If you’re heading to Atlanta next week, you’ll want to check out the #snaprt Chat Flashback from Monday, July 25. There’s solid advice for new and old attendees alike. I’m getting really excited about next week and hope you are, too!
The dust from our move has mostly settled and our team has turned to new and old projects, from rehousing fragile Monsters, Inc. pastels to processing A Bug’s Life concept art. As I mentally prepare for the SAA Annual Meeting and craft my tentative schedule, I’ve been reflecting on why it is I chose to be a corporate archivist and some of the pros and cons of this particular brand of archives. During my last semester of grad school, I found myself in an archives class defending my interest in corporate archives. My path in the field led me through art galleries, public libraries, historical museums, non-profit community archives, and university archives, but I was especially drawn to corporate archives. Most of my peers were set on the more traditional university special collections route, and a few expressed interested in government archives, but I often felt like the lone representative of budding archivists for business settings.
As I’ve spent a little more time in the professional world, I’ve come to see that this is still true in organizations like SCA and SAA. Corporate archivists get a lot less airtime and publicity in our profession, whether it’s in the classroom or at a conference, partly due to the simple fact that there are less of us than there are of our university and government counterparts. Another factor is the inherent secrecy and confidentiality involved in working at a corporation. There is only so much an archivist can share about their work and the company’s history without treading into the dangerous territory of trade secrets and non-disclosure agreements. Continue reading
It’s that time of year, y’all – the time where we ask you to cover sessions of SAA so that we can recap them for those who are not going to this year’s conference. (See #SAALeftBehind.) We’re good people who love our fellow archivists, so let’s make them part of the process from afar!
We have identified sessions we feel are particularly interesting for SNAP members, but the blog team will happily accept summaries for any sessions, plenary events, roundtable and section meetings, and other formal conference events. Volunteer authors have 2-4 weeks after the conference to send in their summaries, depending on what kind of session you have signed up for. Feel free to partner up with another author to cover a session, too.
As in past years, we have a sign-up sheet. Please sign your full name and how we can contact you. It’s okay if you realize you’re not going to be able to cover a session, but try to take your name off the sheet at least a day prior to the session, pretty please, so that Lily, Anna, and I know we have a space to fill.
We’re cutting it a little close, but some of the SNAP Roundtable Committee members worked to put together a guide that will help make this year’s trip a little more affordable. Though many of you have probably already found roommates, we’ve still priced hotels and looked at some alternative options for you last minute shoppers. Further, there’s some good information about getting around the city and some ideas for eating on the cheap. Finally, if you’re still looking for a place to stay or someone to ride with, here is our Rideshare/Roomshare/Housing spreadsheet.
We’re excited to see all of you in Atlanta next week!
Please join the Students and New Archives Professionals (SNAP) Roundtable for a #snaprt Twitter chat on Monday, July 25, at 8 pm Eastern Time to prepare for ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2016: The Joint Annual Meeting of the Council of State Archivists and the Society of American Archivists. This year’s meeting is taking place July 31-August 6 in Atlanta, GA. The chat will be a way to share and learn tips for making your time at the conference as productive and stress-free as possible. We hope this chat will be especially helpful for first-time attendees, and encourage previous attendees to share their advice.
What kinds of activities are there at SAA outside of formal sessions and meetings?
How do you approach making connections with new people, especially more experienced archivists?
Any personal “must do’s” for this year’s meeting or for SAA meetings in general? What makes a meeting worthwhile to you?
If you would like to have your discussion topic included in this chat, please send it to @SNAP_Roundtable on Twitter, submit it through the anonymous form on the SNAP RT chat webpage or email it to the SNAP RT Senior Social Media Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please see the SNAP RT chat webpage for more information about #snaprt Twitter chats.
Here are some resources related to the 2016 SAA Annual Meeting you might want to check out. Please share additional resources using #snaprt on Twitter or through the SNAP listserv.
First-timer’s Guide to the 2016 Joint Annual Meeting:
SAA 2016 Host Committee Blog:
- SNAP Roundtable conference session recommendations:
- SAA 2016 Career Center, including mock interviews, advising, job bulletin board, and Digital Preservation Drop in table. The deadline to arrange mock interviews and career advising appointments has been moved to Friday, July 22!:
SNAP Lunch Buddy Program:
SNAP Rideshare /Roomshare / Housing planning spreadsheet:
Conference Twitter hashtag: #saa16
This is the weekly roundup of headlines in and around archives, including some library, museum, digital humanities, and information science things as well. If you see something we’ve missed, please email us!
Results of member-voted Pop-Up Sessions for ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2016 in Atlanta have been announced. Check here for the selected programming.
SAA will host an Arrangement and Description Fundamentals course October 31-November 1st at the Dallas Jewish Historical Society. Register now.