NEA CTF Final Report

The New England Archivists Constituencies Taskforce (CTF), which I worked on as a representative from Rhode Island between 2014 and 2015, has released its final report, available to read here, for those who may be interested. The report shares findings of a survey designed to identify ways in which the NEA can best serve both member and non-member individuals and institutions at both state and regional levels.

I chose to join the task force as it aligned closely with the work I was doing at the time, as the Project Coordinator of the Rhode Island History Online Directory Initiative (RHODI) project, which had conducted a year-long survey of the state’s history and heritage sector. The RHODI survey, which we conducted in person at each of 122 organizations, was comprehensive, designed to gather information about the collections, programs, policies, procedures, needs, and goals of organizations of all scale throughout the state. Involvement with CTF seemed a productive follow-up step, a potential way of helping to connect Rhode Island’s historical organizations with the support and services provided by NEA, and building on, rather than reproducing, the survey that had been recently completed. It’s great to see the final report, and for me, personally, to situate the findings of the survey alongside the findings of the RHODI survey (some of the findings of which can be found here). While it has been several years since I ceased working on RHODI, and several months since I moved away from Rhode Island, I continue to work on several projects with former colleagues in Providence and Newport and to keep up on NEA news when possible, and I anticipate seeing how the recommendations made in the report may impact the region moving forward.

(The report may also be of interest to non-New Englanders who are interested in survey methodology; I generally find that studying the actual survey design and spending some time with the findings is one of the best ways to learn about this area.)