Session 706: A push in the right direction: Expanding models of mentorship

For my last session at SAA I went to this morning's session about two different mentoring program models. One from the Society of Georgia Archivists focused on a formal match program that began in 2009, and moved into its second phase in 2011. Luciana Spracher and Lynette Staudt. Shared their experiences organizing this program. Their lessons learned included: Moving toward an on demand model to encourage the development of mentoring relationships throughout the year, rather than at set start … [Continue reading]

Session 603: Connecting our collections to our communities: Developing exhibit programs in archives

Ensuring that exhibits become part of a programmatic approach to outreach was the big take-away from this morning's session. I proposed and coordinated this session because I was surprised after last year's SAA how few sessions address the topic of … [Continue reading]

Session 501: Taken for “Grant”ed: How term positions affect new professionals and repositories that employ them

My big take-aways from this session include: Ensure that project archivists can fully engage in the mission and activities of the archive and where possible the library or parent organization. Encourage project archivists to continue to develop … [Continue reading]

Session 407: Documenting the epidemic: preserving and making accessible HIV/AIDS History

There is great interest in developing a survey of national and international collections that document the HIV/AIDS crisis. This idea is particularly relevant for me, because we hold the AIDS Education Posters Collection and we're considering what … [Continue reading]

Session 303: Access to Funds Means Access to Archives: How Raising Money Works

Thinking about how what we're doing in archives connects with the larger institutional mission was my big take-away from this morning's session. Benjamin Yousey-Hindes a Development Officer from Yale encouraged us to consider: Know why you matter … [Continue reading]

Reference, Access and Outreach Meeting

RAO's Marketplace of Ideas offered a great opportunity for members to engage in small group discussions. I heard about different tools archivists are using to capture reference statistics. These tools … [Continue reading]

Session 202: Lean In: Archival Management and the Gender Dynamics of Leadership

Continuing my focus on leadership, I went to the Lean In session after lunch. My big take-away from this panel was the importance of being an advocate for yourself. I'm interested in understanding more about the leadership gap in our profession and … [Continue reading]

Session 104: Leadership Lessons: Tools to Guide You and Words to Inspire You

Developing strong leaders is vitally important for the future of our profession. Framing the concept of leadership within a change matrix served as the focus of this session. The first presenter was Ann Hodges, who reflected on her time at the … [Continue reading]

Women’s Collections Roundtable

I kicked off SAA2014 with the Women's Collections Roundtable. We heard from Heather Slania, who is the Director of the Library and Research Center at the National Museum for Women in the Arts. Heather presented about her work with web archiving. She … [Continue reading]

S19 Moving Archives: Challenges and Opportunities

For the Saturday morning session, I went to hear about planning for an archives move. Dan Dilandro, Theresa Altieri and Leslie Simons shared their tips for planning and executing a successful move: 1. Develop a reverse timeline to ensure deadlines … [Continue reading]