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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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10 Surprising Marketing Job Titles For The Next 10 Years - Forbes

10 Surprising Marketing Job Titles For The Next 10 Years - Forbes | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

This article is by Scott Redick, director of strategy at Heat, an independent advertising agency. Things change pretty quickly in the marketing industry.

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7. Content Archivist

Competitive and legal pressure will require more demands for storing, indexing and retrieving the vast amount of content that brands produce. A content archivist will be the person everyone turns to when the CEO asks, “What was that one tweet we sent about that thing five years ago?”

 

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Future job titles of librarians/archivists!

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Archivist Puts the History in Historical Drama “Boardwalk Empire” - By Virginia C McGuire, Library Journal

Archivist Puts the History in Historical Drama “Boardwalk Empire” - By Virginia C McGuire, Library Journal | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Archivist Puts the History in Historical Drama “Boardwalk Empire”
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Archivist Heather Halpin Perez has become something of a celebrity since HBO's hit show about Prohibition-era Atlantic City, Boardwalk Empire, launched in 2010. But Perez, who manages the Alfred M. Heston Collection at the Atlantic City Free Public Library, says the work she does for the show is just another part of her job."
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New Curb Your Librarian Frustration in 8 Steps – Stephen's Lighthouse

New Curb Your Librarian Frustration in 8 Steps – Stephen's Lighthouse | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Every professional worth their salt and who has had an ounce of success has been there.   If you care, you get frustrated . . . and sometimes angry, demotivated or sad."

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"So, before you throw in the towel, or just wallow in the blues and self pity, let’s think about how to curb some of that frustration a bit so you can get back to striving for success, innovation, great client interactions, fame and fortune (well maybe not the fortune… tongue firmly in cheek).  Let’s move on and make a difference in the world.

Step 1: Stop whining

Step 2: Find your purpose

Step 3: Change your focus

Step 4: Stop checking your stats so often

Step 5: Have faith

Step 6: Set realistic goals

Step 7: Stay committed

Step 8: Look to others for inspiration"

 

http://stephenslighthouse.com/2012/11/01/curb-your-librarian-frustration-in-8-steps/

 

 


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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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Personal Branding for Librarians, by By Karen G. Schneider

Personal Branding for Librarians, by By Karen G. Schneider | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Karen G. Schneider:

"The trend of establishing and maintaining a personal brand has been a hot topic for some time with the public at large, traceable as far back as 1937 .... Unsurprisingly, personal branding has also caught on with librarians, notoriously preoccupied as we are with our professional image, both as we appear to fellow librarians and as we appear to others.

 

Establishing a Personal Brand:  Five Questions to Ask Yourself

* What would an employer learn if he or she googled me?

* What kind of job am I looking for?

* What’s my personal mantra?

* If I asked my friends to describe me, what would they say?

* How can I make myself stand out in a crowded field?"

 

For more, read here:  http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/features/11062012/personal-branding-librarians?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=american+libraries+magazine


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In addition to marketing the library, librarians themselves are finding a need to market their online idenities.

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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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Apartheid revisited, for a better future - BD live

Apartheid revisited, for a better future - BD live | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

BD live Apartheid revisited, for a better future.

 

"Kennedy is an archivist and is careful to point out that she is not a historian. She says she was drawn to this work because she was "very interested in how we use information to support development and human rights. Without information, you can’t do anything. In the constitution it’s called a leveraging right."

SA’s new information legislation has thus been keeping the archive "very, very busy". The new Protection of Personal Information Act has caused a major headache for archivists, who are having to go through all the information they hold to ensure personal information is protected, even if the documents have been bequeathed.

The flip side is the "secrecy bill", which Kennedy sees as "the next big challenge" for the archive.

The exhibition is stark, even sparse, but deeply affecting. Kennedy says she and designer Vaughan Sadie struggled to create a display that would unsettle without preaching.

"How do you create an exhibition that unsettles people’s assumptions of the past without disempowering them? It’s so easy to present something singular that takes one side. We have tried to give no judgment. This is more about the complexity and it hopefully allows viewers to find their place in the history."

• Between Life and Death: Stories from John Vorster Square, Old Fort Ramparts, Constitution Hill, Kotze St, Braamfontein. Entrance is free, open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, and Saturday 10am-3pm, www.saha.org.za"

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Guest Post: The New Archivist's Job Search | Hiring Librarians

Guest Post: The New Archivist's Job Search | Hiring Librarians | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Shannon Lausch :

"I am so excited to be able to present this guest post by Shannon Lausch, in which she reports on her very current research, conducted in partnership with Rebecca Goldman, into what it's like to job hunt as a newly graduated archivist. I heard about their work via the SNAP listserv. If you’re a new archivist, you should check it out. I’ve been very impressed with both the discussions and level of collegiality that can be found there.

Shannon’s analysis is fascinating – there are both expected and surprising results."

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"It is a tough and strange market in the archives world, one where you may go from hearing nothing for months to landing a full-time professional position after receiving an interview from just one institution. Or you may have to face the uncertainties of the job market again and again, finding multiple temporary project positions. Having a strong network of those who can help you in making sure your resume, cover letter, and interviewing skills are in top form is critical for making sure when opportunity strikes, you’re ready."

