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 email@example.com. 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.
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Proposals are now being accepted for the SCAA 2021 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.
The SCAA Board of Directors, which serves as the Annual Meeting Planning Committee, invites you to submit proposals for presentations and student posters relating 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
Description, cataloguing and metadata
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 publications
Presentations may also take several formats, including:
Individual presentation (45 minute session)
Lightning round (7-10 minute presentations that will be grouped into 45-60 minute sessions)
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.
Presentation proposals will be accepted from SCAA members and non-members through Monday, August 30, 2021. Student poster session proposals will be accepted through Thursday, September 30, 2021. Submit your proposal using the SCAA Fall 2021 Conference Proposal Submission Form.
he Secretary shall record and disseminate the minutes of the Executive Board and business meetings as directed by the Board. The Secretary shall also maintain updated copies of the Constitution and By-Laws of the Association and provide copies upon request. The Secretary shall conduct the correspondence necessary to transacting the Association’s business. The Secretary shall also serve as the archivist for the Association.
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