Journey to becoming an Archivist/Preservationist

INALJ DMV Meet-up this weekend!

Join Me and other INALJers at the DMV Meet-up at Teaism from 3-5pm in Penn Quarter! RSVP:

Hello Everyone,

INALJ is holding a January meet-up in D.C. for the D.C. Maryland, and Virginia area for drinks, nibbles, networking and great conversation. All are welcome to attend!

Please RSVP to devine.jenniferlee@gmail.com or gabriellespiers@gmail.com.

See the below FAQ for more info.

Who should attend?

Library and information science students, librarians, information professionals, archivists,  research analysts, prospect researchers, usability auditors, library directors, professors, deans – basically anyone looking for a library/information science professional job or who can give advice to someone looking for a library job, want to network, or get together and meet other library/information professionals in the DMV area!

What is this event?

This is a networking event similar to a no host dinner or open house at a professional conference. You will meet other librarians and information professionals in the area for informal conversations (bring your business cards!). There is no cost to come join us and no food or drinks will be provided by the hosts of the event. You are welcome to purchase your own food or drink at the venue. Students are more than welcome and encouraged to join us.

Where is it being held?

Teaism Penn Quarter

400 8th Street NW

Washington, DC

20004

 

Meeting in the Basement

Metro Accessible: Archives/Navy Memorial Yellow and Green line. Across from the National Archives and Records Administration Building.

When are we meeting?

Saturday, January 17, 3-5pm

 

I have questions who do I contact?

E-mail: Jennifer Devine at devine.jenniferlee@gmail.com

How do I RSVP?

E-mail: Jennifer Devine at devine.jenniferlee@gmail.com or gabriellespiers@gmail.com if you plan to attend.

Why do I have to RSVP?

We want to make sure there are enough seats for everyone and be able to contact you if there are any last minute changes. We promise not to use your e-mail address for any other purposes and all e-mail addresses will be deleted after the event.

Co-hosted by:

Jennifer Devine and Gabrielle Spiers

RSVP:

To Jennifer Devine at devine.jenniferlee@gmail.com or gabriellespiers@gmail.com

Thank you and we look forward to meeting you!

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INALJ DMV Meet-Up

As promised!

I Need A Library Job (INALJ) is holding a January meet up in D.C. for the D.C. Maryland, and Virginia area for drinks, nibbles, networking and great conversation. All are welcome to attend!

Please RSVP to devine.jenniferlee@gmail.com or gabriellespiers@gmail.com.

See the below FAQ for more info.

 

Who should attend? 

Library and information science students, librarians, information professionals, archivists,  research analysts, prospect researchers, usability auditors, library directors, professors, deans – basically anyone looking for a library/information science professional job or who can give advice to someone looking for a library job, want to network, or get together and meet other library/information professionals in the DMV area!

 

What is this event? 

This is a networking event similar to a no host dinner or open house at a professional conference. You will meet other librarians and information professionals in the area for informal conversations (bring your business cards!). There is a charge to attend, but only to pay for your own food and drink (the more people who come the less money per person, so bring all your information professional friends and co-workers!). Students are more than welcome and encouraged to join us.

 

Where is it being held? 

Madhatter Restaurant (please contact Jennifer Devine if you have any dietary restrictions so we can accommodate, a menu selection will be provided per request)

1319 Connecticut Ave NW

Washington, D.C., DC 20036

(DuPont Area)

http://madhatterdc.com/

Metro Accessible: 5 minutes from Dupont Circle Metro Station (Red Line) and Nine Minutes from Farragut North Metro Station (Red Line)

 

When are we meeting? 

Saturday, January 10, 6-8 pm

 

I have questions who do I contact?

E-mail: Jennifer Devine at devine.jenniferlee@gmail.com

How do I RSVP

E-mail: Jennifer Devine at devine.jenniferlee@gmail.com or gabriellespiers@gmail.com. if you plan to attend.

 

Why do I have to RSVP?

We want to make sure there are enough seats for everyone and be able to contact you if there are any last minute changes. We promise not to use your e-mail address for any other purposes and all e-mail addresses will be deleted after the event.

 

Co-hosted by:

Jennifer Devine and Gabrielle Spiers

 

RSVP:

To Jennifer Devine at devine.jenniferlee@gmail.com or gabriellespiers@gmail.com.

Thank you and we look forward to meeting you!

