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Reminder: Submissions Due Soon for SNAP Edition of Provenance Journal

As the semester winds down and finals come due, please consider submitting an article or review to Provenance’s SNAP special issue! This is a great opportunity to spruce up one of your final papers and submit it to a peer-reviewed journal. Submissions are due January 31, 2015. See the call for papers below for more information, and feel free to contact the guest editors (me and Roxanne Dunn) or Cheryl Oestreicher if you have any questions.

Caitlin Wells
SNAP RT chair, 2014-2015

I am the editor of Provenance, and would like to propose the following.
As students and new professionals learn the profession, you are exposed to a lot of books and other literature. The publishing process can be daunting and Provenance, Journal of the Society of Georgia Archivists would like to help demystify the submission and peer-review process.
Provenance recognizes the evolving needs within the profession and is working to address those changes when possible. For example, we published our special issue on advocacy in Sept. 2013 (http://digitalcommons.kennesaw.edu/provenance/).

We would like to offer SNAP members an opportunity to be featured in a special issue of Provenance and participate in the submission and editing process from start to finish. This is an opportunity for SNAP members to be responsible for the content of an entire issue, including soliciting articles, being the peer-reviewers, and editing and indexing the entire issue. Members of the SNAP Steering Committee will act as editors, and members can fill additional roles. The Provenance board will provide guidance and direction, but we want this to be your issue. One stipulation is that those submitting articles are limited to people who have never been published in a peer-review archives journal (this excludes newsletters, Archival Outlook, etc.).

We want this to be a learning experience about the peer-review and article publishing process. It’s an opportunity to share your voices and receive feedback (not from professors) about writing, content, and contributions to archival theory and practice. There would be no constraints to the topics, but we want to maintain the existing standards maintained by Provenance (http://digitalcommons.kennesaw.edu/provenance/policies.html).

This will be published as an online-only issue, openly available to everyone, in fall of 2015. We recognize that because this process is new to most SNAP members, we want to provide enough time for submission, review, and edits to produce an issue that SNAP will be proud of. The timeline is as follows:

October 2014 – send out call for papers
January 31, 2015 – submissions due
March 2015 – complete all peer-review evaluations
March-June 2015 – authors complete edits/revisions
July 2015 – issue prepared for publication (done by Provenance staff)
August 2015 – final review by authors/editors
September 2015 – published online (http://digitalcommons.kennesaw.edu/provenance/)

Though the purpose is for authors to produce peer-reviewed articles, we are open to other ideas for content. Because this will be an online issue, there are no restrictions on the number of articles or other content.
Article submissions can be emailed to the guest editors, Caitlin Wells (cwells@lib.nmsu.edu) and Roxanne Dunn (rdunn@semo.edu), or submitted via the online system: http://digitalcommons.kennesaw.edu/provenance/. Include a cover sheet with a brief statement that your submission is for the SNAP issue.

Guest co-editors: Caitlin Wells and Roxanne Dunn
Reviews editor: Gloria Gonzalez
Copy editor: April Sparks
Indexer: James Northway

To volunteer to be a peer-reviewer, please email the guest editors and Cheryl Oestreicher.

Article submissions will be reviewed using the American Archivist rubric: http://files.archivists.org/periodicals/Peer_Review_Form.pdf. There will be three peer-reviewers per submission.

Questions can be directed to the guest editors and Cheryl Oestreicher (provenance@gmail.com).

Provenance looks forward to working with you!

Thank you,

Cheryl Oestreicher
Editor, Provenance, Journal of the Society of Georgia Archivists

Year in the Life: Katie Rojas, Pt. 6

Katie Rojas is the newest participant in our Year in the Life series, which follows new archivists in their first professional position. We will be following Katie for a year. You can read the Katie’s previous posts here.

The past few weeks have been gloriously peaceful at work. (This is going to be a short post. I can feel it!)

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Year in the Life: Katie Rojas, Pt. 5

Katie Rojas is the newest participant in our Year in the Life series, which follows new archivists in their first professional position. We will be following Katie for a year. You can read the Katie’s previous posts here.

This month has been better than the last, thankfully. The archives assistant is still being pulled away to help in other areas, and hasn’t spent more than a day’s worth of work in the past two weeks on anything related to archives. It’s basically like not having an assistant at all and working on archival projects alone again. I’m managing just fine, but I do wish she could work on archives more. It kind of goes back and forth – there was a short time just over two weeks ago when she was able to spend more time focused on archives, and it really helped with finishing and installing the exhibit that I mentioned last month.

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Guest author Morgan Jones-King with her poster at SAA 2013

Tackling the SAA Poster Presentation

For this guest post, we asked two SNAP members to share about submitting posters for presentation at the SAA Annual Meeting. The SAA Student Program Subcommittee will accept submissions for individual and student chapter posters through February 2, 2015. Visit the official Subcommittee announcement to learn more about submitting proposals for student posters and papers for the 2015 Annual Meeting.

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Best Practices for Student Organizations

Sam Winn:

SAA Student Chapters might discover a lot in common with this great post from Hack Library School. What else can student groups do to be successful? Share your stories here or head over to the HLS post.

Originally posted on hls:

Many past Hack Library School posts have highlighted the importance of getting involved in student chapters of professional organizations. And I couldn’t agree more! My time spent in my school’s chapter of the American Library Association has brought me numerous rewards: networking, event planning experience, budgeting experience, leadership, and even a chance to go to an ALA conference!

But one thing I’ve noticed from said Hack Library School posts and from conversations with other library school students is that LIS student groups often have a rough go of it. The difficulties are numerous: student turnover is fast, free time is low, and online students feel like they can’t get involved.

So today I’m going to share a few of the successful strategies I’ve seen over the past few years, particularly through my involvement with my local student chapter of ALA. Hopefully they’ll be of use if you’re reviving a…

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Thursday Is #AskAnArchivist Day!

Sam Winn:

Are you ready for #AskAnArchivist day? Check out this great announcement from the SAA Committee on Public Awareness.

Originally posted on Off the Record:

Posted by Sami Norling, Archivist, Indianapolis Museum of Art and SAA Committee on Public Awareness


It’s the final week of American Archives Month and archivists and archival repositories around the country are getting ready to take part in SAA’s newest initiative, #AskAnArchivist Day. For 24 hours this Thursday, October 30, archivists representing every type of archives imaginable are encouraged to head to Twitter to answer questions sent with the hashtag #AskAnArchivist. Questions of all kinds are bound to be asked, ranging from the practical—What can I do to be sure that my electronic documents and images will be accessible in the future?—to the fun—How many archivists does it take to screw in a light bulb? But regardless of where on this spectrum a question may fall, each will give us a valuable opportunity to connect directly with the public. Not only will this give archivists another venue in which to promote…

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