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EA Digital Archive:  Weaving the Past with the Present

Jodi Jacobson Frey, PhD, CEAP; and Patricia Herlihy, PhD, RN    9/15/17

 

In 2013, we created a global Employee Assistance Digital Archive hosted by the University of Maryland Baltimore School of Social Work. The Archive continues to grow and is now home to 1,500 articles submitted by over 400 different authors. Over 3,000 people have visited the site, and users from around the world continue to learn about and use the Archive for research and personal learning. The past six months have been an exciting time as important partnerships have resulted in an ever-growing compilation of historical and current works in employee assistance.

 

EAPA Journals Available

We are thrilled to announce that EAPA journals (1977-2011) are now available in the Archive. These include articles from the ALMACAN, EAPA Exchange, and Journal of Employee Assistance. (Note: Some issues are still being uploaded.)

 

In addition, we are in the process of uploading issues of the EAP Digest, the Employee Assistance Report, and the EASNA Source. Some are already available and others will be by the end of the year.

 

Keeping EA History Alive and Well

We continue to collaborate with EAP leaders to acquire important historical items for inclusion in the Archive. Recently, James T. Wrich, one of the pioneers of the field and a member of the original EAP Thundering 100, submitted Project 95- Broadbrush: Lessons for 2017 – a brief history about the development of employee assistance programs. This article can be accessed directly at http://hdl.handle.net/10713/6951.

 

We are also thrilled to have the rights to all eight of the video interviews conducted by Dr. Dale Masi, (assisted by Dr. Jodi Frey), which comprise part of the Employee Assistance Research Foundation funded project documenting the history of EAP in the U.S and Canada. In fact, Dr. Dale Masi’s interview of Carl Tisone, which is part of this collection, is the top viewed item in the Archive so far for 2017.

All videos can be viewed online through a new and improved streaming process incorporated into the Archive or they can be viewed on the EAPA website at http://www.eapassn.org/EAPHistory


Hot Topics

As we work to weave historical and present day issues relevant to EAPs, we are excited to have new submissions focused on current trends in the field, including a popular article written by Dr. Bernie McCann on EAPs and the opioid addiction crisis (https://archive.hshsl.umaryland.edu/handle/10713/7065).

 

Additionally, an earlier submission to the Archive by Dr. Patricia Herlihy on military sexual trauma (MST) has quickly become a top read. Patricia and co-authors expanded on that original article and completed a white paper: “Sexual Violence in the Workplace”, which was submitted to the Archive in September.

 

The Future Looks Bright

Having a single, online, free, and permanent public place to store and share historical and current papers, presentations, and other multi-media about the EA field is generating considerable interest and support. Many organizations and individuals have been incredibly supportive, helping to populate the Archive and increasing awareness of this unique resource for EA research and knowledge building.

 

The Archive’s administrators are grateful to all who have contributed, used the Archive, and helped to spread the word. They continue to work to secure important works – both historical and current – and hope that all the readers of this article will think of ways they can contribute to building a record of the foundation for our field.

 

If you have questions about the Archive, have historical material that you would like help uploading, or

want to know more about ways in which you can support the Archive, reach out to us

at jfrey@ssw.umaryland.edu  or pherlihy@rockymountainresearch.us

 

EAPA News Brief    March 2017

 

In spring 2013, Drs. Jodi Frey PhD, LCSW-C, CEAP and Patricia Herlihy Ph.D., RN developed a global digital employee assistance archive that is generously hosted by the University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Social Work. Since its inception, over 250 researchers from around the world have submitted over 350 EA-related articles and other important works.

 

An exciting recent development is the agreement from EAPA to submit historic EAPA journals in their entirety from 1975–2010. This includes all issues of the ALMACAN; EAPA Exchange and many issues of the Journal of Employee Assistance. We are in the process of scanning these journals which have been generously donated by many leaders in the field. Once scanned and uploaded into the Archive, researchers and practitioners around the world will be able to look up many articles from the last 35 years.


Another exciting Archive development speaks to the submittal of key EAP historical material. Recent items include a rare photo of the Thundering Hundred, a personal letter from Don Phillips about the EA field, the list of EAPA Presidents from 1971–2018, and the history of the San Francisco Chapter written by A. J. Sullivan, as well as other items. 


Having a single, online, free, and public place to store and share historical and current papers, presentations, and other multi-media about the EA field is generating considerable support.  Many organizations and individuals have been incredibly supportive in offering their past issues of EAPA journals, important EA papers, letters, photos, and other documents from their personal libraries. In addition to these contributions from professionals in the field, we continue to work with the Kheel Center at Cornell University for access to Harrison Trice’s papers.

Tom Delaney, a member of the Thundering Hundred captured some of this excitement and support in the following testimonial:

 

"As the EAP field evolves and grows to meet the challenges of the world-wide   21st century work forces; program administrators, practitioners and researchers  increasingly require archival resources to learn of the variety of models across  cultures and consumers. So too, do policy makers and consumers. Archives are  also essential for the development of robust and accurate academic and technical   literature.  The University of Maryland has stepped up to the challenge. I am   pleased to recommend the support and utilization of the University of Maryland  EA archives.

Tom Delaney, MPA, MSW, March, 2016  

 

If anyone has any questions about the Archive or historical material they would like to have considered for the Archive, please contact Jodi or Pat directly using our EA Digital Archive email: eaarchive@ssw.umaryland.edu .  In addition, please go online to check out the new Archive website: www.eaarchive.org.

 

We want to send a special “Thank You” to the many historical buffs who have searched endlessly for interersting historical information for the Archive.  Please accept this heartfelt thanks from us for your time, support and interest in the Archive.

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