SAA 2015 Candidate Interview: Kris Kiesling

This post is part of the 2015 Candidate Interview series, presented in preparation for the 2015 SAA Election (March 13-April 13). Candidate statements will be posted daily through Friday, March 13. Read more statements from 2015 candidates here or check out our previous election series.

Kris Kiesling
University of Minnesota, Direct of Archives and Special Collections
Candidate for Council
Read her bio and response to questions posed by the Nominating Committee here.

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SAA 2015 Candidate Interview: Chris Burns

This post is part of the 2015 Candidate Interview series, presented in preparation for the 2015 SAA Election (March 13-April 13). Candidate statements will be posted daily through Friday, March 13. Read more statements from 2015 candidates here or check out our previous election series.

Chris Burns
University of Vermont, Curator of Manuscripts and University Archivist, Special Collections
Candidate for Council
Read his bio and response to questions posed by the Nominating Committee here.

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SAA 2015 Candidate Interview: Nancy McGovern

This post is part of the 2015 Candidate Interview series, presented in preparation for the 2015 SAA Election (March 13-April 13). Candidate statements will be posted daily through Friday, March 13. Read more statements from 2015 candidates here or check out our previous election series.

Nancy McGovern
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries, Head of Curation and Preservation Services
Candidate for Vice President/President-Elect
Read her bio and response to questions posed by the Nominating Committee here.

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SAA 2015 Candidate Interview: Nancy Lenoil

This post is part of the 2015 Candidate Interview series, presented in preparation for the 2015 SAA Election (March 13-April 13). Candidate statements will be posted daily through Friday, March 13. Read more statements from 2015 candidates here or check out our previous election series.

Nancy Lenoil
California State Archives, State Archivist
Candidate for Vice President/President-Elect
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SNAP RT Internship Index

Looking for an internship this summer to get more hands on experience? The SNAP Roundtable Steering Committee has put together a spreadsheet with information about several upcoming opportunities. Information was compiled from various listservs and employment sites. The spreadsheet contains basic information about each internship, (including location, time-frame, and pay details) and links to additional information. We’ll be adding more internships as we come across them, so be sure to check back often. Find the link to the document below. Good luck! Continue reading

Year in the Life: Katie Rojas, Pt. 8

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 I decided to do a “Day in the Life” approach for my blog entry. My duties revolve a lot and it’s rare that I’m focused on a single task or processing project. This is a detailed description of what I do on a typical day when I’m not processing a collection or don’t have any meetings etc. Sometimes my day is completely devoted to just one or two things, but that’s rare. I know there’s a lot of murkiness when it comes to the day-to-day of archival work, and I’ve often found myself not doing a lot of the things I thought I would do, and often grappling with how to apply what I’ve learned to the real world. Sometimes it’s a big leap between theory and practice. Hopefully this will present a realistic snapshot for what it’s like to be a newbie, lone arranger, local government archivist for a day!

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[Guest Post] Student Chapter Community Outreach

Kate McManus is a graduate student at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN, where she is an officer for the SAA Student Chapter. This chapter has just completed an outreach project for the Red Wing Pottery Museum, and Kate has agreed to share the experience with us in her post. You can follow the St. Catherine SAA Student Chapter on Twitter @StKatesSAA.

As an undergraduate, I didn’t really take student organizations very seriously. Even when I initially started graduate school at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN, I wasn’t thinking about student organizations. We were encouraged to join professional organizations, and many of them, including the American Library Association (ALA), had chapters on campus. But I remained hesitant; “Who has time for this? We’re all adults, I work full time (so do many of my classmates), some of us have kids….” And none of the student groups appealed to me. However, I was intrigued when our current chapter president Andrea Hoff, endeavored to create a student chapter for the Society of American Archivists (SAA). I went to the first meetings (because they were after my archives classes anyway, and there was usually pizza), and was suddenly excited about the prospect of the student organization. I joined SAA and we laid the groundwork for our first year. After elections, I found myself one of the co-secretaries.

We had panels and discussions. We had happy hours and small parties. A group of us went to the SAA convention in Washington DC. While I was there, I met with other student chapters, and they addressed concerns for their student chapters that we hadn’t yet faced. Our memberships and attendance are strong, and the funding that we have access to is sufficient. And we have faculty buy in.

Perhaps one of the reasons we are so popular (if I may say so) is because of our faculty advisor. Mollie Hazelton is an adjunct in the program, and she has strong professional connections in our community and in the community of archives. She is still a practicing project manager, and as fledgling professionals ourselves, we all are excited by her experience and guidance.

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