MARAC Workshops

Advocating for Archives and Libraries Workshop - May 19, 2015


Time: 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Hagley Museum and Library, 200 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington, DE 19807
Instructors: Mary K. Mannix - Frederick County Public Libraries, Emily Cottle -Winthrop Group, Inc. and Robin E. Emrich - Columbia Archives (MD)
Cost: $85

Workshop Description: 

The first half of the day will build your foundational knowledge of advocacy and include five modules:

Define your advocacy goals

Identify your audience and your messengers

Hone your message

Deliver of your message

Take stock

In the afternoon, your advocacy toolbox will be further strengthened by discussions of ways that data visualization and statistics can be used to bolster your advocacy efforts. This workshop is being offered in the MARAC region with support from the Regional Archives Association Consortium (RAAC).

About the Instructors:

Mary K. Mannix is the Maryland Room Manager of the C. Burr Artz Public Library of Frederick County Public Libraries. She holds an MLS from the University of Maryland, College Park and an MA in American History from the University of Delaware with a certificate in Museum Studies. She has been very involved in the American Library Association’s History Section and was the 2011 winner of ALA’s Genealogical Publishing Company Award for service to the profession. She teaches genealogy librarianship at the University of Maryland and archives at Hood College. Mary is presently Vice Chair of MARAC.


Emily R. Cottle is currently a Lead Corporate Archivist for the Winthrop Group, Inc. She has honed her advocacy skills through the establishment of two different archives, one academic and the other corporate. She holds a MS with a concentration in Archives Management from Simmons College and a BA in History from Penn State. She became a certified archivist in 2013. Emily is currently MARAC’s Delaware Caucus Representative.


Robin E. Emrich has been an archivist at two small local history repositories for the past 19 years, presently at the Columbia Archives in Columbia, Maryland.  She received a M.L.S. from University of Maryland in 1996.  Her first career, however, was as an applied economist, having received a M.S. in Consumer Economics with a minor in Econometrics at Cornell University in 1980, and then pursued doctoral coursework.  From 1986-1993, she taught economics at Riverside Community College in CA.

Academy of Certified Archivist credits available upon request.

For additional information about the workshop, contact:

Brian Keough, 518-437-3931,

To Register:

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