MARA Blog: General


MARA Blog: General


‘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.


Welcome to MARA 2022 – 2023!

Melissa Prunty Kemp

Published: August 18, 2022 by Melissa Prunty Kemp

Welcome new and continuing students to MARA 2022 -2023! We’re back for another exciting year of classes and professional activities. If this is your first semester,  you may wonder where to get started in and outside of classes.


A Tip: Use the MARA Research Library Guide for Speedy, Curated Research Sources

Published: November 2, 2021 by Melissa Prunty Kemp

MARA students are facing their culminating class projects over the next month. For first semester students who may be writing extensive research papers and projects, finding the latest and best peer-reviewed research for RIM, IG, and archives may not be easy or readily accessible outside trade journals or behind paywalls on the Internet. Matriculating students can always use a fast, liable source of the types of research requested for assignments or papers.  


Join Us with Dr. Shadrack Katuu for “Boundaryless Global Careers”
A Lecture for Archives and Records Management Professionals

Published: September 22, 2021 by Melissa Prunty Kemp

MARA and the iSchool are pleased to welcome Dr. Shadrack Katuu, independent archives and records management expert, who will present a lecture entitled “Boundaryless Global Careers for Archives and Records Management Professionals.” Dr. Katuu’s lecture, to be held on Tuesday, September 28, 11 am PT, will explore the expanding global nature of the archives and records management field.


Don’t Miss the SIG-KM Knowledge Management Symposium
Sponsored by the SJSU iSchool

Published: August 31, 2021 by Melissa Prunty Kemp

The ASIS&T Special Interest Group on Knowledge Management is hosting a symposium on knowledge management that could prove to be especially useful for student researchers (MARA 285 students, for example) and others who are perfecting their research skills. There’s still time to submit your paper or poster! 


SAA Roundup
A report on my recent attendance at the Society of American Archivist 2021 Virtual Conference

Published: August 15, 2021 by Melissa Prunty Kemp

 An extraordinary virtual meeting just wrapped up on August 6.  This was my first opportunity to attend, and as an active conference participant, I cannot be more pleased with the enriching educational content and relevant vendor presentations. The week was actually exhausting and packed full of don’t-miss events. A tight schedule was complemented by on-demand education seminars, mini-theatres, professor and graduate student posters, and social activities.


Summer Reading List – June 2021

Published: June 11, 2021 by Melissa Prunty Kemp


Take advantage of your degree down-time this summer -  enjoy and  broaden your knowledge with a summer reading list of the latest publications and podcasts in archives and records management, information governance. Pull up the lawn chair, refill  beverage, and enjoy these reading selections. 


Dr. Franks to Address ARMA Audiences
Learn more about Blockchain and RIM

Published: April 1, 2021 by Melissa Prunty Kemp

Several students from the MARA program attended Dr. Frank’s presentation on Blockchain and RIM at the Western Michigan Chapter of ARMA. 

To learn more about blockchain, look for upcoming MARA offerings. Follow Dr. Franks on Facebook. And, learn the newest ways that blockchain is being utilized in our field by participating in ARMA, NAGARA, and SAA events and offerings.


Spotlight on MARA Program Coordinator Dr. Pat Franks
Bidding A Fond Farewell - Our Brilliant, Bubbly Pioneer Is Moving On

Published: March 10, 2021 by Melissa Prunty Kemp

Many students have had a course with our MARA Program Coordinator, Dr. Patricia Franks. Her courses dynamically instruct students in foundational skills in archives and records management as well as challenge them to acquire the latest technologies like Blockchain and VR/VW in VCARA. If you haven’t had a course yet, you may have been a part of Dr. Franks’ many webinars and presentations available on the MARA iSchool website. But as all things must end, her instruction and knowledge-sharing will go quiet after May 2021: Dr. Franks is retiring from her position at the MARA iSchool. 


Summer Semester: Staying Motivated

Published: June 18, 2020 by McKenna Wulker

Summer School…

Summer is here and we’re three weeks into the semester already. Can you believe it?! For some of us, summer classes feel like a much needed break, but for others, it’s a daunting and exhausting experience. With so many more things happening during the summer months, it can be hard to stay focused and motivated. Read on for some tips and tricks to get you through these busy months.


ARMA InfoCon: The Download
My Experience as a First Time Attendee

SJSU Meet Up

Published: November 12, 2019 by Kenna Wulker

Have you ever felt like your brain is stuffed with so much information that it might explode? That’s how my first time at ARMA InfoCon felt. InfoCon 2019 was held in Nashville, Tennessee from October 21-23. Registrants were able to attend workshops, lectures, and vendor booths while discovering new & best practices, experimenting with technology and gaining valuable experience.