Blogs

This article originally appeared in the July/August 2021 issue of Archival Outlook. Jacqualine Price Osafo, a Certified Association Executive with a master of business administration in entrepreneurship and strategic innovation from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, brings thirty years of association management experience at multiple individual membership and trade company organizations in key areas such as membership, education programs, products, budget, and staffing. She...
Aug 2, 2021   Off the Record
Erik R. Bauer This post is from Erik R. Bauer. Erik is chair of the Local History Roundtable (New England Archivists) and has served as an SAA mentor. Before leaving New England, Erik worked at the Peabody Institute Library in Peabody, MA; Haverhill Public Library (Haverhill, MA) as their archives manager; and as project archivist for the Peabody City Clerk’s Office (Peabody, MA). Erik is still a visiting lecturer of history at Salem State University in Salem, MA, teaching remotely....
Aug 1, 2021   Membership Blog
Nicole Diehm, M.A. and M.S.I., is Digital Collections Librarian at the St. Augustine Historical Society Research Library. Nicole is also Co-Chair of the Conference Committee of the Florida Digital Humanities Consortium. What are your main responsibilities as an archivist? While not an archivist by title, my main responsibilities are digital preservation and access. We’ve established a digital framework and built a multi-year plan to help the SAHS Research Library digitize analog materials...
Aug 1, 2021   Membership Blog
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Jul 28, 2021   Membership Blog
The SAA Annual meeting begins next week, though on-demand sessions were available starting Monday, July 26, and SAA section meetings have already started earlier in the month. Below is a list of sessions about awareness, advocacy, and outreach. Please note, there is a mix of live, recorded, and on-demand opportunities. Make sure to visit the schedule for specific times for live sessions and to view session descriptions to see which category a session or meeting falls and whether you need to...
Jul 28, 2021   Archives AWARE!
by Makala Skinner Next month, archivists from across the country will convene virtually to discuss emerging and ongoing issues in the field at the Society of American Archivists (SAA) Annual Meeting, ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2021: Together/Apart. This year’s meeting will take place from August 4 to 6 (with some pre-conference activities earlier in the week) and will showcase 10 live sessions and 20 pre-recorded sessions with live Q&As. The conference will feature keynote speakers, general...
Jul 26, 2021   Off the Record
Curated by Ashley James. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City.April 2 to September 27, 2021. Reviewed by James Lowry, Queens College, City University of New York [PDF Full Text] Records manifest and manufacture power, project authority, and lay claim to evidentiality: a new exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum surfaces how constructed and contingent are these properties and effects of records. Off the Record puts the complexities and caveats, already well known to...
Jul 19, 2021   AA Reviews
The Committee on Public Awareness (COPA) invites you to our Open House during our annual business meeting on Thursday, July 22nd, 3:30-4:30 pm CST. Want to learn more about COPA  and what we do? This is your chance! Meet our committee members and ask questions. This is your opportunity to let us know what’s on your mind. Are there particular stories or issues that you would like COPA to bring increased awareness to through our channels? What would you like COPA to focus on in the...
Jul 15, 2021   Archives AWARE!
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Jul 14, 2021   Membership Blog
Many archivists are reevaluating workflows and practices in order to create more equitable, anti-oppressive, and anti-racist metadata in their repositories. This important work is foregrounded by the Anti-Racist Description Resources, authored by the Archives for Black Lives in Philadelphia’s (A4BLiP) Anti-Racist Description Working Group. Archives in Context spoke with A4BLiP’s Anti-Racist Description Working Group members Alexis A. Antracoli, Annalise Berdini, Faith Charlton,...
Jul 13, 2021   Archives In Context
Many archivists are reevaluating workflows and practices in order to create more equitable, anti-oppressive, and anti-racist metadata in their repositories. This important work is foregrounded by the Anti-Racist Description Resources, authored by the Archives for Black Lives in Philadelphia’s (A4BLiP) Anti-Racist Description Working Group. Archives in Context spoke with A4BLiP’s Anti-Racist Description Working Group members Alexis A. Antracoli, Annalise Berdini, Faith Charlton,...
