The Spring edition of Archeota is here! Read about preservation internships, get the scoop on the best resources for archival students, and find some summer reading recommendations to satisfy your archives cravings. Visit http://sjsusaasc.weebly.com/archeota.html to see the issue now!
The Society of American Archivists Student Chapter (SAASC) would like to formally congratulate the incoming officers for the 2017-2018 academic year!
Chair - Jennifer Castle
Vice-Chair - April Austin
Secretary - Theresa Berger
For all of you with archivist inclinations, please don't hesitate to get involved! SAASC is always looking or people to participate on our Events Team, Web Team, or to write an article for our online publication Archeota.
Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or check out our website: http://sjsusaasc.weebly.com/
On May 1, SAASC will collaborate with the Special Libraries Association Student Chapter to present The End of Term Web Archive: Collecting & Preserving the .gov Information Sphere online event.
In the fall of 2016, a group of institutions – Internet Archive, Library of Congress, CA Digital Library, and libraries from the University of North Texas, Stanford University, and George Washington University – organized to preserve a snapshot of the federal government website.
Jefferson Bailey from the Internet Archive and James Jacobs from Stanford University Libraries will discuss the project's methods for identifying and selecting in-scope content, strategies for capturing web content, and access models for collected content.
When: Monday, May 1
6:30-7:00pm Pacific - virtual social (half) hour;
7:00-8:00pm Pacific - program
Link to session: http://bit.ly/2pDZ6hK
For more information: http://bit.ly/2oXb5pC
This session will be recorded.
Individuals requiring real-time captioning or other accommodations should contact Dr. Sue Alman as soon as possible.
Today seven iSchool students had the privilege of getting the insider's view of the Sutro Library, thanks to Sutro Librarian Colyn Wohlmut and Bureau Chief of the State Library Services Bureau, Rebecca Wendt. The Sutro Library began in 1913 when Adolph Sutro's heirs donated his collection to the California State Library. Sutro was the 24th mayor of San Francisco (1895-1897) and a philanthropist. His heirs hoped to benefit the public with access to this magnificent library, with the stipulation that the library stay in the city of San Francisco. Now located on the fifth floor of San Francisco State University's J. Paul Leonard Library, the Sutro Library contains a wealth of resources from genealogical to rare books to rare maps and more!
Our tour began in the reading room, where we learned that some of the Sutro Library's books circulated at one time. Next stop on the tour was the card catalogs, where genealogists can look up family names and obituaries (carefully clipped from newspapers and affixed to cards). From there, we proceeded upstairs to the vault, a staff-only area of the library. The stacks were filled with treasures. Colyn pointed out a collection of early printed books from Mexico. In Europe, early printed books, or incunabula, are those printed between 1450 and 1500. However, early printed books in "the New World" have a slightly later time frame. We also saw the Belgian mapmaker, Pieter van den Keere's original World Map from 1611. This famous map is framed and mounted in the vault, but the public can view a replica in the reading room. Another favorite from the vault is the tiny book section. Because of their size, these books are shelved in a special section so they don't get lost next to the larger items.
We ended our tour in a room where the librarians had displayed many amazing items for us to view. We saw Shakespeare's First Folio; a large, beautifully illustrated book of orchids (Colyn reminded us that lifting large books like this is part of the job description); a cuneiform tablet that was over 2,500 years old; a book of Japanese silk textiles from 1890; a book printed by Benjamin Franklin; an incunable printed by Aldus Manutius from 1499 (Manutius was the inventor of italic type); and more!
Colyn and Rebecca generously answered our questions about all of these treasures, as well as questions about the protocol and procedures at the Sutro Library. We couldn't have asked for a better tour! Many thanks to Colyn Wohlmut, Rebecca Wendt, and all of the tour attendees. If you didn't make it to this tour, we hope to see you next time!
To see more photos, go here!
The Society of American Archivist Student Chapter (SAASC) is pleased to announce that we are putting three unopposed nominees forward for the positions of Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary for the 2017-2018 academic year and move to cancel the election. The membership has one week to oppose this motion. To oppose, please send an email to email@example.com by May 1, 2017 at midnight Pacific time.
And the nominees are...
Jennifer Castle, Chair
My name is Jennifer Castle, and this is my formal self-nomination for the position of SAASC Chair.
I’m a Master of Library and Information Science student on the Archival Studies and Records Management career pathway, and I plan to graduate in December 2018. Being on the east coast, participating in SAASC provides me opportunity to interact with other students outside of course work (as I’m unable to attend any in-person meet-ups in California), and to feel a sense of camaraderie. I volunteered this academic year to be an editor for Archeota, which is allowing me to put my writing and editing skills to good use, and I’ve enjoyed seeing the inner workings of how the SAASC executive committee operates.
I would love the opportunity to help the chapter continue and thrive. I believe I have some fresh ideas on programming and marketing, and I relish the prospect of collaborating with other present and future archivists.
