September 2020 meeting

The votes are in for Tuesday, September 29, from 2-3 pm.

The topic is: the National Archives Seattle branch closure.What does this mean for Alaskan archivists? What will we be able to do to assist researchers? Are there suggestions you might make as to digitization priorities?

Anna Russell of the US Court Law Library has kindly agreed to facilitate the discussion for this meeting. Messages with meeting information will go out to the usual listservs: akarchivists, akmuseums, akla. If you’re not on any of those and are interested in participating, contact me via the link in the menu on this site and I’ll get you that information.

September 2020 meeting planning

This month’s topic: the closure of the National Archives facility in Seattle. What does this mean for Alaskan archivists? What will we be able to do to assist researchers? Are there suggestions you might make as to digitization priorities?

Please fill out the Doodle poll for a meeting time by the end of day on Friday, 9/4/2020. Anna Russell of the US Court Law Library has kindly agreed to lead the discussion for this meeting.

July 9, 2020 2-3 pm

Topic for this meeting: Archives Month is in October. Does anybody have any event ideas? Either for your own institution or something that could be done statewide? Let’s talk about possible joint efforts.

Meeting joining information will be shared on the standard distribution lists (AK Archivists, AKLA, and AKMuseums.) If you’re not subscribed to one of those and want to attend, use the contact link in the menu bar to reach Arlene for Zoom joining instructions.

July 2020 (and beyond) meeting planning

In an unusually early move from me (Arlene), I’ve set up a poll to get the July meeting scheduled. Please fill in options by 5 pm Tuesday June 30.

Topic for this meeting: Archives Month is in October. Does anybody have any event ideas? Either for your own institution or something that could be done statewide?

Further 2020 meeting planning:

August: AKLA Special Libraries and Archives Roundtable meeting

September: What’s happening with the National Archives Seattle branch closure? What information or professional perspective might archivists have on the closure? Thanks to Anna Russell of the US Courts Library in Anchorage for suggesting the topic and being willing to act as moderator for the meeting.

October: Open for suggestions.

November: AKLA Special Libraries and Archives Roundtable meeting

December: Archives systems show and tell. Are you willing to do a demo of your collection description discovery system? Have a digital preservation and access system to share? Interested in seeing what others are doing and how it’s going for them?

 

June 2020 meeting: Monday June 22, 2-3 pm

Again, it’s time for more COVID discussion. How are you all doing? What do you need in terms of support? Have some ideas about working with users and want to see what other folks think? Want some advice from others?

The Zoom information will be going out on the AK Archivists, AKLA, and AK Museums listservs. If you’re not subscribed to one of those, use the contact button on the menu at the top of the page to reach Arlene and get those details.

June 2020 meeting scheduling

Hello all! It’s time to get our June meeting scheduled because there’s not much of June left! Where has the time gone?

For our June meeting, let’s continue with the COVID discussion. How are you all doing? Are you employed? Are you re-opening? Have you developed any tricks for doing distance response to research requests? Are you struggling with aspects of the work and would like the group to offer advice?

But to get it scheduled, please fill out the Doodle poll by end of day on Weds 6/17 as to what dates and times work for you. Thanks!

April 2020 meeting: Thursday April 30, 1-2 pm

Has it felt like forever since we met? Or is that just the whole Covid thing?

Topic-wise, let’s aim for catching up. What are you doing in this rather bizarre time? Are you doing any collecting of materials specific to the pandemic? What services are you offering? Several of our regular attendees are losing work and pay, are there any resources available to individuals?

As it’s not a good idea to post meeting information publicly, I’ll send out meeting details in the email announcements to the AKArchivists, AKMuseums, and AkLA listservs. If you’re not on one of those and need the sign-in information, use the contact link in the menu at the top of the page to get in touch.

March 2020 meeting with Museum Connect

The March AK Archivists meeting will be March 3 at 11 am. We’re co-meeting with our Alaskan museum colleagues for their monthly Museum Connect. Meeting joining details are on their website. Thanks to Anjuli Grantham and Della Hall for suggesting this opportunity.

In the meantime, we are hoping for part of the conversation to be a mastermind session, where an individual poses a question or quandary and gets input and advice from the group (aka spend time in the “hot seat”). This is a chance for archivists to tap the expertise of museum professionals and vice versa. Do you have to do exhibits and need hints and tips to make it as simple as possible? Are you trying to figure out how to best store those mukluks that came in with a collection? What description protocols should you use with artwork?  We are seeking a few volunteers to start off in the hot seat, so please use the contact link in the site menu to let me know if you are willing!

March 2020 meeting details

Tuesday March 3, 2020: 11 am.

Does this look a little different from our standard vote for a date/time? It is! And there’s a very good reason for that: MuseumsAlaska has invited us to have a joint meeting with them on their regularly scheduled monthly Museum Chat. It’s a change to get together with our museum allies and talk about stuff we have in common, ask the curators questions about materials we hold that are more museum-type, let the curators ask us about materials they hold that are more archives-type, and so forth. We’re still working out the logistical details for the meeting (join-in information, agenda) but will have those here as soon as we can.

February 18: AkLA Special Libraries & Archives Roundtable Annual Meeting

The Alaska Library Association (AkLA) Special Libraries and Archives Roundtable will be having its annual meeting on February 18 from 3-4 pm via Zoom. To keep meetings to a minimum, there will be no separate AK Archivists meeting this month.

An agenda will be sent out before the meeting, but one of the main items on the agenda will be the selection of a chair-elect. The position of chair-elect will be for a two-year term, after which that person will transition into the position of chair. As chair-elect you will meet with the chair periodically to discuss the direction of the Roundtable, possible conference sessions, and meeting agendas.

The chair’s duties include: conducting quarterly meetings including an annual meeting/meeting at conference (typically the conference meeting is the annual meeting — this year is the exception due to the joint conference being held in August); working with members to create programming for conference; communicating opportunities and other announcements with members through the Listserv; and representing the Roundtable on the AkLA Executive Council (E-Council). A more detailed description of Roundtables can be found in the handbook.

This position is a great way to become more involved in the Special Libraries and Archives Roundtable, as well as AkLA as a whole.

If you would like to be considered for the chair-elect position, please send me an email at alaskarose@acsalaska.net

The agenda will likely also include a discussion of any proposals for the joint AkLA/PNLA conference in August submitted by the Special Libraries and Archives Roundtable members or relevant to the Roundtable’s mission.

If you have additional agenda items you can send them to alaskarose@acsalaska.net by February 15.

Hope to see you all there!