controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields 2017-10-01


SAA News

National Fund for Natural Disasters for the Restoration of Archives (Page in Spanish)

#AskAnArchivist Day – October 4, 2017

October 6, 2017, Council Conference Call Agenda

2018 Joint Annual Meeting Call for Proposals (Due November 15!)

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Year in the Life: Elizabeth Shulman, Pt. 6

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! The past several weeks have been an interesting time to be in Durham, North Carolina. As many of you are aware, on August 14th, protesters in downtown Durham toppled the Confederate monument outside the Old Courthouse which is now the County Administration building. This has led to protests around the Research Triangle and fears of reprisals from white supremacists. On the evening on the 14th, my co-workers and I were actually at work as we are open to the public every Monday night. Our adult services librarian was browsing Facebook when he saw images of the monument posted by friends at the protest. My immediate reaction to the event was shock and a lot of “HOLY [EXPLETIVE]!” After recovering from the shock and sharing the news with my friends and family, my second reaction was “how can we archive this?”

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Year in the Life: Adriana Flores, Pt. 9

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.

We are almost at the end of September and it has been a busy month! Now that we’re in the fifth week of classes, my routine is starting to feel a bit more predictable, which is a welcome change. I’m becoming more comfortable with campus, my student workers are trained, and I’m starting to fall into a routine. A large portion of that routine has been teaching. In the last two weeks I’ve taught seven classes, which may not seem like a lot to an experienced education archivist, but it has been a lot for me to manage. On top of that, we’ve had five special events hosted by the archives and special collections department. To say the least, September has been a month of learning, balancing priorities, and testing my time management.

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[Ask a Business Archivist]: Is It Better to have a CA or MLIS for Entry-Level Positions?

This is the first post in a collaborative series with the Business Archives Section. Have a SNAP-related question for the archivists? Check out our anonymous submission form here.

Ask a Business Archivist Question:

I’m curious about the CA versus MLIS debate. Which is better to have when applying for an entry level position in an archive, whether it be at a museum or a special collections library? Is it possible to “get away with” not having an MLIS? I am not in a position to take on more significant debt, and while a CA is cheaper I wonder if it carries the same weight as an MLIS? Is it best to have both?

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controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields 2017-09-24


SAA News

Read the September/October Issue of Archival Outlook!

2018 Joint Annual Meeting Call for Proposals
Proposals are due November 15!

October 4th is Ask An Archivist Day

Apply for the National Disaster Recovery Fund for Archives

American Archives Month is almost here
How will you celebrate in October?

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Student Experience: Ron Stafford

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 Ron Stafford is currently a graduate student at the University of South Carolina. Here, he discusses his internship he completed over the summer at the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, NC and what he gained from it. 

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