New(ish) year, new(ish) editor!

New professionals don’t come much newer than your incoming New Professionals Blog Editor: I was just hired yesterday at the Charles Schulz Museum, where I’ll be working with the Peanuts collections. Up till now, I’ve been a student worker at Oregon Health and Science University, handling diverse collections that span the medical history of the Pacific Northwest. Not to brag, but we have a pair of Medical Anti-Shock Trousers, multiple human skulls, and a Lebenswecker, a German device that Victorians used to stab each other back to health.

This year, I’m planning to continue our long-running controlaccess and Year in the Life series, as well as other good stuff TBA. To start us off and in lieu of last week’s controlaccess, here are a few recent articles related to archives:

Vocational Awe and Librarianship: The Lies We Tell Ourselves by Fobazi Ettarh. This was going around my office the day it came out. I think it’s essential reading for librarians and archivists. It’s about the emerging image of the librarian as an infinitely capable superhero of democracy, and how that image encourages a culture of excessive self-sacrifice in librarians while hindering healthy self-critique. Ettarh pays particular attention to the monastic roots of librarianship and the faint ecclesiastical overtones it still has. Don’t get me wrong, I’d still prefer to be seen as a superhero as opposed to a shushing caricature, but this is the rare case where the truth really does lie in between.

Inside the Battle for Arthur Miller’s Archive by Jennifer Schuessler [paywall]. An interesting piece about Miller’s collection and the complications posed by inter-institutional politics, bidding wars, and the wishes of a long-dead donor.

Researching Queer Archives from the Former Eastern Bloc by Francesco Dama [several photos not safe for work]. An interview with Karol Radzisewski, Polish zine editor and founder of the Queer Archives Institute, which is dedicated to materials about queer history in repressive countries (initially focusing on the former Eastern Bloc, but the lens is broadening with time). Radzisewski has a line in here — “History is literature, and I am writing my own” — that I think really captures the art and responsibility of archiving.


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SAA News

Nexus “Leading Across Boundaries” Resources Now Available

November 5-7, 2017, Council Meeting Minutes Now Available!

Read the Fall/Winter 2017 Issue of The American Archivist!

Early-Bird Registration for Arrangement and Description courses
See course information here and here. The deadline for the early bird rate is December 31.

Nominate someone for an award!
The deadline for nominations is February 28.
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SAA News

Nexus “Leading Across Boundaries” Resources Now Available

November 5-7, 2017, Council Meeting Minutes Now Available! 

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Year in the Life: Adriana Flores, Pt. 12

Adriana Flores is one of our participants in our Year in the Life series, which follows new archivists in their first professional position. This is Adriana’s final post of the series. You can read her previous posts here. If you’d like to contribute to our Year in the Life series, please contact us!

I can’t believe that this is my last post for A Year in the Life!! It seems like yesterday that Lauren Gaylord reached out to me in December to ask if I’d be interested in contributing. I’m so happy I said yes and that I’ve been able to share and reflect on the last year of my professional life with all of you. My life has changed a fair bit over the last year and writing for SNAP has allowed me to document those changes along the way.

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controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields 2017-12-17

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

November 5-7, 2017, Council Meeting Minutes Now Available

Plan Now to Exhibit at ARCHIVES * RECORDS 2018

Rana Hutchinson Salzmann Appointed SAA’s Director of Education

Volunteer to Serve on an SAA Appointed Group
Submit your application by January 19!

2018 SAA Research Forum Call for Participants and Presentations
Abstracts for poster and platform presentations due May 15.

Other Professional Happenings

SAA Jingle Books Sale!
Enjoy 25% to 65% off select print titles in the SAA Bookstore

Accessioning and Ingest of Digital Records DAS Course, May 9th, NY

Archives and Archivists in the News

Gabriel García Márquez’s Archive Freely Available Online

Getty Research Institute Acquires Mary Kelly Archive

In the Coachella Valley History Museum’s archive, hidden gems are waiting for their time to shine

Academic Library/Archives Job Interviews – Generalizations That I Hope Are Helpful

This post is written by Kate Crowe (contact information at the bottom!) and originally was posted on her blog here. Last year, she wrote about her professional journey for the SNAP blog (linked below). This post was inspired by the November 9th #snaprt on Twitter; chat flashback here

First, my sympathies that you are on the hunt for a job of any kind. Like any activity where you “put yourself out there” (dating, your rec softball league, etc.), you face some amount of upfront emotional labor and potential rejection. Unlike dating or a hypothetical softball league, this rejection is also directly tied to your ability to pay your bills (and maybe other people’s bills) and get a regular meal – so the stress is ramped way, way up. Virtual hugs to you – my guess is, you need them.

Second, who the heck am I to tell you what to do on an academic library/archives job interview? I’m the Curator of Special Collections and Archives at the University of Denver, and I wrote about my professional journey on a series of blog posts for SNAP last year. If you want to know more about me and what passes for street cred in the academic archives world, check ’em out.

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Transitions: Jenn Parent


Hi, I’m Jenn Parent. I’m a very early career archivist, just a bit over six months in, and I’d like to share with you a tiny bit of my background, how I moved to the information world, and a one or two tips I learned along the way.

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