Category Archives: Student Experience

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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Cataloging, Categorization, and an Ode to the Call Number

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 Olivia Shea is a recent graduate of St. John’s University. Here, she discusses her work she has been doing at the Historical Society of Frederick County, MD, reorganizing the ephemera collection by catalog number. 
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Student Experience: Gayle Schechter

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 Gayle Schechter is a recent graduate of Simmons College, and discusses graduating and the challenges with entering the job market and staying positive. 

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That Rare Breed

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 Kylie Casino is a new professional about to graduate with her MLIS from UCLA. Here, she discusses the challenges of being a recent grad looking for work, and everything that goes along with it, but from the particular perspective of a very young professional. Continue reading

Attending MARAC as a Student & First-Time Conference Attendee

Guest author: Lauren Bell
Archives and Preservation MI student at Rutgers University. 

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Lauren with her poster during MARAC poster presentation, 4/21/17.

On April 20-22 I attended the bi-annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) in Newark, New Jersey. I had initially planned on being at the conference to attend workshops and get a better understanding of conference structure, but gradually assumed other roles throughout the conference.

This was the first conference I’ve attended as a graduate student in the archives field and I was blown away by the amount of opportunity presented at this gathering. On the first day, I attended a workshop titled “Dating 19th Century Portrait Photographs,” given by Gary Saretzky (Monmouth County Archives). During this workshop, Saretzky discussed various 19th century photographic media including daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, carte de viste, and cabinet cards. Saretzky went through each of these photographic types at length, providing many visual examples of how one could determine the date that the photo was taken. Some consistent elements to look for amongst all of these types include dress and accessories worn by subject in the photo, color of photo, the casing of the photo, material of photo, photographer’s marks, and captions. The presentation was supplemented with reading material and a hands-on look at some photographs in Saretzky’s own personal collection. Continue reading

Student Experience: First-time Conference Presenter

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 Irina Sandler, Simmons College student and archivist at the Baker Library of Harvard Business School as well as the Cambridge Historical Society, discusses her experience as a first time presenter at the New England Archivists Spring 2017 meeting

There is almost nothing as nerve-wracking as public speaking.

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