• 16 Jun 2020 6:30 PM | Doris Cardenas

    On Thursday, June 4th, thirty-nine CAA members attended the second virtual event in the What's Your DAM? series. Sara Chapman, the Executive Director of Media Burn Archive, was the guest speaker.

    Sara gave an overview of the organization and explained that the collection starts in 1970. It is mostly documentary videos, but Media Burn also has short videos, experimental videos, and narrative animation. 

    Sara illustrated how she uses the Independent Media Arts Preservation (IMAP) template database which was started in the 1990s. It is a Filemaker Pro database which can be exported to either Dublin Core or MARC.  

    Thank you everyone who attended the virtual event and showed great interest in the talk with their comments and questions. A special thanks to Sara for taking time out of her day to speak to CAA members!

  • 27 May 2020 5:12 PM | Doris Cardenas

    Last Thursday May 21st, twenty CAA members attended the first virtual event in the series What's Your DAM? Jenai Cutcher, the founding Executive and Artistic Director for Chicago Dance History Project, gave an insightful and interesting talk. 

    Jenai provided a personal background and discussed the various roles she has as an artist, tap dancer, writer, and journalist and now as an archivist. She spoke about her use of SalesForce, a customer relations management system and how it was customized to suit her needs. Attendees were shown how SalesForce works and Jenai gladly answered all questions and welcomed comments. 

    Thank you so much to everyone who attended the event and special thanks to Jenai for taking the time to speak to CAA members!

  • 02 Apr 2020 4:33 PM | Hathaway Hester

    Dear Colleagues,

    The results are in! Introducing your new CAA Steering Committee members for 2020-2022:

    Ashley Howdeshell

    Assistant University Archivist

    Loyola University Chicago Archives and Special Collections


    Erin Matson

    Librarian and Archivist

    Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 


    Andy Meyer

    Director of Archives and Special Collections

    North Park University    


    Andrew Thompson

    Accessions Supervisor

    University of Chicago, Special Collections

    Thank you to everyone who volunteered to run for Steering Committee and thank you to those who voted!
  • 23 Mar 2020 2:13 PM | Jerice Barrios (Administrator)

    The Archives and Archivists of Color interest group is very pleased to announce G'Jordan Williams as the winner of the 2020 Travel Fund Award.

    G'Jordan is a graduate student as well as Archives Associate and Education Programs Coordinator at DuSable Museum of African American History. In their application essay they wrote, "I plan to apply all skills gained, and all relationships formed to aid my mission to assist Black communities in safeguarding culture by applying transformative information science. Further, I plan to use the professional network acquired at the conference to help secure funding and resources appropriated for those who will take on the privilege of culture curation." 

    Congratulations to G' Jordan, and many thanks to CAA members and friends for making this award possible. In light of the cancellation of MAC 2020, the Travel Fund Award will be used in the coming year to send G'Jordan to the archives conference of their choice. More details will be shared as they become available.

    Update:  G'Jordan Williams used the Travel Fund Award to attend the 2022 MAC meeting in Madison, WI. See

  • 20 Mar 2020 8:59 AM | Jill Waycie

    Congratulations to the Chicago Area Archivists 2020 Member of the Year Award winner Carol Ng-He! 

    Carol initiated the Curating and Exhibitions Interest Group, recognizing that there was not a local professional group focused on exhibits and displays in libraries, archives, and special collections institutions. Since its official inception in 2019, she has recruited nearly 40 individuals to the group, and hosted four programs both on site and virtually to maximize impacts and attendance. 

    By identifying a local need for our profession and working within CAA to provide opportunities for members, Carol has contributed to the growth of the CAA community and expanded professional development and scholarship.

    Congratulations Carol! Her win was announced at Wednesday's members meeting. Carol will receive a framed Member of the Year certificate. For more information on both the Member of the Year Award and the Janet Olson Award, check out the Awards page. 

    Carol Ng-He is currently the Exhibits Coordinator at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library. She was formerly the School and Community Program Manager at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. Aside from her involvement with CAA, she also co-leads the Exhibitions Special Interest Group and serves on various committees at the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA). Carol has published articles and chapters on library exhibitions, art and museum education, and community art development in the Journal of Museum Education, Teaching Artist Journal, and Visual Inquiry, among others. Carol holds an MA in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute is Chicago and a certificate in Museum Studies from Northwestern University. Carol is a 2019 ALA Spectrum Scholar and a MLIS candidate at San Jose State University.   

  • 16 Mar 2020 3:14 PM | Jill Waycie

    CAA's #JoinCAA2020 Membership Drive ends in TWO DAYS! We’ll announce the drawing winners during the virtual meeting on March 18.

    Enjoy some more quotes from the Holiday Party Sound Booth, and make sure to join, refer, or renew!  