Jul 13, 2021   Archives In Context
by Biz Gallo Biz Gallo has served as the Manager of Audiovisual Preservation at George Blood, L.P. since 2013 and recently accepted the position of Statewide Digitization Initiatives Coordinator at the Library of Michigan. She received her Master of Science in Information from the University of Michigan School of Information and has since been helping cultural heritage institutions preserve their audiovisual collections through archival reformatting. She serves on SAA’s Oliver Wendell Holmes...
Jul 1, 2021   Membership Blog
Making contact with new SAA members from Canada and all other international locations is the responsibility of the District 11 Key Contact group. At the moment, the District 11 group consists of three Key Contacts: Kira Baker, Sara Griffiths, and Scott Schwartz. This blog post is a combined post from all three of us and together we hope to convey the experience of being a Key Contact for SAA’s international members.  Sara Griffiths SG: My name is Sara Griffiths, and I serve the SAA Key...
Jul 1, 2021   Membership Blog
Caroline J. White. This post is from Caroline J. White, Archives and Manuscript Librarian at Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA), UMass Amherst Libraries. Caroline was first hired in 2012 in a three-year position. She has also held several short-term archives positions at Mount Holyoke College. She is a graduate of Simmons School of Library and Information Science and of Princeton University, where she majored in English. An editor for the Viking and Penguin imprints from...
Jul 1, 2021   Membership Blog
Heather Bidzinski, in the stacks. This post is from Heather Bidzinski, Head of Archives at Special Collections at University of Manitoba. Heather is an active member of SAA and is a member of the ACACKRN (Canadian Research Knowledge Network) Conference Planning Committee; the CKRN NATIONAL HERITAGE DIGITIZATION STRATEGY Advisory Committee; and the ACA Governance Committee. Heather, what are your main responsibilities as an archivist? My current role is managing a medium-sized Canadian...
Jul 1, 2021   Membership Blog
Welcome to another entry in the new ArchivesAWARE series, “Archival Authors” where we feature archivists who have used their professional experience to inform books they have written for the general public. What inspired them? How did archivistics affect the tone or direction of their book? What did they want readers to take away? In this post, Kaye Lanning Minchew talks about her new book, “Jimmy Carter: Citizen of the South.” Minchew recently retired as Executive...
Jun 2, 2021   Archives AWARE!
This post is from Devhra BennettJones. Devhra is a member of the SAA Membership Committee; the Society of American Archivists Navigator Program Subcommittee; the Society of American Archivists Mentoring Subcommittee; the Society of Ohio Archivists Membership & Awards Committee; and the Society of Ohio Archivists Social Justice and Black Lives Matter Task Force. Devhra, what drew you to archives?A love of history embedded in childhood drew me to the field of archives. Growing up in rural...
Jun 1, 2021   Membership Blog
Archivist Jenn Parent next to in-progress processing of the Lear papers. This post is from Jenn Parent, Project Archivist, at The Museum of Flight in Seattle, WA. She is the Key Contact for the State of Washington (District 9). What do you most enjoy about being a Key Contact? Interacting with students, even if it’s just an email or two. They reply most often to my initial email and are so excited and have great questions. It really reminds me of my own enthusiasm for the field....
Jun 1, 2021   Membership Blog
Julie Rockwell Julie Rockwell is a part-time collections specialist at the Frost Entomological Museum of the Penn State University, Main Campus. She recently accepted a part-time position as an independent contractor archivist with the East Broad Top Railroad Foundation located in Rockhill Furnace, PA.  Julie graduated in December 2020 from the Johns Hopkins University Advanced Academic Programs with a Master of Arts in Museum Studies and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Digital...
