The A*CENSUS II All Archivists Survey is now live! This is a major nationwide survey of the archives profession. It aims to gather information from every archivist and community memory worker in the US on their demographics, educational backgrounds, job placements, and salaries, as well as perspectives on key issues in the field. A*CENSUS II findings will be shared widely with the profession, and the more people who participate, the stronger the data and resulting action will be.
The All Archivists Survey is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and was collaboratively developed by the Society of American Archivists, Ithaka S+R, and the A*CENSUS II working group. It will take about 30 minutes to complete the survey, linked here:
If you have questions about the survey or require technical assistance, please contact Ithaka S+R by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please do your part to help the profession as a whole. Take the survey!
Institute for Research Design in Librarianship 2022
The William H. Hannon Library at Loyola Marymount University is issuing a call for applications for the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL Online) 2022. IRDL is a continuing education program for academic and research librarians and archivists designed to create a growing community of confident librarian-researchers. The year-long program begins with a Summer Research Workshop, to provide novice researchers with social science research training, followed by a year of peer and formal mentor support in completing a research project of their design.
The Summer Research Workshop, traditionally delivered as an in-person experience, will shift to an online format, from 2022-2024, thanks to a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The program will again be offered at no cost to participants, open to librarians and archivists in the United States and Canada in full-time positions; librarians in a full-time residency are eligible to apply.
The 2022 Summer Research Workshop will be offered from June 6-17.
We seek librarians with a passion for research and a desire to improve their research skills. IRDL is designed to bring together all that the literature tells us about the necessary conditions for librarians to conduct valid and reliable research in an institutional setting. The cohort will be chosen from a selective submission process, with an emphasis on enthusiasm for research and diversity from a variety of perspectives, including ethnicity and type and size of library.
- Commitment to the year-long process of participating in the IRDL research community and conducting the proposed study within the 2022-2023 academic year;
- Significance of the research problem to the operational success of libraries or to the profession of librarianship;
- Thoughtfulness, thoroughness, and clarity of the research proposal;
- Enthusiasm for research and a desire to learn.
We will be accepting applications from December 1, 2021 to January 28, 2022. Scholars accepted to the Institute will be notified in early March 2022. Application information may be found at https://library.lmu.edu/irdl/apply/overview/.
Please contact Project Directors with any questions about the Institute or the application process:
Marie Kennedy, Serials & Electronic Resources Librarian, Loyola Marymount University (email@example.com)
Kristine Brancolini, Dean of the Library, Loyola Marymount University (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We are excited to announce the first Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Planning Summit. There has not been any kind of library connected statewide emergency training in well over a decade. With the guidance of a statewide committee that includes staff representation from several public libraries as well as State Library staff, the Summit will provide two days of comprehensive training to address a variety of topics to assist libraries before, during, and after disasters.
The Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Planning Summit is a workshop for library administrators, staff, and partners who seek to improve their knowledge around preparedness before, during, and after disasters. The Summit will address topics such as: Introduction to Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Planning, Creating a Disaster Plan, Emergency Preparedness Considerations for People with Disabilities, Design before Disaster, Crisis Communications, Mental Health for Staff, Librarians’ Roles and Supporting Staff in Emergencies, Planning for a Successful Disaster Recovery, and Partnerships including the FEMA Ambassador program. Hear from colleagues who will talk about living through disasters, and participate in a Collections & Salvage workshop and Disaster Plan Stress Test with the NEDCC. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to meet potential partners for collection preservation, staff development, and statewide emergency management contacts. Please also feel free to share with your community partners as this is a great opportunity for everyone to work together!
The Summit takes place September 9 and 10, 2021 from 8am-5pm at the Hilton Garden Inn, Columbia. Travel grants to cover hotel costs are available for you and your library staff. We will continue to update the information page: https://guides.statelibrary.sc.gov/c.php?g=366438&p=8499845. -Registration is $25 which includes two days of training, breakfast, lunch, and breaks. Register here: https://statelibrary.sc.libcal.com/event/8089439. Rooms are $124.26 per night including tax and are limited so please reserve your rooms now using this link: https://hiltongardeninn.hilton.com/en/gi/groups/personalized/C/CAECDGI-SSL-20210908/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG and parking is free.
If you have any questions, please contact me at email@example.com or 803.734.6061. We hope to see all of you there.
Aubrey B. Carroll
Chief of Headquarters Library Services
Florence County Library System
(843) 413 - 7070
I’m relocating to New Hampshire in a few weeks and I'll be leaving Historic Charleston Foundation after 17 years as the Archivist/Librarian. HCF will be looking to hire a new person soon. Briefly, HCF’s Archives isn’t traditional; in fact, I’ve set it up as a “hybrid,” incorporating library practices with archival. Also the scope of the collections is largely historic buildings and historic preservation. I serve about 600 researchers a year in-person and via phone and email, including HCF preservation and other staff members, owners of historic homes, architects, undergrad/grad students, realtors, etc. I also field many inquiries from other types of researchers with questions about Charleston history, genealogy, etc., so providing reference services is also a big part of the job. Aside from the rewarding work itself, the perks are very nice, e.g., relative autonomy, 35-hour work week, alternate Fridays off, good benefits (health insurance/retirement), parking, and one of the best views in Charleston!
I want to do all I can to help ensure the continued success of the Archives so I’ve reached out to the Charleston archival community and now to the broader SC community to let y’all know that the position will be open and, hopefully, announced soon. To let HCF know of your interest in the position, please send an email to Kerry Erlanger at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also check HCF's website periodically or consider subscribing to HCF's newsletter, although I’m not sure when or where else it will be advertised.
TAKE THE SURVEY HERE: https://survey.sogosurvey.com/Survey1.aspx?k=SsQSWVXPsSTYsPsPsP&lang=0
The goal of this survey is to better understand your perspectives on various components of the REALM project produced so far, including the research on the COVID-19 virus as it relates to collections and facilities and the toolkit resources for archives, libraries, and museums. This feedback will help inform the next phase of the project.
OCLC has contracted with Partners for Public Good (PPG), a national nonprofit research organization, to conduct this survey. Your participation is entirely voluntary but will be most appreciated. Any information you provide to PPG will be reported in aggregate form only – with no identifying information.
We hope you are willing to participate in this effort—your input will help the REALM project increase its relevance to a wide array of cultural heritage institutions and the communities they serve.
The deadline to take the survey is August 10, 2021.
If you have any questions or concerns about this evaluation, please contact Beth Cain at PPG, at email@example.com.
With kind regards,
The REALM project team
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