• 27 Feb 2018 12:31 PM | Anonymous

    In an ongoing series during CAA Steering Committee election time, we hear from George Kutsunis, current Steering Committee Chair.

    There are lots of groups that advocate for our profession, providing everything from a recognized archiving credential to national advocacy to networking, but there is only one group that is looking out for archivists in Chicago, and that is the CAA.

    The Steering Committee for Chicago Area Archivists is the best way to advocate for your profession at the local level. By joining Steering, you can highlight the work of local archivists, draw attention to local archives in distress and celebrate the collections that are only located here in Chicago.

    Volunteering for the Steering or one of the subcommittees allows you to make an impact for your profession locally, and offers a huge return on your time investment. If you have gone to any of the panels, events or tours that the CAA hosts each year, I don't need to tell you what a perk having a local organization like the CAA is.

    Please help us continue working to advocate our profession in a way that no national organization can. Run for Steering or join a committee. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, March 21. 

    Feel free to contact George or other Steering Committee members with questions.

  • 21 Feb 2018 11:40 AM | Anonymous

    In an ongoing series during CAA Steering Committee election time, we hear from another Steering Committee member, Amy Belotti.

    If you are a CAA subcommittee member, you should absolutely consider running for Steering. Being a part of Steering allows you to extend your understanding of and your impact on our local professional network. In addition, you will be able to expand upon your leadership skills in an extremely supportive environment.

    I relocated to Chicago in 2016 and immediately joined the Outreach sub-committee, as well as took on the position of co-chair for 2016's Chicago Open Archives. I joined the CAA Steering Committee the following year (2017). This evolution went quick; even I was surprised by it. But within a year I felt like I had a place in the Chicago archival community and was ready to do more. Having gained experience with the subcommittee and a flagship CAA event definitely helped me feel confident in my skills to serve on Steering. However, I also felt like I still maintained a fresh perspective as a new Chicagoan and thought, perhaps that could be a unique positive to bring to Steering and CAA overall. We need Steering members with all levels of experience and leadership, so be sure to consider all aspects of what you'd bring to the table. Having subcommittee experience absolutely brings you some valuable short-hand knowledge of how to be a part of Steering leadership, though.

    If you’ve served on a subcommittee, please consider joining the Steering Committee. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, March 21. 

    Feel free to contact Amy or other Steering Committee members with questions.

  • 13 Feb 2018 2:01 PM | Anonymous

    During CAA’s Steering Committee election, we’d like to hear from Steering Committee members about their work with CAA. Greer Martin serves on the Steering Committee as the Communications Manager.

    When I joined the Steering Committee in 2016, I was new to Chicago and didn't know many archivists in the area. Steering gave me an opportunity to expand my professional network and to learn more about the institutions that house Chicago's history. If you are a "lone arranger" or work at a small institution, Steering will be particularly rewarding - you will feel as though you have more colleagues by your side than before.

    If you are new to CAA or have not served on a subcommittee, I encourage you to run. Steering benefits from new voices and perspectives, and we would be lucky to have yours. Maybe you've been a member of CAA for years, have served on a subcommittees, and have ideas for the organization as a whole. On Steering, you can put these ideas into action, establish programmatic goals and shape new initiatives.

    Whatever your background or history with CAA, serving on the Steering Committee is a personally and professionally rewarding experience, and your contribution will have an impact on this volunteer-run organization. 

    The deadline for volunteering for the Steering Committee is Wednesday, March 21. Feel free to contact Greer or other Steering Committee members with questions.

  • 06 Feb 2018 4:33 PM | Erin Matson

    The CAA Archives & Archivists of Color Interest Group announces a travel grant to the 2018 Midwest Archives Conference. 

    For more information, please visit

  • 05 Feb 2018 3:16 PM | Erin Matson
    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.

    Wonder what the Steering Committee does? The Steering Committee is tasked with:

    • Establishing 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
    • New this year, expanding communications efforts for the 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.

    Worried about over-committing yourself? Steering Committee members are elected to two-year terms that begin and end at the Members Meeting in March/April. The time commitment is relatively minimal, consisting of monthly in-person meetings with occasional business conducted by email.

    Candidates for the four open seats for the 2018-20 term will be elected by a vote of CAA members cast electronically after the Members Meeting on Wednesday, April 4, 2018.

    Service on the Steering Committee is open to all CAA members in good standing. To volunteer, submit a brief (1-2 paragraphs) 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 prior to the Members Meeting. Candidates will also have an opportunity to introduce themselves at the meeting on April 4.

    The deadline to submit your Statement is Wednesday, March 21 at 5:00pm.

    Want more information? Contact information for current Steering Committee Members is available on the CAA Website. Please reach out to one of them and ask about his or her service on Steering. 

