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controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields 2018-04-01

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!

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Call for 2018-2019 SAA Interns

Archives and Archivists in the News

Ba’ath Party archives at the Hoover Institution reveal brutality of Saddam Hussein’s authoritarian regime by Clifton B. Parker

The processing decisions here are fascinating — they digitized ten million records, and the digitized records are the default way for researchers to access the collections! At the same time, no efforts were made to redact the collections for privacy; instead, researchers simply sign an ethics agreement. A good example of archival decision-making to suit researchers’ needs rather than professional defaults, and it sounds as if the researchers are benefiting from it in their studies of Iraqi life under dictatorship.

Naked in the Archives by Clara J. Bates [top image not safe for work]

Many of us have heard of Harvard’s collection of naked photos of Victorian and Edwardian students, but I hadn’t known that Yale, Wellesley, and Vassar required their student bodies to be photographed nude as well, nor that Harvard is unusual for both keeping its collection and making it available to the public. (It’s a Victorian phys ed thing, for the record; we wouldn’t understand.)

At the hospital archives where I used to work, these materials would still be severely restricted under HIPAA. It’s interesting to note that Harvard is under no such restriction, though they do require that images be dissociated from names if they are published.

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New(ish) year, new(ish) editor!

New professionals don’t come much newer than your incoming New Professionals Blog Editor: I was just hired yesterday at the Charles Schulz Museum, where I’ll be working with the Peanuts collections. Up till now, I’ve been a student worker at Oregon Health and Science University, handling diverse collections that span the medical history of the Pacific Northwest. Not to brag, but we have a pair of Medical Anti-Shock Trousers, multiple human skulls, and a Lebenswecker, a German device that Victorians used to stab each other back to health.

This year, I’m planning to continue our long-running controlaccess and Year in the Life series, as well as other good stuff TBA. To start us off and in lieu of last week’s controlaccess, here are a few recent articles related to archives:

Vocational Awe and Librarianship: The Lies We Tell Ourselves by Fobazi Ettarh. This was going around my office the day it came out. I think it’s essential reading for librarians and archivists. It’s about the emerging image of the librarian as an infinitely capable superhero of democracy, and how that image encourages a culture of excessive self-sacrifice in librarians while hindering healthy self-critique. Ettarh pays particular attention to the monastic roots of librarianship and the faint ecclesiastical overtones it still has. Don’t get me wrong, I’d still prefer to be seen as a superhero as opposed to a shushing caricature, but this is the rare case where the truth really does lie in between.

Inside the Battle for Arthur Miller’s Archive by Jennifer Schuessler [paywall]. An interesting piece about Miller’s collection and the complications posed by inter-institutional politics, bidding wars, and the wishes of a long-dead donor.

Researching Queer Archives from the Former Eastern Bloc by Francesco Dama [several photos not safe for work]. An interview with Karol Radzisewski, Polish zine editor and founder of the Queer Archives Institute, which is dedicated to materials about queer history in repressive countries (initially focusing on the former Eastern Bloc, but the lens is broadening with time). Radzisewski has a line in here — “History is literature, and I am writing my own” — that I think really captures the art and responsibility of archiving.

controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields 2017-08-27

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

Call for Volunteers: SAA-ACRL/RBMS Joint Task Force to Revise Statement on Access to Research Materials
The deadline to apply is Friday, September 1.

SAA Council Statement on White Supremacists’ Actions in Charlottesville, Virginia

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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Leading a Virtual Student Chapter: The SAASC Community at San José State University

Rebecca Leung is graduating in May 2017 with a MLIS from SJSU. She served as the Chair of the school’s SAA student chapter from 2016-2017 and the Secretary from 2015-2016. In addition to her archival coursework, Rebecca interned at UC Berkeley’s Environmental Design Archives, and at the Bay Area Video Coalition where she developed a passion for media preservation and moving image archiving. Rebecca graciously agreed to share her experience chairing SJSU’s student chapter for the online-only program.

The first Library Science course was offered at San José State University (SJSU) in 1928, though Library Science was not offered as a degree until 1954. Fifty-five years later, in 2009, the Library Science program at SJSU became an entirely online program. Now known as the School of Information, or iSchool, this program offers unique challenges and opportunities due to its online status.

San José State University’s Society of American Archivists Student Chapter (SAASC) formed over the 2002-2003 academic year. Undoubtedly, the chapter endured many changes as the community of student members transitioned from in-person to online interactions. By 2017, the transition is old news and current students are savvy to the online learning environment. No longer geographically tied to San José, California, students now log in from every corner of the globe. iSchoolers recognize their classmates by their names and thumbnail photos rather than by face. It is possible to feel disconnected in such an environment. What keeps these students motivated and engaged in their work?

