Bittersweet news...

Unfortunately, Diane Pugh's position at the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) in Chicago as Manager of Preservation Projects was eliminated due to financial/business reasons. Her last day was Friday, July 27, 2012.

The good news is that Diane is slated to teach an archives course at Dominican University in their spring 2013 term - more news on that to come ! Diane also continues to serve as the Vice President of CARA.

Join me in sending her best wishes in her future archival pursuits!

To contact Diane:
Phone: 708-799-5778

News on Richard Seidel

Richard Seidel, CARA treasurer, was transferred to Illinois Masonic Hospital yesterday - Tuesday, July 10th.  Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers during his recovery from surgery.

Read yesterday's blog for details.

CLA 5th Introductory Archives Workshop for Religious Communities a Great Success!

 Thirty-one participants from eighteen states, representing 17 men’s and 12 women’s religious communities attended an intensive archival workshop.  The workshop was held from June 24-29, 2012 at the Oblate Renewal Center in San Antonio, TX. This year, participants were given a 160 page workbook that included all the lectures and examples of policies and forms that could be applied to their repositories and a copy of Laura Millar’s new book, Archives: Principles and Practices.  

 In order to keep participants current on archives, Lyndsey Rainey from the Cushing Library of Texas A&M provided an introduction to Archon, an archives management system sponsored by the University of Illinois at Champaign. Within a year this open source software program will be merged with Archivists’ Toolkit to form a new open source software program, Archives Space.

 While in San Antonio, participants visited the Southwestern OblateHistorical Archives and the Congregation of the Sisters of Divine Providence.  The Wednesday afternoon travel day took members to the Alamo followed by a Texas barbeque at a restaurant located on San Antonio’s Riverwalk. 

The next introductory archives workshop, the 6th will be held during the summer of 2014 God willing!

Prayers needed

Please keep Richard Seidel, CARA treasurer, in your thoughts and prayers. Richard underwent surgery on Wednesday, June 27th and the procedure was much more extensive than they thought. He is currently at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. You may send cards to 426 West Briar Place, Apt 3A, Chicago, IL 60657. Malachy McCarthy will keep us updated on his progress.

Lecture about Film Preservation at Northwestern University

Rethinking Film Preservation: Implications and Inspirations for the 21st Century

(2012 George and Marie Quinlan Endowed Lecture for Preservation and Conservation)

Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 3pm

Annie May Swift Hall Auditorium

1920 Campus Drive, Northwestern University Free

As the need for audiovisual and media preservation becomes a growing concern for cultural institutions, libraries and archives must develop preservation options and priorities for their collections. Dr. Caroline Frick will address the issues surrounding film preservation in today's environment of rapidly evolving digital technologies and explain how this impacts the work of the film archivist. Drawing on her research and experiences in the field of moving image archives, Dr. Frick will discuss the role of traditional film preservation in a time of changing access demands and increased urgency to protect some of our most at risk collections.

Speaker Biography:

Dr. Caroline Frick, Assistant Professor in the Department of Radio-TV-Film at The University of Texas at Austin, is a nationally recognized expert on film preservation. Her research focuses on the evolution of the moving image archiving movement and digital media libraries. Dr. Frick is the founder and Executive Director of the Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) and is currently serving as the President of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA).

For further information, contact Katie Risseeuw