Last-minute editing request

UPDATE: Re-submitted! No more editing needed. Thanks for all your help.

Hi all,

SAA just informed me that our petition needs to be in this format (Word doc). And the deadline is tomorrow. The original petition is here (pdf), and the draft I’m working on right now is here (Google Doc). Please help if you can!


Sign the Students and New Archives Professionals Roundtable petition!

Total signature count: 88! Thanks so much to everyone who signed! SAA says we don’t need any more signatures.

Hi everyone,

I submitted the SNAP Roundtable Proposal (click to open the pdf) to SAA last night, and now we need your signatures! Here’s how to digitally sign the petition:

  1. Compose an email to (If you open this email link, it will do steps 2 and 3 for you!)
  2. In the subject, put: Signature in Support of Petition to form the Students and New Archives Professionals Roundtable.
  3. In the body of the email, write “I support the petition to form the Students and New Archives Professionals Roundtable.”
  4. Include your contact information in a signature block at the bottom of the email.

sample email

A couple of  rules:

You DO have to be a current SAA member (student members count!) to sign the petition.

You DO NOT have to be a prospective member of the new roundtable to sign the petition. If you support us, please sign!

When you email SAA, please also cc on the message–that way, we can keep track of how many signatures there are. (If you forget or don’t want to, that’s okay, your signature will still count.)

Please spread the word–we need 50 signatures! I’ll update this post over the next few days with our total signature count.


Guest post: What can a new archivists roundtable do?

Here’s another guest post from Rebecca Weintraub, new archivist and Queens College library school student. You can follow her on Twitter @BeckAW and @SAAatQC

Okay. So we’ve decided that we want to do this roundtable. We know why. We know for whom. We know what we want to be. We know what we want to call ourselves. Question is…what do we do now? For anyone who has previously attended the annual meeting, you know that roundtables have designated meeting times. There are also activities during the year that go beyond the meeting. What would ours be? What would we do?

In bullet-ish form and in no particular order (or development, for that matter), here are some thoughts:

  • The RT should organize/host an orientation or get-together for students, be it their first, second, or third time (and beyond!) at the annual meeting. Individual schools tend to have meet-ups – great for current students and alumni of those schools, but it would be great if all students had the chance to get together and mingle outside of the student poster presentations. It’ll be “Annual Meeting 101”! This could be mixed with an event for new members as well, or as a stand-alone – schedule permitting.
  • It would be great to set something up with Mentoring Program. What, exactly, I’m not 100% sure of – but they’re definitely an committee that would be worth collaborating with for obvious reasons.
  • Another worthy collaborator would be the people behind the resume review/job search table at the AGM. Again, the specifics elude me here, but I think this is going in the right direction.
  • Finding a way of working with other roundtables, especially during the AGM, would definitely be worthwhile. While there are some students and new archivists that know exactly what kind of archive they want to work in (or, perhaps, they are already working in it), there are those who have absolutely no clue. Getting representatives from other roundtables or notable professionals speak to our group while at the meetings would be incredibly informative to those not entirely sure of their direction (not to mention, it’s a great networking opportunity!).
  • I’m very much a fan of having a roundtable newsletter. These sorts of entities are great ways for getting both new archivists’ and students’ feet wet in positions within the organization. It would be a forum to discuss issues that impact us (internships, finding that first archives job, etc.) as well as a way for us to keep in touch throughout the year.

These are just five simple ideas. Some, like I’ve said, need a bit more developing – but the idea is there. The only thing we need now? A roundtable!

What do you think? Any other ideas for activities for our roundtable?

Why we need a new archivists roundtable

Friday morning, those of us attending SAA heard outgoing president Helen Tibbo talk about the future of the archives profession, and the problems it currently faces. She talked about the archivists who have been laid off, or who have had to lay off employees, or who have lost their jobs and been unable to find new ones. And I applaud her for reminding the audience about our colleagues who are struggling.

But conspicuously absent from this talk about the future of archives was any mention of new and future archivists. The archivists who wonder why they’re taking on tens of thousands of dollars in debt to enter a profession that doesn’t seem to have room for them. The archivists who are 6 months or a year or more than a year out of school who still can’t find jobs within the profession. The archivists who spend years in project positions and have no job security. The archivists who have the tech skills that our profession needs, but can’t break into the field to use them. The archivists who can’t afford to come to the annual meeting.*

New archivists are a growing force within SAA. At the business meeting on Saturday, we heard that 27% of SAA’s members are students. Add to that the number of members who are new professionals or still looking for their first professional job, and the ratio becomes even more significant.

We are the future of the archives profession. We are the future of SAA. And without official representation within SAA, which this roundtable would provide, I worry that our current and future leaders will keep ignoring us.


*(Obviously, some of these apply to less-than-new archivists too.)

Update: No RT meeting, come to the SAA Tweetup/Beer RT instead

I don’t think there’s a time that works for everyone, or almost everyone, for an informal RT meeting at SAA this year. But Lance, Jessica, and I will all be at the SAA Tweetup/Beer RT, so if you’re interested in this RT, please come find us there! (No Twitter account necessary to attend or RSVP.)