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Getting Ready for SAA 2017: 9 Ways to Prepare for SAA in Portland

The Annual Meeting is a month and a half away, but in our minds we’re already there. If you are just now finding the time to plan for #SAA17, here are nine things you can do to prepare:

  1. Sign up for the Navigator Program: If you’re a First Time Attendee, this is a great opportunity to be mentored by a conference veteran! The deadline is coming up so act fast and request a Navigator by June 15!
  2. Sign up to give a Lightning Talk at the SNAP Section Meeting: Did you miss the deadline to submit a poster or presentation for the Annual Meeting? Get your feet wet presenting at a professional conference with a short talk for SNAP! Submit your proposal by June 23.
  3. Sign up for the SAA Career Center: Looking for a job? Feel like your resume needs some sprucing up? Sign up for mock interview and career consultation appointments by July 10.
  4. Sign up to share Rides or Rooms with other SNAPpers: Looking for a ride, a place to stay, or need a roommate? Conferences are expensive–let’s help each other make them affordable! Use our spreadsheet to connect with others looking to share rides or housing.
  5. Sign up for SNAP’s Lunch Buddy Program: Conferences can be lonely, so make some new friends through the Lunch Buddy program. You can volunteer to lead a meal excursion or join one that’s already been planned on our spreadsheet.
  6. Plan your conference schedule: The interactive conference schedule allows you to mark what looks interesting and see who else is planning on attending a session. Create your own schedule (and make sure you plan to attend the SNAP Section Meeting on 7/26 from 2:30-3:45pm).
  7. Share your SAA 2017 experience with others through the SNAP Blog: Not everyone can make it to the Annual Meeting this year, so be a friend and summarize the sessions you attend for those who can’t! Sign up to summarize any session or conference event.
  8. Check out SAA’s tips for New Members, First-Timers, and Students: A large conference like SAA can be overwhelming. Make sure you’re well prepared and consult these tips.
  9. Read SNAP’s First Timer’s Guide: Not sure what to wear? Overwhelmed by the program options? Read SNAP’s guide and feel at ease!

controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields 2017-03-05

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

#snaprt Twitter chat with the Women Archivists Section
Please join the SAA Students and New Archives Professionals Section for the next #snaprt Twitter chat tomorrow, March 6th, 2017 at 8 pm ET, in conjunction with the Women Archivists Section to discuss leadership roles within SAA and in places of employment.

Contribute to the SAA Student Chapter Manual
Part of an SAA student chapter? Consider adding your expertise to the SAA Student Chapter Manual, now in progress.

Check out SAA’s new Internship Directory! 

MLIS (or equal) grad in US: Survey: Career Impact of Student Participation in Professional LIS Organizations


SAA Upcoming Deadlines

Call for Proposals and Presenters: The Liberated Archive Forum
Proposals are due March 13.

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Archival Outlook: How to Give Your Job Search a Happy Ending

With the changes to the new SAA website, I feel like I find new treasures all the time. This morning was no different. I was looking for something completely different when my mouse ran across the Careers section, and under it there was a section called How to Give Your Job Search a Happy Ending, which links to an article from the July/August 2012 Archival Outlook by Roland M. Baumann. We often discuss job searching on this blog, so I thought this might be an encouraging read for your Friday morning.

Prepping for Prepping for SAA 2016

Nope, the title of this post is not an accident!

It’s kind of hard to believe, but SAA’s annual conference is less than three months away. In the usual fashion of covering many angles of attending the conference leading up to the conference, we’re planning posts that will help you prepare for the conference, and the SNAP Roundtable Steering Committee has been working to put together some information (forthcoming) that will help you navigate the conference and the area. Another group working on this – from a different angle – is your wonderful host committee, which includes SNAPers JoyEllen Freeman and Cathy Miller! Here is the host committee’s blog, which already has lots of great information about what to do and how to get around.

As usual, SNAP has Lunch Buddy and Roommate/Rideshare signups, and we’ll also have a spreadsheet for you to sign up for session recaps before the conference – and this year we’re encouraging pictures! We’re also looking at different ways to cover the conference that go beyond the session recaps, with more information to come on that later. I want to go back to the two spreadsheets, though. SNAP tries very hard to think of ways to make SAA’s annual conference as welcoming and accessible for new members as it possibly can, and to that end, cutting costs is a big issue for us, but so is making certain new members have a support system. If you’re a more established SNAP member, please consider hosting a Lunch Buddy date, and if you’re someone who isn’t, don’t be scared to join us for breakfast/lunch/dinner/etc. We’ve each been the newbie, and we get how difficult it can be to “break into” a new place. Good news! We’re an easy bunch to “break into.”

Finally, I’d be remiss in not pointing to the excellent posts on conferences past, which includes tips for networking, session proposals, and more.

As a native Georgian, I’m really excited to have SAA come to my home state, and I hope y’all enjoy your time in the Capital of the South!

SAA 2016 Candidate Interview: T-Kay Sangwand

This post is part of the 2016 Candidate Interview series, presented in preparation for the 2016 SAA Election (March 14-April 3). Candidate statements will be posted daily through March 14. Read more statements from 2016 candidates here or check out our previous election series.

T-Kay Sangwand
Librarian for Digital Collection Development, UCLA Digital Library Program
Candidate for Nominating Committee
Read their bio and response to questions posed by the Nominating Committee here.

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SAA 2015: Session 210, How SAA Comes to a Policy Position

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.

This session was moderated by former SAA President Danna Bell and was set up in the fishbowl format, meaning there were many questions and comments from audience members. Two members of the Committee on Advocacy and Public Policy (CAPP), Frank Boles and Amy Lazarus, started the session by explaining how their committee developed policy positions and how it worked with SAA Council.

CAPP has two processes for developing policy; one is reactive, and the other is proactive. For the proactive process, Council decides there is an issue that they believe might be worth SAA addressing, so they ask CAPP to look into it. CAPP then drafts a policy and sends it to Council for review, which usually prompts rounds of edits before the final policy is submitted to the membership at large for review. The second process – the reactive one – is more difficult because it comes in the wake of something happening that Council feels it must address quickly. Continue reading