SNAP Mission Statement

The mission of the Students and New Archives Professionals Section is:

  1. To advocate for students, interns, new professionals, early-career project archivists, and archivists who are still looking for their first professional jobs. Provide a forum for new archivists to share their concerns and learn from each other. Promote awareness of the needs of new archivists within SAA and the archives profession. Raise the visibility of new archivists within SAA and the skills and expertise we bring to the profession.
  2. To provide a formal channel for representing the needs of new archivists on issues that affect new archivists, such as dues increases, participation in the Annual Meeting, policies on educational standards, and employment opportunities and compensation.
  3. To bridge the gap between participation in SAA student chapters and participation in SAA. Help new archivists to move from leadership positions within SAA student chapters into leadership positions within SAA sections and roundtables.
  4. To facilitate and encourage remote participation in the group through social media and other online resources. Provide a model for other SAA sections and roundtables for successfully engaging members online.
  5. To support new archivists as they begin their archival careers and as they move from entry-level positions into mid-career or managerial positions. This can be accomplished through mentoring, facilitating networking, and making recommendations to the Committee on Education for relevant training and workshops. The roundtable will coordinate with SAA sections and roundtables, as well as external organizations, to support new archivists and promote relevant services to its members.
Stanfield2020 says:
New to the profession and not sure where to start.

Hello everyone,

My name is Jamie Stanfield. I graduated with my MLS in May and my minor is in archival studies. I currently work part time as an Academic Reference Librarian. I have applied to some places, but continue to look for my first professional archivist job. Prior to getting my MLS, I taught history for the university I work at now. My history degrees focus on US and European 19-20th century. I saw this group listed and have been somewhat shy to do any type of networking. Today, I read a neat article about how important networking is in our profession. I thought this might be a great place to start.

I am somewhat technologically savvy, but I am rather new still to social media and even newer to using these outlets to meet fellow professionals. My goal from networking is to learn more about the profession from my peers and those that have been in the profession and have much experience and knowledge to share. 

I am willing to help in any way that I can. I do have a good deal of experience teaching and I have been working as a librarian for about 10 months now and I have learned a lot that closely relates to the archival profession as well. I did not see an email list, so I thought I might post here for the first time.

Have a wonderful day.


Brodennis says:
New here

I see a lot of names of people who belong to this group but no posts, yet. Maybe this will lead me to where the posts are. I was a United States history teacher, mostly in Junior High Schools. I am also a member of a religious group of men, the Conventual Franciscans, and have taken an interest in our archives office. It is a one man operation. I will be going to San Antonio over the summer for a workshop in archives for religioius institutions in San Antonio. In the meantime I am being mostly self-taught and what I can learn from the person who presently runs the archives. The present person who runs the archives is not technologically savvy and I am going to be interested in, perhaps, scanning some of the paper we presently keep in a person's drop box that is really taking up space--like a copy of the health bills before the friar (priest or brother) died. I don't think it rates the same kind of preservation that the minutes of a meeting of our group would rate from my own perspective of history.

I did find one good over arching presentation from the U. S. Department of Parks that helped somewhat but I am wondering if there is an "Archivist for Dummies" or at least, the non-professional that would be a good start. What is the first book you would put into the hands of someone who won't have time to go to graduate classes, a 101 book as it were, to get started with.


(Bro.) Dennis

rebeccagoldman says:

Hi Bro. Dennis,

The SNAP listserv is at, and that's where most of the conversation is happening. In order to join and read the posts, you can sign up here:**TBL-SNAP. (If you don't already have an SAA profile, you need to go here first and create one:


SAA has a few resources for new archivists. One is an overview of the profession: The SAA bookstore also has some resources for new archives and new archivists: We're hoping to add more resources on our site, so stay tuned!

Rebecca Goldman

SNAP chair