Two Religious Archives Job Opportunities

The Dominicans of Springfield, IL are looking for a full-time person to fill a position that combines work in the Archives and the Heritage Room.The position in the Archives will include, but not be limited to, processing of document collections compliant with the finding aid used in the Archives; will provide reference services and research assistance to users, both in-house users and from outside researchers; will participate in all archival services, focusing on digitizing the photograph collection. 

As Curator of the Heritage Room responsibilities will include developing original content for exhibitions and programs. To be considered, a person must have at least a Bachelor's Degree and experience in working in an Archives would be an advantage. Please submit a letter advising Sr. Julia Theobald of your interest in this position and the process will go from there.

Sr. Julia Theobald
Dominican Sisters
1237 W. Monroe
Springfield, IL 62704
217-787-0481 x6111

Trinity International University / Rolfing Library is seeking a part-time Technical Services Assistant-Preservation Specialist.

The Technical Services Assistant – Preservation Specialist performs the important tasks of digitizing, organizing, cataloging and otherwise preserving resources that the Rolfing Library acquires. Duties also include taking part in broader projects which require familiarity with principles and practices in acquisitions, cataloging, and/or social media. This position reports to the Collection Management Librarian.


● Digitization of library collections, including scanning and cataloging of resources
● Creation of finding guides for library collections
● Maintain media collections through regular cleaning and repair
● Contribute to social media through provision of ideas and/or content creation
● Repair books as needed
● Participate in other library projects as assigned

Partial List of Qualifications:

● Ability to work both independently and collaboratively on projects
● Possess a keen attention to detail and adept problem solving skills
● Willingness and ability to carefully preserve the history of the university
● Previous archives or library experience strongly preferred
● Physical ability to sit for extended periods of time, safely reach materials on shelves, lift boxes up to 40 lbs, and push carts loaded with up to 100 lbs. of material.
● Supports Trinity's mission and core values, commitment to a Christian lifestyle, and character in keeping with biblical models.

To apply, please visit the Trinity International University Job Board.

November 2018 Newberry Library Religion and Culture in the Americas Seminar

The next Newberry Library Religion and Culture in the Americas Seminar will be held on Friday, November 9, 2018.

Friday, November 9, 2018 / 3:00pm to 5:00pm / Room B-82
The Newberry Library / 60 West Walton Street / Chicago IL 60610

“To Pray for Ourselves”: Women in Christian Indian Communities in Mexico and the United States, 1750 - 1870

Jessica L. Criales, Rutgers University

In the mid-eighteenth century, indigenous peoples across the Americas developed a new strategy in response to colonialism: the creation of self-governed “Christian Indian” communities. Women were essential members of these communities, shaping the ethnic and religious boundaries of the group, working to ensure communal financial stability, and holding leadership positions. This paper compares and contrasts native women’s actions in places like Oaxaca, Mexico City, Brothertown, and Stockbridge in order to highlight their creative approaches to survivance. Moreover, it demonstrates the ways that they leveraged their dual identities – as both Christian and indigenous – to advocate for themselves and their families.

Respondent: James Krippner, Haverford College

Newberry Scholarly Seminar papers are pre-circulated electronically. If you plan to attend the seminar, please email for a copy of the paper. 

Sponsors: The Religion and Culture in the Americas Seminar is co-sponsored by Albion College, the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame, University of Illinois at Chicago, Valparaiso University and Wheaton College.

CARA Member News: Audra V. Adomenas Nominated as Central United States Ambassador for IASA

Audra V. Adomenas, President, Lithuanian Archives Project, with Daniel Afrane of the
Balme Library standing next to audiovisual materials relating to Ghanaian history.

Audra V. Adomenas, President, Lithuanian Archives Project, Chicago, IL, has been nominated as Central United States Ambassador for the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA). IASA was established in 1969 in Amsterdam to function as a medium for international co-operation between archives that preserve recorded sound and audiovisual documents. IASA is a growing and dynamic organization, which aims to create an international network of cooperation among like-minded professionals. For questions regarding IASA membership, or how you can get involved, please contact Audra by phone at: 312-940-3940 or by email at: There are many exciting opportunities for us in the Midwest to participate in this important work internationally. Audra has just returned from the IASA Conference, which was held in Accra, Ghana this October. 

Audra V. Adomenas, in bright green sweater, with IASA colleagues at University of Ghana,
Department of African Studies. To the right of Audra is Lindsay Mattock, University of Iowa.

IASA has members from 70 countries representing a broad palette of audiovisual archives and personal interests which are distinguished by their focus on particular subjects and areas, e.g. archives for all sorts of musical recordings, historic, literary, folkloric and ethnological sound documents, theater productions and oral history interviews, bio-acoustics, environmental and medical sounds, linguistic and dialect recordings, as well as recordings for forensic purposes.