Archive for October, 2009

Upcoming Panel Discussion: Archivists Virtual Alumni Panel

Join the SAA student chapter for our first alumni panel! On-campus students are welcome to join us for treats in GSLIS 109 (we will have the room wired so that you can talk during the panel), LEEP students (and on-campus students who can’t make it to GSLIS) are encouraged to join us in the live-chat in the SAA moodle space. We will be watching the live-chat to make sure your questions get asked during the panel. Treats and drinks will be served in GSLIS 109, sorry LEEPers, we can’t send out treats to you.

BUT, we have been talking about doing a second alumni panel in the Spring in Chicago to draw on the expertise of recent alums who have found jobs in archives or in related positions in the Chicago-area. So if you are interested in this possibility please let us know!

Archivists virtual alumni panel: Learn more about archives and how to get the job of your dreams


Society of American Archivists UIUC student chapter


Tue, Nov 3 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM


GSLIS Room 109 or virtually here


This panel will feature recent GSLIS alumns now working in an archives setting. Learn more about the different career-paths in archives, how to get the job you want, and network with colleagues in the profession.

Biographies of panel participants:

Sherri Berger (MS ’08) is digital special collections program coordinator at the California Digital Library. She provides marketing/outreach, grantwriting, analysis, and project management support for three services: the Online Archive of California, Calisphere, and the University of California Shared Images program. She helps her team grow the collections we have online, think of new things to do with them, and increase the number of students, scholars, and educators who use them.

Kaitlin Costello (MS ’08) is a PhD student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she is a Carolina Digital Curation Doctoral Fellow. Her research focuses on appraisal in digital archives, specifically archives containing interactive and multimedia content. She is currently working on several research projects, including a study on selection and appraisal methods for websites to inform practices at the UNC archives.

Megan Finn (MS ’08) is a project archivist at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Working under a project manager, she implemented an institution-wide records management program, and now is processing 450 linear ft. of special exhibition records dating from 1876-2008.

Emilia Garvey (MS ’08) is an assistant archivist at the Otis Historical Archives within the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Washington, D.C. Her duties include identifying, assigning metadata and performing preservation re-housing for photographs relating to military medicine in preparation for a mass digitization project of a portion of the archives’ photographic collection.

written by: Noah Lenstra


October 27, 2009 at 12:49 pm Leave a comment

Advising: Special Collections

For those who missed last week’s LEEP advising session for special collections (which includes archives), Meg Edwards, advising coordinator, recently posted links on Moodle that cover some of the material discussed. (Note: only those who have access to Moodle can follow these links).

Here’s a link to the PowerPoint presentation, which details general core competencies everyone should have in LIS, as well as specific core competencies for those in special collections:

The following two Word documents give a general overview on advising and how to plan your program:

Those who have  questions, comments, and concerns can post to this  forum dedicated to special collections on Moodle’s advising page:

posted by: Shannon Lausch

October 21, 2009 at 12:59 pm Leave a comment

Yet Another Event Reminder: Monday, October 19

If you’re not burned out yet from all the events that happened this LEEP weekend, be sure to check out this one:

Monday, October 19

  • Preservation Metadata Workshop with M.J. Kuhn: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. (LIS Room 109) Sponsored by SAA

posted by: Shannon Lausch

October 18, 2009 at 4:26 pm Leave a comment

Event Reminder: Saturday, October 17

Don’t forget about these events happening tomorrow:

  • Advising: Academic Libraries: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. (LIS Room 242)
  • LEEP Dinner: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (University YMCA, 1001 South Wright Street). SAA representatives will be attending.

posted by: Shannon Lausch

October 16, 2009 at 7:27 pm Leave a comment

Event Reminder: Friday, October 16

There are two events this Friday that archivist students may be interested in:

  • Digitization Workshop with Betsy Kruger: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. (Main Library, Fourth Floor, room 413/415, southeast corner). Meet in GSLIS east foyer at 3:45 p.m. Sponsored by SAA. Shannon Lausch will lead a group over to the library at 3:45. Laura Buchholz will lead a group at 4:00. Both groups will leave from the GSLIS East Lobby. Feel free to walk over on your own if you want.
  • Advising: Special Libraries (including Law, Corporate, Music, Health Sciences, etc): 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. (LIS Room 242)

posted by: Shannon Lausch

October 15, 2009 at 5:41 pm Leave a comment

Event Reminder: Thursday, October 15

Don’t forget there are three events tomorrow related to archives:

  • Tour of Oak Street Off-site Storage Facility: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. (Meet in GSLIS east foyer at 3:45 p.m.). Sponsored by SAA
  • Advising: Special Collections (including Rare Books, Archives, etc): 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. (LIS Room 242)
  • Orgapalooza II: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (GSLIS Rooms 126 & 131)

See the “Events” tab for more details.

posted by: Shannon Lausch

October 14, 2009 at 12:59 pm Leave a comment

Unofficial Course Recommendations Now Live

Since course selection for Spring term is coming up, SAA @ UIUC now has an unofficial guide to archive courses available on the “Courses” tab. GSLIS does not have an official curriculum set for those interested in archives, so if you’d like some guidance on what courses to take, this unofficial guide will help when you’re choosing your classes.

Compiled by our chapter’s president, Noah Lenstra, this guide consists of core classes recommended for every student interested in archives, and several course modules for those looking to specialize in a certain field within archives.

Here’s the link:

posted by: Shannon Lausch

October 12, 2009 at 1:50 pm Leave a comment

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