New Management and Meet-up

This week started new management in my job. My archive team is now under the director for the music librarian! We had a group minus one person meeting on Monday and it went great. All our concerns about standards, computers, long range ect… were addressed and will continue to be. We are going to having weekly meetings in the beginning which considering we have been on our own for months this is great for us and everyone will get to be on the same page. It’s a bit difficult considering our team of 5 have varying schedules, but we do overlap a bit on Wednesday which is part of the commuter problems we don’t have enough desks on the same floor (we do now!). I think going from here on out things will really go great. Myself along with one other person we both have our MLIS’ and one is a MLIS student and the other two are not Library related so it’s really helpful to have meetings and make sure everyone’s work is somewhat similar our shows are all different, but we can have certain standards and controlled vocabulary the same.  In other news….

With INALJ I am going to be taking over a new position! I’m moving up from a volunteer coordinator…more on that when the official announcement comes out. I am also co-hosting the INALJ DMV Meet-up, which is for anyone living in the DC, MD, VA areas to come to DC in January and meet up and network with other information professionals I will post another blog with the invite and information on that. Please come if you are in the are we have had 3 already in other areas and so far they have gone splendid, I and my co-host have put a lot of work into this and I would love to have a meet-up maybe twice a year if this one goes well. People love meet us inaljers at conferences so we know there’s a fan base! Let your friends, co-workers and peers know about the event.

Way overdue post!

Well this has been a long time coming! I seem to have neglected the blog with all that I have going on in my life. I have my one part-time position and have been applying to a bunch of other positions. I have had 2 interviews both for a second part-time job. I know one of them I did not get, but I am still waiting on the other one! I actually attempted to volunteer at the Special Library and the director contacted me and told me they had a part-time position available that I would qualify for. It was a bit intense of  an interview for me, but it is great practice for bigger interviews. It included a 3 person panel with the Director of the Library, the Curator of Manuscripts and Archives and the President of the Library Board. I also had to do a 5-10 minute presentation on a subject of my choosing. I will give more info about this in another post. It has been  2 weeks since I interviewed, but that also includes the Thanksgiving holiday so I’m hoping that I will at least get a second interview or even better the job. I love the facility and the Library is 18 minutes from my house and in my community. It also puts me back in a Special Library which more so in my field that what I’m current;y doing despite my job title. More news to come on INALJ and other things I have going on!

My MARAC Experience

Here’s a little long over due, but written shortly after my attending of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference in Rochester NY write of my experience at my first conference:

I came the first day of registration, which was a Wednesday, and I wasn’t quite sure prior to this what I was going to do the rest of my day. Upon arriving I made it to my hotel and settled in (I was staying in the overflow conference hotel). Afterwards, I decided I wanted to see some of the city and where the Conference hotel was. I was in Rochester, NY and had never been there before. I first stumped upon a restaurant as part of another hotel and grabbed a bite to eat. Lesson learned here look up some restaurants ahead of time or in the guides that you receive. The restaurant was a bit of a miss and the prices were outrageous. I made it to the Conference hotel and registered. I also met a few people who friends of my roommate/co-worker. We had a nice dinner at a restaurant they had picked based on research and reviews of the area.  It turned out to be pretty good. Way better than my lunch place.

The second day I had not signed up for any of the workshops or tours (the tours were booked when I registered) so I explored the area with my roommate. We had some recommendations and went to two museums. The museums were great. The first place we went was the George Eastman house, which is where the Conference Reception would take place, but we wanted to have a guided tour of the place, plus we weren’t sure if we would be allowed to go in the house at the reception. The house was amazing and very beautiful we also viewed the three galleries and made a stop at the gift shop! The next museum we went to was the Memorial Art Gallery at the University of Rochester it was also really great they had a Matisse exhibit that we saw advertised when we arrived in Rochester. After the museum we had dinner at a nice Italian restaurant that we found in our guide.

The next day was our busy day. We arrived to hear Kathleen Roe (former SAA president) give a preliminary speech. Afterwards the conference had four sessions per 3 groupings. The first session I attended was on lone arrangers. The past few jobs that I have applied to have been part time archivist positions in places that have never had an archivist before so I thought this would be a good session to partake in and I found it very informational.  I stayed in all of my sessions the full time.  We had a lunch break and then it was on to the next set of sessions. I picked another interesting session on arrangement, which was more of an open discussion and related to issues and understanding of arrangement. In between the last two sessions was a 15-minute break this allowed for us to see the vendor tables. I visited one of the vendors, but majority of the vendors were geared towards books, paper products, and digitizing. However my current job is with audio files and there were no vendors that applied to the type of archiving at my company. The last session I attended was about women in archives. I had picked the session, but I was unsure of what it was actually about. It turned out to be one of my favorites we talked about issues such as women not feeling that their materials are important, what defines important information for their archives, and my favorite topic of courting donors. One of the panelist mentioned that they had a standing tea appointment for three years with one donor before she would donate her materials.

