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Recap of the Fall Archives SIG at Wheaton College

The LIBRAS Archives SIG met on August 4 at the Wheaton College Archives & Special Collections. In attendance were: David Malone, Wheaton College; Kim Butler, North Central College; Heidi Truty, Wade Center at Wheaton College; David Osielski, Wheaton College; Anne Jenner, North Park University; Elaine Fetyko Page, Elmhurst College; Heidi Marshall and Jan Chindlund, Columbia College; Larry Wild, Judson College; Linnea Knapp, University of St. Frances. We also announced the meeting on the Chicago Area Archivists listserv and as guest attendees we had Marcia Stein and Peter Gunther from Society of the Divine Word; Joan Sweeney from the Viatorian Archives; and Amy Koheler, Holly Reid, and Rachel Gliebe from the Moody Bible Institute.

The meeting began with on overview of the agenda and introductions, followed by a tour of the three separate archives located at Wheaton College. We visited the Billy Graham Center’s Archives reference, processing, and storage areas with Paul Ericksen providing the details regarding their program. Next the group walked to the Wade Center and Heidi Truty discussed their program and we toured their reference room, museum, processing and storage space. The tour wrapped up at Wheaton College Archives and Special Collections, now housed in the Billy Graham Center. David Malone showed the group the storage area and discussed the College archives and special collections.

The group reconvened in the classroom located in the Special Collections area and David Malone gave a presentation on Wheaton College’s experience with Archon, an archival management software available from the University of Illinois. He discussed the different modules available, how Wheaton converted and uploaded their existing finding aids, how it’s presented on the web, and the digital objects management feature.

A call for future meeting sites and topics was made and the meeting adjourned at 12:10.

Respectfully submitted,
Kim Butler, Archives SIG chair