controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields for 2016-5-29

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!

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Memorial Day Book sale!

Get up to 30% this weekend on hardcover titles from SAA!

New Student Chapter at Rutgers University!

SAA is excited to welcome Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey as its 41st student chapter established since 1993. Learn more about the chapter here.

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Year in the Life: Lauren Gaylord, Pt. 7

Moving is all in the details. And the past two months have been chock-full of them. While I’ve been taking the last six months to ready our collection for moving, as the date of our move drew nearer it was time to focus on the tasks that would actually facilitate that move. These details included shifting the collection, shelf reading, space planning, delivering data, photographing box arrangement, putting signage up, and labeling shelves. Continue reading

controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields for 2016-5-22

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!

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Registration is open for the annual conference. Early bird rates end July 6th!

Proposals are being accepted for pop-up sessions until June 3rd.

SNAP has a few resources already for the meeting, with more to come!

ARL/SAA are calling for applications to Mosaic II, which has a deadline of June 13th.

The new Archival Outlook profiles the new Council members. Erin Lawrimore is blogging her experience here. Continue reading

Archival Outlook: How to Give Your Job Search a Happy Ending

With the changes to the new SAA website, I feel like I find new treasures all the time. This morning was no different. I was looking for something completely different when my mouse ran across the Careers section, and under it there was a section called How to Give Your Job Search a Happy Ending, which links to an article from the July/August 2012 Archival Outlook by Roland M. Baumann. We often discuss job searching on this blog, so I thought this might be an encouraging read for your Friday morning.

Personal Digital Archiving (PDA) 2016

Guest author: Colin Post
Ph.D. (Information Science) and M.A. (Art History) student, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and SNAP Roundtable Steering Committee Member

I had the pleasure of attending the recent Personal Digital Archiving conference, held this year at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor from May 12 to May 14. As I was considering a venue to present on a project that I’ve been involved with, the IMLS-funded Learning from Artists’ Archives program at UNC, PDA 2016 seemed like a great fit. I wanted to talk about how the artists’ archives project has helped artists to create and sustain their own personal archives, specifically through a series of workshops where local North Carolina artists have been able to gain necessary skills for tackling both analog and digital archiving projects. As the focus of the artists’ archives project has been to help artists with archiving at the personal level, the PDA conference seemed to me a fantastic opportunity to both share the successes and challenges of our project, as well as to learn about other exciting personal archiving efforts taking place across the country.

As I dug in for the first day, looking over the program of sessions, I quickly realized that the PDA conference is unique in many ways. The conference brought together an eclectic mix of information professionals from a variety of institutions, academics and graduate students with diverse research interests, businesses and tech companies developing digital archiving tools, and (perhaps most importantly) individuals and community organizations hard at work sustaining vital archiving projects. Despite the broad mix of participants, the total number of attendees was not overwhelming, filling a single, smallish lecture hall. Between sessions and during breaks, participants engaged in friendly dialogue, quick to spark a conversation with a presenter to learn more about their research or project. This congenial atmosphere pervaded the conference, generating a collaborative environment with professionals, academics, developers, and citizen archivists alike exchanging ideas and learning from each others’ experiences. Continue reading

[Ask an Archivist]: Does an Undergraduate Degree in History Matter?

Have a SNAP-related question for the archivists? Check out our anonymous submission form here.

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Will holding an undergraduate in history combined with my MLIS degree give me an advantage in Archival work? I want to work in an archives that houses historical documents – especially African-American or women’s history area. Continue reading

controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields for 2016-5-14

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SAA Council has endorsed the History Relevance Campaign’s “Value of History” statement.

Check out the May/June issue of Archival Outlook.

The Women Archivists Roundtable will be hosting a Wikipedia edit-a-thon on August 3.

New in the Archivists on the Issues blog series from the Issues & Advocacy Roundtable:  There Will Be No Digital Dark Age from Bertram Lyons. Continue reading