Jun 1, 2021   Membership Blog
https://www.springshare.com/libwizard/ Reviewed by Kayla Harris, Marian Library, University of Dayton [PDF Full Text] LibWizard is a multipurpose tool by SpringShare that includes four components: forms, surveys, quizzes, and tutorials/assessments. Although each of these features presents an opportunity to be used in primary source instruction, this review will focus specifically on the tutorials and the ways in which they can be used for archival instruction. Some instruction...
May 25, 2021   AA Reviews
This article originally appeared as the Executive Director’s Message in the May/June 2021 issue of Archival Outlook. Too much screen time and eye strain in the past year has led me to Audible and, at long last, to Angela Duckworth’s narration of her 2016 book Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. A teacher, psychologist, neuroscientist, researcher, mother, and general overachiever, she explores the predictability of success—graduating from West Point (when one in five cadets...
May 20, 2021   Off the Record
dp.la/primary-source-sets/women-and-the-temperance-movement Reviewed by John Henry Adams, University of Missouri Libraries [PDF Full Text] One of the challenges of primary source instruction is identifying a set of compelling and varied primary sources around a single theme. In this review, I will discuss the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) as a general resource for primary source sets and then focus on Melissa Strong’s “Women and the Temperance Movement” as an excellent example for...
May 19, 2021   AA Reviews
This article originally appeared as the President’s Message in the May/June 2021 issue of Archival Outlook. At its March virtual meeting, much of the SAA Council’s agenda was related to the Society’s ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access (DEIA). Addressing diversity issues and moving intentionally to a culture of inclu­sion has been a part of SAA’s Strategic Plan for many years, and in recent years we have moved this work to our highest priority. Now...
May 18, 2021   Off the Record
https://tpscollective.org/ Reviewed by Beth South, Indiana University East [PDF Full Text] The Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Collective “is an online hub that brings together resources, professional development and support for those who teach with primary sources, including librarians, archivists, teachers, cultural heritage professionals, and anyone who has an interest in using primary sources in an educational setting.” The collective community is made up of “learners, lurkers,...
May 5, 2021   AA Reviews
This post is from Brittany Newberry (she/her), Processing Archivist at the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library in Atlanta, GA, current advisor and past chair of the Career Development Subcommittee. Brittany is also a steering committee member for the Archivists and Archives of Color section. Brittany, what drew you to archives?  My first year of undergrad I had to choose a place to work for my work study. At the time, the Special Collections department in the...
May 3, 2021   Membership Blog
Mary Jackson is currently working on a cataloging project at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive and a community preservation project, African Americans in Berkeley’s History and Legacy. She was a member of the SAA Host Committee in 2008 and has been an SAA member since 2018. Mary received her master’s degree in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (MIAP) from New York University in September 2020. Steven D. Booth is the Archivist/Project Manager for the Johnson...
May 3, 2021   Membership Blog
This post is from Jennifer Motszko of the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. Jennifer is the chair of the SAA Membership Committee, 2020-2021. Jennifer, what drew you to archives?I have always been interested in history and planned to make that my career in some way. As I was working towards my masters degree in History at UW-Milwaukee, I was hired for a work-study position in the Archives. That’s what did it for me! Doing research, answering reference requests, processing...
May 3, 2021   Membership Blog
What made you fall in love with archives? What do you love about your work? Here, Julie Kerssen, Processing Archivist, Seattle Municipal Archives, Seattle, WA, shares her love of archival work. An archivist for over 20 years, Julie Kerssen enjoys providing access to collections and bringing hidden gems to light. What do you love about being an archivist? Let us know at lmiller@tulane.edu.
Apr 27, 2021   Archives AWARE!
Bryan Whitledge is Archivist / Manager for University Digital Records for the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University. He currently serves as vice-chair of the Society of American Archivist’s Committee on Public Policy (SAA-COPP). Dr. Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress, and Bryan Whitledge, SAA Committee on Public Policy, at the 2020 National Humanities Advocacy Day events. Have you ever considered how archives are funded? – we are talking about a true assessment of...
Apr 13, 2021   Archives AWARE!