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  • 08 Aug 2014 10:07 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    A slow news week this week as many enjoy the last month of summer before school starts up again. SFA wishes all of those heading north for the Society of American Archivists annual meeting in Washington, D.C. safe travels and have fun!

    From the State:

    Tallahassee: FSU Digital Library launched two new collections this week! The Poetry in World War I and Club Downunder Poster collections are now available.

    From the Country:

    Washington, D.C.: The Library of Congress has acquired the archives of the American Ballet Theatre. An exhibit will open on August 14th.

    From the World:

    United Kingdom: This week marked the beginning of the World War I Centennial. Check out this interactive exhibit of Britain then and now.

    From the Blogosphere:

    A bit outside of the box, take a look at this article looking into how the New York Times tries to make sure users aren't overwhelmed by its archives with a new search function.

  • 06 Aug 2014 10:03 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)
    Event Description: Join us for a practical workshop based in the Miami Dade Emergency Operations Center (EOC) lead by the Office of Emergency Management. This session will begin with a tour of the EOC facility followed by a ‘table top’ disaster scenario discussion where attendees react to a simulated HURRICANE scenario. Attendees can bring their existing Emergency Preparedness documents and work through any gaps in planning during the session which will cover the reality of planning your PEOPLE response and COLLECTIONS response. This event will benefit institutions of all sizes.

    Where: Miami Dade Emergency Operations Center – 9300 NW 41st ST Miami, FL 33178

    When: Wednesday 3 September 1:30 – 4:00

    Cost: FREE -- RSVP by 18 August - attendee numbers are limited

  • 01 Aug 2014 9:24 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Happy August everyone! We released our Summer newsletter this week so be sure to check it out! Monday, August 4th marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I for much of the world so look for lots of news and articles about new digital collections and exhibits surrounding the war in the coming months.

    Around the State:

    Nothing to report this week! You can also send us news to post or share!

    Around the Country:

    Sturbridge, Massachusetts: A pair of historians are combing small town churches in New England for early American records

    Juneau, Alaska: Amid a decision from NARA to move its records out of Anchorage and close its branch there, the territorial court records for Alaska will move to the State Archives.

    Around the World:

    Cambridge, United Kingdom: World War I archive of poet Siegfried Sassoon is now available online from Cambridge University.

    Montreal, Canada: Architect Alvaro Siza has donated a large portion of his architectural archives to the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal (CCA).

    Newcastle, United Kingdom: Textiles have been added to the Gertrude Bell archive at Newcastle University.

    In the Blogosphere:

    Take a look at this: turning historical photographs into GIFS via the Smithsonian.

  • 30 Jul 2014 7:52 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Everyone who will be attending SAA in DC this year will have an opportunity to mingle with fellow SFA members on Thursday evening, August 14th when we get together for our annual dinner out on the town. 

    We’re going to meet at 6:30 at the entrance to the Exhibit Hall at the Wardman Park Hotel where the vendors will be hosting their happy hour from 5:30-7:30. In the meantime, if anyone has suggestions about a good dining place – or a choice of good restaurants – let us know by sending a message to the listserv. Or we can decide when we meet.

  • 18 Jul 2014 8:41 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Happy Friday Everyone! Here this week's round up of news and links for your perusal! 

    In the State:

    Bradenton: A re-housing project at the South Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium is in the news.

    Broward and Palm Beach: Little Free Libraries are popping up in South Florida!

    Miami: The continued fight for Miami-Dade libraries got a win with an agreement for a slight property tax raise.

    In the Country:

    Washington, D.C.: The call has gone out for nominations for the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

    Los Angeles, California: Check out a cool new archive about the LA River housed in a renovated barn.

    Concord, New Hampshire: College students are learning about the Civil War while digitizing letters from the State Library.

    Washington, D.C.: A UN archive of war crimes has been made publicly available at the US National Holocaust Memorial Museum

    In the World:

    Warsaw, Poland: The archive of renowned Polish jazz musician Zbigniew Seifert has been donated to Poland's National Library.

    Brussels, Belgium: 2,000 rare architectural plans discovered in an archive in Brussels.

    In the Blogosphere:

    The Journal of Museum Studies at the University of Oklahoma has put its archives on-line

    Bethany Nowviskie's keynote at dh2014 has been making waves online this week. Read Jennifer Schaffner's response to it from OCLC and then check out the keynote for yourself!

    Intriguing article in the Harvard Business Review: Why Marketing Needs to Hire a Corporate Folklorist

    Need a list of good tumblrs to check out that are archives-related? The SAA Women's Collections Roundtable has you covered with some of the major ones to explore.

  • 11 Jul 2014 7:59 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Have some news you want to share with the rest of SFA? Submissions for the next newsletter are due on July 15, 2014 so be sure to get them to Marissa Kings!

    In the State:

    Things seem to be fairly quiet at the moment; be sure to check out the Florida Memory blog for all their posts over the week!

    In the Country:

    Fairfax, VA: The Northern Virginia Civil Rights Archive was dedicated on July 7th.

    New York, NY: has digitized prison records from New York's prisons and will be available free of charge to New York residents.

    In the World:

    Cambridge, England: Mitrokhin Archive, materials smuggled out of the former Soviet Union by a disillusioned KGB archivist, have opened to the public.

    Berkshire, England: First World War Archive of graves goes online via the commonwealth War Graves Commission.

    In the Blogosphere:

    Lots of discussion about the (infamous) Archives & Archivists list in SAA right now. Are you an SAA member? Make your voice heard!

    ArchivesNext announced a banner year for her Spontaneous Scholarships to attend the annual SAA meeting.

    Friday Laugh:

    Because we all become Gandalf when someone tries to bring a pen into the reading room...  

  • 24 Jun 2014 4:28 PM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Event Title: Emergency Response for Collections: Triage Workshop sponsored by AFR MIAMI

    Event Description: Join us for a practical hands on workshop to learn how to handle and perform triage on your collections in the aftermath of a disaster. This event will be led by conservation specialists from Rosa Lowinger & Associates. The workshop will consist of a short lecture to discuss damage to collections from floods, water intrusion, breakage and smoke, followed by a hands on recovery activity. Due to the hands on nature of this event, attendance numbers are limited.

    Where: Florida International University FROST Art Museum, FIU campus

    When: Monday, July 21, 2014. 2-5pm

    Cost: FREE [you may be asked to bring some materials for the hands on activity]

    The event has limited numbers so RSVP by July 15, 2014 to Laura Phillips,, 305-535-2652

  • 24 Jun 2014 12:44 PM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Here’s an opportunity to represent and promote your organization and meet other archivists as well!

    If you’re planning to attend SAA in DC, SFA and other statewide groups will be hosting an “office hours” table at the SAA Meeting on Friday, August 15th from 12:15-1:15pm in the Exhibit Hall, either booth 812 or 814. This is during the lunch food break, with no session conflicts, and as happened in the past, many people will likely stop by our table.

    To see where the office hours area is located in the Exhibit Hall, go to

    We will either be at Booth 812 or 814, which are marked in purple, on the rightmost perimeter of the room. “SFA Office Hours” shows up if you hover over the boxes.

    We’ll have an SFA sign on the table, and there’s be brochures to distribute. 

    We need at least one person there for the full hour. We welcome your support. 

    If you are interested, please contact: Burt Altman,, 850-645-7962

  • 20 Jun 2014 8:14 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Hello all! We recently made the decision to move to a more "one stop shop" so rather than run a blog on WordPress, we've decided to use the News feature on the new website as our blog-ish place. Please, still send your announcements into the Society's email so we can share your news and announcements! Make sure to change your RSS feeds and bookmarks as we'll be shutting the WordPress site down within the next few weeks!

    The new website is a work in progress still as we work on getting all the information up that you need and making sure the new forms and functionality are working. Once we're sure things are working like clockwork, we'll plan on doing a series of "How To" posts to help you learn the new site!

    Now, onto the news!

    In the State:

    Tallahassee: More coverage on the new radio station launched by the State Archives, this time from WFSU

    Tampa: Look out Tampa! The renovations at USF will mean drones for aerial photography will be available for check out in the future - so cool!

    Tallahassee: FSU's digital library launched a new collection this week - cuneiform tablets

    In the Country:

    Brookline, MA: Check out the very cool new website for the Jewish Women's Archive after reading about the usability work that went into making the new site

    Austin, TX: A look into the McSweeney's Archive

    Minneapolis, MN: The Minnesota Digital Library had its annual meeting recently and Dan Cohen stopped by to discuss the progress of the Digital Public Library of America

    In the World:

    Dublin, Ireland and Boston, Massachusetts USA: The controversy over the use of Boston College's oral histories in the prosecution of IRA members in Northern Ireland has a new chapter

    Jerusalem, Israel: The Isreali National Library recently received the Sharansky Family Archive

    London, United Kingdom: It's the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I this year so be prepared for lots of project commemorating it. Here's one from the British Library 

  • 28 Apr 2014 3:50 PM | Tomaro Taylor
    It's never too early to plan ahead!  The 2015 SFA Annual Meeting will be hosted by the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL.  The following year, 2016, is tentatively scheduled for Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL.

    The SFA Executive Board seeks individuals to lead coordination of the 2017 and 2018 Annual Meetings, locations TBD. If you or your institution are willing to host the Annual Meeting, please contact President Tomaro Taylor ( All site suggestions will be considered by the SFA Executive Board.
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