Author Archives: emilykintigh

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

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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controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields 2017-11-25

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

Call for Volunteers: SAA Tragedy Response Initiative Task Force
If you are interested in serving, please complete the Task Force Volunteer form by Wednesday, December 6

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Transitions: Crystal Rodgers, “Archives, You’re the One!”

Hi! I’m Crystal Rodgers, Assistant Labor Archivist for the Labor Archives of Washington at the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections in Seattle.

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controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields 2017-11-5

SAA News

Channel Your Archival Passion into Action: Volunteer to Serve on an SAA Appointed Group

Take This Brief Survey on Professional Development Support, Please!

November SAAF Board Council Meeting Agendas Available

Call for SAA Mentors

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

Other Professional Happenings

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controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields 2017-10-29

SAA News

October 6, 2017, Council Conference Call Minutes now Available

SAA Signs on to Letter Regarding Recent DHS System of Records Notice

Call for SAA Mentors

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

Other Professional Happenings

MARAC Business Archives Forum 2018: Call for submissions – Deadline for submissions is Friday November 4

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Transitions: Sofía Becerra-Licha

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controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields 2017-09-24

SAA News

Read the September/October Issue of Archival Outlook!

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

October 4th is Ask An Archivist Day

Apply for the National Disaster Recovery Fund for Archives

American Archives Month is almost here
How will you celebrate in October?

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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.

controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields 2017-09-2


An Open Letter to SAA Members Regarding the Location of the 2019 Annual Meeting

Conference Recordings on MP3
If you weren’t able to attend the Annual Meeting this year, check out the session recordings! The cost is $19.99 for SAA Members and $29.99 for non-members.

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controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields 2017-08-13

SAA News

Statement from the SAA Council 

Conference Pricing Available in the SAA Bookstore
Use this form to get books at conference prices through August 14

Get 25% Off SAA Education
Enter promo code ARCHIVES2017 at checkout. Offer expires August 31

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controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields 2017-07-23

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

SAA Office Closed; See You in Portland!

Results Are In on WArS/SAA Salary Survey

Congratulations to These 2017-2018 SAA Appointees!

Congratulations to SAA’s 2017-2018 Interns!

July 24, 2017, Council Meeting Agenda

Congratulations to Samantha Dodd, one of our first A&D Certificate holders!

Annual Meeting, July 23-29, 2017

Portland Host Committee Blog

Sign Up to Cover SAA for the SNAP Blog!
Going to SAA in Portland? Consider summarizing a session for your #SAALeftBehind colleagues who can’t attend this year. See this spreadsheet with more information!

Sign up for SNAP’s Lunch Buddy Program
You can volunteer to lead a meal excursion or join one that’s already been planned on our spreadsheet.

Conference Schedule is available
Plan to attend the SNAP Section Meeting on Wednesday July 26 from 2:30-3:45pm. Overwhelmed by the other options? A recommended schedule for SNAPers is available here. And don’t forget to get the conference app

Teaching with Primary Sources Unconference
The Third Annual Teaching with Primary Sources Unconference and Workshops is free and open to everyone, archivists and non-archivists! Plan to attend at the Portland Art Museum on July 25

The Liberated Archive Forum Program Now Available

RSVP for Lunch Discussions
Join these lunchtime discussion groups! Article exploration Thursday, July 27 from 12:15pm–1:30pm or book discussion Friday, July 28 from 12:45pm–1:45pm

Archives and Archivists in the News

Archive specialist rescues Minnesota history, page by yellowed page

NASA posts hundreds of archive videos featuring air and space vehicles to YouTube

Librarian Finds Live Civil-War Artillery Shells on Her First Day

Archive Team promises to back up SoundCloud amid worries of a shutdown

Lesbian singer’s archive captures pre-internet gay life

Why We Need To Archive The Web In Order To Preserve Twitter

Exclusive: A Look Inside Bob Dylan’s Secret Archives

A Sicilian Photographer of the Mafia and Her ‘Archive of Blood’

controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields 2017-07-02

SAA News

SAA Bookstore to Close for Inventory
SAA is conducting a periodic inventory June 29–July 1.

SAA Remembers Mark A. Greene

UNC Professor Cal Lee is Next Editor of the American Archivist

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Transitions: Aaisha Haykal, “Lifting as we Climb”

Manager of Archival Services, College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture
2017 SAA Nominating Committee Member

aaishahaykalWith transitions, there is always potential for both opportunity and failure. These sides of the same coin allow for growth and an understanding about how one sees oneself in the universe. I think that the transitions that I have made both personally and professionally have allowed me to grow not only as an archivist, but also as a person. Many people say that you learn on the job, which is definitely the case, and sometimes it may seem that you are making it up as you go, but I have to say that my graduate course work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) helped to provide me with the theory that I am thankful for.

