Year in the Life: Lauren Gaylord, Pt. 1

Welcome Lauren Gaylord, our newest participant in the Year in the Life Series! We will be following Lauren for the next twelve months.

Lauren Gaylord
Processing Archivist
Institution: Pixar Animation Studios
Years at position: <1
Education: Westmont College (BA – History); The University of Texas at Austin (MSIS – Master of Science in Information Studies)

I work at Pixar Animation Studios as Processing Archivist. While I began this professional position in June, I’ve worked off and on in the Pixar archives for three years (and consequently have been through three orientations. You might say I’m the most well-oriented person at the company!). Continue reading

Chat With Us This Wednesday, November 25th

Please join SAA’s Students and New Archives Professionals Roundtable for the next #snaprt Twitter chat in this month’s series on finding your first professional job. The focus of the upcoming chat on Wednesday, November 25, at 8 PM ET will be managing job offers and adjusting to your first professional role. Our most recent chat about in-person job interviews included lots of great advice from chat participants (many thanks!) Please visit the chat transcript on Storify to learn more:

LIS students, recent graduates, and new and experienced archivists are all encouraged to join the chat on Wednesday, November 25, at 8 PM ET.  We will discuss topics such as:

  • What kinds of positions without “archivist” in the job title can benefit from the types of skills archives-focused LIS graduates have?
  • What are some tips for negotiating the salary, benefits, or other aspects of a job? Why might someone turn down an offer?
  • In what ways might you call upon your connections, training, or other resources to support yourself in transitioning to a new role?
  • What kinds of lessons have you learned as a new professional? Have any surprised you?
  • What do you consider to be the characteristics of a professional? And how can you grow as a professional particularly in your early years?

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Transitions Series: Shaina Buckles

This post is part of our “Transitions” Series, which highlights the experiences of recent graduates and early career archivists. If you are an early career archivist (0-5 years in the field) who would like to participate in this series, please contact us.

Guest author: Shaina Buckles
Librarian/Archivist at The Dali Museum

First off, I never had the intention of becoming an archivist – I was just kind of “thrown” into it. I graduated with my MLIS in August of 2013. During graduate school, I was still trying to find my niche. A lot of librarians and librarians in the making tend to be generalists; therefore, it was difficult for me to decide upon a specialty. I enjoyed cataloging and indexing and took a web archiving course, but I never chose to take a general archiving course.

Luckily for me, while in graduate school I was gaining hands-on experience in the professional world. I landed a graduate assistantship position at a children’s hospital where I learned the ins and outs of medical librarianship. This hospital also had a Family Resource Center, which was very similar to working in the youth department of a public library. At both of these libraries, I learned cataloging, reference services, marketing, circulation, and even marketing! Still, I wanted more experience, so while in school and working as a graduate assistant, I was offered a part time position as a librarian in various law firms. It was obvious I was leaning towards special libraries. Again, I was gaining practical experience for when I graduated. Continue reading

controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields for 2015-11-22

This is the weekly roundup of headlines in and around archivy, but also including some library, museum, digital humanities, and information science things as well. If you see something we’ve missed, please email us!


Have you voted on the dues referendum? Here’s a blog post from SAA President Dennis Meissner explaining the rationale for the change.

Don’t forget that there’s an open call to serve on SAA committees! You have until January 20, 2016 to submit the form.

SAA Council has approved a brief on strengthening federal records authority.
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Managing Your Career: One Archivist’s Journey, Pt. 1

When Kate and I first discussed her writing a post for the blog about project archivists, she said she had a lot to share. This has developed into four posts that best work as their own stand alone mini-series. So, for the next four Fridays, we’re going to see Kate go from library student to a curator of special collections. There’s really solid advice for those thinking about applying to graduate school, those in programs now, those graduating in December and May, and those who have been in the field a few years and know it’s time to take the next step. This is the first in the series.

Guest author: Kate Crowe
Curator of Special Collections and Archives at the University of Denver

What follows are a series of topically focused blog posts, all focusing on my journey from library school student (beginning in fall 2004) to project archivist (September 2007) to Curator of Special Collections and Archives (summer 2012). Each will focus on what I did/what happened, and include information on what I wish I’d known and/or done at the time.

While I hope most of it will be applicable to all students and new professionals in cultural heritage work, my entire career has been in academic archives at a mid-size private research university in the American West. Additionally, I’m a white, cisgender, middle/upper middle class lady person (she/her/hers), so all of that factors into my story and my advice as well. So, take it all with a grain of salt and all of the above in mind. I hope you find it helpful!

Choosing A Library School/Getting Through Library School (Part I)

When people ask me “Why libraries?” I usually say that I’m the child of 2 librarians, and so I didn’t really pick libraries, they picked me – also, I am highly unoriginal.

A bit of background: both of my parents received PhDs in library and information science, and my father went on to become Dean of Libraries and then Vice-Chancellor at the University of Kansas (KU). As a result, I literally grew up in large, Midwestern R-1 academic libraries, first at the Ohio State, and then at KU. Both of my parents seemed to have interesting, meaningful jobs, they made enough to give us a nice, middle/upper middle class life, and seemed to genuinely enjoy what they did. So, choosing to go to library school and follow in the “family business” seemed like a no-brainer. I entered library school right after graduating with my undergraduate degree in history. Below, you’ll see what I screwed up, and what I think worked well, and what I wish I’d known or done in retrospect. Continue reading

Workshop Recap: Digital Preservation – A Sampler

Guest author: Rachel Walton
Digital Archivist & Records Management Coordinator, Rollins College and SNAP Roundtable Steering Committee Member

Hosted in Columbus, GA on October 21st, 2015 by the Society of Georgia Archivists
Lead by Seth Shaw, Assistant Professor of Archival Studies, Clayton State University

This was a wonderful hands-on class that exposed participants to a variety of (mostly open source) digital preservation tools that can help archival professionals execute and automate many of the following critical digital preservation activities: acquisition, analysis and reporting, fixity checking, migration, and providing access to digital objects of enduring value. To see the specific tools covered in this workshop see the Digital Preservation Workflows Tool Matrix below. My suggestion to those who take this workshop in the future: ask for a link to the tools being covered in advance so that you can install and play around with them on your own before you dive into the nitty-gritty during the workshop. Continue reading

Year in the Life: Steve Ammidown, Pt. 3

Steve Ammidown is the newest participant in our Year in the Life series, which follows new archivists in their first professional position. We will be following Steve for a year. You can read his previous posts here.

The thing about having a long commute is that there’s plenty of time for car karaoke. I was in need of extra energy the other morning, so the stereo was up loud when “Shame on You” by the Indigo Girls came on. The first few lines of the song are:

My friends they wash the windows
and they shine in the sun
they tell me wake up early in the morning some time
see what a beautiful job you’ve done.

I say let’s put on some tunes
sing along to Doolittle all day
go down to the riverside, take off our shoes
and wash these sins away.

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