Ellen D. Swain 2014-02-10 17:23:14
In her 1983 SAA presidential address, “Shaping the Future: SAA Leadership in a Changing World,” Anne R. Kenney noted that “SAA must place special emphasis on identifying future leaders through such means as student chapters of the Society; a mentoring program; [and] the continuation of internships on committees, task forces, and boards.” For many years, SAA has touted these opportunities to students and new professionals to welcome, orient, and encourage their involvement in the organization.In addition, its student membership rate has allowed students to “try out” SAA without a significant financial burden. Today, students and new professionals can better voice their opinions and have strong representation and opportunities within the organization thanks to the new Students and New Archives Professionals Roundtable (SNAP). SNAP’s goals include advocating for new archivists within SAA, providing a space for discussion of issues affecting new archivists, and allowing new archivists to gain leadership experience through roundtable service. The roundtable certainly has the attention and admiration of SAA leaders and members alike. The SAA Committee on Education applauds and supports all these efforts and has built a program that offers helpful resources to students to further assist in their development as new archives professionals.These resources include: Webinars and Workshops The mission of the Committee on Education is to “develop and offer high-quality continuing education that is relevant and accessible to professional archivists via a variety of delivery methods,” and we take this mission very seriously. SAA workshops and webinars are a beneficial resource for student chapters and graduate programs.SAA works to bring educational offerings to a variety of locations, from big cities to small towns. It also tries to keep costs as low as possible. Offerings are called a “go” as soon as SAA breaks even on direct costs for that offering. Direct costs include travel, lodging, honoraria, and per diem for the instructors and printing and shipping of materials, name badges, and handouts. However, we also have to be sure that indirect costs (the Education Program’s share of staff salaries, office space, and other allocations) are recovered from education revenues. SAA offers approximately eighty courses and workshops each year that address an array of topics, including digital content management, outreach and advocacy, confidentiality and other legal issues, preservation, reference, and arrangement and description practices. For a complete listing of offerings, check out the continuing education catalog at http://www2.archivists .org/prof-education/course-catalog. These webinars and workshops have been used by several groups over the past few years, including students at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and Indiana University (IU). Danielle Emerling, past president of the SAA student chapter at IU and currently affiliate assistant librarian at the University of Delaware, explains: The IU SAA Student Chapter began working with SAA’s educational programs in 2011.The chapter wanted to offer attendees of its annual graduate student conference a chance to gain skills and build their resumes through the course “Visual Literacy for Photograph Collections.” It was popular not only with students, but also with professionals in the region. The following year the chapter worked with SAA to offer the “Project Management for Archivists” workshop, which was heavily attended.Preparing for the workshops required little time and was a matter of reserving space at the university library and purchasing refreshments with chapter funds. Students also were able to register at significantly lower costs than full members. The chapter has seen these events as opportunities for students to fill gaps in education or experience, and as ways to make important professional connections. SAA is committed to working with students and new archival professionals to provide access to professional programming. Discounts on Workshops SAA student members receive a 50 percent discount on member workshop registration fees, and nonmember students get a 50 percent discount on the nonmember fee.Because there are different seat allocations per workshop based on the size of room, students should be sure to ask for the discount if they don’t see it listed. (At this time, there are no student discounts for DAS courses.) When needed and appropriate, SAA also gives a free seat to a student in exchange for his or her assistance to the instructor and during registration. Directory of Archival Education (www2.archivists.org/dae) One of SAA’s greatest services for current and prospective students is the availability of its online Directory of Archival Education, which allows students to compare archival educational programs using characteristics such as number of faculty, nature of programs available, and internships offered. SAA’s goal is to make the directory the single most comprehensive compilation of archival education providers available. Accessibility: Please Contact Us The Committee on Education members are available to answer any and all questions that students and others have about educational offerings throughout the year or in the Career Center at SAA annual meetings. You can also feel free to contact Director of Education Solveig De Sutter (email@example.com) for more information about educational programming and initiatives. Your suggestions are welcome for how SAA educational programming and services can support your needs.
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