Friday, January 27, 2017

2017 Western Archives Institute


The 31st annual Western Archives Institute will be held at Santa Clara University from July 9-21, 2017. The Western Archives Institute is an intensive, two-week program that provides integrated instruction in basic archival practices to individuals with a variety of backgrounds, including those whose jobs require a fundamental understanding of archival skills, but who have little or no previous archives education; those who have expanding responsibility for archival materials; those who are practicing archivists but have not received formal instruction; and those who demonstrate a commitment to an archival career.
The Institute also features site visits to historical records repositories and a diverse curriculum that includes history and development of the profession, theory and terminology, records management, appraisal, arrangement, description, manuscripts acquisition, archives and the law, photographs, preservation administration, reference and access, outreach programs, and managing archival programs and institutions.
Dennis Meissner has agreed to serve as the 2017 Principal Faculty Member. Mr. Meissner recently retired from his job as Interim Deputy Director for Programs at the Minnesota Historical Society, and is a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists. He has participated in a number of SAA and international efforts focused on the arrangement, description, and management of archival materials, and presently serves on the board of the SAA Foundation and on the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. He has worked closely with the design, delivery, and management of electronic finding aids to archival collections, and has participated in numerous U.S. and international working groups in the development and delivery of collection descriptions and the standards that underlie them, including chairing RLG's EAD Best Practices Working Group and serving on the Encoded Archival Context Working Group.
Meissner has consulted and presented workshops on archival processing and description and has published largely in those areas, but also in the area of business records management. In 2003, he and Mark Greene (American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming) were awarded a yearlong NHPRC Archival Research Fellowship to study archival processing expectations and backlogs in U.S. repositories and to recommend changes to existing practices. That research led to an article in the American Archivist, "More Product, Less Process: Revamping Traditional Archival Processing," which has since enjoyed a strong uptake within the archival community.
Tuition for the Institute is $725 and includes a selection of archival publications. Other non-negotiable fees including program transportation, facility fees, opening dinner, and luncheon at the closing program will be available in early February.  Housing and meal plans are available at additional cost. (To assist in tuition payment, a WAI Scholarship is available.)
The application deadline is Friday, March 3, 2017. For additional program information, see http://www.calarchivists.org/WAI, or contact:
Administrator
Western Archives Institute
1020 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Telephone: (916) 653–7715
Fax: (916) 653–7134
E-mail: ArchivesWeb@sos.ca.gov

The Western Archives Institute is co-sponsored by the Society of California Archivists and the California State Archives.
The application package is available on the California State Archives web site at http://www.sos.ca.gov/archives/western-archives-institute, and on the Society of California Archivists web site at http://www.calarchivists.org/WAI.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Institute of Jazz Studies Archives Fellowship Program

Rutgers University, June 12 to June 23, 2017

The John Cotton Dana Library at Rutgers University-Newark is home to the Institute of Jazz Studies (“IJS”), the world’s largest and most comprehensive jazz library and archives. With significant collections of monographs, periodicals, sound recordings, manuscripts, artifacts, photographs, and oral history interviews, continues to expand access to its collections and outreach programs employing the latest technology.
In 2012, IJS established the Jazz Archives Fellowship Program to support archival career development. With three archivists and other faculty and staff, the Institute of Jazz Studies is in a unique position to provide practical training in archival organization and processing within the multifaceted collections, as well as a number of seminar-type learning opportunities.  Fellows will work closely with IJS and Dana archivists, librarians, and staff to gain an overview of the role of an archive within an urban university library on a campus noted for its diversity, and to learn practical archival skills while working with the Institute's world renowned collections.
The program consists of a two-week residency at the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers-Newark from June 12th to June 23rd, 2017. Major components include a general orientation, a visit to several New York metropolitan area music archives, discussions and learning opportunities about archival and digital collection management issues, and meetings with Rutgers faculty, staff and administrators about diversity and how it can be served by a specialized archive like IJS. In addition, Fellows will have the opportunity to explore the Institute’s unique holdings and to arrange and describe a representative collection under the supervision of IJS’s archivists.  Fellows will develop a digital project stemming from their arrangement and description work. 
FUNDING: Three fellowships are available, each supported by a $1400 stipend which is intended to cover travel, meals and incidentals. Lodging will be covered directly by the Institute of Jazz Studies.  Funding is generously provided by longtime IJS supporter John Van Rens. 
ELIGIBILITY:  Candidates should be currently enrolled in or have recently graduated from an ALA-accredited master’s program in library and information science or an accredited master’s program in archival studies. Candidates should demonstrate an interest in jazz and/or African American history and a commitment to a career as an archivist. Candidates should be committed to contributing to the university's goals of diversity and inclusion. Please see: http://diversityweb.rutgers.edu/mission.php
Candidates from under-represented ethnic minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.
TO APPLY:  REVIEW OF APPLICATIONS AND INTERVIEWS WILL BEGIN IMMEDIATELY. The deadline to apply for selection is February 15, 2017. All applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by March 15, 2017.  SUBMIT RESUME, COVER LETTER that addresses candidate’s interest in jazz as well as commitment to an archival career, and NAMES OF THREE REFERENCES to:  Barbara Weldon (Jazz Fellowship), Senior HR Manager, Rutgers University Libraries, 169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1163, email: rulhr@rulmail.rutgers.edu, FAX: 732-932-7637
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, military service or any other category protected by law. As an institution, we value diversity of background and opinion, and prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of any legally protected class in the areas of hiring, recruitment, promotion, transfer, demotion, training, compensation, pay, fringe benefits, layoff, termination or any other terms and conditions of employment.


 The Libraries are strongly and actively committed to diversity, and seek candidates who will contribute creatively to the University’s multicultural environment.