Students in the MARA program and those interested in archives and preservation, electronic records management, information governance, and related fields are highly encouraged to visit this blog often. Managed by MARA Program Coordinator Darra Hofman and written by a current MARA student, this blog will keep you current with the MARA community and what’s happening in the profession.



2024 NAGARA Annual Conference – Now Accepting Travel Scholarship Applications
Applications are due by April 1, 2024

2024 NAGARA Annual Conference

Published: February 20, 2024 by Andy Wiegert

The Travel Scholarship application is now open, and NAGARA is accepting applications through Monday, April 1, 2024. If you have never attended a NAGARA Annual Conference before, then don’t miss out on this opportunity to apply! Visit our Travel Scholarship web page to learn more, prepare your application materials, and apply! Travel Scholarship link:


Josephine Forman Scholarship Opportunity
Submission deadline - February 28, 2024 at 11:59 PM CST (Midnight)

Published: January 15, 2024 by Andy Wiegert

The Josephine Forman Scholarship provides financial support to minority students pursuing graduate education in archival science, encourages students to pursue a career as an archivist, and promotes the diversification of the American archives profession. The scholarship is given to applicants who demonstrate excellent potential for scholastic and personal achievement and who manifest a commitment both to the archives profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it.


Meet Our New Instructor – Rae Lynn Haliday, MBA, CRM/CIGO, FAI

Published: July 16, 2023 by Melissa Prunty Kemp

Rae Lynn Haliday Opportunities to perform records management skills taught in our MARA courses have expanded into all disciplines. Many of our past guest lecturers have illustrated through their exciting career positions just how far and wide a MARA degree can be used. The MARA program is furthering that aim by adding to our faculty, including an expert who spoke to us in September 2020. Welcome Rae Lynn Haliday, who brings decades of records management experience in the field of Zoology.


Meet Our New MARA Instructor Junia Papas

Published: July 1, 2023 by Melissa Prunty Kemp

The archives and records management profession continues to grow with creative innovations and so does our MARA faculty. One of our newest archives faculty members, Junia Papas, MARA, CA, brings to our department a uniquely useful set of professional experiences. Papas is an independent archivist in her own consulting firm, Junia Papas Archival Consulting, LLC., with extensive experience with government, academic, and religious archives.


A Preservica Professional Development Opportunity

Published: February 12, 2022 by Melissa Prunty Kemp

MARA 283 instructs students in vital software skills for archivists and records managers – working knowledge of Microsoft Sharepoint and Preservica. When I explored and priced Preservica three years ago for smaller institutions, who can also benefit from this superior archival management system, purchasing it was cost prohibitive. But no more.


Dr. Pat Franks Advances AI Research in Records and Information Management
Major research results prepared for InterPARES Trust AI

Published: February 11, 2023 by Melissa Prunty Kemp

AI is frequently featured in almost everything these days, especially in business technology. The promise of AI to aid in managing the big data that we create in the course of normal business operations is widely desired and widely advertised. The phone or chat bot are small examples of AI assistance in business functions. How could AI be used to perform archives and records management functions? 


SAA Archives – Records 2023
The Premiere Conference for Archives and Records Management

Published: January 15, 2023 by Melissa Prunty Kemp

Archivists and records managers wait each year for the announcement on the location of our esteemed and informative conference – the annual Society of American Archivists (SAA) Archives – Records Meeting.  This year, the week – long meeting will be held in Washington DC, with the famed Washington Hilton slated as the conference host venue.  


‘What I Did Last Summer’ – My Internship in Oral History at Swarthmore College

Published: August 18, 2022 by Melissa Prunty Kemp

Vacation days are over and the semester begins in a mere four days.  Some were fortunate to take beach getaways, while others hiked the NE mountains with friends and family. I am hoping that after you read this summertime report, you will email me with your own stories and photos that I will share on this blog.