Category Archives: Careers
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.
This slideshare has some really good interview advice that I think everyone could use, not just recent graduates. While this slideshare is not directed towards the library science crowd it’s information is just as relevant.
The SNAP blog has a great post on studying for ACA exam. I wrote a reply there on my suggestions which I’m going to copy below. You’re going to have to read their post to know what I’m talking about.
I’m not sure about splitting up the readings for a group. I would worry I would miss something. If you do that, I would do it for some of the readings not for all.
Personally I think Greg Hunter’s Yellow book helped me the most in studying. http://www.amazon.com/Developing-Maintaining-Practical-Archives-How/dp/1555704670
Full disclaimer: I might be bias he was my archiving professor at Palmer and that was my textbook. Also you by no means should just focus on that one book, it won’t work.
My suggestion if you’re taking this test for the first time is to study your best and go in relaxed. If you pass great if you don’t view it as practice and focus on your weak points for next time. Whatever you do don’t give up.
The Signal strikes again with another amazing article on dare I say a bright outlook for librarian job growth. I was skeptical about this post when I first heard about it but it seems pretty solid. Then again I thirst for good news these days it doesn’t take much to quench it. Also in the comments section for that entry I found a nice little gem another optimistic tidbit I think, but better I love how she lists all the different job titles. I look forward to seeing more from her.
While on assignment for a temp agency, I realized the importance of something that I had taken for granted. My bag. I got into the habit of keeping a lot of extra items in my bag: pencils, erasers, and a pencil sharpener. I can’t express how much of an asset these were during this temp project. When we needed to erase quite a bit and the small eraser on the pencil was rubbed out, I was able to supply to group with one. When we needed to sharpen our pencils, we were able to use mine. It was a very useful resource and something I’ll be sure to take with me to future positions.
Also I found this to be an interesting article on the future of cloud computing.