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Texas Archives Month - October 2014
In October 2014 Texas will join archival repositories across the nation to celebrate Archives Month and promote the preservation of our country's documentary heritage. Archives Month in Texas aims to celebrate the value of Texas' historical records, to publicize the many ways these records enrich our lives, to recognize those who maintain our communities' historical records, and to increase public awareness of the importance of preserving historical treasures and making them available for use by present and future generations.
Texas Archives Month Poster
The theme of the 2014 Texas Archives Month poster is Defend our Digital Heritage: Become an Advocate for Archives in Texas! The poster serves as an urgent call to action to protect our fragile electronic records from degradation and loss. The guiding example of the poster is Angelina Eberly, the original defender of Texas Archives during the 1842 Archives War. It is with her spirit and energy that we ask the citizens of Texas to take a stand and protect Texas' digital heritage.
Over one thousand copies of the poster will be mailed to archival repositories, libraries, county historical commissions and elected officials throughout the state to arrive by early October. If you are not on our mailing list and would like to request a poster, please e-mail us. Supplies are limited.
Plan your Texas Archives Month activities now! The Society of American Archivists offers resources for celebrating American Archives Month, including an Event Planning Guide and a Public Relations Kit.
SAA's public awareness campaign I Found It In The Archives! encourages users of archives to share their stories about what they found in the archives and how it has made a difference in their lives. Participating in this campaign is an excellent way to keep your archival repository in the public mind and eye, and to record the positive effect your professional service makes on your research visitors.
The Council of State Archivists' Archives Month Resources features background history on how Archives Month/Week developed, directories of current and past Archives Month activities, links to several states' planning guides for Archives Month, and a gallery of past Archives Month posters from around the nation.
Proclamations made by state and local government officials will be listed here as they are made. Let us know if your county or municipality has issued a Texas Archives Month proclamation.
City of Austin
At the Austin City Council meeting (video available here) on Thursday, October 16, Council Member Kathie Tovo presented a proclamation declaring the week of October 19 through 25 as Archives Week in Austin. University of Texas Libraries archivist Jennifer Hecker accepted the proclamation on behalf of the Archivists of Central Texas and the Austin History Center and made brief remarks about the importance of archives to the community.
On Tuesday, October 14, the Dallas County Commissioners Court declared Archives Month in Dallas County. Proposed by Metroplex Archivists, a network of North Texas archivists and librarians, the resolution was read at its weekly meeting and attended by members Krishna Shenoy (Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza) and John Slate and Lance Johnson (Dallas Municipal Archives and Records Center). As Slate noted in short remarks, "Archives include much fascinating history. However, archives are much more than quaint pictures of Elm Street... Archives protect public assets, protect the rights of citizens, and promotes the transparency that is necessary to an informed democratic society."
Tell us about your upcoming Texas Archives Month event! Let us know the sponsoring institution, date and time, place, details of what will happen at your event, and if available, any associated website addresses.
October 1, 2014
The Records Management Assistance unit at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission is excited to announce the pilot class of their new Managing Electronic Records Workshop for local governments to be held Wednesday, October 1 (please note: this workshop is full and registration is closed). This interactive workshop expands on the unit's 3-hour "Managing Electronic Records" and "Improving Shared Drives and Filing Systems" classes with a wealth of additional content on planning imaging projects, ensuring long-term access of electronic records, and hands-on exercises. This same workshop will be adapted for state agencies and is anticipated to be available in spring 2015. Read this follow-up on the success of the workshop (rated as truly fun by those who attended), the many interactive elements that were included, and about how to request any of the training materials.
October 3, 2014
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission will be hosting the Society of American Archivists (SAA) workshop Fundamentals of Acquisition and Appraisal on Friday, October 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If the "A" words are somewhat intimidating to you... If you are getting ready to tackle a re-appraisal project... If you want to add to your archival knowledge and skill sets... then join us and instructor extraordinaire Frank Boles (a key player in the persistent, multi-faceted discussion of archival appraisal and author of the SAA publication Selecting and Appraising Archives and Manuscripts (Archival Fundamentals Series II)
October 4, 2014
The Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) ends its Texas Film Round-Up at the Brownsville Public Library Main Branch at 2600 Central Boulevard in Brownsville, Texas on Saturday, October 4 at 6:00 p.m. This is the last day to drop off your films and videos for free digitization during this year's Film Round-Up in Brownsville. Another Film Round-Up will begin in Corpus Christi in November.
October 7, 2014
The SAA webinar Records Management for Archivists will be held on Tuedsay, October 7 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Central Daylight Time). More and more archivists are asked on a daily basis by their institutions to include records management duties in their repository services. If you belong to that expanding group, this 90-minute webinar is for you! You'll take a tour through the world of records management, including discussion of relevant standards, best practices for getting your RM program off the ground, and the components of a successful records management training and outreach program. Register for this course through SAA.
October 10, 2014
Join the Council of State Archivists (CoSA) in celebrating Electronic Records Day on Friday, October 10, 2014. Now in its third year, E-records Day is an opportunity to share information about what you are doing to manage your state's digital resources and to enlist help in preserving electronic records. This day is designed to raise awareness among state government agencies, the general public, related professional organizations, and other stakeholders about the crucial role electronic records play in their world. After the day CoSA would love to hear about what you did to promote e-records awareness. If you have questions or want to offer feedback please contact Kristopher Stenson, Electronic Records Archivist, Illinois State Archives at 217-557-1085 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SAA workshop Implementing "More Product, Less Process" will be held on Friday, October 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. Backlogs don’t have to weigh as heavily as they do! Focus on implementing concrete strategies for increasing processing rates and reducing backlogs as outlined in the Greene-Meissner article, "More Product, Less Process: Revamping Traditional Archival Processing," and learn as you share information and experiences with your fellow workshop participants. Topics include appraisal, arrangement, description, digitization, and preservation, as well as development of processing plans, policies, and benchmarks. This array of topics is addressed through lecture, case studies, and group discussion. Register for this course through SAA.
