NEA Introduces Mentoring Program, Back-to-School Day of Service Event The New England Archivists (NEA) Mentoring Program encourages and supports professional growth at all career stages. The original concept for the program was first piloted in 2013–2014 by NEA’s Roundtable for Early Professionals and Students (REPS). Rather than take on a one-to-one mentoring model, the REPS pilot encouraged participants to form communities. Following the success of the pilot, NEA is offering a permanent NEA Mentoring Program, which officially began this fall. Monthly meetings were held in person in the greater Boston area, as well as virtually, using online platforms such as Google Hangouts or Skype. NEA and REPS also offered a Back-to-School Day of Service event, in which volunteers donated their time and professional expertise at four New England repositories in need of improving access to their collections. Volunteers spent a day at the Brookline Historical Society, Historic Newton, Connecticut Historical Society, and Norwich University assisting staff archivists with activities such as rehousing collections, arranging and describing historical materials, and transcribing correspondence. Grant Will Help OKC Organize its Archives A $185,000 grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission will help Oklahoma City (OKC) organize its historic documents dating back to 1890 and create an online catalog. Expected to take two years, the process will help create an online database to increase the ease of searching for historic documents and will help the public discover new documents and request additional information. Historic California Watercolorist Archives Now on Getty Images The Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) partnered with Project Gado, which works with archives, photographers, and individuals to digitize visual history, to digitize 1,000 pages of material from the Rex and Joan Irving Brandt Papers. The project will cap Rex Brandt: Awash with Color, LCAD’s exhibition that celebrated the one hundredth birthday of the preeminent California watercolor artist. Brand’s sketchbooks, photographs, and archival materials now appear on Getty Images at http://bit.ly/rexbrandtlcadgado.
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