The Final Four: Who will be crowned Top Dog and Top Cat from the Archives?

My beloved Pleiku did not make it through, alas. Apparently y’all love your dogs on things. And kittens reigned supreme in your eyes. It’s the final match-up of dog vs. dog and kitten vs. kitten before we move to the contentious dog vs. cat from the archives showdown.

If this is your first time voting, please review the Rules post and remember that we’re doing this to benefit the Cleveland Animal Protective League. If you’re voting, you need to donate. And if you’ve donated, get in touch with Caryn and let her know how much so that we can track how successful this little fundraiser has been.

Voting for this round will remain open until 5 pm EST on Monday, August 17. Below you will see 2 brackets with 2 cats and 2 dogs competing. (To see a larger version of any image, click on it.) On Tuesday, August 18 the Top Dog and Top Cat will face off to decide who wins it all!


Round Three: The Elite Eight contenders for Top Cat and Top Dog from the Archives!

And now there are only eight: four dogs and four cats have emerged from the fray. Did your favorite make it? Mine did.

Again, before you vote, please review the Rules post and remember that we’re doing this to benefit the Cleveland Animal Protective League. If you’re voting, you need to donate.

Voting for this round will remain open until 5 pm EST on Thursday, August 13. Below you will see 4 brackets with 4 cats and 4 dogs competing. (To see a larger version of any image, click on it.) Round Four–the final decision for Top Cat and Top Dog– is scheduled to kick off on Friday, August 14.  And then on Tuesday, August 18 the Top Dog and Top Cat will face off to decide who wins it all!





Round Two: 16 contenders for Top Cat and Top Dog from the Archives

Yes, it was painful to see some of them go. George will always live in my heart. But, this is a competition, and we have to move forward. So now there are only 16 animals competing for our top spot. Will it be the dog on the donkey? The puppy on the motorcycle? The cat in the rocking chair? Ernest Hemingway’s well-fed cat? Only you will decide.

Again, before you vote, please review the Rules post and remember that we’re doing this to benefit the Cleveland Animal Protective League. If you’re voting, you need to donate.

Voting for this round will remain open until 5 pm EST on Saturday, August 8. Below you will see 8 brackets with 8 cats and 8 dogs competing. (To see a larger version of any image, click on it.) Round Three  is scheduled to kick off on Sunday, August 9.

Remember to check in on the Dogs From the Archives and Cats from the Archives Tumblr blogs over the coming weeks to see the animals who were not selected for the competition, and some who are now sitting on the sidelines, like my friend George.

Based on our first round, if you’re all donating as much as you’re voting, we’ll raise a lot of money for the Cleveland APL, and that will be a beautiful thing. Now, you know what to do: vote, share, and donate!

 





Competition for Top Cat from the Archives: Round One

And now here are the cat contenders! Again, before you vote, please review the Rules post and remember that we’re doing this to benefit the Cleveland Animal Protective League. If you’re voting, you need to donate.

Voting for this round will remain open until 5 pm EST on Sunday, August 2. Below you will see 8 brackets with 16 cats competing. (To see a larger version of any image, click on it.) The post that preceded this one had the brackets for the 16 competing dogs. Round Two is scheduled to kick off on Monday, August 3.

Many thanks to all our valiant dog and cat competitors, including the many who were submitted but were not selected. To give them a chance to shine in the spotlight, they will all be featured on the Dogs From the Archives and Cats from the Archives Tumblr blogs over the coming weeks.

If you have any questions about the rules, please post a comment on the Rules post or send me a message. And now, vote, vote, vote, like a baby stoat! And give generously!









Competition for Top Dog from the Archives: Round One

At last, it’s time to begin the Cats and Dogs from the Archives competition! Before you vote, please review the Rules post and remember that we’re doing this to benefit the Cleveland Animal Protective League. If you’re voting, you need to donate.

Voting for this round will remain open until 5 pm EST on Sunday, August 2. Below you will see 8 brackets with 16 dogs competing. (To see a larger version of any image, click on it.) The post that follows this one will have the brackets for the 16 competing cats. Round Two is scheduled to kick off on Monday, August 3.

