On Thursday, November 21, 2013, the SAA student group hosted an archives panel. Our plan was to invite archivists who work in a variety of archival settings, so that members would get a taste of the unique and diverse jobs that are present in the archival world. We were able to invite five archivists:
- Carey Beam: Interim Director, Wylie House Museum
- Lisa Lobdell: Archivist, The Great American Songbook Archive
- Craig Simpson: Lilly Library Manuscripts Archivist
- Carrie Schwier: Assistant Archivist, Office of University Archives and Records Management
- Carol Choksy: Adjunct Professor, Records Manager, and CEO of IRAD Strategic Consulting, Inc.
The turn-out was amazing. Seats quickly filled, and by the time the event started there was standing room only. In addition to the student group supplying bagels, many of our members were gracious enough to bake and bring refreshments.
The panel began with each panelist talking about their work history and their current archival position. Each panelist gave details about their educational history, work experience, challenges in their workplace, advice, among other topics.
Once each panelist had a turn to speak, our moderator, Cara Vukusich, opened the discussion section. Various questions, taken from a pool of questions that members had sent to Cara prior to the event, were presented to the panelists. The panelists then discussed these topics, bouncing ideas off of each other and giving input from differing viewpoints. The event closed with questions from the audience.
Of all the events this semester, the archives panel has been one of the most successful that I have seen! A big thank you to the panelists for taking time out of their busy schedules to speak to us. Also, thank you to all of the members who supplied refreshments for the event. And finally, thank you to the officers for organizing such an amazing event.
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