New AT/Archon Integration Website

The new website - to follow the integration of Archivists' Toolkit and Archon - went live this month. You will find the latest news and timeline of events throughout the development of the software.

On Books and Biblios Blog

Anthony Elia, CARA member from the JKM Library at the Lutheran School of Theology, has an interesting blog! It's about books and their semiotic functions in the world. Very detailed writing and lots of great photography, too! AKA The Adventures of Anthony! Great fun for book lovers!

Check it out at


For those who picked up the list of attendee's at the Spring 2010 CARA meeting, there is an error that needs to be corrected. Peter Gunther and Marcia Stein are archivists at the Society of the Divine Word, not Living Word as stated. Apologies for the mix-up!

Spring 2010 Meeting

On Thursday afternoon, May 13th, CARA met at the Arlington Heights Historical Museum (AHHM) for its Spring meeting. In attendance were 10 CARA members and 9 guests. Despite the weather forecast for flash flooding, the afternoon went quite well and stayed dry.

A short business meeting was held to discuss the status of CARA and the hopes of expanding outside of the Chicago area. We are on our way because we had attendee's travelling from Milwaukee, WI, Notre Dame, IN and El Paso, IL for this meeting! Also discussed were the financial report, membership renewal, website improvements and blog news. Full meeting minutes will be posted on the website ASAP.

The fun part of our meeting was a presentation with demos by Mickey Horndasch, Curator of the AHHM, on tips and techniques for mounting exhibits, making labels, creating posters, making barriers to primary documents and display risers, etc. She had numerous creative ideas for keeping the costs down and protecting your collection in the process.

Following the presentation, the group toured the Heritage Gallery and got to view Mickey's current exhibit Gone But Not Forgotten: Lost Arlington Heights. We could enjoy the content as well as understand how it was planned and mounted by Mickey.

Throughout the meeting, we all enjoyed the bake goods, fruit and drinks that people brought to share. Thanks to everyone who contributed!!

Special thanks to Mickey Horndasch who taught us some great tips and techniques. I know I learned alot! Hope everyone else did as well!

Reminder - CARA is tentatively planning to visit James Twomey in Kenosha, WI for the Fall 2010 meeting. He is a book and paper conservator. Check out his website to learn more about the Book Restoration Co.

MAC Presentations Online

Numerous presentations from the recent 2010 Midwest Archives Conference (MAC) are now available online! If you want to review them or see the ones you missed, now is your chance.

Check it out: 2010 MAC Chicago Presentations

Free Webinars

In honor of Preservation Week, May 9-15, 2010, two free webinars are being offered! One is Archival 101: Dealing with Suppliers of Archival Products and the other is Mold Prevention and Remediation. Libraries can register and show to their patrons and I believe the general public can register as well. Check it out for yourself or your institution!