controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields 2017-06-04

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 Now for Annual Meeting Pop-Up Sessions
The four proposals with the most votes will be presented as sessions in Portland. Vote by June 9.

Call for 2017-2018 SAA Interns
Applications are due by June 16.

Sign up for the SAA Career Center
Email Jennifer Motszko for mock interview appointments or Meredith Lowe for career consultation appointments by July 10.

Teaching with Primary Sources Unconference
The Third Annual Teaching with Primary Sources Unconference and Workshops is free and open to everyone, archivists and non-archivists! Plan to attend at the Portland Art Museum on July 25

The Liberated Archive Forum Program Now Available

Trump Administration’s Proposed FY18 Budget Slashes Funding for IMLS, NHPRC, NEH, NEA

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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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Year in the Life: Adriana Flores, Pt. 5

Adriana Flores is one of our participants in our Year in the Life series, which follows new archivists in their first professional position. We will be following Adriana for a year. You can read her previous posts here.

As I mentioned in my previous post, my two-year work anniversary at HGARC was this month. With that anniversary approaching, I gave a lot of thought to my professional and personal goals when the New Year rolled around. Most of my family lives in Washington State, as well as my boyfriend, and being away from them has been difficult for me over the past three years. With two years of professional work under my belt, I was hopeful that I could find a job closer to my loved ones. I made a resolution to find a new job this year and was fortunate enough to have that happen. This post is all about my job search, application, and interview process and I hope it helps other early professionals prepare for the crazy process themselves. Continue reading

controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields 2017-05-28

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

ARCHIVES 2017 Registration is now Open! Early Bird Deadline is July 6

 

Teaching with Primary Sources Unconference
The Third Annual Teaching with Primary Sources Unconference and Workshops is free and open to everyone, archivists and non-archivists! Plan to attend at the Portland Art Museum on July 25

SAA Council Approves FY18 Budget, Issue Briefs, and More

Trump Administration’s Proposed FY18 Budget Slashes Funding for IMLS, NHPRC, NEH, NEA

Congratulations to SAA’s 2017-2018 Appointees!

Issue Brief: Federal Grant Funding for Archives

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Year in the Life: Elizabeth Shulman, Pt. 3

Elizabeth Shulman is one of our participants in our Year in the Life series, which follows new archivists in their first professional position. We will be following Elizabeth for a year. You can read her previous posts here.

Greetings again from the Mallbrary!  I figure with it being graduation time for library students, I want to write a bit about the application and interviewing process from the perspective of someone who both just got a job and someone who was involved with the hiring process. That’s right, I was recently on a small committee to hire a part-time librarian to work in the North Carolina Collection, particularly on weekends and for our evening hours. This will take a lot of weight off of myself and the Adult Services Librarian as our schedules are fairly inflexible at the moment. The Adult Services Librarian does programming every other Monday night and every other Saturday meaning he cannot switch Saturdays with me if I need to switch. It will also be nice not to run the risk of being in the mall space at night by myself on Mondays.

Anyways, back to the job application process! For those of you who are currently applying for jobs or students who just completed their first year and that job bug is crawling into your head, I know how you feel. I applied to a ton of jobs and did not start my job until five months after I graduated from grad school. I remember the annoyance and anger I felt, feeling like my applications were going into an empty void of nothingness where they disappeared and how I never would hear back from that institution. It’s frustrating and stressful and not a lot of fun. While I have very limited experience on the other side, I am happy to give a few pointers.

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Chat with Us Tonight, May 25th!

Please join the Students and New Archives Professionals (SNAP) Section our next #snaprt Twitter chat on Thursday, May 25, at 8 pm ET. We will be chatting about advocacy for archives and the archival profession in light of the current federal budget climate, and the attention it has brought to archival and humanities programs.

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:

  • Q1 What does archival advocacy mean to you?
  • Q1.1 How have you previously advocated for archives?
  • Q2 What are some efforts you (or your institution) plan to enact in light of proposed federal budget cuts to humanities orgs?
  • Q3 What can individual archivists do to advocate for the profession?
  • Q4 What would be some of the immediate effects of decreased funding to libraries and archives?
  • Q4.1 What would be some of the long term effects of decreased funding to libraries and archives?
  • Q5 What portion of our role as archivists should be dedicated to advocacy?

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What Does Eleanor Roosevelt Have to Do with Drafting Internship Guidelines? Everything!

Guest author: Renée Elizabeth Neely
Archival Consultant for the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, Brown University

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Eleanor Roosevelt receiving the Mary McLeod Bethune Human Rights Award from Dorothy Height, president of the National Council of Negro Women at the Council’s Silver Anniversary Dinner in New York, 1960. Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration and Wikimedia Commons.

One year ago I was asked to draft guidelines and supervise an intern who would assist with the development of a digital textbook on Rhode Island history for K–12 teachers. The intern would conduct extensive research in our collections. Initially I was enthusiastic about this unexpected opportunity, but it began to wane almost immediately when I realized that I had never written any guidelines before. Not knowing where to begin fell like a silent, heavy cloud.

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