Call for Volunteers – SAA Career Center Advisors Needed!

Dear Colleagues,

The 2015 Annual meeting in Cleveland is quickly approaching. We are once again calling for volunteers to provide career counseling—to give advice on resumes and to answer questions about specializations and your experiences as an archivist. We are grateful to those of you who have given your time in the past to help make the SAA career center a success.

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Take the 2015 Archivists Employment Survey from SAA!

From SAA’s Website: SAA is gathering employment data relating to archivists and the archives profession. Your participation will help us better understand the current employment landscape and inform our advocacy efforts. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey, and spread the word so that the survey reaches as many archives professionals as possible. Thank you!

I just took it, and it takes less than 5 minutes!  Here’s the survey.

Webinar on 11/18/14: We Want You! Applying for a Position in a Federal Library or Archive

Note: Alas, this is full!  But you will be able to watch the recording on ARL’s YouTube channel!

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work for a federal library or archive? Do you find the application process intimidating and confusing? Did you know that there are federal library and archives employment opportunities outside of Washington, DC?

This webcast—to be hosted by the ARL Diversity and Leadership programs on Tuesday, November 18—will explore employment opportunities in federal agencies and discuss the advantages of and challenges faced by new professionals. Presenters will provide tips about how to track open positions in federal agencies, and how to craft an effective application profile, cover letter, and résumé. Possible interview scenarios will be covered, along with advice on how to prepare for them.

Link out for more information and to register!

Last Call: Sign up for an adviser appointment at SAA Career Center by 7/21!

Hi Everyone!

I’ve been scheduling appointments like mad in the last week, but we still have lots of open slots.  The SAA Career Center is a great resource available at the SAA Annual Meeting, where you can sit down with a person in the field to talk about your résumé or CV, cover letter, and interviewing questions.  Not only that, but you can talk to someone who works at the type of institution you are interested in, and get the inside scoop.  The advisers are there to talk to you about your career plans, at whatever stage of the process you are!

Drop-ins are always welcome at the Career Center, but why not guarantee that you can talk to the adviser of your choice by scheduling an appointment?  Please take a look at this website for this year’s adviser schedule, pick out some times or advisers that would work for you, and email me with your choices by MONDAY, JULY 21.



Want to have your résumé reviewed by an archivist?

Hi Readers!

The SAA annual meeting is fast approaching.  Once again, the Career Center is a fantastic resource for all of you job-seekers out there.  Whether you’d like someone to read over your résumé/CV, give you feedback on a cover letter, or just talk about job applications in general – this is the place to be!  We’ve got a huge number of volunteer advisers this year, and they are eager to meet you at the Career Center.

Would you like to see the schedule of advisers and sign up to see one of them?  Look no further than here!

Drop-ins are allowed, but to be sure you see the adviser of your choice, please email me at by July 21st.

And then distribute this information to all of your job-seeking friends who are also attending SAA – the more, the merrier.

Questions?  Email me at the address above.


Have a lovely day, folks!




Call for Volunteers: SAA Career Center Advisors Needed!

Dear Colleagues,

The 2014 Annual meeting in Washington, DC, is quickly approaching. We are once again calling for volunteers to provide career counseling—to give advice on resumes and to answer questions about specializations and your experiences as an archivist. We are grateful to those of you who have given your time in the past to help make the SAA career center a success.

For the 2014 conference the Career Center will be open:

Wednesday, August 13: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Thursday, August 14: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm

Friday, August 15: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Saturday, August 16: 8:00 am – 10:00am


If you are planning on attending the conference, please consider volunteering an hour (or two) of your time. The preliminary program is available at

If you would like to participate as a counselor in the SAA Career Center this year, please review the program, and then send me a few potential time slots when you would be available to volunteer. You can contact me directly at Please respond no later than July 6th, 2014.

The 2014 career center will offer:

  • Reference copies of publications on career related topics
  • Opportunities to view career focused presentations given at past SAA conferences
  • Resume review by appointment (that’s you!)
  • General career consulting by experienced SAA members (that’s you!)
  • A Funders Corner where attendees can engage in conversations with national funding agencies
  • Opportunities to interact with council members and section and roundtable leaders

This year we are again offering resume review by appointment. Members who sign up for this service will be asked to send in a copy of their resume and two sample position announcements. These materials will be forwarded to their assigned advisor.

Advisors are asked to be onsite in the Career Center for a designated shift (one or two hours) to speak with attendees who would like advice on resumes or professional development. Often, once we publish a schedule of advisors, attendees plan to visit the Career Center at times when advisors of interest to them are staffing the tables. Additionally, attendees can make specific reservations with advisors to ensure they have time to speak with the advisor of most interest to them. Advisors are not required to participate in the by-appointment program. Please indicate your preference when volunteering.

I am looking forward to hearing from many of you, and I appreciate your willingness to give your time to help other SAA members succeed. If you have questions or suggestions, please feel free to email me.




Meredith Lowe

SAA Career Development Subcommittee

Event! Natl Digital Stewardship Residency Webinar: Wed. 2/19

Join us for a webinar on Wednesday, February 19 3:00-4:00 pm (ET)

This introductory webinar is for potential host institutions and potential
residents to learn about two new residency programs in New York and Boston
funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). These
programs are designed to give recent graduate students the training,
mentoring, hands-on experience, and professional network to launch careers
in digital stewardship — the practice of collecting, selecting, managing,
preserving, and making available digital content.
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