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.

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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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Year in the Life: Katie Rojas, Pt. 4

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.

October is typically a busy time for me, and this year has been no exception. Last month I mentioned that it was budget season, and while my position is safe, we had our front desk receptionist position eliminated from our parent department. Don’t ask me why, because we really need one for our office to function! We also had two additional vacancies for records management so we have been very short staffed. The new archives assistant was promoted from within, and one of the empty positions was hers. She has been trying to train the new employee, help out with the reception desk to cover the position that got cut, and do her new job. Yep, we’re feeling the pinch.

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[Guest Post] Persistence and Perspicacity: Lessons I Learned on the Archival Job Hunt

Guest author: Lindsay Zaborowski, archivist at The Museum of Flight

In this post, guest author and SNAP member Lindsay Zaborowski shares about her experience transitioning from graduate student to new professional. To read more anecdotes and advice for job searching after graduation, check out Hack Library School, That elusive archives job, Hiring Librarians, and INALJ. Continue reading