Tag Archives: Interviews

Academic Library/Archives Job Interviews – Generalizations That I Hope Are Helpful

This post is written by Kate Crowe (contact information at the bottom!) and originally was posted on her blog here. Last year, she wrote about her professional journey for the SNAP blog (linked below). This post was inspired by the November 9th #snaprt on Twitter; chat flashback here

First, my sympathies that you are on the hunt for a job of any kind. Like any activity where you “put yourself out there” (dating, your rec softball league, etc.), you face some amount of upfront emotional labor and potential rejection. Unlike dating or a hypothetical softball league, this rejection is also directly tied to your ability to pay your bills (and maybe other people’s bills) and get a regular meal – so the stress is ramped way, way up. Virtual hugs to you – my guess is, you need them.

Second, who the heck am I to tell you what to do on an academic library/archives job interview? I’m the Curator of Special Collections and Archives at the University of Denver, and I wrote about my professional journey on a series of blog posts for SNAP last year. If you want to know more about me and what passes for street cred in the academic archives world, check ’em out.

What follows is based on my experiences on several library faculty search committees, as well as personal observation and experience at an academic archives / as a hiring manager for the past decade (2007-2017). Continue reading

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SAA 2017 Candidate Interview: Steven Booth

This post is part of the 2017 Candidate Interview series, presented in preparation for the 2017 SAA Election (March 13-March 31). Candidate statements will be posted daily through March 13. Read more statements from 2017 candidates here or check out our previous election series.

Editor’s note: Due to professional and personal obligations, Steven was unable to participate in our series this year. We’re running his response to the question posed by the Nominating Committee instead. Update 3/13/2017 10:04am EST: Steven was able to participate last minute after all! I’ve updated our post to reflect his answers to the SNAP questions.

Steven Booth
Archivist, Barack Obama Presidential Library, National Archives and Records Administration
Candidate for Council
Read his bio and response to questions posed by the Nominating Committee here. Continue reading

SAA 2017 Candidate Interview: Tomaro Taylor

This post is part of the 2017 Candidate Interview series, presented in preparation for the 2017 SAA Election (March 13-March 31). Candidate statements will be posted daily through March 13. Read more statements from 2017 candidates here or check out our previous election series.

Tomaro Taylor
Academic Services Librarian, University of South Florida Libraries
Candidate for Council
Read her bio and response to questions posed by the Nominating Committee here.

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SAA 2017 Candidate Interview: Samantha Norling

This post is part of the 2017 Candidate Interview series, presented in preparation for the 2017 SAA Election (March 13-March 31). Candidate statements will be posted daily through March 13. Read more statements from 2017 candidates here or check out our previous election series.

Samantha Norling
Archivist, Indianapolis Museum of Art
Candidate for Nominating Committee
Read her bio and response to questions posed by the Nominating Committee here.

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SAA 2017 Candidate Interview: Meredith Evans

This post is part of the 2017 Candidate Interview series, presented in preparation for the 2017 SAA Election (March 13-March 31). Candidate statements will be posted daily through March 13. Read more statements from 2017 candidates here or check out our previous election series.

Meredith Evans
Director, Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum
Candidate for Vice-President/President Elect
Read her bio and response to questions posed by the Nominating Committee here.

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SAA 2017 Candidate Interview: Brenda Gunn

This post is part of the 2017 Candidate Interview series, presented in preparation for the 2017 SAA Election (March 13-March 31). Candidate statements will be posted daily through March 13. Read more statements from 2017 candidates here or check out our previous election series.

Brenda Gunn
Director for Research and Collections and the Janey Slaughter Briscoe Archivist, Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin
Candidate for Council
Read her bio and response to questions posed by the Nominating Committee here.

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SAA 2017 Candidate Interview: Samantha Winn

This post is part of the 2017 Candidate Interview series, presented in preparation for the 2017 SAA Election (March 13-March 31). Candidate statements will be posted daily through March 13. Read more statements from 2017 candidates here or check out our previous election series.

Samantha Winn
Collections Archivist, Virginia Tech
Candidate for Nominating Committee
Read her bio and response to questions posed by the Nominating Committee here.

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