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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 2015: Session 106, Yes, I Google Better: How Technology Has Changed Archival Reference

In advance of the 2015 Annual Meeting, we invited SNAP members to contribute summaries of panels, roundtable and 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.

As Dara Baker, Archivist for the Naval Historical Collection at the Naval War College Library and moderator for Session 106, said at the beginning of the panel discussion, this topic cannot offer a one-size-fits-all solution for how to incorporate new technologies into archival reference, but it offered a look at what several different institutions of varying scope and size do to best use the technology they have access to in order to best serve their patrons. There were three scenarios posed to the panel, each dealing with a current topic that allowed the archivists to reflect how they had responded or would respond. Continue reading