Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! We are already two weeks into the semester, and I hope everyone is having an exciting start to their Fall classes. My fellow SAASC officers and I have been working to prepare some exciting events for the upcoming year, and we can’t wait to start announcing these. Keep an eye on our Events page!
Recently we have several students reach out to us to find out how they can get involved with SAASC, so I thought I’d share with you some information about that. We currently have three main “Teams” and we are looking for team-members for ALL of them.
Our Events Team is coordinated by our vice-chair, Courtney. She's spending several hours a week sending emails and tracking communication with people with whom we're trying to arrange upcoming webinars and site-visits. If you have ideas for webinars or site-visits in your area, and are willing to reach out to people via email or telephone in order to arrange those kinds of events (it's not terribly intimidating, really, and it's kind of a nice way to "meet" people and make connections), we would love to have your help. We could also use some people adept at Zoom to help us run online events, if that’s your area of expertise.
Our Social Media/Web Team is led by our secretary, Anna Belle. It would be great to find people to help her organize some social media posts -- maybe seek out interesting blog posts to share with our Facebook group, fun or funny Tweets to RT, or news stories to share. If you’re interested in writing or editing, we would love for student members to get a chance to contribute short original posts about school, jobs, and internships here on our blog. We could also use help writing event announcements, or even adding interesting content to our website.
We also have need for students to help out with Archeota, our online bi-annual publication. Archeota is currently managed by our former chair, Jennifer. If you’re interested in writing a short article, we are especially interested in students’ experiences with internships and conferences. Or submit an interview with an archivist you know or work with. We would also appreciate help with planning for content and getting in touch with contributors, as well as editing and proofreading before publication.
It may seem that student organizations just run on their own, but in truth they all require the time and effort of students like me and you! As they say, “Many hands make light work.” Getting involved in a student organization has certain benefits, of course: it helps you build a network of friends and peers (which is a real challenge in our online environment); it provides experience that you can use on a CV, resumé or your ePortfolio; and it gives you the satisfaction of helping make our student chapter of SAA exceptional.
If you want to learn more, our Annual Members’ Meeting is coming up next week, Wednesday September 5 @ 6pm, and we would love for you to join us. We plan to talk about how you can get involved, attend events, and get some great membership benefits! Join us on Zoom: https://sjsu.zoom.us/j/865317282.
Also, we would love to get your opinion on what you would like to see from us this year - members’ input is extremely valuable to us as we continue planning events. Please fill out a quick survey here: http://sjsusaasc.weebly.com/2018-fall-planning-survey.html or even just email us your ideas.
I hope to see you next week!