I recently stumbled onto Skillshare, a website that offers a variety of MOOC’s. I’m always looking to learn new things and I saw a few classes that could be interesting. I haven’t tried any yet, but I’ll be sure to let you know what I thought.

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Thoughts on young archivist article from the American Archivist

I meant to publish this entry some time ago but it got lost in my draft folder.

I read an article ” Career Satisfaction of Young Archivists: a Survey of Professional Working Archivists, Age 35 and Under” by Amber L. Cushing in The American Archivist Journal.

I’m happy that the SAA published this article, I think  after the creation of SNAP, they are beginning to take note of new archivists.  While this article focuses on new young archivists I would be interested to see if older new archivists, those over 35, are fairing any  in the job market.

The only issue I had with this article is that they identified new archivists as someone with a paid position.  It doesn’t address new young archivists who could only find volunteer work .  I think that accounts for a significant portion of this demographic that is overlooked by this article.

While I do find it encouraging that most of the respondents were satisfied with their day to day work.  It’s unsurprising that those with temporary positions don’t like the lack of job security and I’m happy she points out that young archivists want more chances of promotion. I these two factors affect the overall morale of new archivists more than work satisfaction.  If a person isn’t confident or secure in their job that may translate to their professional growth.

I wouldn’t be surprised either if there is a brain drain in the archival profession as a result of un/underemployed archivists seeking better work elsewhere. I myself rejected paid archival work twice last year to take non-archival jobs that offered better employment.

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This is a video of highlights from the DAM 101 workshop I attended in October. I’m even seen in a few parts of the video.

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New Podcast: More Podcast, Less Process.

Also there’s a new Archive podcast out there. AV Preserve and METRO started More Podcast, Less Process. It’s it clever what they did there. Don’t you think, lol.  It’s available on iTunes check them out.

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Coursera: Metadata Class

I liked this class, I learned some new aspects of metadata that I didn’t know. I would recommend it for anyone who wants to learn more about metadata or wants to get their feet wet in the topic. I love learning new things and will use Coursera to find new topics to learn.

However, it’s my opinion that this class cannot replace an actual for credit Metadata class.  I think it’s great and I’m sure you will learn from it, but I’m not sure if it will work as a “resume booster”.  I think Library Juice would be better alternative if that’s your goal. Yes, you have to pay for Library Juice but I do think those are more structured.

Still the Coursera class was fun and interesting. I enjoyed learning about metadata and taking the quizzes. What I liked most about this class is that I didn’t ever need to watch a video lecture. What I did was download the audio version of the lecture to my computer, then I brought it into iTunes as a podcast, and listened to them like that. I like listening to spoken word faster than normal so this was a great work around for me.  If you would like to know more about how I did this, look here.

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Createasphere DAM 101 Workshop

As mentioned in the previous entry, I attended Createasphere’s DAM 101 Workshop and certification. Here’s the link if you’re interested.

I think this workshop was more popular than Createasphere could have imagined. How many people would want to wake up early on a Sunday to talk about DAM?  Plenty in New York. I’ll be honest the fact that this workshop took place on a Sunday not a work day was my main motivation for going. I’m happy I did, it did not disappoint. There were some parts of the workshop that I knew about but quite a bit I didn’t. I learned alot of acronyms , which there are many in the alphabet soup of DAM. I liked how this workshop stressed that DAM was a business strategy not technology solution. I think this is important and doesn’t get emphasized enough. The best technology can’t solve a problem if there isn’t a plan to follow though and make it work.

The best part of the workshop were the “labs” I think break out groups would have been a better description. One of the labs I chose to take was LAB 2: Photography DAM, which was very good. I learned so much from Carin Forman and gain some good practical advice.

Since this program went better than expected, I’m sure you’ll see more of them at future Createasphere events. I hope so because I do think this is a great basic overview of DAM. In fact maybe they will make an advanced version of this workshop for us alumni to take.

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It’s been awhile…

It’s been awhile since I last posted here, there are a two reasons for that.  The good reason is that I started a new temp job in September, the not so good reason is that my mom spent most of the summer in the hospital. She’s feeling and doing much better now, thank goodness.

So what else have I been up to in during this time career development wise. I attended the DAM 101 Workshop at Createasphere in New York.  I’ve also just finished up my first Coursera class, Introduction to Metadata and I’ve been keeping up with the Caring for Yesterday’s Treasure’s Today webinar series.  I’m going to craft some entries on the above topics and post them today to help make up for my absence.

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