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Digital Archivists: Doing or Leading the Digital? - Trevor Owens

Digital Archivists: Doing or Leading the Digital? - Trevor Owens | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

I’ve been enjoying Jackie Dooly’s recent series of posts looking at the skills and duties that are showing up in job postings for digital archivists.  I’m excited to see archives listing these. Staffing up illustrates how the issues of electronic records have risen to a significant issue in the minds of the deciders.

Like many who share this particular job title, I have some complicated feelings about the idea of “The Digital Archivist.” While my official job title is Digital Archivist, I’ve generally added a caveat. When I encounter someone else with that title, I often go on to explain that I’m more of a meta-digital archivist. That is, most of what I do is about policy, strategy, and standards; establishing and documenting practices, and collaborating to document and codify emerging practices. However, I’m becoming increasingly convinced that most of what I do is actually largely what digital archivist jobs should be doing.

I think the confusion about what a digital archivist should do is mostly summed up as follows;

Digital archivists should not the people who do the digital stuff. Everybody (including the digital archivists) need to pick up the skills necessary to work with digital records. Instead, digital archivists should be the people who are hired to lead the digital stuff.

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Addressing the confusion about what a digital archivist is doing!

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Job Hunter's Web Guide: Archives Gig | Hiring Librarians

Job Hunter's Web Guide: Archives Gig | Hiring Librarians | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

This week we're showcasing a resource for the archivists out there. [...] Meredith Lowe, and her awesome resource: Archives Gig.

 

Link: http://archivesgig.livejournal.com/

 

 

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Great resource for archivists in the US.

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Good News: Librarian Job Growth Exploding

Good News: Librarian Job Growth Exploding | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Butch Lazorchak:

Quick quiz: Is the employment outlook for librarians growing or shrinking? The answer depends on what you call a “library job.”

 

"BLS view doesn’t describe too many of the librarians, archivists and museum professionals I know. Just for kicks, let’s compare the BLS librarian description to the job area of Computer and Information Systems Managers, which O*Net describes as having a “bright outlook” (projected to grow at a rate of 29% or more this decade):

Consult with users, management, vendors, and technicians to assess computing needs and system requirements.
Stay abreast of advances in technology.
Provide users with technical support for computer problems.
Assign and review the work of systems analysts, programmers, and other computer-related workers.
Evaluate the organization’s technology use and needs and recommend improvements, such as hardware and software upgrades.
Funny…that list looks a lot more like the job descriptions of the librarians I know!

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So You Want to Be an Archivist: An Overview of the Archives Profession | Society of American Archivists

So You Want to Be an Archivist: An Overview of the Archives Profession | Society of American Archivists | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @ALALibrary: So You Want to Be an Archivist: An Overview of the Archives Profession - Soc of American Archivists @archivists_org - http://t.co/LszmeEJB...

 

"The primary task of the archivist is to establish and maintain control, both physical and intellectual, over records of enduring value. Archivists select records, a process that requires an understanding of the historical context in which the records were created, the uses for which they were intended, and their relationships to other sources. The archivist then arranges and describes the records, in accordance with accepted standards and practices; ensures the long-term preservation of collections; assists researchers; and plans and directs exhibitions, publications, and other outreach programs to broaden the use of collections and to enlist support for archival programs. All archivists, especially those with administrative responsibilities, need to understand and apply the principles of sound management to their work."

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Career Services at the Library without Spending a Dime | Lead the Change

Career Services at the Library without Spending a Dime | Lead the Change | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

“People comment that they prefer coming to the library [rather than the OneStop]. It’s welcoming; it’s open; it’s easy to deal with,” Poland said. “The OneStops had this feel of the unemployment office.” Besides that positive atmosphere (and potentially less stigma), the library is centrally located, and already attracts high traffic, likely making more people aware of the services. (The reverse is true as well: Poland says the services are bringing new people into the library.)

 

But the library location’s most important advantage to CTWorks is what Poland calls “wraparound services”: the career agents refer their clients to the library-offered citizenship resources, language classes, and digital literacy help as needed. “Where better to do that than the library? It’s where we do it anyway,” Poland commented.

 

-Meredith Schwartz


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SABC Media Libraries: Inspector Archivist, that is....

SABC Media Libraries: Inspector Archivist, that is.... | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Retah Buys (Archivist, SABC Radio Archives):

The job of an archivist feels like that of an inspector.

 

Anecdote from the archives.

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New state librarian leads digitization effort to expand reach of archives

New state librarian leads digitization effort to expand reach of archives | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

 

 

 

 

 

Sanjay Talwani:

"HELENA -- Not that long ago, the Montana State Library, in charge of making state documents available to the public, circulated just a few hundred publications outside its walls each year.
Now, in just the past three months, the library has circulated some 18,000 digital documents, and what's available is vast: state agency reports going back years, and data-rich natural resource and geographic information resources covering everything form moisture levels to property ownership to oil and gas leases.
Jennie Stapp, the state library director since Jan. 1, is driving that digital train. Just nine years out of graduate school, she figures she's the youngest state librarian in the nation. She was, most recently, the digital library director and library's chief information officer. She succeeded Darlene Staffeldt, who had worked at the library for 35 years."

