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.



#FacultyFriday Spotlight: Norman Mooradian

Published: April 27, 2018 by Katie Kuryla 

If you are planning on taking a one credit summer course for MARA, you would have seen Norman Mooradian’s name come up with the ethics class. I had the opportunity my first summer to take Ethics and it was a wonderful class. Norman is such a great teacher and he really knows his subject but as you will read, he has been in the business for almost 20 years. If you get the opportunity for the summer to take his class or are planning on taking his class, take it from me, it’s well worth learning about ethics in records management! Thank you Norman for taking the time to let us get to know you! – Katie


#Spotlight Series: Tiffany Knight Awarded VSFS eInternship

Published: April 21, 2018 by Katie Kuryla 

As our spotlight series continues, I have the great honor of introducing one very special student, Tiffany Knight. Tiffany received the sole vacancy in the US NARA Virtual Student Federal Service eInternship and she has spent her last year of graduate school working with transcriptions. After reading her profile, if you are interested in applying for the next vacant spot, make sure you check out the website because the information is provided. I bet she has had a wonderful year of working in the Citizen Archives area! Thank you Tiffany for sharing your experience! – Katie

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Archives Awareness: Archives for a “Cork Dork”

Published: October 18, 2017 by Katie Kuryla 

I started reading a book called Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker. It is a book about a woman who goes on a “wine-fueled adventure among the obsessive sommeliers, big bottle hunters, and rogue scientists who lead her to live for taste.” I enjoy a good glass of wine but there is so much more to wine than just what we are drinking. Bianca Bosker, a journalist turned sommelier, wanted to know wine through taste and what stirs people to want to become a sommelier but what about the history of wine?


#AskAnArchivist Day Recap

Published: October 12, 2017 by Katie Kuryla 

Were you one of the many who participated in #AskAnArchivist Day? If you aren’t sure what #AskAnArchivist Day is, it is where archivists from different types of archives communicate directly with the public about their work through social media outlets like Twitter.


Archives: Yosemite Archives

Published: October 6, 2017 by Katie Kuryla 

October is Archives Month, and archival institutions throughout the U.S. are celebrating! This is the perfect chance to take the plunge if you’ve always wanted to go to an archive, but have hesitated to do so. Many institutions plan special events including open houses, exhibits, programs, and a variety of other activities. In this blog, I decided to take a closer look at Yosemite National Park Archives.



Published: October 4, 2017 by Katie Kuryla 

Since 2011, one day a year in October, archivists have been taking to Twitter to answer all kinds of questions from members of the public and other archivists. Archivists are available all year round to answer questions but this special day helps to raise awareness of the services that Archives provides. This year on October 4th, you can ask Archivists any question.


Random Thoughts: Droughtlander is Over!

Published: September 25, 2017 by Katie Kuryla 

Are you an avid fan of the series Outlander,  have you’ve been watching the new season on Starz channel since September 10th, or are you fan of the books? If you haven’t heard of Outlander, it follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world in which her life is threatened.


Agents of Change: ARMA LIVE! Orlando

Published: August 30, 2017 by Anna Maloney

Going to Florida in October for ARMA International? Look for Dr. Patricia Franks and Dr. Lisa Daulby, who will be there along with other iSchool faculty, staff, students and alumni!


MARA Program Coordinator Dr. Patricia Franks Going on Sabbatical

Published: August 16, 2017 by Anna Maloney

MARA lecturer Dr. Lisa Daulby will be filling in as MARA Program Coordinator for Dr. Pat Franks while Dr. Franks takes a sabbatical during the fall semester. Dr. Franks is using the time to work on three exciting publishing projects: the International Directory of National Archives, the Encyclopedia of Archival Writers, and the second edition of her textbook Records & Information Management


Around the Web: EU General Data Protection Regulation

Published: July 26, 2017 by Anna Maloney

On the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) website, there is a countdown clock. As I write this entry on May 29, 2017, the countdown clock reads 360 days, 0 hours, 32 minutes, 54 seconds. By the time you read this post, the countdown clock will read a little over 300 days remaining.


Around the Web: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to Digitize its Physical Media Assets

Published: June 21, 2017 by Anna Maloney

In May 2017, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation shared some exciting news that is of particular interest to the archives and preservation community: a massive project aimed at the long-term digital preservation of all of the CBC’s and Radio-Canada’s physical media assets. Combined, this includes over 1 million audio, video, and film assets.