Many thanks to all our valiant dog and cat competitors, including the many who were submitted but were not selected. To give them a chance to shine in the spotlight, they will all be featured on the Dogs From the Archives and Cats from the Archives Tumblr blogs over the coming weeks.

If you have any questions about the rules, please post a comment on the Rules post or send me a message. And now, vote, vote, vote, like a baby stoat! And give generously!

 









Dogs & Cats from the Archives to benefit the Cleveland Animal Protective League: The Rules

Ok, in the next posts we’ll be kicking off the first round of the Dogs & Cats from the Archives competition, and I know you’re all champing at the bit (to use a horse metaphor) to start voting, but first let’s go over the rules.

1) While we’re all having fun here, the purpose is to raise money for the good work of the Cleveland Animal Protective League. Since the Society of American Archivists is meeting in Cleveland this year, Caryn Radick has spearheaded plans to find ways that the archival community could give back to help local animals in need. This is one of them. So, we ask you to make a donation of at least $1 for every vote you make in this competition. How you do that is up to you, and this is all on the honor system. You can donate $100 and vote 100 times. You can donate $50 and have 50 people in your office vote. You can donate $31 and vote once in each of the brackets over the next few weeks. You can donate at the beginning, and “spend” your votes in the weeks to come, or you can keep track of all your votes and donate appropriately at the end. You can make a donation of an item the shelter needs and then vote according to the dollar value of your gift. Please be honest and generous. We’re trying to help animals and the people who help them. Don’t cheat.

2) There are several ways you can donate:

  • Go to this link on the APL website (“Make a One Time Donation”) and do it online
  • Send the APL a check, made out to Cleveland Animal Protective League or the Cleveland APL, and mail it to: Cleveland Animal Protective League, 1729 Willey Avenue, Cleveland,  OH  44113
  • Buy something from the APL Amazon wishlist and it will be shipped directly to them
  • Buy something from their wishlist and bring it with you to the SAA meeting in Cleveland. There will be a collection point at the meeting–probably in the registration area–but that will be confirmed closer to the meeting

3) Whenever and however you donate, please contact Caryn (caryn.radick@gmail.com) to let her know what you gave. This is the only way we can keep track of how much money this campaign is raising, and we’d kind of like to be able to know how successful we’ve been, as well as track information that will help us plan for possible ventures in future years. (Your name will be kept confidential, although you’re welcome and encouraged to talk about donating!)

4) This will work in a “March Madness” style bracket system. So we’re starting out with 32 animals–16 cats and 16 dogs competing in 16 brackets. Working up to the start of the SAA meeting we’ll be narrowing it down to 16 animals, then 8, then 4 and then ultimately the final two: top cat vs. top dog. The final battle will take place during the week of the SAA meeting, with the winner announced on Saturday, August 22.

5) You can vote more than once for any animal in any bracket. You will also be able to track how the voting is going over the course of the competition, so if you’re really pulling for one animal, you can keep voting for him or her and try to put your favorite over the top. But remember, if you vote, you should pay up accordingly.

6)You are welcome to help promote this competition to your colleagues, friends, and patrons, but please make it clear that while it looks free to vote (and it technically is), they should make donations accordingly.

7) While SAA is assisting us in promoting this fundraising effort, this is not formally associated with SAA. So if there’s anything you don’t like about it, don’t blame them. If you have any questions or concerns, please leave a comment below or contact Caryn or me (info@archivesnext.com).

Our thanks to Amy Schindler, who also has helped in narrowing down the voluminous and adorable pictures of animals submitted by a wide range of archival institutions.

Testing, testing

This is a test. I’m trying out the polling options that I hope we’ll be using for the Cats & Dogs From the Archives contest that will launch this weekend. If you see this, please take a look at the two polls below and vote in them. Try voting more than once (maybe twice, but don’t go crazy). Let me know what you think of how it works. I don’t have unlimited options, but some things are configurable. I think we should let people see the results, don’t you?