SAASC offers a way for students with a passion for archives to join a community and connect in a virtual world. Through our programming, students learn directly from experts in the field, unfettered by geographical constraints. Through SAASC’s social media, students can stay informed and involved with archival issues. Our online publication, Archeota, gives students the chance to voice their thoughts, theories, and experiences.

SAASC’s programming initiative is lead by our Events Team and Vice-Chair Tiana Trutna, who plans and coordinates events. Typically SAASC holds two to four online events per semester. In the fall of 2016, we hosted Helen Wong Smith and Rebecca Hankins for a presentation on Cultural Competency and Diversity in the Archives. In the spring, Brenda Gunn and Sammie Morris presented about The Benefits of SAA Membership and ACA Certification and Lauren Kata spoke to us about Oral History and Archives in Practice. We also enjoyed a presentation by past SJSU SAASC Chair Catherine Folnovic about the e-portfolio, the iSchool’s culminating experience. (Alternatively, it is also possible to write a thesis.) Though we were fortunate to host these esteemed guest speakers, online events come in a variety of flavors. Other events included representation on a panel of iSchool student associations; collaboration on an event about iSchool publications (on behalf of Archeota); and an open house about SAASC officer elections. Though the majority of our programming is online, we still offer in-person tours of repositories when possible. This year SAASC members toured the SJSU Archives and Special Collections in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library; the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA; and the Sutro Library in San Francisco, part of the California State Library system.

SAASC’s online presence is managed by our Web Team, which is lead by Secretary Amanda Mellinger. The Web Team is the glue that binds our community together. Without Amanda’s website updates or team member Melissa Rupp’s posts in our Facebook group, SAASC members would not know how, when, or where to meet. Not only does the Web Team keep members abreast of the latest SAASC events and updates, but it helps to keep members informed on current affairs in the archival profession. For example, in October 2016, we participated in SAA’s #AskAnArchivist Twitter event. Jody Perlmutter tweeted questions from @sjsu_saasc while Melissa publicized the event on Facebook. By encouraging members to tweet their questions using this hashtag, students were able to communicate directly with practicing archivists and the SAA community!

Archeota is SJSU SAASC’s online publication. The inaugural issue debuted in Spring 2015 and this May we will release Volume 3, Issue 1. Archeota’s mission is to “profile (SAASC’s) current officers, promote and highlight SAA and SJSU SAASC activities and events, discuss happenings in the archival field, introduce students to professional responsibilities; and most importantly, function as a platform for students to create original content.” Catherine Folnovic helped found this publication. Upon her graduation, a new editorial team formed with Kimberlee Frederick as the new Managing Editor and Jennifer Castle as editor (as well as Chair-elect for 2017-2018). Archeota serves as the voice of the members of SAASC.

Our programming, social media presence, and Archeota are powerful tools in the effort to keep SAASC relevant and active. Nonetheless, some of our biggest challenges are participation and a certain difficulty in gauging interest. Because we record all of our events, a small turnout for the live presentation does not necessarily indicate a small audience. Students have the opportunity to listen to the recording at their convenience. Despite these challenges, I am confident that SAASC will continue to grow and meet the needs of the student archivists at SJSU. The online platform contributes an element of flexibility that will enable future SAASC officers to experiment and innovate with new ways to create community.

2016-2017 Leaders
SJSU Officers
Rebecca Leung, Chair
Tiana Trutna, Vice-Chair
Amanda Mellinger, Secretary
Lori Lindberg, Faculty Advisor

Events Team
Tiana Trutna, Team Leader

Web Team
Amanda Mellinger, Team Leader
Melissa Rupp
Jody Perlmutter
Sarah Edwards Obenauf

Archeota Team
Kimberlee Frederick, Managing Editor
Jennifer Castle

References
Archeota. (n.d.). San José State University Society of American Archivists Student Chapter (SAASC). Retrieved from http://sjsusaasc.weebly.com/archeota.html

History. (2016). SJSU School of Information. Retrieved from http://ischool.sjsu.edu/about/history-and-accreditation/history

History of our student chapter. (n.d.). San José State University Society of American Archivists Student Chapter (SAASC). Retrieved from http://sjsusaasc.weebly.com

Past events and recordings of online meetings. (n.d.). San José State University Society of American Archivists Student Chapter (SAASC). Retrieved from http://sjsusaasc.weebly.com/2016—2017.html

controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields 2017-04-23

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!

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SAA’s Spring Cleaning Book Sale
Grab books for cheap April 21-May 8.

MayDay is coming
Start planning to participate in MayDay on May 1.

Take a salary survey from Women Archivists Section (WArS) and SAA
The research survey about salary, employment, and leadership in the archives profession closes on May 17.

Call for Annual Meeting Pop-Up Session Proposals
Proposals are due May 24.

Sign Up for the Navigator Program
Attending the Annual Meeting for the first time? Sign up to be mentored by a conference veteran! Request a Navigator by June 15.

Sign up to give a Lightning Talk at the SNAP Section Meeting
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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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