Jennifer is a graduate student at San Jose State University pursuing a Master of Library and Information Science with an emphasis on archival studies and records management. She graduated magna cum laude from Savannah College of Art and Design with a BA in visual communication/photography. Before college, she was an arts correspondent for The Tampa Tribune, a staff writer/photographer for The Paintsville Herald, and the owner/photographer of Cardboard Sea Photography. She now works as the student news writer for the SJSU iSchool blog and as a library clerk at South College Asheville. Jennifer also serves as the assistant blog editor for the Special Libraries Association Student Chapter and an editor for the Society of American Archivists Student Chapter’s publication, Archeota. After graduation, she would like to pursue a career in photographic collections or as an art librarian.
April Austin, Vice-Chair
Hello! I'm focusing on Archives and Records Management and am planning to graduate in Spring 2018. I have done research in manuscript archives as a graduate student, so my passion lies in preserving rare books and materials to show students, scholars, patrons, and the public what we as a society have done, said, and created over time. Since the events hosted by the SAASC have been important for my professional development, including archive tours and online lectures, I hope to help plan these activities to introduce the students at SJSU to the many benefits of the SAA and this career path.
Theresa Berger, Secretary
Hi Everyone, I'm Theresa. I'm a first-year student in SJSU's MLIS program and very happy to be here. I have a B.A. in American Studies from UC Berkeley and a serious passion for history and archives. Right now, I'm fortunate enough to work as an archival intern at the Hoover Institute Library & Archives at Stanford University. I also volunteer with my local historical society in processing and digitizing collections. I'm excited to be a part of the SJSU SAASC and as secretary, would like to use the chapter's web platforms to grow our membership and spread as much archival-related news as possible. When I'm not studying or organizing, I can usually be found on the couch reading a history book or watching Star Wars. I look forward to working with all of you and continuing to build the SJSU SAASC together.
The Archeota submission deadline has been extended until midnight Pacific time on Friday, 4/28! Don't miss this great chance to get published. Looks great on a resume or the e-portfolio! Also great conversation piece for dinner parties. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Still thinking about what to write for Archeota? Don't worry, you can still submit your idea by tomorrow, Friday 4/21! We love student contributions, so don't be shy!
Here are some ideas of topics to get you thinking:
Submit your idea to email@example.com by April 21st, 2017 at 11:59 PST.
You DO NOT need to be a member of SAA to contribute to Archeota!
Join the Society of American Archivists Student Chapter (SAASC) for an in-person tour of the fascinating Sutro Library!
The Sutro Library (our San Francisco branch) holds the original collection of Adolph Sutro (1830–1898), California businessman and San Francisco mayor. The library has a large collection of publications and items dating from the 13th to the 21st centuries. It also has one of the largest genealogy collections in the U.S.
When: Monday, April 24th from 11am - noon
Where: California State Library; Sutro Library, 1630 Holloway Ave, San Francisco, CA 94132
Attendance is limited! RSVP required: http://bit.ly/2mmlmqR
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The End of Term Web Archive: Collecting & Preserving the .gov Information Sphere
On Monday, May 1, from 6:30-7:00 pm Pacific, San José State University's student chapters of SLA and SAA will be hosting a virtual social (half) hour. Join us and get to know everyone! This is a great time to ask questions, network, and even commiserate. The program will be from 7:00-8:00pm Pacific.
In the fall of 2016, a group of institutions – Internet Archive, Library of Congress, CA Digital Library, and libraries from the University of North Texas, Stanford University, and George Washington University – organized to preserve a snapshot of the federal government website. This is the third time this End of Term (EOT) group has organized with the goals of identifying, harvesting, preserving, and providing access to a snapshot of the federal government web presence. They do this for two important reasons. The first is that the transition of elected officials in the federal government's executive branch prompts a reset of sites like www.WhiteHouse.gov, so it's critical to document the changes. The EOT group's work also provides a broad snapshot of the federal domain once every four years; it's replicated among a number of organizations for long-term preservation.
Jefferson Bailey from the Internet Archive and James Jacobs from Stanford University Libraries will discuss the project's methods for identifying and selecting in-scope content, strategies for capturing web content, and access models for collected content. They will highlight the challenges and opportunities of large-scale, distributed, multi-institutional, born-digital collecting and preservation efforts; how the project aligns with participant institutions collection mandates; the project's importance for archiving historically-valuable but highly-ephemeral web content without a clear steward; and how the breadth and size of the EOT Web Archive informs both new methods of collaboration and new models for data-driven access and analysis by researchers. Our speakers will also discuss the project's alliance with other government data preservation projects as well as ideas and future plans for long-term sustainable methods for collecting, preserving and maintaining the .gov information ecosystem.
When: Monday, May 1 - 6:30-7:00 pm Pacific (social); 7:00-8pm Pacific (program)
Join us via Blackboard Collaborate by using this link: https://sas.elluminate.com/d.jnlp?sid=2011274&password=D.68D389EFEF158E48BA6C0ACB48717D
Individuals requiring real-time captioning or other accommodations should contact Dr. Sue Alman as soon as possible.
For speaker bios and more information, check out our website: SJSU iSchool SLA Student Chapter
Don't let your beloved chapter of SAASC go dormant! Please consider nominating yourself for SAASC office! The deadline is 11:59pm TODAY! Questions? Email us at email@example.com!