    “My favorite part of any CAA event is when I look out over the crowd and I hear everybody’s talking to each other, everybody’s having a good time, everyone is engaged and this is obviously a vibrant and thriving organization.” -- Janet Olson

    "I really love being a member of Chicago Area Archivists because it's just such a great group of people. You know, even if I fell out of the archives world, I would still want to see these people." -- Nathalie Wheaton

    Prizes and incentives include:

    • New members: The first 10 new members to sign up before March 18 will receive a CAA-branded journal!All new members who join during the drive will be entered into a drawing to win a swag item from the CAA Shop!

    • Referring membersIf someone referred you to CAA, add their name in the Referring Member field and they could win too! We’ll hold a drawing during the members meeting for 3 referring members to win a $15 Starbucks gift card. 

  • 16 Mar 2020 10:37 AM | Hathaway Hester

    CAA Steering Committee elections are just over a week away. Voting will open on March 25 and run through April 1. Read candidate statements at this link.

    Candidates will also have a chance to introduce themselves at this Wednesday's CAA Annual Members Meeting, which will take place virtually. Register for the meeting here.

  • 13 Mar 2020 10:45 AM | Hathaway Hester

    Dear Colleagues,

    For the health and safety of our members during the COVID-19 outbreak, the CAA Steering Committee has decided to hold our Annual Members Meeting via videoconference. We will still meet from 6-8 pm on Wednesday, 3/18, and we will still have the same agenda, only we won’t be face-to-face.

    Realizing that this decision may change some people’s ability to attend the meeting, we will extend registration to Tuesday, 3/17 at 5pm. It’s important for all attendees to register, as call-in info will only be sent to those who have signed up for the meeting. You may register here:

    While we will miss seeing everyone in person, Steering is confident that a virtual meeting is the right thing to do given the circumstances we are all living under at this moment. We look forward to seeing you online on Wednesday.

    Please do not hesitate to reach out to any of us with questions.

    Wishing you good health,

    Your Steering Committee

    Hathaway Hester (Chair)

    Laura Alagna

    Rene Aranzamendez

    Jerice Barrios

    Ashley Gosselar

    Dan Harper

    Michelle McCoy

    Rebekah McFarland


  • 26 Feb 2020 9:13 AM | Brittan Nannenga

    We’re launching a new Member Spotlight Series, in conjunction with CAA’s 2020 Membership Drive!

    For this series we’ll be turning the spotlight on CAA members to share their experiences of getting interested in archives and working in the field, and how they have been involved with CAA and benefited from membership.

    CAA Member Spotlight Series: Hathaway Hester

    We're kicking off the series with Hathaway Hester, current Steering Committee Chair and long-time member of CAA.

    Where do you work, and how long have you held your position? 

    I’ve worked at the National Association of REALTORS® Library & Archives since 2015, and have held my current position as Manager since 2018. Our Archives documents the history of NAR and the development of the real estate profession in the United States. While I’m primarily an archivist, I also contribute some library work as well. We have the largest real estate library in the world, by number of volumes, and have a user base of over 1.4 million. My colleagues and I are certainly kept busy!

    How did you get into archives work? 

    Before I went to grad school, I had a couple jobs in special libraries and a job doing historical research. I followed this path to its logical conclusion and ended up focusing my studies on archives and special collections at Dominican University.

    What is your favorite thing about your job? 

    The work is extremely varied. Through this job I have the opportunity to do research, work with collections, oversee projects, give presentations, write articles, develop my management skills, report metrics, and travel to NAR meetings and conferences.

    Do you have a favorite collection or item in your repository?

    I’m not sure if this counts as my favorite, but I literally would not be able to do my job without our collection of Board of Directors minutes. I consult them daily!

    How long have you been involved in CAA and in what capacity?

    I’ve been a member since 2006, but didn’t start volunteering with CAA until about 6-7 years ago. First I was a member of the Professional Development Subcommittee (now known as Programming), then went on to cochair that subcommittee for a few years. In 2018, I was elected to the Steering Committee and this past year have served as CAA’s Chair.

    What is your favorite thing about being involved in CAA?

    I’ve learned so much from my CAA colleagues and made some amazing friends!

    What is your favorite thing to do in Chicago?

    One of my favorites is Midnight Circus in the Parks, an organization that brings circus shows into communities across Chicago while raising money for local parks. I go to their shows every year; not only do I get to see amazing performers, but I get to support three of my favorite things: Chicago neighborhoods, our parks, and circus arts.

    Share your story! If you are interested in being highlighted for the Member Spotlight or nominating another member, please contact us at

  • 25 Feb 2020 3:29 PM | Hathaway Hester

    Here is your slate of candidates for the 2020-2022 CAA Steering Committee!

    Ashley Howdeshell

    Assistant University Archivist

    Loyola University Chicago Archives and Special Collections


    Kendra Long


    4S Bay LLC/Sarowitz Family Foundation


    Erin Matson

    Librarian and Archivist

    Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 


    Andy Meyer

    Director of Archives and Special Collections

    North Park University    


    Andrew Thompson

    Accessions Supervisor

    University of Chicago, Special Collections


    Please join us at the CAA Annual Meeting on March 18 to meet the candidates in person. You may register for the meeting here:

    Voting will take place March 25-April 1. Ballots will be sent to the membership via email.

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