MRCG Symposium Hotel Block announced

Reminder: the 2018 MRCG Annual Symposium will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, this November 9-11!

Attendees can stay nearby in the trendy and fun Delmar Loop district by joining the MRCG Room Block at the delightfully space-themed Moonrise Hotel.

Booking information can be found here: 2018 Symposium Hotel Information.

We look forward to meeting you in St. Louis!



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Call for Papers: MRCG 2018 Symposium in St. Louis

We are gearing up for the Midwest Regional Conservation Guild’s 2018 Annual Symposium this November 9-11 in St. Louis, Missouri! 

At this time we are accepting proposals for presentations. This is your chance to share your knowledge and experiences with your colleagues. As in the past, we welcome topics from all specialties and on any aspect of your work. This year our Sunday session will relate to the theme of technical art history, so let that inspire your choice of topic.

Presentations should be no longer than 20 minutes. Additional time will be reserved for questions. If we are able we will allow time for a tips session, so if you have insights to share that won’t fill a 20-minute presentation, please submit a proposal to present your tips!

 Please send a brief abstract (maximum 300 words) including the title of your talk, your name and contact information, and associated institution to by August 15. This is an extension from the original deadline of August 1!

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Disaster recovery volunteers needed in Michigan (UP)!

Circulating Message:

As you may have heard, The Houghton County Historical Society (HCHS) had devastating damage to their collection and archives as a result of catastrophic rain and flooding in June. Early efforts have temporarily secured the collection, but there is a need to document and further stabilize it while the museum determines long-term options and resources.

The Michigan Museums Association (MMA) is working with the Keweenaw National Historical Park, the Michigan Archives Association, and other organizations to recruit  teams of trained museum and archives professionals who will provide onsite help a week at a time this summer and early fall. These teams will document the artifact and archival collections and establish stable temporary storage conditions.

In particular, we are looking for volunteers who have a strong background in any of the following:

  • collections management
  • registration
  • archives
  • conservation
  • the use of Past Perfect

At this point, the plan is to have team arriving on Sunday, working a regular work-week Mon-Fri, and then leaving on Saturday. Housing can likely be provided, and a stipend to cover some travel expenses may also be available.

Final details for the project are still being solidified, but will depend somewhat on the availability of trained volunteers. If you are qualified, interested, and able to spend a week in the Keweenaw Peninsula in August or September, please complete this survey by July 23.Please forward this email to anyone else that may be interested in helping. You can also direct people to the MMA website for information.

If you’d like to help but can’t travel to the U.P., the Historical Society of Michigan is conducting a GoFundMe campaign to help HCHS and other history organizations impacted by the flooding. You can donate here.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, though via email is best since I’ll be out of the office for the next two weeks.

Lisa Craig Brisson
Executive Director, Michigan Museums Association
Phone: 313-334-7643

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Job listing: Digital Imaging Coordinator at University of Cincinnati Libraries

Position Opening: Digital Imaging Coordinator (3-year appointment renewable), University of Cincinnati Libraries

Within the University of Cincinnati’s Preservation Services and Lab, coordinates the UC Library’s digital imaging projects and workflows, ensuring successful project completion. Operates and maintains digitization equipment and software. Creates imaging workflows, including image quality controls, digital conversion, and production reports. Works in a learning environment within a highly collaborative Library atmosphere to increase and enrich online access to the UC Libraries’ collection of rare and unique materials.  For more information and to apply, please visit

(Submitted by Ashleigh Schieszer.)

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Call for session proposals: Midwest Archives Conference

The Midwest Archives Conference will hold its 2019 Annual Meeting April 3-6, 2019 at the Marriott Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan. Long known as a city of innovative industry and activism, today Detroit is referred to as “America’s Comeback City” as a result of its imaginative revitalization of architecture and green spaces, community-building initiatives, and a reinvigorated sense of place. The Program Committee invites session proposals touching on the 2019 theme “Innovation, Transformation, Resurgence” from all areas of archival practice and research and from allied fields.

Possibilities include but are not limited to:

·       outreach initiatives designed to reach and/or document underserved populations such as immigrants, refugees, and minorities

·       “non-traditional” archives which are filling gaps in documentation and services

·       innovative collaboration with allied professions such as records managers, museum curators, artists, educators, social justice advocates, community organizers, librarians, etc.

·       programming and outreach initiatives that seek to create and foster a sense of community

·       the acquisition/accession of new collections which represent a group(s) story that is missing from the archival record

·       innovative methods to restore/maintain collections on a budget

·       new modes of outreach to attract potential donors and users of an archive

·       bringing an archive out of a disaster (big or small) and making a community aware of an archive’s resurgence and availability

·       creative use of space for collection storage, public services, and programming

For further information about possible session types, proposal evaluation, and submission visit the MAC 2019 Call for Session Proposals website.

If you have any questions about the proposal process, please contact the 2019 Program Committee co-chairs, Carrie Schwier and Jennifer Audsley-Moore.

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