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  • 19 Jan 2018 10:24 AM | Hannah Davis

    Happy Friday! Here's some news from this week.

    From the State

    Tallahassee, FL: FSU's new exhibit "In his 'Great Shadow': Robert Burns' Legacy" opens today.
    Miami, FL: FIU joins effort to raise Florida presence in national online library

    From the Country

    Bangor, ME: Original Stephen King manuscripts have been destroyed in a flood.
    Washington, DC: Radioactive papers documenting the women who worked at the Radium Luminous Material Corporation have been digitized and are available online.
    Austin, TX: Inside the Battle for Arthur Miller's Archive.

    From the Blogosphere

    TEDx Talk: Democracy depends on how we archive and share data.

  • 12 Jan 2018 8:35 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Happy 2018 everyone! We had a bit of a sluggish start around here but we should be back on our weekly schedule from here on out! SFA is working hard on the plans for the 2018 Annual Meeting. We should have new and exciting announcements later today about the preliminary schedule. Look for registration to open later this month or early February!

    From the Country

    Boston, MA: Call us jealous. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has the cutest new employee...a bug-sniffing puppy.

    Austin, TX: Playwright Arthur Miller’s archive was acquired by the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, Austin.

    Normal, IL: Illinois State University Special Collections and Archives has received a massive addition to their Circus and Allied Arts Collection.

    Bismarck, ND: A new presidential library for Theodore Roosevelt is moving forward in the badlands of North Dakota.

    New York, NY: New York University's Fales Library acquired works and the papers of conceptual artist Mary Ellen Carroll.

    Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will create a unique online data hub that will change the way scholars and the public understand African slavery.

    Bloomington, IN: New equipment and a newly donated collection of commercials at Indiana University's Moving Image Archive open portals into history.

    New York, NY: Who's up for a road trip? The New-York Historical Society is hosting Harry Potter: A History of Magic from The British Library starting in October of 2018.

    From the World

    Vancouver, BC, Canada: The University of British Columbia Library’s Rare Books & Special Collections has acquired the first item ever printed in the city of Vancouver.

    Dublin, Ireland: A new digitization project at the National Library of Ireland will bring pre-independence era materials online.

    London, England, UK: The Tate digitizes rare excerpts from famous artists’ sketchbooks, letters, and photos.

    Vancouver, BC, Canada: The Vancouver Sun and Province are donating their collection of photographic negatives to the Vancouver Archives — the largest donation in the history of the civic institution.

    From the Blogosphere

    The story of Recy Taylor told through the archives.

    Explore the works that entered the public domain on January 1, 2018 in a new HathiTrust collection.

    The Olympics are coming! Take a look at the artifacts held at the National Olympic Archives in Colorado and get a (sneak) peek at their forthcoming museum.

  • 11 Jan 2018 8:36 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    The College and University Archives Section of SFA is seeking nominations for the following positions. Please consider nominating someone or running for office yourself! Nominations will be accepted until February 27, 2018. Please contact the 2018 SFA Nominating Committee with questions on the nomination process.

    *Note: Only members of the College and University Archives Section may nominate and vote for these positions. Please contact the CUA Section with any questions regarding membership.*

    College and University Archives Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect (1 Year Term)

    The Vice-Chair/Chair-elect becomes Chair after a year of service. In the absence of the Chair, the Vice Chair/Chair-elect shall assume the Chair's duties, namely to preside over Section meetings and over meetings of the officers, and, with the assistance of other Section officers, direct the Section's activities. 

    College and University Archives Secretary/Treasurer (1 Year Term)

    Assists Chair and Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect with administrative and financial responsibilities of the Section, gives input on and helps conduct Section activities.

    Please fill out the form below to put a name forward for nomination:

  • 11 Jan 2018 8:24 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    The Society of Florida Archivists is seeking nominations for the Executive Board for the following positions. Please consider nominating someone or running for office yourself!

    Vice-President/President-Elect (1 year term)

    Bylaws Article IV, Section 3. The Vice-President/President-Elect shall have the following responsibilities: assist the President in the management of the affairs of the Society; perform such duties as the President may assign; and perform the duties of the President in his or her absence, particularly at Executive Board meetings. The Vice-President/President-Elect shall become the President when his or her term as Vice-President expires.

    Secretary (3 year term)

    Bylaws Article IV, Section 4. The Secretary shall have the following responsibilities: keep a record of all meetings of the Society and the Executive Board; keep a record of all Executive Board discussions conducted in-person, by telephone, or electronically; retain and file all Society records in the Society’s Archives; send meeting notices to members; and prepare an annual report to be presented at the Annual Meeting.

    Director (2 year term)

    Bylaws Article IV, Section 6. The Directors shall serve as general members of the Executive Board and as members of committees as designated by the President. They shall perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Board.

    Nominations will be accepted until February 27, 2018. More information on these positions is available on the SFA website, and the process is open to all SFA members. Please contact the 2018 SFA Nominating Committee with any questions.

    To Nominate yourself or someone else, please submit the form below:

  • 01 Dec 2017 10:39 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Happy December! If you're anything like me, you're wondering where the fall went. The hurricane season through a wrench into a lot of plans this fall. Hopefully, you're all able to catch up before the holiday season begins in earnest!

    From the State

    Florida is officially in the Digital Public Library of America! 

    The LibraryPress@UF, an imprint of the University of Florida Press and the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries, announced the Florida and the Caribbean Open Books Series.

    From the Country

    Chapel Hill, NC: Former basketball Coach Dean Smith's papers have been acquired by UNC Libraries.

    Stony Brook, NY: A "book breaker's" collection is now available online from Stony Brook University.

