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 →
Are you a current archival student or new professional? Please join the SAA Students and New Archives Professionals Section for the next #snaprt Twitter chat on November 20, 2017 at 8 pm ET. This will be the first in a series focused on Archival Fundamentals as outlined by SAA. For this first chat we will revisit appraisal principals!
We welcome everyone to join or keep up with our chat using the #snaprt hashtags on Twitter. The SNAP Section Twitter account will pose questions such as:
What are/were some of your biggest fears when faced with appraisal decisions?
What are some methods you can use to improve your selection decisions?
What unique challenges are presented when appraising digital records?
Are you familiar with macro appraisal? In what ways does this theory change traditional appraisal practices?
What is the most important thing to remember when making appraisal decisions?
Are you an LIS student or recent graduate on the job hunt or preparing for it in the near future? Are you a new or experienced archivist with insights to share from your experience as an applicant or on a search committee? Please join the SAA Students and New Archives Professionals Section for our November 9th #snaprt Twitter chat about the experience of embarking on the professional job hunt for the first time.
For our chat on embarking of the professional job hunt on November 9 at 8 PM ET, we will pose questions such as:
What is the best piece of advice you’ve received regarding job applications?
What qualities do you look for in a job? Why are they important to you?
What have you found to be the most valuable resources in the job hunt (people, websites, or anything else)?
What is the experience of working on applications like? What types of things do you struggle with?
What aspects of your resume do you think have helped you the most?
For the August 24, 2017 #snaprt chat we discussed DACS and archival description. Thank you to everyone who participated in the lively discussion and to TS-DACS for co-hosting! You can view our Storify recap here.
DACS is the standard that gives archivists guidance — even wisdom! — about how to describe archives. Recently, TS-DACS completely overhauled its education offerings and has put FREE videos on the web to help archivists learn DACS. You may have also seen a draft revision of newly-revised DACS Principles. This is your opportunity to learn more about DACS, what it is exactly, how can it be used, and how is it maintained and revised.