After all the sessions were over it was time for the reception. We took shuttles and party buses to the George Eastman house and they we very accommodating. They did have the house open to us, but my co-worker and I were able to tell people interesting facts that we had learned during our tour to some of the other archivists. We also had the galleries and gift shop open to us. My co-worker and I lucked out because they had tours of the photos, film and archives available to us, so we were able to take a tour while other spent their time going through the house and galleries and other had to skip that part. The next day there was more session however due to my work schedule I was unable to attend the next day. Thankfully for twitter I was able to follow all the other session and the next days events from all of the tweeting archivist that we hash tagging the conference.

Closure of National Archive Facilities

Information Regarding the closure of thee national archive facilities:

Colleagues:

The National Archives just issued a press release announcing the permanent closure of three National Archives facilities over the next two years.  The Anchorage facility will close in 2014, the two Philadelphia facilities will be consolidated in 2014, and the two Fort Worth facilities will be consolidated in 2016.  Please refer to the press release for additional details.   Out of respect for NARA staff, we notified them of the planned changes before releasing this news to the public, but we wanted the members of our stakeholder community to be the first to see the public announcement.

These closures will have an impact on researchers, educators, and other stakeholders in Philadelphia, Anchorage, and Fort Worth.  National Archives staff will be working out the implementation details, including the effects of the facility closures on existing programs, over the coming months.  We will keep you informed as plans develop.  We encourage you to follow National Archives at Philadelphia, National Archives at Anchorage, and National Archives at Fort Worth on Facebook to keep up with breaking news from the affected sites.

We recognize that these changes will be painful for users of the affected facilities and we are committed to providing the best service possible to all National Archives stakeholders. Working together, we will be able to ensure that the public will continue to have access to these records.

Please feel free to get in touch with me if you have questions or comments about these plans.  I’ll do my best to find the answers when I don’t know myself.

Sincerely,

Meg Phillips

PRESS RELEASE:

Statement by Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero

Announces Closure/Consolidations of Three National Archives Facilities

Washington, DC…As part of ongoing budget adjustments, Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero announced the permanent closure of three National Archives facilities. This year, the National Archives facility in Anchorage, AK, will close and two facilities in the Philadelphia, PA, area will be consolidated to a single site. Within the next two years, two Archives’ facilities in Fort Worth, TX, also will be consolidated to a single site. These closures and consolidations will result in estimated annual cost savings of approximately $1.3 million.

“The National Archives budget is devoted primarily to personnel and facilities, both of which are essential to our mission,” the Archivist stated. “I recognize these cuts will be painful; however, we are committed to continuing to provide the best service to our customers and best working conditions for our staff nationwide.”

Background:

Anchorage, AK, facility closing
The National Archives’ facility in Anchorage, AK, will close permanently in FY 2014. The employees who work there will be offered positions at other National Archives facilities, with the National Archives paying relocation expenses. The less than 12,000 cubic feet of archival records in Alaska will be moved to the National Archives at Seattle, WA, where the National Archives will digitize these records so that they remain available to Alaskans through the internet. In addition, we will move approximately 7,500 cubic feet of records center holdings to Seattle, WA.

Philadelphia, PA, facility consolidation
The National Archives currently maintains two facilities in Philadelphia—a records center and archives at Townsend Road, and a small “storefront” archival facility at 900 Market Street in the city center. These facilities are in the same commuting area, and archival records are currently moved between the two for research use. The Market Street facility will close in FY 2014, and those employees will move to Townsend Road or telework locations. The less than 5,000 cubic feet of archival records stored at Market Street will be moved to Townsend Road, where the majority of the archival records already are stored. The Townsend Road facility’s research room will be modified to better provide appropriate access to researchers, and community outreach programs will continue.

Fort Worth, TX, facility consolidation
The National Archives currently maintains two facilities in Fort Worth: a combined records center and archives at John Burgess Drive, and a smaller “storefront” facility at Montgomery Plaza. The National Archives will permanently close the Montgomery Plaza facility in FY 2016. All employees at the Montgomery Plaza location will move to John Burgess or telework locations. No original records are stored at Montgomery Plaza, and researchers will have continued access to archival records through the research room at John Burgess Drive.

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Pi Day!

Happy Pi Day everyone or 3/14 if you prefer! So far I have not been able to land that second part time job I’ve been looking for. I have officially received a rejection from almost everywhere that I have applied and those that I haven’t I applied to months ago and I assume it is safe to say that I will not get an interview for those positions. Well that can be depressing I am trying to look at the bright side and remember that most of those were positions that I was really just applying to because I wanted a second job and not because I was excited about the job itself. I will still be looking for that second job but I have been keeping myself quite busy.