Note if you want to see a bigger version of the image, just click on it.

There are two test polls below. Please keep scrolling down to vote in both of them.



New test:

Spontaneous Scholarships 2015: 41 recipients, 111 donors!

Things have been a little more hectic for me than usual, but at last I’m happy to share the good news about this year’s Spontaneous Scholarships. 111 lovely people donated a total of $9,659, allowing 19 students and 22 “regular” members to receive funds to pay for their registrations for the SAA Annual Meeting. With these 41 new scholarship winners, your donations have helped a total of 190 people over the past five years.

With each year it’s great to see more people also stepping in help encourage and support donations. This year we had two matching pledges–one person gave $5 for every donation in the first week and another pledged to match all donations made in the final week. I am sure both of these generous offers sparked some people to give–both early and late in the campaign! I also think that this year’s book raffle for donors helped generate a few additional contributions. Thanks again to  Michelle Caswell, Sami Norling, Aaron Purcell, Caryn Radick, Kathleen Roe, and Tanya Zanish-Belcher for their donations of books (and a journal) for the raffle!

As always, I know from the messages I see from both people who received scholarships and those who did not how grateful they are for the generosity of the donors, who make these opportunities possible. Through the scholarships we’re able to give our colleagues a little bit of help when they need it, and also show that there is a community of professionals who care. It’s a pleasure for me to be able to provide one way to channel that community’s good will. Thank you to all of this year’s donors, and to those who’ve given in the past. Looking forward to seeing everyone (who can make it) in Cleveland!

Your Cats & Dogs from the Archives can help the Cleveland Animal Protective League!

Knowing how much archivists love their own cats, dogs, and other pets, our colleague Caryn Radick decided to explore ways our community could help a local animal shelter in conjunction with the SAA annual meeting in Cleveland this August. In addition to onsite opportunities to help, Caryn and I have teamed up to host a virtual battle royale between your cats and dogs from the archives!

On or about July 24 we’ll launch a March Madness style competition, in which your donations to the Cleveland Animal Protective League will allow you to vote for your favorite images of cats and dogs from the archives. We’ll start out with a “sweet 16” and by the week before the SAA meeting it will be down to the top cat and top dog battling it out for supremacy, with the winner announced on August 21. We’ll follow up with more information about how you can vote, but for now we need you to send in the best images of dogs and cats your collections have to offer.  Please send an image or a link (with no copyright restrictions, please) to kate.theimer [@] gmail.com no later than Wednesday, July 22. We’ll do the hard work of selecting the final animals for the competition, and then announce how you can support your favorites, and more importantly, support the great work of the Cleveland Animal Protective League!

Details:

1) Yes, you can send in more than one image. But please try to have only cats or dogs in each. We’re all in favor of inter-species fraternization, but not for this competition!

2) Submissions from outside the U.S. are welcomed.

3) Please provide an appropriate credit line for your image.

4) What about other animals, you ask? If this goes well, next year may see the top dog or cat take on all comers! So save your pictures of goats, horses, birds, and other remarkable creatures for next time.

With one week left for Spontaneous Scholarships–dollar for dollar matching pledge just received!

With just one week left to throw your name in the hat for a Spontaneous Scholarship this year, I was feeling a bit down because so far donations have also been down. We’ve got 50 people asking for help this year (more “regulars” than students, for the first time), and donations are a little over a third of what we had at the end of last year’s campaign. However, a Very Generous Donor has stepped forward and pledged to match dollar for dollar all contributions made in this final week!

So, if you’ve been procrastinating, this should help you overcome your problem. Give now and your donation will be doubled. Bless, you Very Generous Donor.

And, as always, if you need help, please ask for it. I hope we will see a surge of cash & checks, and so be able to assist even more people this year. More information about applying and giving are available back on this post.

I also want to thank the Generous Donor who helped get the ball rolling during the first week. S/he pledged to give $5 for every donation made during that week, and so thanks to the 36 of you who gave in early June and raised an additional $180 to give away!