Author Archives: Brenna Edwards

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.

What follows is based on my experiences on several library faculty search committees, as well as personal observation and experience at an academic archives / as a hiring manager for the past decade (2007-2017). Continue reading

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controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields 2017-12-03


SAA News

2018 SAA Research Forum Call for Participants and Presentations

Call for Volunteers: SAA Tragedy Response Initiative Task Force (Deadline to volunteer is December 6th!)

Available Now: Archival Continuing Education (ACE) Guidelines – 2017 Revision

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controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields 2017-11-12


SAA News

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

A Council Revises Strategic Plan, Decommissions A&A Discussion List

Issue Brief: Police Mobile Camera Footage as a Public Record

Issue Brief: Federal Classified Information and Controlled Unclassified Information

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Student Experience: Logan Tapscott

This post is part of the Student Experience series, which features current and former archives students as they reflect on graduate school, internships, and early career issues. If you would like to contribute a post for this series, please email me

Guest poster Logan Tapscott is currently a federal library contractor with the Library of Congress, and received her MSLS from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 2016. Here, she discusses her journey and her experience at the ALA Conference in Chicago this year. 

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controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields 2017-10-22


SAA News

Call for SAA Mentors

New Independent Archivists Section!

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

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controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields 2017-10-01


SAA News

National Fund for Natural Disasters for the Restoration of Archives (Page in Spanish)

#AskAnArchivist Day – October 4, 2017

October 6, 2017, Council Conference Call Agenda

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

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Student Experience: Ron Stafford

This post is part of the Student Experience series, which features current and former archives students as they reflect on graduate school, internships, and early career issues. If you would like to contribute a post for this series, please email me

Guest poster Ron Stafford is currently a graduate student at the University of South Carolina. Here, he discusses his internship he completed over the summer at the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, NC and what he gained from it. 

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