• 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.

  • 21 Feb 2020 12:30 PM | Carol Ng-He

    Wrap-up: Curating & Exhibitions Interest Group Virtual Meetup on “How to Create Digital Exhibits with Library Collections and Archives”

    On February 20, 2020, the Curating & Exhibitions Interest Group hosted its first virtual meet-up with a topic on “How to Create Digital Exhibitions with Library Collections and Archives.” Three panelists were featured in the event including:

    • Rachel Shaevel, Metadata Librarian and Cataloger at the Chicago Public Library and Co-chair of Digital Exhibits Committee, Chicago Collections Consortium

    • Gretchen Neidhardt, Cataloging and Metadata Librarian, Chicago History Museum, and Co-chair of Digital Exhibits Committee, Chicago Collections Consortium

    • Andrew Bullen, Information Technology Coordinator, Illinois State Library

    Moderated by Carol Ng-He, Exhibits Coordinator, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, and Founder & Organizer of the Interest Group, the meet-up covered presentations on examples of digital exhibits that are developed by the Chicago Collections Consortium and the Illinois State Library. The panelists walked us through the process from selecting the online platforms, their main features, pros, and cons, as well as the challenges and their solutions. Issues about digitization, image optimization and web editing for the exhibit were addressed. Joshua Lynch from the Illinois Digital Heritage Hub (IDHH) who was in the audience was invited to make a brief introduction of IDHH and the possibility of hosting digital exhibits on their portal.

    A total of 54 attendees participated in the event. 

    The recording of the meet-up is available at

  • 18 Feb 2020 5:09 PM | Hathaway Hester

    We are extending the nomination period for Steering Committee candidates until Monday, February 24, 2020. If you have ever had the notion to run for CAA Steering Committee, now is the time to act! We are in danger of being out of compliance with our by-laws because we currently do not have enough candidates to fill the four open Steering Committee positions. 

    We need members like you to serve on Steering to keep CAA the active and vibrant organization that it is. Being on Steering is a great opportunity to get to know your colleagues, to gain leadership skills, and to learn about the inner workings of a not-for-profit organization. Please consider running!

    Here are the details:

    Service on the Steering Committee is open to all CAA members in good standing. Steering Committee members are elected to two-year terms. Those elected must be able to commit to monthly in-person meetings with some work conducted virtually between meetings.

    Candidates for the 2020-22 term will be elected by a vote of CAA members cast electronically soon after the Annual Members Meeting on Wednesday, March 18. Candidates will have an opportunity to introduce themselves at the annual meeting.

    To volunteer, submit a brief (1-2 paragraph) Statement of Interest outlining your background and motivation for serving on the Steering Committee to Please include your full name, title, place of work (if applicable), and preferred contact phone and email address.

    If you have any questions, please contact

  • 11 Feb 2020 12:05 PM | Jill Waycie

    CAA's #JoinCAA2020 Membership Drive continues into its second week!

    Today we’re debuting some quotes from your colleagues' recordings at the Holiday Party Sound Booth! Find out what your fellow CAA members value most about the organization, and don’t forget to join, refer, or renew!

    "The Chicago Area Archivists is a really great opportunity for you to test out your own leadership skills." – Andy Steadham

    "What I love about being part of CAA and what has really shaped me as a professional, I've been able to test out and confirm and affirm through this organization." – Morgen MacIntosh-Hodgetts

    "I’ve worked with a number of different organizations. I found out about several of them just from my acquaintances here at CAA, so I really value CAA and I love coming to the holiday party every year just to see friends." – Jane Kenamore

    Remember: the first 10 new members to sign up before March 18 will receive a CAA-branded journal! If 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. 

    Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay tuned throughout the drive for more on why you should #JoinCAA2020

  • 07 Feb 2020 1:53 PM | Hathaway Hester

    DEADLINE EXTENDED! We are now accepting candidate statements of interest through February 14.

    Are you interested in becoming more involved in the Chicago archives community? Consider volunteering to serve on the Chicago Area Archivists Steering Committee. Not only will you get to work closely with some of your colleagues in the profession, but CAA service is a great way to gain valuable experience in preparation for service in regional and national archival organizations.

