S. 11 Double agents: the inside scoop from outside users

My MARAC Saturday began with a really thought provoking session on the evolving partnership between our users and us, as archivists. Two PhD candidates in History from Harvard University and one historical re-enactor spoke about their experiences using collections at different repositories. Zachary Novack mentioned an Intro to Archives type class that he took during […]

S6: Organizing for Change: an open forum with new professional group leaders

Together with four other panelists, I presented my experience starting the Rochester Early-Career Information Professionals (for more information about the group, you can refer to this previous post here) The groups discussed during this session include: A division of ACRL, SNAP a roundtable in SAA and REPS as part of the new England Archivists and […]

S. 3 Knowledge Management

I started my fall MARAC meeting with the session “It’s all about change”. Elizabeth Surles shared with us her use of the business framework, knowledge management, to consider change and issues related to institutional memory. Her central goal has been to create full, intellectual and legal control of collections for the purpose of sustainability. Adriana […]

Leadership Summit

The Rochester-Early-Career Information Professionals, a group I co-founded in 2013 put on a Leadership Summit to offer those in the greater Rochester area an opportunity to continue their professional development. In order for early-career information professionals to develop into innovative library leaders, they need opportunities to develop strong professional networks, to share ideas and find […]

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 […]

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 exhibitions. Celia Walker of Vanderbilt University started the session by encouraging us to think about […]

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 professionally by attending conferences and publishing about their work and experiences. Work with your supervisor to ensure that […]

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 other kinds of materials we may want to collect. Several interesting ideas and questions came from the panelists: […]

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 and to whom Know what your money needs are and what possible opportunities are out there What are […]

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 includes: Deskstracker Deskstats LibAnalytics Others talked about using Google Fusion and Knowledge Tracker. It seems like practitioners struggle to find a tool that captures numbers […]