Moving on I have now take over the HE position for Maryland at INALJ and given over the WV page. I wanted a bigger state to work on and so far I can say I have been successful! I posted 100 jobs this week which is way more than I have ever posted before. I also particpated in INALJ’s first #inaljchat on twitter which was really fun! I’m signed up as a moderator in April. I will update when it gets closer as to the exact date and the topic. We do the #inaljchat every monday for right now so feel free to participate in the chat we’d love to have you. Also if you are interested in being a HE or having a volunteer position at INALJ come join us we are looking for a few new people to fill up some spots! You can go to INALJ or just ask me here and I’ll direct you as to how to go about the process.

I will also be attending my first professional conference with one of my co-workers. We will be going to the MARAC conference in Rochester, NY. I’m excited about this opportunity and to meet some other people in the profession!

Laps

Well I haven’t been doing a very good job of updating once a week like I had been planning on, but I will try to get better! I’ve been spending most of my time working, applying for jobs and hanging out with my friends.

As I mentioned previously I am a head editor for INALJ currently I am on the West Virginia page, but as of Monday I will be switching over to the Maryland page. I had wanted D.C., Maryland or Virginia previously, but they were already taken. So when the spot opened for MD I jumped on it :).

Slightly off topic but somewhat related at ALA this past conference there was an article that was run by slate about Librarians and what they look like, basically a breaking the mold kind of story. This morning I was intrigued by a question on twitter that was posted by a tweeter and retweeted on my twitter feed by @followanarchive that was in reference to an article at the Huffington Post about tattooed librarians. The question asked if there are tattooed archivists, having a tattoo myself I responded to the tweet and I have now been asked and retweeted by a few people to take a Shelfie of my tattoo! I will try to do this although it may be difficult its winter and my tattoo is on my ankle so the positioning of the shelfie may be difficult but I should be able to get it by just having the tattoo and shelf in the picture . I’ll update more in that as it progresses. However I’m interested in if any of my fellow archivists have tattoo so feel free to comment here on the blog or send me a tweet @archpresj!

President’s Day

Happy President’s Day Everyone!

Well I have been productive during my presidents day. I finished two cover letters I’m just having them edited and then I will be applying to some more jobs. I didn’t make it to the Beatles talk that I wanted to.  The metro closed two stations and I had to go all over DC and by the time I finally made it to the metro stop I needed the talk had already started and I didn’t want to disrupt it. Instead I ended up going to the Portrait Gallery and saw the Cool exhibit. I have to admit it was pretty cool! I still want to go back to see it again though the exhibit was packed. I got to see a good amount of it though. I also went to a newish restaurant with a friend of mine. We went to Vapiano and it was delicious.

I have cold and haven’t done much in the way of updating or adding sources but I will be doing that once I’m starting to feel better.

Updates

It has been about a week since my last blog and I feel that blogging at least once a week should be sufficient unless there is a lot going on. Last saturday I went to the Phillips Museum! I had signed up to go to a DCLA event that was open for the Newseum, but I was wait listed and there were no seats available. Instead I went to the Van Gogh exhibit it was on repetitions. I liked the museum and I joined to become a member but I am going to have to try and go to the museum itself on a weekday when hopefully it won’t be too crowded. I of course waited till the day before the end of the exhibit so it was packed, but I got to see most of what I wanted too. Most of the more famous Van Gogh paintings were not featured at this exhibit. I do look forward to going back and exploring the rest of the museum. I saw most of it but due to the crowds it was difficult to see everything. Next week I plan to go to the Newseum for the Beatles event which should be good!

As promised last time here is the link to my article from INALJ. Also if you are a fan of the website make sure that you stop by and give a donation! Everything has been going good so far at INLAJ WV. We surpassed our most jobs per week this week with a total of 37 new jobs posted! I can only hope that we can keep near or above this statistic. The week prior was our lowest week ever with only 6 new jobs.

Professionally for me I have made it my goal to be more active in the professional Library and Archive world. I did an interview with SNAP the Student and New Archives Professionals Roundtable for the Society of American Archivists. That will appear next month and I will put a link out for that as well. At my job things have been going well. We have added two new members to our archiving team and they have been doing well so far. We will soon be doing some digestion to get the audio files from the CD’s on to the Computers and into the OnDemand cloud. I’m unsure of what the procedure will be for backing up the files but that may have already been done by producers prior to burning the files onto the CD’s.

As for the blog I’ve spent a lot of time pinning stuff onto the pintrest page and made some new boards. I have been tweeting a lot from our twitter page and I changed the background of the page.  I also added some new resources for the CV page of the site and I will be adding more to the other pages in the next few weeks. I’m also still applying to jobs and revamping my Resume and Cover Letters so I appreciate your patients as it takes me a while to update.

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