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Announcing SNAP’s Manual for Student Chapters!

We are proud to announce that SNAP’s Manual for Student Chapters is now available on the SNAP microsite and is ready for use!

The Student Chapter Manual is a collaborative document that pulls together policies from the SAA Handbook with commentary from real students in some of our many student chapters across the United States. It as a resource for understanding everything from chapter governance to planning chapter activities and hopefully will provide student leaders with the tools they need to succeed.

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Leading a Virtual Student Chapter: The SAASC Community at San José State University

Rebecca Leung is graduating in May 2017 with a MLIS from SJSU. She served as the Chair of the school’s SAA student chapter from 2016-2017 and the Secretary from 2015-2016. In addition to her archival coursework, Rebecca interned at UC Berkeley’s Environmental Design Archives, and at the Bay Area Video Coalition where she developed a passion for media preservation and moving image archiving. Rebecca graciously agreed to share her experience chairing SJSU’s student chapter for the online-only program.

The first Library Science course was offered at San José State University (SJSU) in 1928, though Library Science was not offered as a degree until 1954. Fifty-five years later, in 2009, the Library Science program at SJSU became an entirely online program. Now known as the School of Information, or iSchool, this program offers unique challenges and opportunities due to its online status.

San José State University’s Society of American Archivists Student Chapter (SAASC) formed over the 2002-2003 academic year. Undoubtedly, the chapter endured many changes as the community of student members transitioned from in-person to online interactions. By 2017, the transition is old news and current students are savvy to the online learning environment. No longer geographically tied to San José, California, students now log in from every corner of the globe. iSchoolers recognize their classmates by their names and thumbnail photos rather than by face. It is possible to feel disconnected in such an environment. What keeps these students motivated and engaged in their work?

SAASC offers a way for students with a passion for archives to join a community and connect in a virtual world. Through our programming, students learn directly from experts in the field, unfettered by geographical constraints. Through SAASC’s social media, students can stay informed and involved with archival issues. Our online publication, Archeota, gives students the chance to voice their thoughts, theories, and experiences.

SAASC’s programming initiative is lead by our Events Team and Vice-Chair Tiana Trutna, who plans and coordinates events. Typically SAASC holds two to four online events per semester. In the fall of 2016, we hosted Helen Wong Smith and Rebecca Hankins for a presentation on Cultural Competency and Diversity in the Archives. In the spring, Brenda Gunn and Sammie Morris presented about The Benefits of SAA Membership and ACA Certification and Lauren Kata spoke to us about Oral History and Archives in Practice. We also enjoyed a presentation by past SJSU SAASC Chair Catherine Folnovic about the e-portfolio, the iSchool’s culminating experience. (Alternatively, it is also possible to write a thesis.) Though we were fortunate to host these esteemed guest speakers, online events come in a variety of flavors. Other events included representation on a panel of iSchool student associations; collaboration on an event about iSchool publications (on behalf of Archeota); and an open house about SAASC officer elections. Though the majority of our programming is online, we still offer in-person tours of repositories when possible. This year SAASC members toured the SJSU Archives and Special Collections in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library; the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA; and the Sutro Library in San Francisco, part of the California State Library system.

SAASC’s online presence is managed by our Web Team, which is lead by Secretary Amanda Mellinger. The Web Team is the glue that binds our community together. Without Amanda’s website updates or team member Melissa Rupp’s posts in our Facebook group, SAASC members would not know how, when, or where to meet. Not only does the Web Team keep members abreast of the latest SAASC events and updates, but it helps to keep members informed on current affairs in the archival profession. For example, in October 2016, we participated in SAA’s #AskAnArchivist Twitter event. Jody Perlmutter tweeted questions from @sjsu_saasc while Melissa publicized the event on Facebook. By encouraging members to tweet their questions using this hashtag, students were able to communicate directly with practicing archivists and the SAA community!

Archeota is SJSU SAASC’s online publication. The inaugural issue debuted in Spring 2015 and this May we will release Volume 3, Issue 1. Archeota’s mission is to “profile (SAASC’s) current officers, promote and highlight SAA and SJSU SAASC activities and events, discuss happenings in the archival field, introduce students to professional responsibilities; and most importantly, function as a platform for students to create original content.” Catherine Folnovic helped found this publication. Upon her graduation, a new editorial team formed with Kimberlee Frederick as the new Managing Editor and Jennifer Castle as editor (as well as Chair-elect for 2017-2018). Archeota serves as the voice of the members of SAASC.

Our programming, social media presence, and Archeota are powerful tools in the effort to keep SAASC relevant and active. Nonetheless, some of our biggest challenges are participation and a certain difficulty in gauging interest. Because we record all of our events, a small turnout for the live presentation does not necessarily indicate a small audience. Students have the opportunity to listen to the recording at their convenience. Despite these challenges, I am confident that SAASC will continue to grow and meet the needs of the student archivists at SJSU. The online platform contributes an element of flexibility that will enable future SAASC officers to experiment and innovate with new ways to create community.

