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Chat with us tomorrow, March 24!

Please join the Students and New Archives Professionals (SNAP) Roundtable for our next  #snaprt Twitter chat on Friday, March 24, at 8 pm ET. We will be chatting about the perception and practice of archivists remaining (or not) “neutral” in their professional work. We will discuss the benefits and disadvantages of archivists being active in modern social movements compared to the traditionally unbiased observer.

We welcome everyone to join or keep up with our chat using the #snaprt hashtag on Twitter. The SNAP Roundtable Twitter account will pose questions such as:

  • Q1.  Is it possible for archivists to keep their personal opinions on social issues separate from their professional work? Is it desirable?
  • Q2. Does a “neutral” archivist help or hurt the historical record?
  • Q3. What are some of the benefits of remaining “neutral” on social issues? Disadvantages?
  • Q4. What are some of the benefits of being active in social issues? Disadvantages?
  • Q5. What is the social responsibility for archivists in the modern era?
  • Q6. Should archivists stay out of politics?
  • Q7. How can archivists use intellectual freedom within the profession?

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Transitions: Lindsay Schettler

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: Lindsay Schettler
Special Collections Librarian, De Paul Library, University of Saint Mary
lindsay.schettler@stmary.edu
www.linkedin.com/in/lindsayschettler

lindsayschettlerI am the Special Collections Librarian at the University of Saint Mary, a non-profit, private Catholic liberal arts university in Leavenworth, KS. The De Paul Library has three full time librarians and two part-time library research assistants. We have a handful of student workers and a Graduate Assistant who works closely with me in Special Collections. I am the first Special Collections Librarian in over 20 years. De Paul Library has gone through such a transformation in the past 3 years, from a 1950 traditional-style library structure to a vibrant, student centered learning commons. My position includes collection care and management, digital curation and preservation, outreach and exhibits, instruction and program development, and special collections library administrative tasks.

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controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields 2017-03-19

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

Vote in SAA’s 2017 Election!
Submit your ballot by March 31.

Trump Administration’s Proposed FY 18 Budget Slashes NEH, NEA, IMLS

Contribute to the SAA Student Chapter Manual
Part of an SAA student chapter? Consider adding your expertise to the SAA Student Chapter Manual, now in progress.

Survey on SAA Participation
The Membership Committee is seeking feedback on barriers to participation in SAA through a brief three-question survey. The survey will close March 31.

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controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields 2017-02-26

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

The Role of Archivists During the Current Administration

Please join the SAA Students and New Archives Professionals Section for the next #snaprt Twitter chat tomorrow, February 27, 2016 at 8 pm ET. We will discuss the role of archivists during the current administration.

Contribute to the SAA Student Chapter Manual
Part of an SAA student chapter? Consider adding your expertise to the SAA Student Chapter Manual, now in progress.

February Council Conference Call Minutes Available

Check out SAA’s new Internship Directory! 

Portland Host Committee Blog
The Annual Meeting is July 23-29, 2017!

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Transitions: Jane Thaler

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: Jane Thaler
Post-Holocaust American Judaism Project Archivist, University of Colorado Boulder Special Collections and Archives

img_2077I earned my MLIS from the University of Denver (DU) in Spring 2016 and am now the Project Archivist for the Post-Holocaust American Judaism Collections at the University of Colorado Boulder. Due to taking this position, I am also currently on leave of absence from the LIS PhD program at the University of Pittsburgh (they have been wonderfully supportive about me taking this opportunity).

I graduated undergrad with a major in Art History and minors in Philosophy and Religious Studies. Had a year in between undergrad and graduate school to flesh out my personal and academic goals, then decided to get my MLIS. While in the program, I volunteered at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science Archives, interned in the Exhibitions Department at the Denver Botanic Gardens (DBG) as a collections management intern of non-living collections, helped rehouse and process several private archival collections, was a graduate assistant, was the SAA chapter president, and snagged a job as an archival assistant in the DU Special Collections and Archives. As soon as I graduated, I continued my position at DU and took a paid position at the DBG as an exhibitions project associate until I left for the PhD program at Pitt in August of 2016. I completed one term of the doctoral program and am planning on returning, but my current position was an offer that I simply could not refuse.

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controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields 2017-02-05

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 Releases Statement on Executive Order Restricting Entry into the United States by Individuals from Seven Muslim-Majority Countries

Plan now to Exhibit at ARCHIVES 2017

Join the February 6th SAA Council Conference Call 

SAA Joins with Archivist Groups to Submit Recommendations to Trump Transition Team

Meet the 2017 SAA Election Candidates

SAA Upcoming Deadlines

Apply for the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program

Applications are due February 28.

SAA Awards and Scholarships Deadline

There are multiple scholarship and travel award opportunities for students. Applications are due February 28.

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Transitions: Nathalie Proulx

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: Nathalie Proulx
Reference Archivist, Carson Brierly Giffin Dance Library, University of Denver

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Nathalie Proulx (far right) at the premiere of her 30-minute documentary: Rising Stars.

There are three forces that I believe are helpful in the job search: passion, persistence and selectiveness. I believe knowing what you are looking for in a career is as vital as persistence in finding a job after graduation; Finding that key interest or passion that leads you to filling out some applications while passing on others. For example, knowing you are interested in historical collections and museums rather than records management. The passion is what pushes you to continue applying. The rejection hurts at first but once you are hired for a job you would actually want and see for your future, it’s all forgotten.

My decision to become an archivist started once I entered graduate school. I chose to get a degree in Library and Information Science after working in a used bookstore the year after graduating with my Bachelors in History. I loved the organization, the sorting and handling of thousands of books. Like many, I had graduated without any ideas of how to move forward to a career other than teaching. I did not even know library sciences existed until researching graduate programs in Colorado. Once I found the program though, I knew it was my next step. Even further once I was accepted and started the on the Archives track of courses, I was certain I had found my place.

My transition from my formal education to my career differs from the traditional in that it all took place in the same Special Collections and Archives department. I graduated from the University of Denver (DU) in 2015 with my MLIS. During my education at DU, I had begun working at the Special Collections and Archives department at our library. This setting provided a constant while the transitional aspect was my position and in turn my confidence in that position. With the support of my wonderful supervisor, I obtained a temporary position within the department as Project Archivist for the Carson Brierly Giffin Dance Library, one of our collecting areas. The creation of the position was due to new funding to the collection. I was familiar with the collections, applying for jobs, and really just in the right place at the right time.

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Nathalie’s dance exhibit at the University of Denver.

After obtaining this position is when my real transition took place. As a grad student, my position was at the front desk working with patrons and providing minimal processing of small collections. As project archivist (and the only employee) for one collecting area I now had more control and authority over these collections. Within that yearlong position, I was challenged but grew in my confidence and skills. I was not a dancer and in processing collections, my knowledge of the art grew every day. Through the encouragement of my supervisor, I pushed my boundaries and worked with new software creating a 30-minute documentary and assisted in creating an exhibit. It was absolutely wonderful.

One year later and that temporary position has now become a permanent position within the library. My work and confidence continues to grow with each project. I love my work and collections. I am very fortunate that my transition from graduate student to archivist was without the many variables that can occur in finding a job after graduating. I had applied for many positions and had a few interviews but eventually found the right one through luck.

Passion is the key; whether that be for the job, the environment, or the materials. Something keeps you engaged, ensuring you return day after day or filling out endless applications. Find what you love and work for it; it will pay off through luck or perseverance.