Category Archives: Student Experience

Student Experiences: Joe Schill

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 Joe Schill is an online student at the University at Buffalo. Here, he talks about the end of the semester, benefits of an online program, and his experience at the Corning Museum of Glass. Note, this post was originally written in April 2018. 
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Student Experiences: Juán-Pabló González – Kelele za chura hazimkatazi ng’ombe kunywa maji: The noise of a frog doesn’t stop the cow from drinking water

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 Juán-Pabló González is currently a student at The Catholic University of America, and is a digital preservation intern at Howard University. Here, he reflects on his first year in his MSLIS program and the opportunities he’s had thus far. 

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Student Experience: Jane Kelly

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 Jane Kelly is the Historical & Special Collections Assistant at the Harvard Law School Library, and is in the MSLIS at the iSchool at the University of Illinois. Here, she discusses a zine she created to welcome a friend to library school! 

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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

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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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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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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