2016-2017 Leaders
SJSU Officers
Rebecca Leung, Chair
Tiana Trutna, Vice-Chair
Amanda Mellinger, Secretary
Lori Lindberg, Faculty Advisor

Events Team
Tiana Trutna, Team Leader

Web Team
Amanda Mellinger, Team Leader
Melissa Rupp
Jody Perlmutter
Sarah Edwards Obenauf

Archeota Team
Kimberlee Frederick, Managing Editor
Jennifer Castle

Archeota. (n.d.). San José State University Society of American Archivists Student Chapter (SAASC). Retrieved from http://sjsusaasc.weebly.com/archeota.html

History. (2016). SJSU School of Information. Retrieved from http://ischool.sjsu.edu/about/history-and-accreditation/history

History of our student chapter. (n.d.). San José State University Society of American Archivists Student Chapter (SAASC). Retrieved from http://sjsusaasc.weebly.com

Past events and recordings of online meetings. (n.d.). San José State University Society of American Archivists Student Chapter (SAASC). Retrieved from http://sjsusaasc.weebly.com/2016—2017.html

Each One, Teach One: Diversifying the Archival Profession

The idea for this post spawned from April Hathcock’s White Librarianship in Blackface: Diversity Initiatives in LIS. We hear several people speak up about diversity (or, more honestly, the lack of it) in “Archivesland,” but it’s often the same folks over and over. Are the rest of us listening? What about the perspectives of folks who aren’t particularly vocal, but clearly are affected by our not-entirely-successful attempts to diversify archivy? Charmaine is not a Mosaic Fellow or a Spectrum Scholar, so her take on how to make the profession more diverse is not tied to current programs. In this post, she talks about her journey to and in library school, and about what might effectively bring more archivists of color into the profession.

Guest author: Charmaine Bonner
MLS Student at North Carolina Central University

A little background about me: I was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and my only experiences with a library prior to high school were in the neighborhood library up the street from my house. (Shout out to the Jefferson Branch of the Detroit Public Library System; many after school days were spent there). I had some idea of what an archive was thanks to “The Mummy” movie franchise, but that was about it.

Fast forward to when I transferred to Grambling State University to complete my Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. I became a work-study student working in the library under Librarian Adrienne Mosby. At the time I was already considering attending library school but also considering a Masters in Counseling to become a guidance counselor, which would have been a natural choice considering my background in Education. However, the idea of library school wasn’t much of a stretch due to my longtime interest and research in genealogy. Continue reading

SAA 2015: Town Hall with SAA Leaders

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.

The Town Hall with SAA Leaders was a brown bag lunch session held on Thursday, August 20, 2015. Both President Kathleen Roe and President-Elect Dennis Meissner were present for the informal discussion, in which anyone in attendance could ask questions. SNAP’s founder, Rebecca Goldman, also answered some questions. Topics were varied, ranging from suggested collaborations with other professional associations to questions about the policy change regarding social justice issues.

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[Guest Post] The Mysterious World of Paper Conservation Unveiled

Matthew Cresson is in his second year of the Masters of Science in Library Science program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he is concentrating in archives and records management. Matthew is interning this summer at the National Archives and Records Administration in College Park, Maryland, and is Vice President of the Student Chapter of the Society of American Archivists. You can follow UNC-SCOSAA on Facebook and Twitter.

In the past month UNC’s Student Chapter of the Society of American Archivists took a trip to the ECS Conservation lab in Browns Summit, North Carolina. Browns Summit is one of two of ECS Conservation locations; the other is a Midwest location in Northern Manchester, Indianapolis. ECS Conservation was originally created in 1987 and was originally known as the Conservation Division of Information Conservation, Inc. (ICI). In 2005, ICI merged with Heckman Bindery, creating a parent organization, HF Group, as well as ECS Conservation as it stands today. ECS Conservation is a major conservation company in the United States. While the majority of the Brown Summit location’s work comes from the East Coast of the U.S., this is their main location, so they often get work from the Midwest and West Coast when the Indianapolis location does not have the capacity for the job. The content they receive ranges from manuscript material from the 1400’s to more common material from the 1900’s. They work for both individuals and institutions to properly restore and conserve material. The laboratory in Browns Summit is set up to deal with two major types of material: rare books and manuscripts. Continue reading

[Guest Post] Public History Brings the Archives at Sutter’s Fort to Life

Amanda Berkson-Brand is finishing up her classwork at California State University, Sacramento and is looking forward to spending the summer completing her thesis, a collection of oral histories regarding the founding of the California State Railroad Museum. You can follow the CSUS SAA on Twitter.

Located in the heart of California, students in the Public History program at California State University, Sacramento are lucky in lots of ways — we are surrounded by great food, great craft beer, quick access to the mountains and the ocean, and that’s not even to mention our almost oppressively cheery weather. But more importantly, students in the Capitol Campus Public History Program have access to great archives and historic sites. Libraries, museums, government offices, seats of power high and low… we have it all. The SAA CSUS student chapter simply seeks to make the most of our lucky situation and seek out archival and historic resources wherever we can. Continue reading

[Guest Post] Creating a Local Archives Blitz

Shae Rafferty, Karen Obermeyer-Kolb, Alix Norton, and Jean Hardy are all graduating with their MSI in May 2015 and are the officers for the UM-SAA chapter for the 2014-2015 school year. Jean will be starting his PhD program at Michigan in the fall, Shae is employed as an archivist at the Bentley Historical Library on campus, and Karen and Alix are still on the job market. Follow UM-SAA on Facebook and Twitter.

In October of 2014 a group of University of Michigan School of Information students celebrated American Archives month with public service and an exciting new event.  Shae Rafferty, one of the four officers of the University of Michigan’s student chapter of the Society of American Archivists (UM-SAA), had participated in an Archives Blitz with the Yellowstone National Park Archives during her summer internship.  Yellowstone had just launched the program that year with the hopes of bringing in people for a prescribed period of time (i.e. a week) to work on important projects in archives that traditionally do not have access to a large staff or consistent volunteer base. Seeing how a significant impact can be made in short amounts of time, the UM-SAA student chapter reached out to the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology and organized an Archives Blitz of their own.

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