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  • Saturday, April 11, 2015 1:52 PM | Anonymous

    The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has released the following regarding the House of Representatives budget proposal eliminating IMLS funding (among other budget cuts such as eliminating the NEH):

    http://www.arl.org/news/community-updates/3568-us-house-budget-proposal-calls-for-elimination-of-imls#.VSlfBCjtieG

    To see the full impact IMLS funding has on communities around the country, see their annual report:

    http://www.arl.org/news/community-updates/3569-imls-releases-annual-report-for-2014#.VSlgwCjtieG

    Contact your representatives today to let them know how such cuts would imapct your archives and the community you serve:

    http://www.house.gov/representatives/

    http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

  • Monday, March 30, 2015 5:38 PM | Anonymous

    Statement regarding public officials using private email to conduct official business

    The Board of Directors and the Advocacy Committee of the Archivists Round
    Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc., expresses concern at recent news
    reports that public officials at different levels of government have used
    private email accounts to routinely communicate and conduct official
    business.


    Use of non-official systems to send and receive email, except in extreme
    circumstances (i.e. emergency situations where government systems are not
    available) increases the likelihood that messages which meet the legal
    definition of a public record are not captured or managed in accordance
    with existing laws and regulations.  Public records, whether email
    messages or paper documents, not captured in official records management
    systems diminish the historical record, decrease government efficiency and
    effectiveness, and impede the public¹s ability to hold government
    officials accountable.


    The Board of Directors and the Advocacy Committee urge governments to
    adopt records regulations that prohibit the use of non-official email
    systems except in extreme, emergency situations.  Furthermore, the Board
    of Directors and the Committee urge that stricter rules regarding the use
    of official email accounts for official business be implemented and
    enforced to ensure preservation of the historic record and to foster
    greater transparency and accountability at all levels of government.

     

    The statement can be downloaded at the following link [PDF]:

    2015_ART_email_advocacy_letter.pdf

  • Thursday, March 26, 2015 4:33 PM | Anonymous

    ALA President responds to House proposal to eliminate IMLS

    The budget resolution released this week by the U.S. House Budget Committee proposes to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the agency that administers federal funding support for more than 123,000 libraries in virtually every community in the nation. American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young today released the following statement in response:

    http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2015/03/ala-president-responds-house-proposal-eliminate-imls


  • Wednesday, March 25, 2015 1:12 PM | Anonymous

    Change.org petition on the state of funding for the Iowa State Archives and Historical Society:

    Restore Funding for the State Historical Society of Iowa Libraries and Archives. Keep physical records of Iowa history accessible to all.

    Budget cuts and reorganization plans for the State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI) endanger the preservation of Iowa history contained in diaries, letters, photographs, maps, oral histories and other materials housed at the Society's two libraries in Des Moines and Iowa City.     

    Drastic reductions in operating hours and staff, the diversion of resources to unrelated activities, and recommendations to "streamline" the SHSI libraries threaten public access to the state's history.  Iowans risk being severed from their past.   

    https://www.change.org/p/iowa-department-of-cultural-affairs-terry-branstad-state-historical-society-of-iowa-save-iowa-history-restore-funding-for-the-state-historical-society-of-iowa-libraries-and-archives-keep-physical-records-of-iowa-history-accessible-to-all


  • Thursday, March 19, 2015 9:40 PM | Anonymous

    “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” -- Benjamin Franklin

    Ideas for MayDay Activities

    • Create or Update Your Contact Lists
    • Review or Establish Basic Emergency Procedures
    • Conduct a Disaster Drill
    • Conduct Scenario Exercises
    • Invite Your Local Firefighters to Visit Your Repository
    • Survey the Building for Risks
    • Make Sure All Collections Are in Boxes
    • Make Sure Boxes Are Off the Floor
    • Identify the Most Critical, Essential, Important Records
    • Inventory Emergency Supplies
    • Review Your Emergency Preparedness Plan

    For more on these ideas:
    http://www2.archivists.org/initiatives/mayday-saving-our-archives/ideas-for-mayday-activities

  • Sunday, March 15, 2015 11:56 AM | Anonymous

    Associated Press CEO Gary Pruitt writes on the challenges and difficulties encountered when trying to access public records under Freedom of Information laws and includes some very illuminating examples.


