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This article originally appeared as the President’s Message in the November/December 2021 issue of Archival Outlook. One of the SAA Council’s responsibilities is to develop and implement a strategic plan. As I write this, the Council is sched­uled to meet in November to refresh the strategic plan. I’ll admit it: I love strategic planning. This is owed fully to Carolyn Hart, who headed strategic planning at one of my first professional jobs at the Atlanta University Center Woodruff Library...
Dec 2, 2021   Off the Record
Jennifer Thompson is the Records Analyst and Archivist at the J. Paul Getty Trust. What are your main responsibilities as an archivist? I serve as the organization’s Records Management and Information Management specialist, as well as Program Liaison for Trust Administration (the Trust oversees the four Getty programs – Museum, Conservation Institute, Foundation, and Research Library). As the Records Management and Information specialist, I am the organization’s knowledge...
Dec 1, 2021   Membership Blog
Dear colleagues,  The Mentoring Program Subcommittee is excited to share with you an update to the 1-to-1 mentoring model. Effective January 1, 2022, the duration for 1-to-1 mentoring relationships will be for six months, as opposed to the current duration of one year. This change is due to two factors, each with the goal of better meeting participants’ needs and making a more administratively sustainable program. Mentoring relationships don’t have to last an entire year. When the...
Dec 1, 2021   Membership Blog
Join us as we celebrate American Archives Month by Asking An Archivist! Inspired by #AskAnArchivistDay, we sat down with five archivists to ask them about what they do—from “what is an archivist?” to “What’s the most creative public use you’ve seen with your collections?”—and explore daily challenges, successes, and everything in between. Stay tuned because we’ll be sharing one full interview per week starting on #AskAnArchivistDay on October 13! This is the title card...
Nov 24, 2021   Archives AWARE!
This is the latest post in our series Archival Innovators, which aims to raise awareness of individuals, institutions, and collaborations that are helping to boldly chart the future of the archives profession and set new precedents for the role of archivists in society. In this installment, Archivist and COPA Early Career Member, Kristi Chanda, interviews Stuart Hinds. Stuart Hinds is a Curator of Special Collections & Archives at University of Missouri-Kansas City.  Hinds...
Nov 17, 2021   Archives AWARE!
Join us as we celebrate American Archives Month by Asking An Archivist! Inspired by #AskAnArchivistDay, we sat down with five archivists to ask them about what they do—from “what is an archivist?” to “What’s the most creative public use you’ve seen with your collections?”—and explore daily challenges, successes, and everything in between. Stay tuned because we’ll be sharing one full interview per week starting on #AskAnArchivistDay on October 13! This is the title card for...
Nov 5, 2021   Archives AWARE!
By Ashleigh D. Coren and Erin Durham. Society of American Archivists, Case Studies on Teaching with Primary Sources, 2019. Case No. 10 https://www2.archivists.org/sites/all/files/TWPSCase_10_Utilizing_University_Archives.pdf Reviewed by Rebecca Kuske, University of Wisconsin-Stout Archives and Area Research Center [PDF Full Text] Overview Ashleigh D. Coren, former Special Collections Librarian for Teaching and Learning at University of Maryland, College Park, and Erin Durham, a...
Nov 3, 2021   AA Reviews
Gwyn Hervochon Gwyn: Hi All—I’m Gwyn Hervochon, the Idaho Key Contact in District 9. Originally from the East Coast, I completed my MSLIS at the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University in 2010, and then headed west for a temporary processing archivist position at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. I knew next to nothing about Idaho when I moved here in 2013 for my current position in Special Collections and Archives at Boise State University, but I’m so happy...
Nov 1, 2021   Membership Blog
April Anderson-Zorn My name is April Anderson-Zorn, and I’m the university archivist for Illinois State University (ISU). I currently serve as a Key Contact in District 5, and I welcome SAA members in Illinois (outside of Chicago). I’m originally from Pensacola, Florida, and moved to the Midwest in 2011, where I’ve been at ISU for over ten years. What do I enjoy about being a Key contact? I absolutely enjoy welcoming new members and getting to chat with folks who want to know more...
Nov 1, 2021   Membership Blog
Shellaine Kelley is a self-paced MLIS student with an interest in pursuing a career in visual resources and art librarianship. In 2018, she earned a BFA in Printmaking from Kendall College of Art & Design. Having recently relocated to the Greater Los Angeles area in late 2020 from the Midwest, Shellaine quickly gained employment with the City of Santa Clarita Public Library where she now works as a Library Aide. She is a current student member of SAA, VRA, and ARLIS/NA. Jenifer Monger...
Nov 1, 2021   Membership Blog
Cara DeSimone is an Archives Technician on contract with the National Parks Service’s Southeast Archeology Center (SEAC). Cara is a member of the Society of American Archivists: Archive Workers Emergency Fund (AWEF) Organizing Committee (20-21), SNAP Secretary (20-21), and a member of the Society of Florida Archivists: Secretary (21-24), Audit Committee (20-22), SFAJ Copy Editor (21-22). What are your main responsibilities as an archivist? My main project is a mass reorganization of...
