Monday, April 19, 2010

Indiana Archivists Hold Successful Conference in Bracken Library

Thirty-eight archivists from throughout Indiana gathered in the Martin D. and Helen B. Schwartz Special Collections and Digital Complex in Bracken Library on Friday- Saturday, March 12-13.

All members attending the annual meeting of the Society of Indiana Archivists (SIA) came to learn about and discuss topics such as digitization, moving large archival and library collections, working with Encoded Archival Description, Web 2.0 applications for archives, appraisal techniques, preserving architectural records, and pest management.

Comments received from attendees during and following the conference attested to the high quality of the facilities and technology of the Schwartz Digital Complex and the hospitality of the University Libraries. According to the SIA outgoing president Kate Cruikshank, Political Papers Specialist at Indiana University, one long-time member reported to her that this was the best annual meeting that he had ever attended.

In addition to working as hosts for the meeting and participating in local arrangements, University Libraries personnel’s involvement in the conference included a digitization workshop conducted by James A. Bradley, Head of Metadata and Digital Initiatives; Amanda A. Hurford, Digital Initiatives Multimedia Developer; and Blake R. Stiener, Metadata and Digital Initiatives Developer.

Carol A. Street, Archivist for Architectural Records, led a session on preserving architectural materials. Two behind-the-scenes tours and presentations on Archives and Special Collections were offered by John B. Straw, Assistant Dean of Digital Initiatives and Special Collections; Carolyn F. Runyon, Archivist for Digital Development and University Records; and Lajmar D. Anderson, Archives and Special Collections Supervisor.

At the business meeting, Library Science student Amanda Hunt was awarded the Thomas Krasean Student Scholarship. Amanda is a former student assistant in the Ball State University Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections, and she is now a graduate assistant at Lilly Library in Bloomington, Indiana, where she is completing her Masters in Library and Information Science.

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