SAA 2017: Session 211 Soft Skills for Hard Tech: Tech Support, Tech Knowledge, and Tech Literacy in the Archives

In advance of the 2017 Annual Meeting, we invited SNAP members to contribute summaries of panels, 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: Jane Kelly, Historical & Special Collections Assistant, Harvard Law School Library and MSLIS Candidate at the iSchool at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

The SAA conference session “Soft Skills for Hard Tech: Tech Support, Tech Knowledge, and Tech Literacy in the Archives” raised four big questions about how archivists can address their tech needs while working with colleagues within and outside the archives field. Although there are many tech skills that archivists ought to have in order to complete their own work, the ability to communicate with IT staff, researchers, and administrators is equally important.

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SAA 2017: Session 201 What We Talk About When We Talk About Processing Born-Digital: Building a Framework for Shared Practice

In advance of the 2017 Annual Meeting, we invited SNAP members to contribute summaries of panels, 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: Michael Barera, Archivist, Texas A&M University-Commerce

This session consisted of a panel-led presentation and discussion conducted by Sally DeBauche, Erin Faulder, Shira Peltzman, Kate Tasker, and Dorothy Waugh. Other members of their group who had contributed to the project but were not present at the session were Susanne Annand, Marty Gengenbach, Julie Goldsmith, and Laura Jackson.

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Year in the Life: Elizabeth Shulman, Pt. 5

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 from the Mallbrary! In my earlier posts, I addressed some of the issues that exist in my space as a result of the move. The biggest issue we had was how our books were initially shelved in our new reading room. Back when we were planning for the move, the previous head of the North Carolina Collection measured the linear footage we would need in the new space. We sent all of our poetry books and biographies into storage to make the footage work. Unfortunately, she forgot to take into account the height of the shelves when calculating the footage. As most of the shelving we got was used for fiction books, they were much shorter than the books in our collection as well as the previous shelving. The result was that at least half of the collection was sitting on its spines. This made it very difficult for my fellow staff members and I to find books for patrons, especially books that have the same call number (we have a lot of those in the government section). It was even more challenging for patrons. This was a problem that we knew had to be rectified and we calculated we needed to remove a minimum 48 shelves to have the space we needed to get the books off their spines. Weeding the collection was a decision way above my pay grade but needed to get done as fast as we could.

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SAA 2017: Plenary 1

In advance of the 2017 Annual Meeting, we invited SNAP members to contribute summaries of panels, 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: Michael Barera, Archivist, Texas A&M University-Commerce

SAA President Nance McGovern began the plenary by introducing Elizabeth Woody, Oregon’s Poet Laureate. Elizabeth welcomed all attendees by sharing a story of the Willamette River’s name and the land surrounding it, as far as the Ring of Fire, as well as an excerpt from a poem about the Cascade Mountains and a story about a salmon feast. The most powerful line in the excerpt: “We are all one.” She concluded with: “Welcome to Oregon. Welcome to the Pacific Northwest.” Nance then returned to the microphone and presented a basket hat to Elizabeth before welcoming all attendees to Archives 2017.

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controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields 2017-08-06

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

Concerns About SAA 2019 Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas

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The July/August Issue of Archival Outlook Is Here!

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Read the Results from the WArS/SAA Salary Survey

Read the Report on the Barriers to Participation Survey

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SAA 2017: Archivists and Archives of Color Section Meeting

In advance of the 2017 Annual Meeting, we invited SNAP members to contribute summaries of panels, 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: Michelle Peralta, MLIS Candidate, San Jose State University

As a member of the Archivists and Archives of Color Section, the business meeting is one of the meeting sessions I look forward to the most during SAA’s annual conference. And this year is particularly significant as 2017 marks the Section’s 30th anniversary. The structure of the meeting was to meant to have two main components (okay, three—but we will get back to this later): the business meeting, and a panel presentation.

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Year in the Life: Adriana Flores, Pt. 7

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.

July has been a busy month! Between settling back into Washington, visiting as many friends and family as possible, starting my new job, and attending SAA, I barely had time to write this blog post! It’s been an exciting but exhausting month. July was jam-packed with activity, but this post will focus on my transition back to Washington State, starting my new job, and the wonderful time I had at SAA in Portland.

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