Nov 1, 2021   Membership Blog
Dave Lewis is the sound archivist at Bowling Green State University’s Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives. He holds a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Indiana University-Bloomington and an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh. He currently chairs the Conference Grants Committee for the Association of Recorded Sound Collections and the Society for Ethnomusicology’s Special Interest Group for Archiving. Before coming to BGSU, he was the Curator of Collections and Digital Media at the...
Nov 1, 2021   Membership Blog
Join us as we celebrate American Archives Month by Asking An Archivist! Inspired by #AskAnArchivistDay, we sat down with five archivists to ask them about what they do—from “what is an archivist?” to “What’s the most creative public use you’ve seen with your collections?”—and explore daily challenges, successes, and everything in between. Stay tuned because we’ll be sharing one full interview per week starting on #AskAnArchivistDay on October 13!...
Oct 28, 2021   Archives AWARE!
Jacqualine Price Osafo Cohosts Nicole Milano and JoyEllen Williams conduct a special interview with the Society of American Archivist’s new executive director, Jacqualine Price Osafo. In this interview, Jackie shares her professional and personal roots, including her long-time passion for associations and the impact of an inspiring relative. Jackie also explains what drew her to SAA and why she values the archival profession. Jacqualine Price Osafo is a Certified Association...
Oct 27, 2021   Archives In Context
Join us as we celebrate American Archives Month by Asking An Archivist! Inspired by #AskAnArchivistDay, we sat down with five archivists to ask them about what they do—from “what is an archivist?” to “What’s the most creative public use you’ve seen with your collections?”—and explore daily challenges, successes, and everything in between. Stay tuned because we’ll be sharing one full interview per week starting on #AskAnArchivistDay on October 13...
Oct 20, 2021   Archives AWARE!
This is the latest entry in our Archives + Audiences series, which features the perspectives of archival audiences – scholars, journalists, filmmakers, artists, activists, and more – for whom archives have been an important part of their life and work. In this post, COPA Member and Archivist, Angie Piccolo interviews Samantha Manz (Cherokee Nation)  about the Minnesota Historical Society’s Native American Artist-in-Residence program (NAAIR.) Manz is the collections associate for the...
Oct 14, 2021   Archives AWARE!
Join us as we celebrate American Archives Month by Asking An Archivist! Inspired by #AskAnArchivistDay, we sat down with five archivists to ask them about what they do—from “what is an archivist?” to “What’s the most creative public use you’ve seen with your collections?”—and explore daily challenges, successes, and everything in between. Stay tuned because we’ll be sharing one full interview per week starting on #AskAnArchivistDay on October 13...
Oct 13, 2021   Archives AWARE!
To help you get excited about this week’s A Finding Aid to My Soul Storytelling Event, take a listen to these great stories from the 2020 virtual event, also hosted by the one and only Micaela Blei. Jessica Newell: Gladys Redux Micaela Terronez: This Time It’s Personal Melissa Barker: Murder Saves the Day Kathy Marquis: An Unlikely Match Made In The Archives Ethel Hazard: The Search History Of My History Search And join us for the this...
Oct 5, 2021   Archives AWARE!
#AskAnArchivist Day October 13 What Is #AskAnArchivist Day? On October 13, archivists around the country will take to Twitter to respond to questions tweeted with the hashtag #AskAnArchivist.  It’s an opportunity to: Ask questions about archives and get an response from multiple archivists/institutionsLet archives and archivists know what you’re interested inLearn about different kinds of archives by following the #AskAnArchivist hashtag on Twitter How can I...
Oct 4, 2021   Archives AWARE!
https://www.hbomax.com/series/urn:hbo:series:GYIBToQrPdotpNQEAAAEa Reviewed by Elizabeth Kobert, The Frick Collection [PDF Full Text] Hacks, a comedy-drama series released on HBO Max in May 2021, tells the story of two comedians who are forced to work together. Deborah Vance (Jean Smart), a has-been stand-up comic modeled on Joan Rivers, needs to update her act to avoid losing her long-term residency at the Palmetto hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Ava Daniels (Hannah Einbinder), a young...
Oct 1, 2021   AA Reviews
John Esh is a Processing Archivist at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland. John holds a BA in Anthropology from Portland State University and a MLS from Emporia State University. John is a member of SAA’s SNAP (Students and New Archives Professionals) section and Performing Arts section steering committee member. What are your main responsibilities as an archivist? As the Processing Archivist at Towson University, I’m primarily responsible for the survey, accession, and...
Oct 1, 2021   Membership Blog
This post is from Caitlin Birch. Caitlin is a member of the SAA Mentoring Program Subcommittee; the Assistant Archivist for Digital Collections at Dartmouth College. What drew you to archives?  My initial interest in archives grew out of my experiences in journalism. I worked as a newspaper reporter, editor, and designer throughout and after college, and while it became apparent after a few years that it wasn’t quite the right career path for me, there were aspects of it that I valued and...
