Tag Archives: SAA 2017

SAA 2017: Session 104 Archival Ethics: It Could Happen to You!

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: Amanda Mellinger, Assistant Archivist, LaGuardia and Wagner Archives

Ethical dilemmas can produce uncertainty and anxiety in the most seasoned of archivists, but can be downright overwhelming to SNAPers who haven’t had many opportunities to navigate the difficult ethical landscape of our profession. Luckily, SAA17 offered a session with an experienced panel ready to discuss real life ethical dilemmas facing archivists now. Due to the sensitivity of this topic, you won’t be able to find a recording to this session and this recap is only going to cover the highlights and some lessons learned to protect identities and confidentiality.

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SAA 2017: The Liberated Archive Session F08 The Plateau Peoples’ Web Portal

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.

The Liberated Archive Forum was a new feature of the 2017 Annual Meeting that explored “how archivists might partner with the public to repurpose the archive as a site of social transformation and radical inclusion” through various panel discussions and an unconference on Saturday, July 29. You can listen to the opening keynote by Writer/activist/educator/poet Walidah Imarisha here: https://www2.archivists.org/am2017/liberated-archive-keynote

Guest Author: Michael Barera, Archivist, Texas A&M University-Commerce

This panel session was presented by Josiah Black Eagle Pinkham (Nez Perce Tribe) and Lotus Norton-Wisla (Washington State University). Lotus opened by noting that “our session has changed a bit from the beginning.” She then observed that everyone in the room is currently on the ancestral homelands of the Plateau Peoples. She also noted Washington State University (WSU)’s Native American Advisory Board, which has relationships with local tribes as well as the university president. She concluded her brief introduction by remarking that the Plateau Peoples’ Web Portal was created with specific goals in mind.

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SAA 2017: Metadata and Digital Object 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: Ben M. Riesenberg, MLIS Candidate, University of Washington iSchool

The session began with remarks by Martha Parker, Digital Services Librarian at the University of Arkansas Libraries and section co-chair, who gave a brief introduction to the lightning-talk format— “Metadata Story Hour”—featuring five presenters. Following a Q&A period at the session’s conclusion, Ms. Parker also gave a call to service for those interested in participating on the section’s steering committee.

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SAA 2017: Session 107 Document, Protect, and Mitigate: New Perspectives on the Roles of Archives and the Natural Environment

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: Ève Bourbeau-Allard, Processing Archivist, Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

The intersections between our archival practices and the natural world in which we operate have been understudied. Mark Wolfe, Curator of Digital Collections at the University of Albany, commented on this lack of attention to a topic with significant ethical implications in his opening remarks to the session “Document, protect, and mitigate: New perspectives on the roles of archives and the natural environment.” The session’s panelists then enriched the conversation around the archival-environmental nexus by approaching the topic from different angles.

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SAA 2017: Session 406 Sympathizing with Sisyphus: Dealing with Inherited or Intransigent Problems in College and University 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: Amanda Brent, Project Archivist, George Mason University

This session, led by Daniel J. Linke of Princeton University, aimed to cover the frequent – albeit rarely publicly discussed – failure and frustration faced in University Archives settings. The session as a whole was inspired by a Princeton professor’s “CV of Failure,” which detailed all of his professional missteps and mistakes, rather than his achievements. The session consisted of six speakers, each with their own unique perspective and experience on this topic.

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SAA 2017: SNAP 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: Adriana Flores, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian, University of Puget Sound

I. Welcome from Kelly, SNAP president

II. Jamie Martin, IBM Corporation Archives and Business Archives Section Chair

  • Partnered with SNAP on past Twitter chat about business archives
  • BAS wants to work more closely with SNAP members
    • There’s a lot to learn about business archives and they want to share their knowledge!
    • A lot of people fall into business archives but it’s a great path that you can intentionally seek out
  • They’re looking for ways to collaborate with SNAP in the future
  • Tips for business resume and cover letter crafting:
    • First line of review is HR; tailor your resume & cover letter to the HR member. Use key words from the job posting. Make sure you meet and explicitly state that you have the appropriate education.
    • Look up tips for business writing. Be concise and to the point! Bullet points are your friend.
    • You might interview with someone who is not an archivist. Be sure to translate archives terms so that the interviewer understands what you’ll bring to the table.
  • Where to look for business archives jobs:
    1. SAA job list
    2. ArchivesGig
    3. Business Archives Section listserv
    4. Go directly to company websites
  • They are a resource for SNAP members who want to apply to business archives jobs! They often have leads on jobs and are willing to help.

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SAA 2017: Session 110 I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means: Differing Conceptions of the Archive

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: Itza Carbajal, MSIS Candidate, The University of Texas at Austin

It took some time for me to get it. You know, the whole discussion on archives and THE Archive with a capital A. Despite now being a newly minted almost degree holding archivist, I haven’t always used the term archives with an insider’s perspective. In fact I am pretty sure I once used it in the ways that our profession oftentimes finds fault in. In attending the 2017 SAA conference session, “I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means: Differing Conceptions of the Archive” I realize that understanding the meaning of archives goes beyond a single perspective.

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