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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!

SAA News

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
Submit your proposal by June 23. Continue reading

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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Chat with Us Tonight, February 6th!

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 amanda.l.mellinger@gmail.com.

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

http://www.certifiedarchivists.org/

  • 2016-2017 Handbook for Archival Certification

http://www.certifiedarchivists.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/ACAHandbook_rev2016.pdf

  • “How I Conquered the Certified Archivist Exam” by Michael Barera

https://snaproundtable.wordpress.com/2017/01/10/how-i-conquered-the-certified-archivist-exam/

  • “Find a Study Partner for the ACA Exam!” on the SNAP blog

https://snaproundtable.wordpress.com/2017/01/12/find-a-study-partner-for-the-aca-exam/

  • 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.

http://americanarchivist.org/doi/abs/10.17723/0360-9081.78.1.96?code=same-site

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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