ASSOCIATION OF CENTERS FOR THE STUDY OF CONGRESS
Welcome by Program Committee
Welcome by ACSC President and introduction of officers and committee chairs
Membership report and Introduction of New Members
Preview of Business Meeting Announce Award winners
Session 1: Keynote, A Fireside Chat with Dr. Colleen Shogan
Join LOC’s Dr. Colleen Shogan for a lively conversation about outreach. Our speaker will focus on LOC’s core strategies for best practices related to the development, execution and evaluation of outreach initiatives.
Dr. Colleen Shogan, Deputy Director of National and International Outreach
Ellis Brachman, Chief Communications Officer and Senior Advisor, National & International Outreach at Library of Congress
Session 2: Creating a Congressional Center: A Member’s Perspective
Majority Leader and U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) shares his thoughts of public service, legacy and building a congressional center.
Deborah Skaggs, Archivist, U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and Elaine L. Chao Archives, University of Louisville
U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell
Session 3: Congressional Centers Go Speed Geeking
The News Round Up is updated for 2017! Join your colleagues for an immersive, invigorating and fun approach to meeting people and learning about your congressional center colleagues and institutions.
See folders for instructions!
Debbie Davendonis-Todd, Director, W. R. Poage Legislative Library
Dinner @ Clyde’s
Details to Follow!
Executive Committee Meeting
Coffee and Danish
Session 4: LOC Manuscripts Division
Four staff share the expertise, goals and insights of the Division, focusing on processing, preservation and research use of LOC congressional and public policy collections.
Karen D. Paul, Archivist, US Senate
Connie Cartledge, Senior Archives Specialist: Processing Congressional Collections
Kathleen O’Neill, Senior Archives Specialist: Preserving and Processing Born-Digital Material
Sahr Conway-Lanz, Historian and Manuscript Specialist: Providing Access to a Split Collection the Yale-LOC Kissinger Papers ProjectRyan Reft, Historian and Manuscript Specialist: Recent Trends in the Research Use of Modern Congressional and Public Policy Collections
Session 5: Former Member Spotlight
Ray Smock, Director, Robert C. Byrd Center for Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education
Barney Frank (D- Massachusetts), 1981-2013
Peter Kovar, Takoma Park City Council Member, former Chief of Staff, Congressman Barney Frank
Session 6: Business Meeting Action Items for Membership Vote: Treasurer’s Report
Items Brought from the Executive Committee
Preview of Continuing or Upcoming Projects
Next Year’s Annual Meeting Host and Dates
Session 7: Researchers, Teachers, Oh My!
Let’s hear about how our collections have been used in the past year! We will talk to a college professor about incorporating congressional collections in his classroom.
One of our own congressional archivists will discuss her knowledge in developing and collaborating on entire courses around Congress. We will also talk to a “traditional” researcher, an ACSC Grant for Research in Congressional Collection recipient, about using congressional collections for her dissertation as well as her experience researching government archives in England.
Sarah D’Antonio Gard, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas
Hope Grebner Bibens, Political Papers Archivist and Assistant Professor of Librarianship, Drake University
Caitlin Rathe, Ph.D. candidate at University of California Santa Barbara
Dr. Brad Owens, Senior Lecturer in Journalism, Public Relations and News Media at Baylor University
Session 8: Creating New Connections with Existing Collections
Many repositories have robust collections that support scholarly research. Are you looking for new ways to connect with new audiences? Why not repurpose your existing efforts and invite the public to partner with you in exploring innovative ways to access collections. Find out about the Library of Congress’s National Digital Initiatives symposium ‘Collections as Data’ and an upcoming data hackathon.
Learn more from NEH about the exciting
‘Chronicling America Data Challenge’ that encouraged the public to explore LOC’s digital newspaper repository and create imaginative web-based projects. Find out how NARA is encouraging ‘citizen scanners’ and crowd-sourced transcription at the ‘Innovation Hub’. All of these inventive ideas might inspire you to look at your collections in a new light and to find connections with a new audience.
Alison White, Deputy Archivist, U.S. Senate
Jaime Mears, Program Office, National Digital Initiatives
Leah Weinryb Grohsgal, Senior Program Officer, Division of Preservation and Access, National Endowment for the Humanities
Andrew Wilson, Director of Digital Engagement, National Archives and Records and Administration
Session 9: Outreach: High Impact, Low Cost
Gather ‘round for fresh insights into low- cost, effective, innovative ways to engage educational and public audiences with archival resources.
Moderator: Charles Flanagan, Outreach Supervisor, Center for Legislative Archives, National Archives
Panelists: Val McVey, Curriculum Director, Lou Frey Institute of Politics and Government, discussing the S.I.P.S. Program (Students Investigating Primary Sources).
Katie Munn, Education Specialist, The Center for Legislative Archives, National Archives discussing Distance Learning
Andrea Lewis, Public Program Coordinator, The U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Innovative Strategies for Engaging Visiting Families
Coffee and Danish
Session 10: Wikipedia and Civic Engagement
Wikipedia is in the top 5 most visited sites on the internet, with over 5.3 million articles. Panelists will share their expert perspectives on working with both Wikimedia and cultural heritage communities about finding opportunities for congressional centers to contribute to the online encyclopedia.
Danielle Emerling, Assistant Curator, Congressional and Political Papers Archivist, West Virginia University Libraries
Kelly Doyle, Wikipedian in Residence for Gender Equity, West Virginia University Libraries
Andrew Lih, Associate Professor, School of Communication, American University
Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight, Wikipedia Visiting Scholar, Northeastern University Libraries
Session 11: Digital Preservation @ LOC
This session will focus on a few of the many different digital preservation initiatives the Library of Congress is currently undertaking. Our LOC and NDSR presenters will provide insights into how they are tackling some of the most challenging issues facing archivists today. From the complexities of preserving federal websites to emails to managing a large-scale collection of born-digital photographs to recommended formats and standards, our expert panelists will give overviews of the projects they are working on and will highlight the archival challenges and opportunities they face. In addition, they will share lessons learned and provide connections and ideas for the future that you can take back to your own institutions.
Katie Delacenserie, Archivist, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
Abbie Grotke, Lead Information Technology Specialist, Web Archiving Team, Library of Congress
Kate Murray, IT Specialist, Digital Collections & Management Services, Library of Congress
Abigail Potter, Senior Innovation Specialist, National Digital Initiatives Division, Library of Congress
Ted Westervelt, Head of the Serials – Arts, Humanities & Sciences Section, Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate, Library of Congress
Elizabeth England, National Digital Stewardship Resident, The Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University
Executive Committee meeting [if necessary]