    Please send general questions or comments to

  • 07 Dec 2017 2:24 PM | Laura Alagna (Administrator)

    Thank you to everyone who attended the CAA Holiday Party on December 5, 2017. Seventy-two people joined their fellow archivists to eat, drink, and be merry! The party is always a fun way to close out the year. CAA hopes to see everyone again soon in 2018!

  • 14 Nov 2017 10:34 AM | Erin Matson

    Thank you to everyone who attended the Endangered Archives Panel discussion on November 9, 2017. Twenty-five people, from the CAA and CARA communities, joined us to hear about the state of various endangered archives in the US.

    Three panelists discussed their work with various archives of religious communities and the effort that is being put in to preserve the history of these groups; an urgent body of work considering the religious community is rapidly decreasing in size. We also heard from a consortium archivist who works closely with a number of institutions in the Chicagoland area to share resources and process collections while providing opportunities to emerging minority archivists. The presentations were followed by a Q&A session.  

    Don’t miss CAA’s upcoming events, including our annual holiday party on December 5!

  • 07 Nov 2017 4:43 PM | Erin Matson

    Do you follow CAA on Twitter? How about Facebook? CAA is on both as @ChicagoArchvsts (Twitter) and @chicagoarchivists (Facebook), and we have a new team tweeting and posting our content!

    Lisa Geiger works with the Exhibits Registration department at the Field Museum and has a background in cultural resource collection management and archival processing. She is currently enrolled in the UIUC iSchool MLIS LEEP program with an expected spring 2018 graduation date.

    Derek Potts is an Archives Assistant at DePaul Special Collections and Archives. His work includes processing community collections and managing zine reproductions for incarcerated people. 

    If you have news that you want CAA to post on our social media channels, you can contact Lisa ( and Derek ( directly, or email with the subject line "Social Media." When submitting content, its helpful to include any or all of the following: 

    • Suggested caption
    • Links to any associated online content
    • Any associated hashtags or images
    • Recommended date of posting initial post as well as future reminders.
    • Any additional information or “talking points” that might be useful for the social media team to know in responding to any comments or questions that may arise, if applicable.
    We also ask that you encourage your institutions and employers to follow us! We want to build our networks so that we can know when there is relevant news to share with our community. 

    Last but not least, welcome and thanks to Derek and Lisa!

  • 03 Nov 2017 2:35 PM | Erin Matson

    Thanks to everyone that came out for CAA's first installment of CAA Reacts! Six people joined us at Red Lion Pub where we talked with Derek Potts about his work providing copies of zines from the DePaul University archives to people who are incarcerated. Derek passed around copies of the zines, which are part of the Anthony Rayson Zine Collection. It was a small group but everyone came with lots of enthusiasm and there was much to discuss over drinks and pub cheese. Everyone is excited about the next installment, so stay tuned!

    CAA Reacts is a discussion group geared toward discussing with a local lens the social, political, and cultural factors that affect our profession. Read the full description of the event here. 

    If you have an idea for a topic or speaker for another CAA Reacts event please email it to, with the subject line "CAA Reacts."  

  • 31 Aug 2017 9:41 AM | Laura Alagna (Administrator)
    We are excited to announce a new pilot program sponsored by the Chicago Area Archivists: Interest Groups! The mission of the interests groups is to give CAA members an opportunity to gather informally around common archival subjects in the Chicago area. During the pilot program, we are hosting three Interest Groups: Archives and Archivists of Color Group, AV Materials Group, and Membership and Association Group. We welcome interested members to learn more: 

    Archives and Archivists of Color Group Led by: Jennifer Ho

    A forum for discussion related to issues and current events facing archivists of color, as well as archival collections concerning people of color.

    Topics at discussion group may include but are not limited to:
    • Ethnic diversity in the archives field
    • Publications relating to archives and people of color
    • Collections acquisitions, management and outreach of archives of color

    Audio-Visual Materials Group Led by: Amy Belotti and Kristin MacDonough
    In effort to promote communication amongst archivists that handle audio-visual materials, Audio-Visual Materials group facilitates discussions around the care, management, and use of a/v collections.

    Topics at discussion group may include but are not limited to:
    • Material standards
    • Metadata
    • Digitization
    • Materials care

    Membership and Association Group (working name)  Led by: Amber Dushman
    A gathering for association archivists to meet and discuss their collections, and challenges presented by their unique organizations

    Topics at discussion group may include but are not limited to:
    • Records Management
    • Oral Histories
    • Public Digital Libraries
    • Collection Policies
    • Intern programs

    Look for event registration in the coming days. Events will include discussion groups, happy hours, online discussions, and much more!

    The pilot program is running between September 2017 through February 2018 for members only with the hopes of broadening the scope of groups beginning at the 2018 CAA Members Meeting. We welcome ideas for the interest groups above, as well as ideas for an interest group that you’d be interested in leading! Please send us your suggestions!

    Please send questions or comments to

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