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Special Collections & Archives Interest Group (SCAIG)

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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 https://groups.google.com/d/forum/alao-scaig.  All are welcome; you do not need to be a SCAig member to participate.

SCAIG Events

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Rachel Makarowski 

Special Collections Librarian
Miami University
348 King Library
151 S. Campus Ave.
Oxford, OH 45056

Henry Handley

Marian Library Collections Librarian and Assistant Professor
University of Dayton
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-1390

Past Events

SCAIG 2020 Joint Workshop with the Society of Ohio Archivists

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. 


  • Sharing Time: Carving Out a Space for Collections Outreach - Natalie Fritz, Clark County Historical Society at the Heritage Center
  • Is That Account Really Necessary? Thinking Differently about Social Media in Libraries and Archives - Steve Ammidown, Browne Popular Culture Library, Bowling Green State University
  • Let's Try this Again: Revamping Oral History at Warren County - Jenifer Baker and Jen Haney Conover, Warren County Records Center and Archives
  • Outreach in a Time of Overwhelm: How Can We Maintain (or Gain!) Momentum? - Speaker: Miriam Intrator, Ohio University

Slides and Recording Available on the Society of Ohio Archivists Website

SCAIG 2019 Meeting: Teaching with Primary Sources

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:

  • Considered collection and resource strengths, barriers, and opportunities for teaching
  • Identified possible learning outcomes
  • Brainstormed active learning teaching scenarios

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.

View photographs and instructor slides from this workshop.

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

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Morning Meeting

Thompson Library, The Ohio State University Libraries

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:

View photographs and instructor slides from this workshop.

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!

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