    Charlottesville, VA:  Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) launched one of the nation’s first digital repositories created by a humanities council to preserve its own content.

    From the World

    Perth, Australia: The State Archives of Western Australia is opening up about the challenges of digital preservation it faces.

    Cork, Ireland: A new photograph collection is available online from former Lord Mayor Anthony Barry, capturing the city in the 1960s and 1970s.

    London, England, United Kingdom: Britain's first Muslim archives opened in East London this past week.

    From the Blogosphere

    Playbill has a look at the women who fought to record and preserve Broadway shows.

    The inaugural International Digital Preservation Day was held November 30, 2017.

    The British Museum explains how a new partnership with Google enables them to share and study an extraordinary collection of 19th-century photographs and casts of ancient Maya sites and monuments.

  • 29 Nov 2017 4:40 PM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Fri, Dec 8, 2017

    Florida International University Libraries
    Miami, FL

    For more information or to register, go to

    Workshop Description

    Get an in-depth introduction to the key principles, concepts, and elements of Describing Archives: A Content Standard, the recently revised U.S. standard for describing archival materials and their creators. Learn how to implement and incorporate DACS into workflows for accessioning, arrangement, and description through discussions and hands-on work with a variety of exercises designed to help you identify required elements and create a variety of descriptions. This workshop focuses on application of DACS rules and concepts, which participants can integrate into local repository processes and descriptive outputs.

    *This course is a requirement of the Arrangement & Description Certificate Program.

    Upon completion of this workshop you’ll be able to:

    • Articulate what DACS is (and isn't) and how its basic principles relate to archival theory and practice
    • Distinguish between minimal and value-added descriptions for archival materials and creators
    • Apply DACS rules to identify and formulate required elements of archival description
    • Learn how DACS can be applied to the various activities of the archival enterprise
    Who should attend? Anyone whose work includes accessioning, arranging, and describing, or who supervises employees who do that work. Past attendees will find this class useful as a refresher as well as an overview of revisions to the standard.

    What should you already know? Familiarity with the processes of archival arrangement and description

    Attendees must bring a print copy of the DACS publication to the workshop OR a laptop and/or tablet to access the publication in the Standards Portal since your instructor will ask you to follow along or look at parts of this text. A print version is also available for purchase in the SAA Bookstore, and you'll have the option to purchase the print version during the online registration process.

  • 03 Nov 2017 8:53 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    I promise I had a lovely news post for you, all laid out in Microsoft Word since I lost posts before laying it out directly into the website and then Microsoft Word crashed and will not recover the document. Apparently, technology will always find a way to thwart you!

    So, we're going to skip the news round up to make sure you're up to date on all the SFA news!

  • 30 Oct 2017 4:01 PM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    NEFLIN will have some workshops and webinars in the near future that may be of interest to SFA members. All NEFLIN classes including webinars and face to face workshops are free of charge for Florida library staff. The complete listings are available at under the Classes and Events tab. We have three webinars scheduled in December that may good for archives and special collections staff:

    All three of these webinars will be presented by Frances Harrell from Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC). 

    If you have any questions, please contact NEFLIN hopes to have their class schedule for Winter (January-March) out shortly. They are also always looking for suggestions for new classes and trainers and are hoping to present at least 3-4 archives-related classes per quarter, so if you would care to share ideas, please contact

  • 20 Oct 2017 2:20 PM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Suddenly we're almost at the end of October! Time flies when you're having fun. Archives Month has been in full swing here on the SFA website; be sure to check out all the cool posts contributed by your fellow members. Also, are you attending SFA's annual meeting in 2018? The hotel block is open so get your rooms now!

    From the Country

    Chicago, IL: The archives from the Sun-Times movie division is headed to the University of Illinois.

    Washington, D.C.: An exploration into how the National Museum of African American History and Culture is collecting materials from today's social movements.

    Boston, MA:  The Boston Public Library announced the transfer of significant holdings from its Sound Archives Collection to the Internet Archive, which will digitize, preserve and make these recordings accessible to the public.

    Lubbock, TX: The Vietnam Center and Archive at Texas Tech University has been renamed The Sam Johnson Vietnam Archives.

    Washington, D.C.: National Archives periodically warns Trump White House to preserve documents.

    From the World

    Jerusalem, Israel:  A museum and visitors center in memory of Albert Einstein will be constructed at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The Einstein House will also include the scientist’s personal archives.

    Lund, Sweden: A new online portal at Lund University makes a unique archive containing first-hand accounts from Nazi concentration camp survivors freely accessible.

    Patna, Bihar, India: A 100 year old university is establishing its first "archive cell" to collect its history.

    From the Blogosphere

    Internet Archive is "liberating" books published after 1923 using a little known law.

    The chief sculptor of Mount Rushmore is now honored on the site after his family proved his contribution using the National Archives.

    And in case you missed it, the librarians channeling the Kardashians.

  • 13 Oct 2017 11:03 AM | Hannah Davis

    Happy Friday the 13th! We have some great news for you this week. If you haven't yet, be sure to check out all the awesome Archives Month posts.

    From the State

    Tallahassee, FL: The State Archives of Florida has commemorated the 70th anniversary of Weeki Wachee Springs.

    From the Country

    New Have, CT: The Beinecke will soon acquire Judy Blume's archives.

    New York, NY: Cartier will have 500 pieces of historic couture on display at its renovated Fifth Avenue store.

    Las Vegas, NV: Check out this spotlight on UNLV's Special Collections.

    From the World

    Calgary, Canada: The University of Calgary has received a $2M grant to preserve more than 18,000 audio files.

    From the Blogosphere

    Can the Library of Congress save Gawker's website from extinction?

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