Read more: http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/new-state-librarian-leads-digitization-effort-to-expand-reach-of/article_5224e554-4cf5-5f25-a77c-db7d86b20eff.html#ixzz1lsvOeViB 

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Beyond books: what it takes to be a 21st century librarian

Beyond books: what it takes to be a 21st century librarian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Emma Cragg and Katie Birkwood:

 

"From connecting with people to keeping up with the latest technologies, there is a whole lot more to the job than stamping due dates..."

 

"Books are only one aspect of what libraries and librarians are about. Librarianship is a people profession; a librarian's job is to connect people with the information they are seeking, whatever format that may take.

At their heart, all library jobs have a central purpose: to help people access and use information, for education, for work, or for pleasure. In all library roles customer service and communication skills are important. If anyone ever thought they'd become a librarian because they liked books or reading, they would be sorely disappointed if they did not also like people too. Libraries of all kinds are keen to demonstrate their value to as wide an audience as possible, and to open up access to culturally significant resources that they hold."

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A day in the life of a science librarian - Bonnie Swoger, Scientific American (blog)

A day in the life of a science librarian - Bonnie Swoger, Scientific American (blog) | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

A day in the life of a science librarian
Bonnie Swoger Bonnie J. M. Swoger is a Science and Technology Librarian at a small public undergraduate institution in upstate New York, SUNY Geneseo.

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A day in the life of an academic /specialist librarian! Interesting!

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Toughing It Out in a Tight Job Market | By Janice Arenofsky, American Libraries Magazine

Toughing It Out in a Tight Job Market | By Janice Arenofsky, American Libraries Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
You're all alone—with thousands of other information professionals—pursuing a library job in a down economy. If not for sheer stubbornness and hard-won self-respect, you might consider a career in the fast food industry.
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"David Connolly, who compiles ALA’s JobLIST, a resource for career advice and job search information. The market is back to pre-2008, he said. “We may be treading water, but at least, it’s not getting worse.” In fact, according to Connolly, experienced librarians can anticipate a relatively strong job market because the first wave of baby boomers is retiring from such top-level library positions as director and department head. This trend should peak between 2015 and 2019. “There will be a trickle-down effect favoring promotions,” said Connolly, “although some libraries are not filling entry-level positions due to budgetary problems.”

So the advice for job searchers is compromise—in salary, work environment, and/or geographic location. For instance, consider academic library positions in the Midwest, where there is less competition because of fewer sought-after locations and subject-expert applicants."

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Advice from a Seasoned Archivist, Mark Greene - Pt 1

"Today’s post comes to us from Mark Greene, whom you are undoubtedly familiar with through his countless archival publications, perhaps most notably MPLP with Dennis Meissner. You can read more about him in his SAA bio.

Mark has offered to write a series of three posts for us addressing the job market, internships, and preparation for entry into the archives profession."

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The.Librarian.Quest.For.The.Spear. #librarians

"What makes you think you're the librarian? ..."


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Top three things when hiring a librarian

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This anonymous interview is with an Academic Librarian who has been a member of a hiring committee and Supervisor at a library with 10-50 staff members.

 

What are the top three things you look for in a candidate?

- Have they done what we’re asking for, or at least have experience in the same area?

- Can they communicate clearly?

- Do they know their stuff or are willing to learn their stuff?"

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Hiring Librarians - tips & pointers

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This anonymous interview is with an Academic Librarian who has been a hiring manager and a member of a hiring committee at a library with 0-10 staff members. What are the top three things you look for in a candidate?

 "1) Meets required qualifications

2) Has breadth of experience
3) Communicates clearly, both verbally and in writing

 

Do you have any instant dealbreakers, either in the application packet or the interview process?

On application:
1) Bad grammar
2) Inattention to job description
3) Experience mismatch

In interview:
1) Rudeness
2) Arrogance
3) Poor listening skills"

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Digital Content Curation Is Career for Librarians | Backtalk

Digital Content Curation Is Career for Librarians | Backtalk | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

John Farrier @johncfarrier likens curation to the role of a librarian. Find out why!

 

[...] "the act of quickly finding and explaining new information on the Internet has emerged as the profession of digital content curation.

It is a task for which librarians are well-suited and a potential source of employment."

 

 

 

 

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Your Future Career Can Consist Of Preserving The Past!

"Curators, also known as a conservators or archivists, are responsible for the collection, maintenance, exhibition of art or historical objects. A curator is primarily tasked with the proper presentation and safety of these works. Those seeking a career as a curator should know that most jobs require a minimum of a graduate degree, as well as related professional experience."

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