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#ICA2012 Daily Wrap - Day 1 - Storify of the International Council on Archives Congress 2012 in Brisbane, by National Archives of Australia

Highlights from the International Council on Archives Congress 2012 in Brisbane, brought to you by the National Archives of Australia.
Tuesday 22 August, 2012.
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‘An exciting time’ as archives go social, by David Ferriero - ABC News video

‘An exciting time’ as archives go social, by David Ferriero - ABC News video | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
US archivist David Ferriero discusses gathering information in the digital age.
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Archivist to begin column in local newspaper « The Packet Newspaper

Archivist to begin column in local newspaper « The Packet Newspaper | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Archivist Mona K. Vance was featured in The Packet newspaper last week. She will be writing a montly column called “Histories Mysteries” and will discuss topics ranging anywhere from genealogy to preservation and from history to archives projects

 

First article here: http://packet-media.com/2012/07/28/a-peek-at-the-past/

 

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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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Culture professionals network | The Guardian

Culture professionals network | The Guardian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Analysis, news, comment and jobs for arts, museum and heritage professionals

 

Free membership: https://register.guardian.co.uk/culture-professionals

 

The Guardian Culture Professionals Network (CPN) is an essential meeting space for arts, heritage and culture professionals, offering commentary, community engagement and access to a range of perspectives and best practice from across your sector. Our content is international, open and dynamic.

We also provide connections. As a network member, we will connect you online and offline with peers and partners across a range of disciplines and departments - people who are looking to share ideas and make things happen.

Whether you work in audience development, arts marketing, venue management, fundraising and finance, cultural policy or - like so many culture professionals - you're a creative freelancer with a portfolio career, you'll find the Guardian Culture Professionals Network an invaluable source of knowledge and contacts for your professional life.

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Receive an ebook from CultureLabel: "Focusing on the consumer trends that are reshaping the landscape open to the cultural entrepreneur, this exclusive book explores the opportunities available to you and organisations that embrace these new realities, along with the potential pitfalls that may befall those who don’t."

 

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Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Historians - recommendations for archives - review by Kate Theimer

Ithaka S+R’s Research Support Services for Scholars program has released the report of their NEH-funded study, Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Historians.

Here’s a brief description of the project from the report’s Executive Summary:

In 2011-2012, Ithaka S+R examined the changing research methods and practices of academic historians in the United States, with the objective of identifying services to better support them. Based on interviews with dozens of historians, librarians, archivists, and other support services providers, this project has found that the underlying research methods of many historians remain fairly recognizable even with the introduction of new tools and technologies, but the day to day research practices of all historians have changed fundamentally. Ithaka S+R researchers identified numerous opportunities for improved support and training, which are presented as recommendations to information services organizations including libraries and archives, history departments, scholarly societies, and funding agencies.

Link to report: http://www.sr.ithaka.org/news/understanding-historians-today-%E2%80%94-new-ithaka-sr-report
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6 Recommendations for archives - Author feels that archivists would have predicted it! But worth checking out!

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Social media for organisations: do’s en don’ts [Infographic] | iBianca

Social media for organisations: do’s en don’ts [Infographic] | iBianca | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

>> Valuable to librarians using social media!


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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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The Librarian & Archivist Weekly, by @MorganeLeFay

The Librarian & Archivist Weekly, by @MorganeLeFay | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The Librarian & Archivist Weekly, by Marylène Goulet: Everything and anything you wanted to know about what's happening in libraries & archives around the world (Read The Librarian & Archivist Weekly)"

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» Ten Geeky Gadgets Librarians Will Love, by Ellyssa Kroski

» Ten Geeky Gadgets Librarians Will Love, by Ellyssa Kroski | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Since last week’s post on 10 Geeky Office Supplies for Librarians was so popular, I decided to follow it up with these awesome and very geeky gadgets that are on my wish list:

1.) Livescribe Smart Pen 

2.) Noteboard Foldable Pocket Whiteboard

3.) Hot Cookie USB Cup Warmer

4.) Literary iPad Cases

5.) The Point and Click Dictionary

6.) iPad Mini

7.) iPhone/iPad Pocket Projector

8.) FreeLoader Pro Solar Charger

9.) Aroma USB

10.) Doctor Who USB Dalek Desk Defender"

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Challenges to a new Digital Archivist « FSU Special Collections...

Challenges to a new Digital Archivist « FSU Special Collections... | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
"I'm Krystal Thomas, digital archivist with Special Collections at Florida State University. I am new in my position, just starting this past summer. I am not new to the world of digital collections, but as I have learned quickly..."

"Your decisions might not be as obvious as you think

This advice goes back to the “document everything” mantra but deserves its own line: no one is a mind reader, and no one coming after you will be faced with the same set of challenges, resources, and expectations again. There were probably very good, logical reasons why you made the decisions you did when it comes to a digital collection you are working on, but if you don’t record those somewhere, no one–not your supervisor, intern, or even you ten years down the road–will know that and be able to explain that to others moving forward."
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