Annoucements: Survey for reference, access or outreach archivists & opportunity for Mid-Atlantic archivists to win $$$

I’ve been asked to pass along two announcements:

Did you create a web site or virtual exhibit that promotes the use of archives this year? If you work in the mid-Atlantic region you could be awarded $250 just for doing your job! That’s right. Act fast- submissions must be received by JULY 31, 2010. Check here to see if you qualify for the C. Herbert Finch Award and apply today! It’s free- what do you have to lose?


Greetings colleagues,

The Reference, Access, and Outreach Section Steering Committee is developing a resource document that describes the core skills and competencies necessary to be effective as reference, access, or outreach archivists.

To build on the base of knowledge available in archival literature and other related professions, the committee has developed a brief survey for those practicing in any of these three spheres of archival work to share their perspectives and experience.

We appreciate your participation in and your patience with the survey. We are eager to have a rich range of input that isn’t predefined by us. This means we have asked a lot of open-ended questions and haven’t provided a lot of check boxes. To address potential survey fatigue we have set up the survey so that you can complete it over time as long as you use the same computer throughout. Also, it is perfectly reasonable to skip questions. All answers will remain confidential and will be used for the purposes of gathering information to develop this resource document. The survey will be available through October 2010.

Here is the link to the survey:

If you have questions/problems related to the survey, please contact Jill Severn at

Thanks for your participation,

RAO Survey Team

Jill Severn
Jessica Miller

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