Special Collections & Archives Interest Group (SCAIG)
Miriam Intrator (2022-2024)
Special Collections Librarian for Rare Books
1 Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701-2979
Candace Pine (2023-2025)
Rare Books and Manuscripts Librarian
Growth & Change in the Special Collections & Archives Professions
Tuesday, May 23, 2023, virtual workshop
The 2023 SCAig virtual workshop, "Growth & Change in the Special Collections & Archives Professions," consisted of two presentations followed by a Q&A.
“Queer in the Archives: Documenting Our Ancestors and Honoring Our Own Experiences”
presented by Kieran Robertson, Independent Historian; Data and Development Associate at Equality Ohio
The presenter discussed their own experiences working as an archivist with the Gay Ohio History Initiative, as well as their own continued research, outreach, and experiences as a queer person in this work. The presentation focused on the importance of documenting queer pasts and the importance of queer staff leading these efforts. The presenter also dived into the struggles that complicate this work, including community trust, working with a community in crisis, and the archivists' own secondary trauma.
“Ohio Archives and Climate Change”
presented by Eira Tansey, Memory Rising, Cincinnati
Climate change impacts archives regardless of their location - even in the Midwest. How will climate change impact Ohio's archives? And how can Ohio's archives respond to climate change? This talk examined an international issue at a very local level.
ALAO 2022 Conference
In-Person SCAig Meetup
Friday, November 4, 2022, 1:30-2pm
North Pointe Ballroom 2 - Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center
Come get to know your fellow SCAig members in-person at ALAO 2022! Share what's new, discuss sessions that resonated with you most, & brainstorm potential topics for the annual SCAig Spring Workshop!
You don't have to be a SCAig member to join us - all are welcome!
If you have questions, don't hesitate to reach out to the SCAig co-chairs:email@example.com
DEI and Digitization
Tuesday, May 17, 2022, virtual workshop
The 2022 SCAig virtual workshop, DEI and Digitization, consisted of two virtual presentations followed by a Q&A.
“Appraisal and Selection for Digital Preservation”
presented by Nathan Tallman, Digital Preservation Librarian, Penn State University
Selection for digital preservation should be a collaborative endeavor between preservation practitioners and collection stewards. Digital preservation practitioners can work collaboratively with collection stewards to make these decisions by providing a framework and criteria for appraising digital content that incorporates representation and agency. Rooted in traditional collection development criteria for both general and special collections, Tallman and Lauren Work (University of Virginia) have previously published Guidelines and Criteria to Select for Digital Preservation (https://osf.io/8y6dc/). This talk will review their framework, implementation of selection for digital preservation at Penn State (including local guidelines), a weighted rubric for evaluating criteria, and an easy-to-use selection form.
Management in Many Forms: Coordinating People and Projects in Remote and Hybrid Environments
Wednesday, May 26, 2021, virtual workshop
The SCAig 2021 Annual Workshop, “Management in Many Forms: Coordinating People and Projects in Remote and Hybrid Environments,” took place virtually on Zoom, and consisted of two one-hour panels:
Panel 1 focused on managing teams and projects within a special collections/archives department in a remote/hybrid environment:
Resource Mapping in Special Collections: Managing Remote Digital Projects Across
Alia Levar Wegner
Digital Collections Librarian, Miami University
Remote and Hybrid Projects with Student Employees
Kayla Harris, Marian Library Librarian/Archivist
Henry Handley, Marian Library Collections Librarian
University of Dayton
Panel 2 focused on managing projects with people outside of the library and archives, including donors, community members, and other stakeholders:
CWRU COVID-19: Tell Your Story
Helen Conger, Archivist
Julia Teran, Archivist
Case Western Reserve University
When Life Hands you a Pandemic: Navigating Donor Relations during COVID-19
Kristina Schultz, University Archivist
University of Dayton
Opening Doors - Outreach with Archives and Special Collections
Thursday May 14, 2020, virtual workshop
Description: After a history of closed doors and limited access, outreach has become essential to getting the public engaged with special collections and archives. This workshop addressed the various ways that archivists and special collections librarians can better reach out to their users communities and cultivate new user communities. Five presenters from different types of archives and special collections libraries including academic libraries, government records centers, and local historical societies discussed their outreach efforts and provide their tips and tricks for improving your outreach efforts, no matter the size of your institution and staff.
Slides and Recording Available on the Society of Ohio Archivists Website
Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 9 AM - 3 PM
Archives and Rare Books Library, University of Cincinnati
Archivists and special collections librarians are stewards of unique resources. Instruction and reference librarians have in-depth knowledge about online and other print primary sources. This workshop helped participants consider ways that they might develop teaching opportunities for their collections and resources. The workshop was for anyone interested in developing a course-related session, a co-curricular learning opportunity, a for-credit course--there are so many possibilities!
During this workshop participants:
Workshop instructors were Heidi Gauder, Kayla Harris, and Stephanie Shreffler, archivists and librarians at the University of Dayton and authors of “The Archives as Classroom: A Primary Source Mini-Course" for the Society of American Archivists’ Case Studies on Teaching with Primary Sources series.
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Thompson Library, The Ohio State University Libraries
Ohio History Center
Using descriptive and technical standards for your finding aids will makes access to your collection better now, and into the future! Standards-compliant description can more easily migrate between systems and be shared in an increasingly linked open data environment. Participants learned: