Call for session/poster proposals for SFA/SGA Joint Meeting this October

The 2016 Society of Georgia Archivists/Society of Florida Archivists Programming Committee proudly announces the theme for the 2016 Joint Conference:
Defining Archives: Ingenuity, Innovation, and New Perspectives
The Committee invites you to submit your workshop, session, and poster ideas to help make this year’s conference a great success!  Defining Archives calls for archives professionals to explore the inventive and enterprising use of archival concepts, functions, and methods through time and across disciplines. Conference program proposals are sought that highlight innovative research, applied projects, and collective insights that improve our understanding of the following key topics:
  • The archival environment, including issues, successes, and key operational differences experienced while working in corporate archives, special collections, academic repositories, and public libraries; 
  • The roles of archivists as educators, reference sources, spokespeople, liaisons, and gatekeepers; changing jobs and titles and how these varied responsibilities are handled in daily work;
  • The vision of archives and next steps for the profession, including novel approaches to archival education, recruiting new generations of archivists, and creatively engaging with researchers and the community;
  • The creative practice of archives and the ways in which archivists create innovative responses to challenges such as rapidly changing formats, digital preservation, web archiving, unconventional projects, building exhibits and the management of exponentially larger volumes of data.

The theme announcement and session proposal guidelines can be found online at  The deadline for session/poster proposals is July 15, 2016. 

We are looking forward to our Joint Conference in Savannah, Georgia, October 13-14, 2016!  For more information about the joint meeting, please see

Savannah Heritage Emergency Response Workshop

Insurance and Appraisal for Disaster Recovery for Cultural Heritage Organizations. Savannah, GA . January 18, 2011.
Day long workshop on insurance and appraisal of cultural heritage collections, targeted to museums, galleries, historic house museums, and libraries. Sessions to be held January 18th 2011, at the Metropolitan Planning Commission, 112 E. State St.  Registration 8:30- 9:30, Programs 9:30-3:30. $25.00
Registration:  Please mail registration form with your name, address, phone, e-mail, institutional affiliation (if any) and a check made out to CEMA (Chatham Emergency Management Agency) and mail to Beth Reiter, Chairman of SHER, 202 Atkinson Avenue, Savannah, Georgia 31404. 912-234-9398;
Morning Speakers: Jeff Minett and Lynn March, Senior Vice Presidents with Aon/Huntington T Block Insurance Agency.  Topics will include coverage, exclusions, evaluation, incoming and outgoing loans, terminology, certificates of insurance, notice of loss, arbitration, and how to reduce the financial impact of a risk.
Afternoon Speakers:  Debra Freer, Senior Appraiser with Aaron Appraisal Services in Atlanta, Ga. Topics will include appraisal of fine art, decorative art, antiques and she will share insights from her appraisal of the Fox Theatre’s collection in Atlanta.  One description is present and the other future – do we want to be consistent?
Off street parking can be found in the City’s State and Bryan Street parking garages.

Care and Identification of Photographs Week in Savannah

Our own Savannah, Ga. is included in this year’s “Care and Identification of Photographs Week”. This four day workshop is a hands on introduction to the preservation of photographs. Details below.

New York: September 27-30, 2010 (Hosted by METRO: Metropolitan New York
Library Council)
San Francisco: October 18-21, 2010 (Hosted by SF Camerawork)
Savannah: November 4-7, 2010 (Hosted by the Coastal Heritage Society)
REGISTER NOW: (link to New York/METRO registration)
Registration Includes:
* 4-day workshop
* 280-page color notebook (printed on HP Indigo Digital Press)
* 60x LED handheld microscope

6 Questions for…Lynette Stout

NAME: Lynette Stoudt
POSITION: Senior Archivist
INSTITUTION: Georgia Historical Society

How long have you lived in Savannah and how did you come to live there?
I have lived in Savannah for 4 years. I moved here from the San Francisco Bay Area to join my significant other who was recruited by a local company.

What is the focus of the archives/library/museum where you work?
The mission of the Georgia Historical Society (GHS) is to collect, preserve, and share the history of Georgia and the United States. Among the most significant ways in which GHS fulfills this mission is by collecting, preserving, and providing access to primary and secondary sources that fit its mission; maintaining an archives building for the preservation of its collection; and by creating and maintaining a research facility for the use of its members and the general public. We collect materials that have a primary emphasis on Georgia and/or Georgians and its/their role in the history of the United States.

What is your favorite thing in your holdings?
It’s impossible to pick just one thing. We hold Juliette Gordon Low’s family papers including materials on the founding of the Girl Scouts in Savannah in 1912, Abraham Baldwin’s annotated draft of the U.S. Constitution (printed for delegates to review during the Constitutional Convention in 1787) and a drum used in several battles during the Revolutionary War.

What aspect of archival work are you most interested in, especially for the future of the profession?
I am most interested in archival description and access. Prior to GHS, I mostly worked at large university libraries with IT departments, statewide collaborative digital projects, and current technology at our disposal. One of the challenges I enjoy of working for a small, non-profit, is trying to fulfill the same online user needs with fewer resources. The future of the profession relies on archivists in all types of organizations to seriously consider and implement strategies for preserving and providing access to digital surrogates and born-digital records as best as possible while working around the technology limitations within their organization.

What is your favorite bar or restaurant in Savannah and why?
There are so many options in Savannah! Here are my top picks:

1. Molly McPherson’s (West Congress Street in City Market): They have a good beer selection, tasty pub food, and about 100 single malts on tap.

2. Moon River Brewing Company (West Bay Street): Yummy local craft brew, and for those on the go – earth-friendly to-go cups. Join them on Friday evenings at 6pm for the weekly toast and get a free mini pint.

3. Lulu’s Chocolate Bar (Martin Luther King Blvd near City Market): Awesome desserts and fancy drinks – well worth every calorie!

4. 17 Hundred 90 Lounge (East President Street): A nice bar with an old-school vibe (but not too stuffy), good wine selection, and it’s named for the year of construction – a beautiful antebellum building.

5. Other favorite restaurants: B. Mathews Eatery, Saigon, Casbah Moroccan Restaurant, Zunzi’s take out, and for dessert Leopold’s Ice Cream.

What is the one thing that you think all SGAers should do or see in Savannah?
I have three:

1. One of the fabulous house museums (including Owens-Thomas House, Davenport House, or the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, among others). The Owens-Thomas House is my favorite.

2. Fort Pulaski National Monument, active during the American Civil War, it saw the first significant use of rifled cannons in combat and was a site of the Underground Railroad. It’s located on the river with picnic areas and walking trails. Don’t miss the alligators swimming around in the moat!

3. Georgia Historical Society because we are the oldest cultural institution in the state (founded in 1839), housed in a building completed in 1876, and our reading room is beautiful.

*Image courtesy of the Georgia Historical Society.