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Special Collections & Archives Interest Group


The purpose of the Special Collections and Archives Interest Group is to provide a vehicle with which to discuss and disseminate issues and developments pertinent to special collections and archives in Ohio academic libraries.

Goals & Objectives

  • To provide opportunities for networking with colleagues with similar interests.
  • To provide an opportunity for professional service and development within the state for special collections librarians.
  • To encourage discussion of topics relevant to academic special collections and archives.
  • To increase visibility of special collections and archival materials across the Ohio academic community.
  • To hold an annual meeting to discuss business for the upcoming year.
  • To hold an annual workshop to exchange ideas or techniques on issues or developments relevant to the special collections and archives field.
  • To encourage and sponsor more conference sessions, presentations, and panel discussions about topics related to special collections and archives.


Any member of ALAO who is interested in archives and special collections topics.


SCAig maintains a Google Group as a discussion forum on topics of interest to Ohio's academic special collections and archives community.  Anyone may join the group at  All are welcome; you do not need to be a SCAig member to participate.

Upcoming Events

SCAIG 2019 Meeting: Teaching with Primary Sources

Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 9 AM - 3 PM

Archives and Rare Books Library, University of Cincinnati

Registration is currently open via the Event Page!

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 will help participants consider ways that they might develop teaching opportunities for their collections and resources. The workshop is for anyone who is 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 will:

  • Consider collection and resource strengths, barriers, and opportunities for teaching
  • Identify possible learning outcomes
  • Brainstorm active learning teaching scenarios

Workshop instructors will be 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.

Continental breakfast will be served from 9:00-9:30; lunch will be on your own from 11:30-1:00 (several lunch options are close to the workshop venue).

Additional information and directions will be sent to all workshop registrants. Please contact SCAIG co-chairs Nick Pavlik ( and/or Suzanne Reller ( with any questions.

Past Events

SCAig 2018 Meeting and Workshop: Description is People!: Sharing Descriptive Practices

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Morning Meeting

Thompson Library, The Ohio State University Libraries

  • Membership meeting
  • Lightning round presentations
    • Presenters:
      • Karmen Beecroft, Digital Projects Librarian, Ohio University Libraries, "Reproducing the Reading Room Experience with Digitized Documents of a Sensitive Nature"
      • Suzanne Maggard, Reference/Collections Librarian, University of Cincinnati, "Getting through the Barriers: Moving to ArchivesSpace at UC"
      • Russell Schelby, Senior Systems Consultant, Applications Development & Support, The Ohio State University Libraries, "Archival Description from the IT Side"
      • Nicholas Ver Steegh, Metadata Technologies Librarian, Ohio University Libraries, "Another Core: Applying VRA Core to the Barnett Hook Postcards"
  • Collection tours
Afternoon Workshop: Finding Aids for the Future (in partnership with the Society of Ohio Archivists)

Ohio History Center

Instructors: Morag Boyd, Karen Glenn, and Cate Putirskis, The Ohio State University Libraries

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:

SCAig 2017 workshop: Preserving Scrapbooks in the Archives with Jennifer Hain Teper

Friday, June 9, 2017, 9:15am-4:30pm at the University of Dayton.

The day included tours of UD’s archives and special collections, lunch, and networking.

This workshop was generously supported by the Midwest Archives Conference Speaker’s Bureau program—we thank MAC for its support of archival education in the Midwest!

The workshop Wakelet, handouts, and slides are available here!

SCAIG Co-Chairs

Nick Pavlik
Curator of Manuscripts
Coordinator of Strategic Digital Partnerships
Center for Archival Collections
William T. Jerome Library, 5th Floor
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403-0001
Suzanne Reller
Reference/Collections Librarian
Archives and Rare Books Library
Blegen Library, 8th Floor
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH 45221

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