    AP CEO: Government undermining 'right to know' laws

    http://www.ap.org/Content/Press-Release/2015/Gary-Pruitt-Sunshine-Week-column

  • Tuesday, March 10, 2015 2:07 PM | Anonymous

    Sunshine Week

    March 15-21, 2015

    swlogo-100x151Join us in the annual nationwide celebration of access to public information and what it means for you and your community. Find all the free resources you need to get started right here.


    It's Sunshine Week's 10th anniversary, and we've made a lot of gains in open government thanks to your work.

    For more info see: http://www.sunshineweek.org/


  • Wednesday, March 04, 2015 9:16 AM | Anonymous
    This two-day advocacy event brings hundreds of librarians, trustees, library supporters, and patrons to Washington, D.C. to meet with their Members of Congress to rally support for libraries issues and policies. This year, National Library Legislative Day will be held May 4-5, 2015. Participants will receive advocacy tips and training, along with important issues briefings prior to their meetings.
     
    First-time participants are eligible for a unique scholarship opportunity. The White House Conference on Library and Information Services Taskforce (WHCLIST) and the ALA Washington Office are calling for nominations for the 2015 WHCLIST Award. Recipients of this award receive a stipend ($300 and two free nights at a D.C. hotel) to a non-librarian participant in National Library Legislative Day.

    For more info see: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/advleg/nlld


  • Tuesday, February 17, 2015 10:20 PM | Anonymous

    Make your voice heard: the FOIA Advisory Committee seeks public comments

    As the FOIA Advisory Committee works hard to examine some challenging areas of FOIA law and policy, it needs your help. Input from the public will help the subcommittees better understand the issues that FOIA requesters and agencies face.

    Please visit the FOIA Advisory Committee’s webpage, including the Public Comments page, for information about the Committee and how you can get involved. 

    For more on the issues the Committee is examining, see: http://blogs.archives.gov/foiablog/2015/02/11/make-your-voice-heard-the-foia-advisory-committee-seeks-public-comments/

  • Sunday, February 15, 2015 1:38 AM | Anonymous

    First posted on the A.R.T. Listserv on February 12, 2015.

    http://www.737parkavenuenyc.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/737-Park-Avenue-museum-city-of-new-york-Logo.jpg               


    MCNY and QM share results of CLIR-funded World's Fair Project

    In a collaboration with the Queens Museum, the Museum of the City of New York has completed an 18-month project to make our collections from both the 1939/40 and 1964/65 New York World’s Fairs more accessible as a result of a generous Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).  This project allowed the two museums to process and describe their relatively unknown and inaccessible World’s Fair collections, intellectually uniting all materials into a single finding aid for each fair, and providing item level cataloging for selected highlights from both collections. 

    The Museum and the City of New York (MCNY) and the Queens Museum (QM), in conjunction with the Queens Library, are now pleased to share finding aids for both the 1939-1940 and 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair, along with item level catalog records for 1650 highlights from these collections via The Archives at Queens Library: Digital Collections.  

     

    Click here to view joint finding aids and catalog records for MCNY and QM collections:

    Collection on the 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair finding aid

    Collection on the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair finding aid

    Catalog records for 1650 item level highlights from both fairs (Click “Search” button to display records)

     

    Local finding aids for just those materials held at MCNY can be found here:

    Collection on the 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair finding aid

    Collection on the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair finding aid

     

    The Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in the CLIR program.  Both museums are also grateful for the partnership with the Queens Library, whose staff worked diligently to help us make these resources available via this new Digital Archives site.

     



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