NCPH Award Deadline

The deadline (December 1, 2017) for a number of this year’s National Council on Public History (NCPH) awards is quickly approaching. A list of the complete award guidelines and information on past recipients can be found online here.  NCPH offers a range of awards including student travel, consultant projects, and new professional awards.  Two of my favorite include:

NCPH Outstanding Public History Project Award
Know of a fantastic and innovative public history project?  This is the award for you. An $1,000 award recognizing a project (digital, print, film, exhibit, etc.) that contributes to a broader public reflection and appreciation of the past or that serves as a model of professional public history practice.

NCPH Book Award
Some of my favorite public history books have won this award in the past and I look forward to seeing who wins in 2018.  This $1,000 award is for the best book about or growing out of public history published within the previous two calendar years (2015 and 2016). This award also includes publications beyond the monograph and works such as exhibition catalogs,  policy studies, and other works that have a clear public dimension are eligible.

Check out the NCPH website for more information on the other awards offered.

Service Excellence Award

Earlier this month I was awarded the Service Excellent Award at AlgomaU.  This award aims to celebrate employees who consistently:

  • Demonstrate extraordinary commitment by continuously providing excellent customer service.
  • Make a significant impact on students, staff, departments or the University.
  • Demonstrates open communication and quality improvement opportunities.
  • Knowledgeable about various department responsibilities and the University in general
  • Executes their job duties in a positive manner
  • Willing to go above and beyond regular work duties to assist clients (both internal and external)
  • Minimizes delays and assures timely follow up
  • Excellent interpersonal relations

I feel very fortunate to work in a place with supportive coworkers and was a bit shocked to be awarded this.  My brain had a “you mean people actually know who the person working in the archives is?!?” moment when I found out.  I’m also extremely lucky to have the flexibility in my position to pursue projects that interest me and to work on a range of outreach projects.  As September rapidly approaches I’m looking forward to another year of interaction with faculty, students, and community members and tackling new way to get archives into the hands of researchers and the public.

CHA Public History Prize

At this year’s Canadian Historical Association (CHA) annual meeting Active History was announced as winner of the 2016 Public History Prize.

The Public History Prize is sponsored by the  Public History Group of the Canadian Historical Association. The award recognizes work that “achieves high standards of original research, scholarship, and presentation; brings an innovative public history contribution to its audience; and serves as a model for future work, advancing the field of public history in Canada. Nominations are encouraged on the nature and evolution of public history; the workings of memory, commemoration, and their application in public life; archival practice and policy; museum studies; and the presence of historical events and themes in society.”
I’ve been very fortunate to be part of Active History since 2010 and couldn’t be happier about this announcement.  Many thanks to all of our supporters and the hard work of those involved with this project.

SSMARt Innovation Awards

In case you missed it, Algoma University’s Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre and Arthur A. Wishart Library recently won the 2013 SSMARt Innovation Project of the Year Award.  The award recognizes an “organization whose IT/science project demonstrates leadership and/or creative use of science/technology” and includes “benefits such as the advancement of the organization, improvement of client/customer services and positive impact on the science and IT community or the community at large.”

The complete details of AlgomaU project and the SSMARt press release can be seen here and here.

[Note: I’ve been involved with this great project since 2010, so this is a bit of shameless promotion for the work that I and many others are involved in]