Oct 1, 2021   Membership Blog
Judy Tyrus is the CEO of ChromaDiverse, Inc., recipient of the 2021 SAA Diversity Award, and author of Dance Theatre of Harlem: A History, A Movement, A Celebration. What do you like most about your work? What’s most challenging?I enjoy helping dance companies preserve their historic records so their history can be told dynamically and effectively. I also enjoy introducing them to ChromaDiverse’s uniquely designed Digital Asset Management System (DAM) that can open up so many possibilities...
Oct 1, 2021   Membership Blog
This article originally appeared as the President’s Message in the September/October 2021 issue of Archival Outlook. I am looking forward to a good year. At this point in time, “good” has become a relative term. After eighteen months of great turmoil in our country, I sometimes struggle to articulate hopes and dreams beyond conducting my day-to-day life and work. My anxiety, depression, and impostor syndrome have had too much fodder lately for me to see much of the forest for the...
Sep 30, 2021   Off the Record
A Finding Aid to My Soul, Storytelling Event Celebrating Archivists, Oct. 6 2021, 12:00 pm CT, Sponsored by the Society of American Archivists Committee on Public Awareness. Archives Month Kickoff Join SAA in celebrating the diversity and commonality of the archivist experience! Five storytellers—Sasha Griffin, Tricia Campbell Bailey, Hannah Palin, kYmberly Keeton, and April Anderson-Zorn—will share true stories about their funny, heartfelt, and surprising encounters in the archives. This...
Sep 28, 2021   Archives AWARE!
Danna BellGuha Shankar Cohosts Nicole Milano and JoyEllen Williams interview Educational Resource Specialist Danna Bell and Folklife Specialist Guha Shankar from the Library of Congress. During this conversation, Bell and Shankar discuss the intersection of archives, community, and education, specifically addressing how the country’s renewed focus on social justice impacts their work at the Library of Congress.  Episode Extras Check out some of the resources that Bell and Shankar...
Sep 7, 2021   Archives In Context
Jennifer Olguin Jennifer Olguin, MLS, is the Rio Grande Historical Collections Archivist at New Mexico State University Library, Archives, and Special Collections. Jennifer, what are your main responsibilities as an archivist? As a tenure-track archivist at a university archive, my main responsibilities include the following:  Assist the campus community along with the public with their research needsProcess, arrange and make archival collections accessible for researchTeach...
Sep 1, 2021   Membership Blog
This is the latest post in our series Archival Innovators, which aims to raise awareness of individuals, institutions, and collaborations that are helping to boldly chart the future of the archives profession and set new precedents for the role of archivists in society. The Historic Village at Allaire is a living history museum named posthumously for its founder James P. Allaire. The museum interprets an iron-producing factory town during its peak year, 1836. The village offers a variety of...
Aug 25, 2021   Archives AWARE!
The below remarks were delivered by SAA President Courtney Chartier at the annual SAA Membership Business Meeting on August 3, 2021. Chartier was responding to an open letter to NARA published by the American Historical Association. You can read the letter here (scroll down); AHA has since published an apology to NARA available on the same webpage, and SAA has responded. Thank you everybody for being here today. I actually rewrote my remarks for this afternoon in light of the American...
Aug 22, 2021   Off the Record
Nora Plant Nora Plant is an Audio-Visual Archivist at the University of Wyoming. She will be serving on the SAA Membership Committee as Key Contact for Wyoming beginning in August. Jennifer Motszko Jennifer Motszko works at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She is the current Chair of the SAA Membership Committee, and Chair-elect for the Manuscripts Repository Section. Motszko volunteered as a mentor and has been working with Plant since August of 2020. The Society of...
Aug 14, 2021   Membership Blog
The Committee on Public Awareness (COPA) is collaborating again with our favorite professional storyteller, Micaela Blei, for our archivist and archives-centric storytelling event, A Finding Aid to My Soul, on October 6, 12:00 pm — 1:00 PM CT. Micaela Blei, PhD, is a storyteller, educator and editor based in Brooklyn, NY. She’s a two-time Moth GrandSLAM winner, former Director of Education for The Moth and former third grade teacher who has told stories, taught storytelling workshops...
Aug 11, 2021   Archives AWARE!
“Storytelling provides safe conditions for daring decisions.”—Micaela Blei Pitch Your Story! Call for your unique, moving, or humorous archival stories for “A Finding Aid to My Soul” Deadline: August 31, HTTPS://SMR.TO/P67427 When did you decide that you wanted to be an archivist? What was your first encounter with an archives? How did you handle a challenge in your work? What is a unique, serendipitous, moving, mysterious, special, or humorous experience you...
Aug 5, 2021   Archives AWARE!