Bittersweet News

Gwyn Stupar, archivist for the Sisters of the Living Word in Arlington Heights and CARA member, has taken a new position. Her last day at SLW was this past Thursday, August 20. She has accepted a full-time position as Web Services Librarian at the Northbrook Public Library.

Gwyn was a founding member of CARA and served as secretary from 2007-2008. We will miss truly miss her and wish her the best!! Good luck Gwyn and stay in touch with CARA!

4th Introductory Archival Workshop for Religious Communities

Malachy McCarthy, CLA executive board member and CARA president, has announced that the 4th Introductory Archival Workshop for Religious Communities will take place from July 25-30, 2010 at Techny Towers, Techny, IL, near Northbrook - a northern suburb of Chicago. The cost of the workshop has not been detemined yet.

If you know of someone who would like to attend - please have them contact the CLA office at 413-443-2252 or to reserve a space.

Check out information from past workshops at

September 24th Meeting

Due to the news regarding the Archon and Archivists' Toolkit merge, the agenda of our meeting is changing! We'll keep you posted!

See Malachy McCarthy's e-mail dated Thursday August 13, 2009 for details about the Archival Content Management Program we were planning.

Archon - Archivists' Toolkit to Merge!

In case you didn't see this elsewhere: see the press release below confirming the rumors we've all been hearing about Archon and AT merging.
Press release:
In response to an invitation from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the New York University Libraries, University of California, San Diego Libraries, and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Libraries have agreed to submit a collaborative project proposal for the purpose of combining the best features of the Archivists’ Toolkit and Archon into a single hybrid application that will support description, collection management, and access of archival materials.
It is intended that the development process for this integration be shared with, and input be solicited from, the archival user and developer communities during the project work.
AT and Archon have been highly successful in their short product lives. We anticipate that this integration project will capitalize on those successes to build a more sustainable application and one more satisfying to a broader segment of the archives community.
An important element of the Mellon Foundation proposal will be a request for bridge funding to ensure the continuing support of both applications and their respective communities during the transition.
Please send comments and questions to or to

From the CAA listserv on August 18, 2009

Fall 2009 Meeting

The date for the next CARA meeting is:
Thursday, September 24
Put it on your calendar now.
More details to come soon!