Save the Date: August 2, 2018

Please save the date: Thursday, August 2, will be our annual meeting, this year at Wartburg College’s Vogel Library in Waverly. College archivist Amy Moorman will be our host this year. Thank you, Amy!

In addition to our usual activity reports in the morning and one confirmed afternoon session, we have a slot open for another session. If you have an idea for a 30-minute presentation that you would like to share with the group that afternoon, please let Amy know:

We will have more details about the schedule as the date gets closer but, for now, please save August 2 on your calendar.


Info for CIA meeting August 10 at Parks Library


9:00 Arrive: meet in Parks Library 198

9:30: Welcome by Beth McNeil, Dean of Iowa State University Library  (Parks 198)

9:30-Noon: CIA meeting (Parks 198)

Noon-2:00: Lunch on your own

2:00-4:00: Tours and Presentations:

  • Update on NHPRC funded project “Modern Tools for Modern Research:
    Migrating Old Finding Aids to a New Archives Management System” (Parks 32)
  • Special Collections & University Archives Show & Tell (Parks 405)
  • Conservation lab tours (Parks 441)
  • Digital Scholarship and Initiatives Presentation (Parks 198)

CIA meeting agenda

  1. Introductions – including welcome to new members
  2. Reports around the table of our current activities (depending on turnout, we may need to limit to 5-10 minutes per person)
  3. CIA representation at the regional organizations’ section at SAA (Laura)
  4. Program planning for CIA – discussion (Laura)
  5. Possibly formalize CIA organization – discussion (Tony)
  6. Old business
  7. New business

More Information

Directions and parking, maps, and food options can be found in the guide linked here: CIAinfo10Aug2017

Hold the Date: 2017 Annual Meeting

The 2017 CIA annual meeting will be Thursday, August 10th.  This year’s meeting will be held in Ames, Iowa and hosted by Iowa State University’s Special Collections and University Archives, located in Parks Library.

Stay tuned for additional details.

2016 Annual Meeting Program


We look forward to seeing you in Perry next Thursday, July 21, for our annual meeting. Please, if you could, RSVP to me ( with your menu preference by next Tuesday afternoon so that we can have a head count for our lunch reservation.

Where: Hometown Heritage in Perry, 1124 Willis Avenue, second floor (accessible by elevator)

9:00-9:30 social time and coffee

9:30-12:00 meeting: welcome new members, around the table – discuss activity or projects at our shops, any current issues of concern

12:00-1:30 lunch at the Arrow Room in David’s Milwaukee Diner at Hotel Pattee; menu:
Four Cheese Mac $7.95- American, cheddar, fontina, and Parmesan
Fresh Ground Hamburger $8.95- burger served with fries
Classic Club $8.95- club served with potato salad

1:30-3:30 tour Hometown Heritage, historic Perry

Links of interest:

Hotel Pattee:

Hometown Heritage:

Map of Perry:,+IA+50220/@41.8431252,-94.1140901,14z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x87ec4acbf2c9bfa7:0xda5a697c71841b8!8m2!3d41.8385964!4d-94.1071797?hl=en

Many thanks to Bill Clark and the Hometown Heritage staff and volunteers for hosting us this year! We look forward to seeing you soon.



David McCartney, C.A.
University Archivist
Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives
The University of Iowa Libraries
100 Main Library
Iowa City, IA 52242-1420

2016 Annual Meeting in Perry, Iowa

Get out your calendars and save the date for our 2016 annual meeting, coming up in July! We will be meeting at:

Hometown Heritage, Town/Craft location
Perry, IA
Date: Thursday, July 21

People who need overnight accommodations may want to check into the Hotel Pattee, a beautifully-restored historic landmark in downtown Perry.

Details with an agenda will be forthcoming but for now, please save the date and we hope to see you then.

2015 CIA Annual Meeting in Mason City, Iowa

Please plan to attend the annual meeting of the Consortium of Iowa Archivists to be held in Mason City in just a couple of weeks.

