archives: The HistoryMakers Fellowship, Mentoring, Training and Placement Institute

2012-2013 Fellowship Application
The HistoryMakers seek applications for the 2012-2013 Increasing African American Diversity in Archives: The HistoryMakers Fellowship, Mentoring, Training and Placement Institute.
This year-long fellowship program provides training opportunities to work within African American archives and includes a 3-month immersion training program, along with a 8-month on-site residency at one of seven host institutions:
Amistad Research Center (LA), Avery Research Center (SC), Carter G. Woodson Regional Library (IL), Franklin Library at Fisk University (TN), The HistoryMakers (IL), Maryland State Archives (MD), Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum (CA).

Application Deadline: All nominations shall be submitted to the Awards Committee by February 14.
For more information on the application process, please go to

2012 Society of American Archivists

Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award (Advocacy and Public Awareness)

The Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award Subcommittee of the Society of American Archivists seeks nominations for the 2012 award.
This award recognizes an archivist, editor, group of individuals, or institution that has increased public awareness of a specific body of documents through compilation, transcription, exhibition, or public presentation of archives or manuscript materials for educational, instructional, or other public purpose. Archives may include photographs, films, and visual archives. Publication may be in hard copy, microfilm, digital, or other circulating medium.

Eligibility: Individual archivists and editors, groups of individuals, organizations.
Application Deadline: All nominations shall be submitted to the Awards Committee by February 28.

Waldo Gifford Leland Award (Writing and Publishing)

The Leland Award Subcommittee of the Society of American Archivists seeks nominations for the 2012 award.
This award recognizes
writing of superior excellence and usefulness in the field of archival history, theory, or practice.

Eligibility: The author(s) of a monograph, finding aid, or documentary publication published in North America during the previous calendar year. Periodicals are not eligible.
Application Deadline: All nominations shall be submitted to the Awards Committee by February 28.

For more information on SAA awards, past recipients and the nomination process, please go to

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Upcoming Events 

*Events in celebration of Black History Month

Until - 4/15 Exhibition: “Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn” at New-York Historical Society*

2/4  - 4/22 Exhibition: "Freedom's Sisters Traveling Exhibition" at Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center*

2/6 - 2/29 Exhibition: “Dancing on Amsterdam” at City College of New York*

2/11 MCNY Symposium: “Gay New York and the Arts of the Twentieth Century”*

2/13 - 2/17
Social Media Week
2/14  Deadline:
The HistoryMakers - Increasing African American Diversity in Archives - Fellowship Application

2/15 METRO & SLA-NY Webinar: "Expanding Your Career Potential - Part 1: Broadening Your Existing Skill Set"
2/15 Reception: Black Brooklyn Renaissance Archive*

2/17 Reading: “Sugar Hill: Where the Sun Rises Over Harlem” at City College of New York*

2/23 METRO, NYPL Labs, & NYU: "LOD-LAM-NYC: A Day of Linked Data Discussion & Activities for the NY Metropolitan Area"

2/28 Nominations Deadline:
2012 SAA Waldo Gifford Leland Award, Waldo Gifford Leland Award

2/29 Application Deadline: METRO Documentary Heritage Program (DHP) - Collection Assessment Grants
Colleague Remembered:
Steve Siegel (1946-2012)

The Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York remembers colleague Steven Siegel. Mr. Siegel served as ART President, Library Director of the 92nd Street YM-YWHA, along with many other notable positions within the field of Jewish genealogy in New York City. Our condolences to his family.
The following tribute from Jewish Genealogical Society (JGS) President Roni Seibel Liebowitz first appeared via JGS on Facebook this past January 22, 2012:
“STEVEN W. SIEGEL died early Saturday morning, 21 January 2012, at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. He would have been 66 on Feb. 23.
Steve was a dear friend and mentor to countless Jewish genealogists. A founding member of the Jewish Genealogical Society, Inc. (NY) and an original member of the JGS Executive Council, he served as JGS president from 1985 to 1989 and again in 2011. He was the only founding member of the JGS who served on the JGS Executive Board from its inception in 1977 to now. He served on the Center for Jewish History's Genealogy Task Force which helped establish the Center's Genealogy Institute.
Steve was also active in the wider genealogical and archival communities. A professional archivist and librarian, he worked for many years as library director at the 92nd Street YM-YWHA in Manhattan. He was past president of the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York and initiated New York's annual Family History Fair, an event that he chaired for 16 years. Steve was the 2004 recipient of the Archival Achievement award in recognition of his management of the Fair for so many years.
A proficient writer and editor, Steve was co-founder and co-editor of 'Toledot: The Journal of Jewish Genealogy,' from 1977 to 1983, and served as managing editor and acting editor of JGS's newsletter, Dorot. He also compiled Archival Resources, Volume I of Jewish Immigrants of the Nazi Period in the USA (Saur, 1978) and, with Zachary Baker, 'A Bibliography of Eastern European Memorial (Yizkor) Books' (1992).
Steve was president of the Jewish Historical Society of New York, a director of the Jewish Book Council, and a member of Association of Professional Genealogists. A proud Cornell alumnus, he served on the Board of Trustees of Cornell University Hillel and on the Cornell University Council. He recently received the Frank H.T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award for 2011.
Steve was a native of New Jersey -- he was born in Union City and grew up in Teaneck -- but he lived on Manhattan's upper East Side for many years. Beloved son of Eleanor Simon Siegel and the late Morris Siegel, he is also survived by his brother, Jerry Siegel; sister, Connie Siegel Dennis and nieces Jessica and Katelyn Dennis. Steve's life partner for 29 years, Rob Selden, died in 2008.
May his memory be as a blessing.
Roni Seibel Liebowitz
President, JGS, Inc. (NY)
To make a gift anyone can use any of the following options – and for each one – please make sure to note that it is in memory of Steven Siegel.
Mail a check (made out to Cornell University with Cornell Hillel.
IMO Steven Siegel in the memo line or attached note) to:
Cornell University
Box 223623
Pittsburgh, PA 15251-2623
To make a gift by phone, call our Annual Fund office at: 1-800-279-3099 and mention that the gift is directed to Cornell Hillel in memory of Steven Siegel.
Or, to make a gift online, click on the link below: and in 'Other' Section, 'Cornell Hillel' can be noted along with indication of it being in memory of Steven Siegel.”

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Queens Memory Project
Wins 2012 ALCTS
Outstanding Collaboration Citation Award

The Queens Memory Project was recently announced as this year’s winner of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Outstanding Collaboration Citation award.

The Outstanding Collaboration Citation award recognizes innovation in collaborative problem-solving efforts in the areas of acquisition, access, management, preservation, or archiving of library materials, along with demonstrated benefits in providing and managing library collections.
A collaboration of the Archives at Queens Public Library and Queens College Libraries’ Department of Special Collections and Archives, The Queens Memory Project collects, preserves and
presents historical and contemporary photography, maps, news clippings, and other documents alongside contemporary oral history interviews through a digital archive. Directed by Natalie Milbrodt of Queens College Libraries’ Department of Special Collections and Archives, the project aims to record “history as it happens and empower residents from all ethnicities and walks of life to document their lives in the borough”. The project was a recipient of a 2010/2011 Metropolitan New York Library Council digitization grant. Additional project partners include the well-known national oral history project, Storycorps, and open-source software firm, Whirl-i-Gig. An essential part of the project is the project blog that makes the project’s manuals and guides available for use in the archives community to assist similiar projects, and to community members to assist in the production and donation of their own historical record.
The award will be formally presented this summer at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony (Sunday, June 24, 2012) during the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Anaheim, California.
Past recipients of ALCTS’s Outstanding Collaboration Citation award include the American Folklore Society (AFS), and the Indiana University-Bloomington Libraries (IUL) for the Open Folklore project
. For more information on ALCTS please visit:
ART congratulates the Queens Memory Project staff and students on their success.
For more information about Queens Memory,
please visit: and

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