Please join the SAA Students and New Archives Professionals Section for the next #snaprt Twitter chat on the Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA) certification exam on February 6, at 8 pm ET. Join us to share tips and tricks if you’ve already taken the exam, or get questions answered and find study partners if you’re taking the exam this summer.
We welcome everyone to join or keep up with our chat using the #snaprt hashtag on Twitter. The SNAP Section Twitter account will pose questions such as:
- What are the benefits of becoming ACA certified?
- How necessary do you feel it is to become ACA certified?
- What are some study tips/study goals you have for taking the ACA exam?
- What are some of the best readings to prepare for the exam?
- Would you recommend study groups? Are there people interested in finding study partners?
If you would like to have a discussion topic included in this chat, please send it to @SNAP_Section on Twitter, submit it through the anonymous form on the SNAP chat webpage or e-mail the SNAP Junior Social Media Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here some resources related to next week’s chat you may want to check out. Please share additional resources using #snaprt on Twitter or through the SNAP section SAA listserv.
- The Academy of Certified Archivists
- 2016-2017 Handbook for Archival Certification
- “How I Conquered the Certified Archivist Exam” by Michael Barera
- “Find a Study Partner for the ACA Exam!” on the SNAP blog
- Mott Linn (2015) Not Waiting for Godot: The History of the Academy of Certified Archivists and the Professionalization of the Archival Field. The American Archivist: Spring/Summer 2015, Vol. 78, No. 1, pp. 96-132.
We recently posted about one SNAP member’s experience with the ACA exam. If you’re planning on taking the test this year, SNAP has created a contact spreadsheet to help you find study partners and trade tips. You can list your name, location, contact information, how you prefer to study, and any other additional notes.
Read prior SNAP posts on studying for the ACA exam here and don’t miss the Early Bird Application Deadline on February 15th.
In advance of the 2016 Annual Meeting, we invited SNAP members to contribute summaries of panels, roundtable and section meetings, forums, and pop-up sessions. Summaries represent the opinions of their individual authors; they are not necessarily endorsed by SNAP, members of the SNAP Steering Committee, or SAA.
Guest Author: Blake Relle, Archives Specialist at the Louisiana State Archives
New Member/Coffee Break
On Thursday morning, I attended the New Member/First Time Coffee Break. I know this will surprise you, but I had Green Tea instead of coffee. Unlike at my last SAA conference, I walked around the room and introduced myself to several people. One person I spoke with was Erin Lawrimore. She is the council liaison for the SNAP Roundtable and she is writing a blog regards to her experience on the SAA Council. You can read her blog here. The topic of her blog is a great idea. The blog will give SAA members insight into the workings of the council as well as inspire people to take on leadership role in either SAA or another archival organization. I ran into Myles Crowley, who I met in Pittsburgh as well as came to the REPS meet up at Max Lagers.
After the coffee (more like tea) break, it was off to hear the Plenary Speeches. They were two speeches. The first speech was made by David Ferriero, who is the Archivist for the United States. He spoke about diversity and inclusion. He reminded us that we need to foster a culture promotes inclusion and diversity. He reminded us the our nation derives its strength from being open to diversity and including everyone. We need to educate our workforce about the importance of having a workplace that values inclusion. He also reminded us to interview candidates for job openings through an inclusive lens. Continue reading