When: Thursday, July 30; 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Where: Mason City Public Library, 225 Second St. SE


9:00-9:30 – coffee

9:30-11:30 – meeting

  1. CIA web site and blog administrative update (Laura Sullivan)
  2. HICRN project update (David McCartney)
  3. What we’re up to (around the table)
  4. Old / new business

11:30-1:00 – lunch

State Street Deli or alternate location – a short walk from MCPL

1:00-3:30 – continue meeting if desired; local tour

MCPL’s art collection; Rock Crest/Rock Glen tour, either self-guided or with Terry; Stockman House nearby. Local visitor information/city maps will be provided.

Please let us know by Tuesday, July 28, if you can come so that we can get a head count for lunch reservations. Contact: Terry Harrison –  or David McCartney –

Many thanks to Terry for hosting our meeting this year!

Regional Archival Associations Consortium

Did you know that there are over 50 regional archives groups (Regionals) in the United States? Some, such as the New England Archivists, represent multiple states over a large geographic area, while others are more narrow in geographic scope, such as the Seattle Area Archivists, which represents a single metro area.

Please view this map as a visual.
Many of these Regionals overlap geographically. For example, if you work in Cleveland you could belong to up to three Regionals.

By virtue of membership overlap, there probably is coordination between groups that share a geographic area. Can the same be said for Regionals of similar size or type across the country?

The Regional Archival Associations Consortium (RAAC) fosters communication and collaboration among all Regionals. In 2013, RAAC was formed by inviting each Regional to join, with one representative per association. Representatives from each type of Regional–local, state and multi-state–serve together on one of six subcommittees and have been working  together on a few stated goals.

Making Progress 

The Grant Development Subcommittee has compiled grant opportunities by region for a new online resource. 

The Education Subcommittee has created a Governance Document Repository compiled from the working documents of Regionals. The Repository provides examples of governing documents such as mission statements, constitutions & bylaws, and guidelines for  advocacy & outreach, event planning, and newsletters & journals.

The Disaster Planning & Recovery Subcommittee has created an online resource that provides information on regional, national, and international disaster planning and recovery resources.

 The Directory Subcommittee created a comprehensive list of archives groups in the United States and Canada. The directory makes it easy to see the breadth and scope of the Regional community. The directory includes contact information and a brief snapshot of each Regional’s activities.


The Public Awareness Subcommittee maintains a Facebook page to profile a Regional’s event each month. Beyond simply promoting these events, we hope that archivists will use the page as a catalog of events and programs to borrow from. Public Awareness also facilitates information sharing among Regionals and publicizes the work of the Committee. ()


With the help of SAA’s Issues and Advocacy Roundtable, the RAAC Advocacy Subcommittee is currently investigating how to best establish formal communication lines through which regionals can report local advocacy issues to SAA and ask for advocacy assistance.


In addition to the work of the subcommittees, co-chair Amanda Focke represents RAAC in the Coalition to Advance Learning in Archives, Libraries and Museums. RAAC joins other archival organizations such as SAA and CoSA to represent the archival field on the Coalition, whose purpose is to work in deliberate coordination across organizational boundaries to devise and strengthen sustainable Continuing Education and Professional Development (CE/PD) programs that will transform the library, archives, and museum workforce in ways that lead to measurable impact on our nation’s communities.


Future Steps 

This is my first and only career; I hope never to leave it. I come from a family of public servants. I’ve heard my whole life the cliche “I didn’t get into this for the money.” While it is laudable to have all-volunteer organizations, constant turnover in leadership can, without solid recruiting, jeopardize the vitality of a Regional.

RAAC seeks to ease the burden of new leadership by providing practical guidance. For the coming year we will focus on education, outreach, grants, disaster planning, and advocacy.


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Please consider attending our meeting at SAA on Wednesday, August 19. Time: TBD.

Daniel Alonzo represents the Archivists of Central Texas in the Regional Archival Associations Consortium and is Chair of the RAAC Public Awareness Subcommittee.