Chicago Open Archives, October 6-8, 2016

Over thirty local archives, research centers, and cultural institutions in the Chicago area will offer special events open to members of the public on October 6-8, 2016. Chicago Open Archives: Yours to Explore is an opportunity to discover unique historical materials and engage with archivists, librarians, and museum curators. You won't want to miss this opportunity to see sites, spaces, and materials that are normally not open to the public!

Visitors will enjoy activities such as behind-the-scenes tours, film screenings, and exhibit talks designed to showcase each site’s collections, programs, and services. Visit the Chicago Open Archives website for a map of all locations, as well as a succinct list by date. Clicking on the institution name will give you more information about each specific site and clicking on the event name will take you to the detailed event page for each activity.

Please note that some sites require advance registration. Sites reserve the right to cancel an activity 24 hours prior to the scheduled event due to low registration. If a site requires an admission fee, the fee will be collected on the day of the activity by site staff. Details about required fees are provided in the registration information, if applicable. Registration closes Tuesday, October 4th, at midnight.

If you have additional questions about Chicago Open Archives, send an email to

CARA Members Train Religious Archivists

Introductory Archive Workshop for Religious Communities, Class of 2016
Sisters of Charity Motherhouse, Leavenworth, KS

Thirty-four early career religious archivists gathered recently at the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse in Leavenworth, KS to learn the basic processes and procedures of managing a small archive. CARA member Malachy McCarthy led the Workshop, sharing teaching responsibility with Colleen McFarland Rademaker, head archivist of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth.

Sponsored by the Claretian Archives, the Workshop provides focused instruction for those with little or no previous experience. The training is intense because of the amount of material that has to be covered in a short time frame.

Patricia Carroll, a member of CARA, coordinated the Workshop. “We marketed the Workshop across the country at meetings and through regional organizations. It was not difficult at all to reach our maximum enrollment. There is an ongoing demand for training.” An important goal of the Workshop is to give participants the opportunity to form personal connections with others who face similar challenges and issues. “The Workshop provides a wealth of reference material to take home,” said Patricia. “The secret sauce is bringing people together to form bonds of support and reliance in their professional journeys. As archivists and Lone Arrangers, we all need others to help us figure things out.”

JLA Column on Strategic Planning & Assessment--Call for Contributors

This call for contributors comes from CARA member Wanda V. Dole, Emeritus Dean of the Library, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and Column Editor of the Strategic Planning and Assessment Column in the Journal of Library Administration.

The Journal of Library Administration informs readers on research, current developments, and trends related to the leadership and management of libraries. In today’s global environment, library administrators must make complex and challenging decisions to help institutions achieve the identified mission, vision and goals. You can find the aims and scope of the journal posted here.

The journal publishes up-to-the-minute information that library and information professionals and paraprofessionals in public, academic, special, and corporate environments need to lead and manage toward the overall objective of community and stakeholder support.

Within this context, the Journal of Library Administration features articles by the most highly regarded professionals in the field as related to leadership, management, evaluation, assessment, marketing, and more to promote organizational success. This involves all aspects of public and technical operations, information technology and management, access to information in all formats and delivery options, physical and irtual environments, and organizational behavior.

The Strategic Planning and Assessment column focuses on the closely related topics of strategic planning and assessment in all types of libraries. The column examines all aspects of planning and assessment including (but not limited to) components, methods, approaches, trends, tools and training. The column appears four times a year in even-numbered issues of the journal. Interested authors are invited to submit articles to the editor at

Possible topics include

  • Strategic planning versus strategic thinking.
  • Why some strategic plans fail and others thrive?
  • Positive and negative impacts of strategic planning and assessment
  • Including assessment metrics in strategic plans
  • SWOT analysis versus Appreciate Inquiry
  • Staffing and training for strategic planning and assessment
  • New metrics for new challenges
  • Value metrics
  • The role of planning and assessment in budget allocation, public services (staffing and locating service points) and building and renovating facilities
  • Analyzing and presenting results of planning and assessment
  • Continuous improvement cycle
  • Planning and assessment as tools for organizational change

Interested authors are invited to submit proposals for columns and author contact information to the editor at Articles on both theory and practice and examples of both successful and unsuccessful attempts in all types of libraries are invited. Articles should be at least 3000 words and written in Microsoft Word format.

Author guidelines and further information can be found here.