    What does the Steering Committee do? The Steering Committee is tasked with:

    ·        Supporting programmatic goals for the organization

    ·        Responding to the needs of CAA members

    ·        Representing CAA within the larger profession and to the general public

    ·        Setting standards to ensure the sustainability of CAA

    Think you aren’t experienced enough to serve on the Steering Committee? Think again: any organization needs fresh viewpoints to remain vibrant. And CAA is meant to serve the needs of all of its members, including those who are new to the profession.

    What are the requirements? Service on the Steering Committee is open to all CAA members in good standing. Steering Committee members are elected to two-year terms that begin and end at the Annual Members Meeting. Those elected must be able to commit to monthly in-person meetings with some work conducted virtually between meetings.

    Candidates for the 2020-22 term will be elected by a vote of CAA members cast electronically after the Annual Members Meeting on Wednesday, March 18.

    To volunteer, submit a brief (1-2 paragraph) Statement of Interest outlining your background and motivation for serving on the Steering Committee to Please include your full name, title, place of work (if applicable), and preferred contact phone and email address.

    Statements of interest will be distributed to CAA members 30 days prior to the Annual Members Meeting. Candidates will also have an opportunity to introduce themselves at the meeting on March 18.

    The deadline to submit your statement is Friday, February 14 at 11:59 pm.

    Please send general questions or comments to

  • 27 Jan 2020 12:00 PM | Brittan Nannenga


    Chicago Area Archivists is kicking off 2020 with a membership drive! We have PRIZES! and INCENTIVES! for both new members that join and existing members.

    From February 1 until the annual Members Meeting on March 18, we will be highlighting the benefits of CAA membership, sharing stories from current members about why membership matters, and offering prizes and incentives to those that join and help spread the word.


    The first 10 new members to sign up during the drive will receive a FREE CAA JOURNAL. It’s customized with the CAA logo, spiral-bound, and lined—perfect for managing your archives to-do list.

    Join online—annual dues are only $15.00.


    Refer a friend or colleague to join CAA, you will be entered into a drawing with a chance to win a $15 gift card to Starbucks.

    Any member who refers a friend or colleague to join CAA during the drive will be added to the pool, and we will pick 3 winners at random at the members meeting in March.

    When new members sign up, they can simply add your name to the Referring Member field.

    Refer your friends early so they have a chance at winning the CAA swag! They might win, you might win...It’s a potential WIN-WIN.

    Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay tuned throughout the drive for more on why you should #JoinCAA2020

  • 17 Jan 2020 10:31 AM | Jill Waycie

    It’s been quite a while since our last Member News post, and our latest showcases CAA in the podcast world!

    Frank Villella, director of the Rosenthal Archives at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, guest hosted a CSO-themed episode of the Chicago-based trivia podcast Quiz Quiz Bang Bang. Fans of trivia/music/archives, check out the episode (and an incredibly cute Lego orchestra image) here!

    Frank is also featured along with 17 (and counting) other archivists on CAA’s own podcast series, Chicago Open Archives, currently on its second season and rolling out new episodes monthly! All episodes can be accessed on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, or Stitcher.

    If you have news to share about yourself or your colleagues, let us know! Contact or email the co-chairs of the Outreach and Member Engagement Subcommittee: Brittan Nannenga ( and Jill Waycie ( 

  • 06 Jan 2020 11:07 AM | Doris Cardenas (Administrator)

    On Wednesday December 11th, forty-nine people gathered to join their fellow archivists for the annual Holiday Party. This time around we tried a new venue, The Den. 

    Everyone enjoyed catching up with friends while savoring Mexican food from Antique Taco. There were more raffle prizes than ever before and a merry evening was had by all.

    Thank you to all that attended and a special thanks to those who donated prizes for the raffle and the individuals that helped put the event together!

    Hope to see many of you at other events planned for 2020!

    If you attended this event and took photos, please consider sharing and uploading them here.

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