Session 205 Exploring UX

I started my Thursday afternoon with Exploring the User Experience with Digital Primary Source. Sherri Berger, Rachel Hi, Jody DeRidder, Donghee Sinn and Roger Schonfield spoke about their different user research projects. Across their presentations … [Continue reading]

Decisions are made by those who show up

I spent my lunch time on Thursday talking about SAA's strategic plan with President elect Danna Russell and several members of council. Only a few other SAA members came and despite the low turn out we had a great discussion about key areas in the … [Continue reading]

Session 106: Developing you BASKET

I kicked off Thursday with the session about succession planning, or how to plan for the time when key staff members with years of tenure retire or move on. Nancy Bartlett defined succession planning as, the recruiting, training, development of staff … [Continue reading]


I ended the day on Wednesday with the SNAP roundtable. There were two panels, one related to the DAS program and the second about being a project archivist. My big takeaway from the DAS panel was that by taking classes you can better articulate to … [Continue reading]

Walk this way: Research Libraries Roundtable

I tend to try out roundtables and sections each year and while I have my favorites, I like to go to new ones too. Yesterday I explored the Research Libraries Roundtable. As a staff member at an ARL library, I was interested in hearing about projects … [Continue reading]

What does the future hold?

Yesterday I attended the symposium: Women's Archives/Women's Collections: What does the future hold? We gathered at the Newcomb College Institute at Tulane University. The Director of the Center, Sally Kenney kicked off the symposium and shared some … [Continue reading]

An Evolution of an Archivist’s Service Model?

I've been thinking a lot recently about the quality of service I offer researchers who come to use the materials in our Special Collections Department. As the Historical Manuscripts Librarian, most of the patrons I work with are from outside the … [Continue reading]

Experimenting with Student Learning Outcomes

This spring I participated in LILAC or the Library Instruction Leadership ACademy offered through the Rochester Regional Library Council. We spent the semester attending a series of workshops that walked us through effective instruction techniques … [Continue reading]

What is the job of an archivist? S21 Data Visualization

My last session at MARAC provided me with a lot of food for thought as I head back to my organization. Alison Langmead a professor at the University of Pittsburg pushed the audience to consider where archivists should insert themselves in the field … [Continue reading]

Boot camp: S20 Recruiting and training volunteers and interns

This morning I went to a session where presenters shared tips and experiences about working with volunteers, interns and students. Rebecca Crago kicked off the session by sharing her experiences as a new professional managing an army of volunteers … [Continue reading]