controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields 2017-09-17

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!

SAA News

July 24 and 29 Council Meeting Minutes Available

2018 Joint Annual Meeting Call for Proposals
Proposals are due November 15!

30 Earn Digital Archives Specialist Certificates from Society of American Archivists

October 4th is Ask An Archivist Day

SNAP Student Chapter Manual Is Now Available

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SAA 2017: Session 104 Archival Ethics: It Could Happen to You!

In advance of the 2017 Annual Meeting, we invited SNAP members to contribute summaries of panels, section meetings, forums, and pop-up sessions. Summaries represent the opinions of their individual authors; they are not necessarily endorsed by SNAP, members of the SNAP Steering Committee, or SAA.

Guest Author: Amanda Mellinger, Assistant Archivist, LaGuardia and Wagner Archives

Ethical dilemmas can produce uncertainty and anxiety in the most seasoned of archivists, but can be downright overwhelming to SNAPers who haven’t had many opportunities to navigate the difficult ethical landscape of our profession. Luckily, SAA17 offered a session with an experienced panel ready to discuss real life ethical dilemmas facing archivists now. Due to the sensitivity of this topic, you won’t be able to find a recording to this session and this recap is only going to cover the highlights and some lessons learned to protect identities and confidentiality.

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Announcing SNAP’s Manual for Student Chapters!

We are proud to announce that SNAP’s Manual for Student Chapters is now available on the SNAP microsite and is ready for use!

The Student Chapter Manual is a collaborative document that pulls together policies from the SAA Handbook with commentary from real students in some of our many student chapters across the United States. It as a resource for understanding everything from chapter governance to planning chapter activities and hopefully will provide student leaders with the tools they need to succeed.

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Transitions: Hilda Teresa Ayala-González, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”

Research Services Librarian
Graduate Research and Innovation Center (GRIC)
University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus

Hilda Teresa Ayala-González

You may find it peculiar that a Research Services Librarian is writing a post in a blog dedicated to early career archivist. Well, that’s what I thought too, but from what I learned from travelling, living and learning from so many places such as our beautiful Island to all the way to the reaches of Vancouver, I came back with some advice, no more so than this: job titles don’t really say that much. Like many who have recently graduated from a first or second degree, I hoped to land the dream job, in my case, being an archivist and librarian in a special collection. The truth is, in my home Puerto Rico, you can count on your one hand the special collections that deal with archival material.

SAA 2017: The Liberated Archive Session F08 The Plateau Peoples’ Web Portal

In advance of the 2017 Annual Meeting, we invited SNAP members to contribute summaries of panels, section meetings, forums, and pop-up sessions. Summaries represent the opinions of their individual authors; they are not necessarily endorsed by SNAP, members of the SNAP Steering Committee, or SAA.

The Liberated Archive Forum was a new feature of the 2017 Annual Meeting that explored “how archivists might partner with the public to repurpose the archive as a site of social transformation and radical inclusion” through various panel discussions and an unconference on Saturday, July 29. You can listen to the opening keynote by Writer/activist/educator/poet Walidah Imarisha here: https://www2.archivists.org/am2017/liberated-archive-keynote

Guest Author: Michael Barera, Archivist, Texas A&M University-Commerce

This panel session was presented by Josiah Black Eagle Pinkham (Nez Perce Tribe) and Lotus Norton-Wisla (Washington State University). Lotus opened by noting that “our session has changed a bit from the beginning.” She then observed that everyone in the room is currently on the ancestral homelands of the Plateau Peoples. She also noted Washington State University (WSU)’s Native American Advisory Board, which has relationships with local tribes as well as the university president. She concluded her brief introduction by remarking that the Plateau Peoples’ Web Portal was created with specific goals in mind.

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controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields 2017-09-10


SAA News

July 24 and 29 Council Meeting Minutes Available

2018 Joint Annual Meeting Call for Proposals (Due November 15!)

Be Prepared for Hurricane Irma

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SAA 2017: Metadata and Digital Object Section Meeting

In advance of the 2017 Annual Meeting, we invited SNAP members to contribute summaries of panels, section meetings, forums, and pop-up sessions. Summaries represent the opinions of their individual authors; they are not necessarily endorsed by SNAP, members of the SNAP Steering Committee, or SAA.

Guest Author: Ben M. Riesenberg, MLIS Candidate, University of Washington iSchool

The session began with remarks by Martha Parker, Digital Services Librarian at the University of Arkansas Libraries and section co-chair, who gave a brief introduction to the lightning-talk format— “Metadata Story Hour”—featuring five presenters. Following a Q&A period at the session’s conclusion, Ms. Parker also gave a call to service for those interested in participating on the section’s steering committee.

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