The South Carolina Archival Association (SCAA) announces its 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting, which will be hosted by USC Libraries on Friday, October 29, 2021, via Zoom. The conference theme will be “Crossroads.” The year of the pandemic presented unprecedented challenges, but it also ushered in opportunities for growth and rebirth. The same holds true for archival institutions, including the physical spaces, collections, projects, workflows, staffing, and services offered. Tentatively, the slate of sessions will range from individual and group presentations to panel discussions and will include the annual business meeting.
This meeting will feature opening and closing keynotes by Jermaine Fowler, author and producer of The Humanity Archive, and Micha Broadnax, project manager for the Black Teacher Archive at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Fowler and Broadnax's work sheds light on giving voice to underrepresented minorities in archives, and they will be speaking about their work as it pertains to this year’s theme, “Crossroads.”
In many ways, the archival world is at a crossroads in finding more effective ways of documenting, preserving, and providing access to the histories of underrepresented minority groups. This work not only applies to the collections that archivists steward, but in the spaces shared with colleagues, other library professionals, and users.
To register, please complete the SCAA 2021 Annual Meeting Registration form. Links to the Zoom sessions can be found on the schedule that will be sent to members and registrants or on the Events page of the SCAA website. The link to the Business meeting will be sent to SCAA members via email.
|Jermaine Fowler||Micha Broadnax|
Presentation proposals, lightning rounds in particular, are still needed for the 2021 SCAA Annual Meeting, which will be held virtually on Friday, October 29, 2021. This year’s conference theme is “Crossroads.” The year of the pandemic presented unprecedented challenges, but it also ushered in opportunities for growth and rebirth. The same holds true for archival institutions, including the physical spaces, collections, projects, workflows, staffing, and services offered.
Lightning round presentations are brief individual and group presentations of no more than 7 to 10 minutes in duration. Proposals should relate to the theme of “Crossroads” as it intersects with topics of interest to archival professionals, including but not limited to the following:
• Advocacy, diversity, and inclusion in archival education and training
• Advocacy, diversity, and inclusion in collections
• Case studies highlighting collections or resources within collections
• Challenges in funding, physical resources, and staffing
• Collection development during COVID-19
• Creating finding aids and similar resources for patrons
• Innovative strategies for outreach and community partnerships
• Making our collections accessible to a wider range of patrons and constituencies
• Methodology(ies) for creating and sustaining records management policies that work
• Opportunities and obstacles in digitizing traditional resources
• Opportunities and obstacles in managing born-digital resources
• Raising awareness of and promoting collections through events, exhibits, and publication
In addition to lightning round presentations, proposals are still being accepted for the following presentation formats:
• Individual presentation (45 minute session)
• Group presentation (45 minute session; one presentation with multiple speakers)
• Discussion (45 or 60 minute session; one or more panelists lead a discussion)
• Student poster presentation
The Board of Directors will review proposals and select those best suited to a virtual meeting that will be of interest and value to our wide range of members.
NOTE: Please limit your proposal to 250 words maximum.
The number and format of sessions will be determined in part by the proposals but also by the platform(s) and technological requirements available to the SCAA for hosting a virtual meeting.
The deadline for submitting all presentation proposals has been extended to Thursday, September 30, 2021. SCAA members and non-members are all welcome to submit.
The deadline for submitting for the SCAA 2021 Annual Meeting--which will be held virtually on Friday, October 29, 2021--has been extended! Presentation proposals will now be accepted from SCAA members and non-members through Thursday, September 30, 2021. Student poster session proposals will continue to be accepted through Thursday, September 30, 2021. Submit your proposal using the SCAA Fall 2021 Conference Proposal Submission Form.
For more information about proposal topics and types see the original Call for Proposals at http://www.scarchivists.org/index.php/46-scaa/319-2021-annual-meeting-call-for-proposals.
Digital and Preservation Archivist
Clemson University Libraries seeks an innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented Digital and Preservation Archivist. The archivist will provide leadership and expertise in digital archiving and electronic records management, as well as digital preservation for the Special Collections and Archives. The unit is comprised of the Manuscript Collections, University Archives, Records Management, and Rare Books. The Special Collections and Archives, distinguished for its strong collections in university history, agriculture, and textile history, is part of the Clemson University Libraries. Library faculty are members of the academic community, with responsibilities in the areas of librarianship, scholarship, and service. This is a 12-month tenure-track position accountable to the Head of Special Collections and Archives.
Responsibilities of the role include managing the digital conversion and online delivery of born-digital and digitized archival collections in collaboration with appropriate library partners, developing and implementing policies, standards, and procedures for the management of the digital content within the Special Collections and Archives, and integrating proper digital forensic tools to help ensure authentic and appropriately protected archival materials. The incumbent will also manage the conversion of analog formats and audiovisual materials and Coordinates with Records Management on the training of electronic records management and preservation.
Salary and Benefits
Faculty rank and a minimum salary of $61,000 based on the successful candidate's qualifications and experience. Various medical plans, dental plans, and retirement plans are available. 18 days annual leave, 15 days sick leave, 13 paid holidays, and liberal professional development leave are provided. Library faculty receive an individual stipend for travel or other professional development activity.
The required qualifications for the role include an ALA-accredited graduate degree in librarianship; or an SAA-accredited graduate degree in archives administration or records management; or a relevant, accredited graduate degree as deemed appropriate by the Libraries, two years’ experience with digital preservation in some aspect of archives, special collections, or records repository, and demonstrated knowledge of digital archives and emerging digital curation practices. The incumbent should also demonstrate knowledge of national preservation standards and have the ability to learn new technologies and standards.
The ideal candidate will have experience in an academic or research library, experience with digital preservation tools such as Preservica, Bitcurator, or Archive-It, and experience working with archival collections, research, and outreach in a digital environment. The ideal candidate will also have a SAA Digital Archives Specialist certificate.
Applicants should submit their CV, cover letter, and names and contact information for three professional references via Interfolio http://apply.interfolio.com/93785 .The deadline for full consideration is October 1, 2021.
Krista Oldham resigned her position as SCAA President effective July 12, 2021 to take a position at Texas A&M University. Vice President/President-Elect Ann Abney will take over her duties as President for the remainder of her term and then serve as President for 2021-2022 as provided for in our Constitution.
In her resignation letter Krista said "It has been a pleasure being a part of SCAA and serving as an officer. I am so proud of all we have accomplished during my time on SCAA, and I have no doubt that SCAA will continue these successes in the future."
We wish Krista well in her new endeavor.
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