Celebrating National Mentoring Month

This post was written by Kathryn Dundon, co-chair of the SAA Mentoring Committee. And if you need additional gentle reminders about the SAA Mentoring Program you may wish to review the blog posts written by me and past president Jackie Dooley on this very subject. Continue reading

NUCMC: Support for Small Repositories

I will admit that I used the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC) long before I started working at the Library of Congress. It is a great way to locate information. Most of us now use ArchivesGrid, ArchiveFinder or one of many other resources to help users locate and gather information about the holdings at various repositories. Currently the program exists to provide service to very small institutions who do not have a lot of automation capacity and to support institutions that do not belong to OCLC or have other ways of contributing records to WorldCat or ArchivesGrid. 

Peter Goodman, NUCMC Cataloger and member of the Cooperative and Instructional Programs Division of the Library of Congress provides additional information on NUCMC. I hope you will explore the NUCMC website and consider contributing to this important program. Continue reading

Celebrating the Inaugural American Archivist Online Supplement

This post was written by Bill Landis, member of Council and editor of the first  American Archivist Online Supplement.

The American Archivist Online Supplement to Volume 74 celebrates SAA’s 75th anniversary by capturing selected content from nine sessions offered at the 2011 SAA Annual Meeting in Chicago. As the guest editor of this inaugural supplement issue, I was pleased to experiment with SAA in the publishing of an electronic-only issue of The American Archivist that featured additional reviewed and copyedited articles as they were completed (rather than waiting for all to be ready simultaneously). The publication of this supplement represents: Continue reading

A Time for Giving (and no this is not quite what you think)

Take a moment and look at these three images and answer the question provided below.

Which of these photographs are of the same person?

Which of these photographs are of the same person?

What did you see that helped you answer the question? What prior knowledge did you use? What questions did you ask yourself? What clues tipped you off?

These are all skills that students need to gain and use to survive in today’s classrooms and in our busy world. They need to know how to observe; how to question; how to incorporate what they already know; how to analyze and think critically. Continue reading

From the Desk of the Vice President – Getting Involved in SAA

It is with great pleasure that I present a few words from Kathleen Roe, SAA’s Vice President. She is at the beginning of the appointments process, probably the most difficult responsibility of the Vice President.

We both have been asked how to get involved in SAA. Following up on my comments from last week, is her outstanding response. I hope you will respond to her call for comments and questions. Continue reading

Supporting Our Colleagues

November is an interesting month for me. It’s a time when I am reminded of what I have and when I also am reminded that it is just as important to share what I have as it is to receive.

I am grateful for all I have received this month including help with packing and moving to a new home, birthday greetings from far and wide, time with two of the newest members of the Bell family and two amazing birthday cakes from outstanding home bakers. I am always beyond overwhelmed by the support of family, friends and professional colleagues and thankful for all love and caring that surrounds me. Continue reading

Archivists, Archives and Adventure at the ARL Meeting

Many SAA members may know the Association of Research Libraries from its co-sponsorship of the new Mosaic Scholarship program. However there is much more going on within ARL. There are 125 member libraries in the association and their focus is to strengthen research libraries so that they can support the literary, educational and scientific needs of their institutions. It was very interesting to meet the leaders of these institutions as well as the participants in this year’s ARL Leadership Fellows Program, which looks to develop future leaders for research libraries. Continue reading