October 17, 2014
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission will host another of a continuing series of Genealogy After Dark events on Friday, October 17, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., 1201 Brazos Street, Austin, Texas. Resources of the Texas State Archives, Texas Family Heritage Research Center, and the Reference and Information Center will be available, along with one-on-one guidance from staff librarians and archivists. This program is held in conjunction with the 14th annual lock-in of the Genealogy Center of the Waco-McLennan County Library System. Registration is limited to 30 participants and will close on October 10.
October 19, 2014
Help the Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) celebrate world-wide Home Movie Day on Sunday, October 19 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Doty Fine Arts Building, Room 2.204, on the UT Austin campus. Home Movie Day is celebrated at venues around the world; members of the public are invited to bring their home movies on a variety of formats as careful projectionists help screen them. Starting at 7:00 p.m., Experimental Response Cinema will present "A Minor Cinema." Based on a frequently-quoted article by Tom Gunning regarding a certain tendency in 1980s experimental film, this screening will feature rarely screened films on Super 8mm and 16mm. Including work by Nina Fonoroff, Peter Herwitz, Lewis Klahr, Mark LaPore, Phil Solomon, and others. Programmed by Ekrem Serdar.
The Society of American Archivists University of Texas at Austin Student Chapter celebrates their 21st annual Archives Week starting Sunday, October 19 and continuing through Saturday, October 25. Join them for a series of archives-related events across The University of Texas at Austin campus. SAA-UT's mission is to introduce and integrate new archivists into the profession, provide additional focus for students to discuss archival issues, and promote archival interests within the University, academic departments and the public at large. Throughout the academic year, SAA-UT invites guest speakers, arranges archival education events, and organizes trips to area repositories as a way of expanding UT's archival education opportunities. Follow the SAA-UT Student Chapter on Facebook for more Archives Week news.
October 22, 2014
On Wednesday, October 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the HESS Club, 5430 Westheimer Way in Houston, Texas, ARMA Houston will host a free workshop titled, Keeping Permanent Records Alive (In ANY format), presented by Angela Ossar, Government Information Analyst at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. The focus of the workshop will be to identify preservation challenges and offer strategies to handle them. Although the workshop was developed for local government records managers, anyone interested in document preservation (hard copy or electronic) will benefit form the discussion. The free workshop will be followed by a luncheon program from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Digital Preservation, also presented by Angela Ossar, for which paid registration is required.
In celebration of Archives Week the Society of American Archivists University of Texas at Austin Student Chapter will host a tour of the Texas Advanced Computing Center Visualization Laboratory in the ACES Building on the UT-Austin campus (directions here under Contacts) on Wednesday, October 22 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Maria Esteva, Data Management and Collections Group Research Associate/Data Archivist at the Lab will speak on "Archival Modeling: How computational and data driven workflows can be applied to traditional archival theory and practice." This is an RSVP-only event since seating is limited.
October 23, 2014
The Society of American Archivists University of Texas at Austin Student Chapter continues to celebrate Archives Week with a lecture given by Dr. David B. Gracy II, "What You See Is Not What You Get: The History and Nature of Documentary Forgery," from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday, October 23 at Jessen Auditorium in Homer Rainey Hall on the University of Texas at Austin campus. Dr. Gracy is the Governor Bill Daniel Professor in Archival Enterprise, Emeritus of the School of Information at UT-Austin and Editor of Libraries & the Cultural Record, Emeritus.
October 24, 2014
The Society of American Archivists University of Texas at Austin Student Chapter concludes their celebration of Archives Week with a "Best of The Harry Ransom Center" repository show and tell in the Feldman Room on the second floor of The Harry Ransom Center on the UT-Austin campus, on Friday, October 24 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. This is an RSVP-only event with a limited attendance of 15, preference given to students. Happy Hour for UT students, faculty, staff and alumni follows this event from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Gabriel's Cafe at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, 1900 University Avenue, Austin, Texas.
October 27, 2014
The SAA workshop Oral History: From Planning to Preservation will be held on Monday, October 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. There is a successful oral history interview or project in your future! When you attend this workshop you'll get a thorough overview of oral history, including its integration into archives. Topics include the value and uses of oral history, project development, recording equipment, interviewing, media storage, video interviews, and an evaluation of digital technology of particular interest to oral historians. Register for this course through SAA.
October 31, 2014
On Friday, October 31, 9:00 a.m., Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) Education Specialist Caitlin McColl will present "Lights, Camera, Click! New and Accessible Primary Source Texas Film Resources" at the Texas Council for the Social Studies Conference, held at the Moody Gardens Hotel, 7 Hope Boulevard in Galveston, Texas. Learn more about using TAMI's primary source films in the history classroom in this session for educators and visit TAMI in the exhibit hall on Friday or Saturday during the conference. Visit the Texas Council for the Social Studies website for more information.
You can celebrate Archives Month all year long by learning how to care for your own books, papers, photographs and other personal archives with these Preservation Tips from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Also, see what's happening in the TSLAC Conservation Lab, from interesting items chosen for treatment and how the professional conservator decides on the best course of action, to thoughts about how these records of the past reflect the lives of Texans and their world. You can see all this and more by following the TSLAC Conservation blog.