Although I have held only two “full-time” professional archival positions, I have worked in the profession for almost ten years as a student worker or as an intern. For four years, I was the University Archivist at Chicago State University in Chicago, IL, but I recently started working as the Manager of Archival Services at the College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture in Charleston, SC. Both of these positions have provided me the opportunity to expand my skills and abilities in the areas of supervisor, manager of budgets, developing and implementing public programming and archival policies, reference and instruction, donor management, and facility matters (i.e. space and environment issues).

This post will be a mix of lessons learned and advice for new professionals.

When you are a new professional transitioning to a new workplace or organization, it is best to study and learn the official organizational structure, but also the unofficial organizational structure. This refers to the fact that although on paper a person/position is responsible for doing a particular business function, in reality, it is usually the person below them that does the real work. This can be determined by observing and talking with other colleagues at the institution. Making this discovery early on will help to make your job easier in the future, as well as to make you a more effective employee and manager. Furthermore, depending on what area it is in, there is a potential for you to make a change in the operating procedure. Being the new employee within the institution allows you to see things that other employees have normalized.

However, I do have to caution new professionals that are straight from graduate school with limited workplace experience and that want to start new programs and processes that they may run up against administrative hurdles and obstacles. These may be due to fiscal constraints, new strategic plan, and personnel/personality issues. While all of these can be challenging, taking an iterative approach to your ultimate goal is great way to be successful, but also take time along the way and feel accomplished in each completion. Furthermore, if you feel depressed or unmotivated from the activities in your workplace, partake in professional organizations/associations/groups, so that you feel connected to the profession, help to make you feel less alone, and still obtain fulfillment in another area of your life. These networks and relationships that you develop will help you sustain yourself emotionally and professionally.

I cannot emphasize the importance of professional organizations/associations, and I was blessed to obtain a scholarship to attend an American Library Association (ALA) conference in undergrad, which allowed me a look into the profession early on. I have continued to participate in them (transitioning more to Society of American Archivists (SAA)) due to the people that I have met, the new ideas and concepts learned, and the sense of community that one gets at a conference or by an e-mail from a colleague.

The third piece of advice is really vital, especially if you are the only archivist at your institution: making those archival connections helps you stay grounded. Being involved in professional organizations (local, regional, or national) opens you up to mentoring opportunities, where you are either a mentee or a mentor. Often people look for mentors, who are “elder”, either in terms of professional experience or in age, but do not forget the importance of peer mentoring and support, which can develop from your classmates or from people that you meet at conferences. It is important to note that your engagement with professional associations will fluctuate depending on your priorities (i.e. family, school, work, health, etc.), and you should explore other associations besides SAA depending on your interest. Some of these other organizations include: Association for Moving Image Archivists (AMIA), Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), Association for State and Local History (AASLH), Association for American Historians (AHA), Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA), etc.

In my statement on this blog when I was running for nominating committee, I think that Student and New Professionals Section (SNAP) members can be great assets as SAA continues to grow and develop for the archives and archivists of the 21st century. Advocating within the larger SAA organizational structure can be difficult (as it too has a history), but that is why diverse voices are needed within the structure, so that it can change. Furthermore, I believe that the more progressive and diverse people there are in decision making process (whether in SAA or in our organizations/institutions) the better off we will be, leaning on the adage, “rising tides lifts all ships.” However, as the political and social climate will remind us (well some of us), that we either are not a part of the crew or not even on the ship and we have to resist this in our personal lives, as well as our professional ones, so that there are ships and life vests available for all. Therefore, we would be better served by using the motto of the National Association of Colored Women Clubs (NACW) “Lifting as We Climb.”

I have aimed to take the above approach in my career as a manager as well, because you are responsible for making sure that your employees remain current and have the skills that they need to complete their jobs, as well as to push them to the next level. This means different things for different classifications of staffing, depending on if they are in a union with promotion potential, or if they have bonuses associated with continuing education, or if they are faculty and if they are on a tenure or non-tenure track. All of these varied classifications can mean that work expectations can be disparate, specifically in terms of production outside of the “normal” business hours and what can be asked of a particular employee. Thus, if you are a manager with these types of employees, it is advisable to learn about the particulars as soon as possible by talking with them, your direct supervisor, or Human Resources so that you are covered and not surprised when you are not informed. Furthermore, as a manager, I had to get used to the fact that my employees’ work reflected upon me, so not only did I have do my job, but I may have to be the back-up employee to others if they could not complete their duties as their performance (good or bad) represented me. Consequently, before taking on a management position, one has to be ready for this occurrence.

I started this piece talking about transitions and lessons, and to sum it up, I have three takeaways for you:

  1. Do not be afraid to fail;
  2. Flexibility is your friend; and
  3. Make and keep connections

With these in your pocket, you will be equipped to not only be a leader in the archival/information profession, but also in life.

P.S. Recommend yourself or another candidate for SAA leadership positions here.