SAA-SC Presents at the 2010 Midwest Archives Conference

l-r: Ashley Howdeshell, Amanda Hunt, Jessica Moad, Jessica Lynn, and Angela Kilsdonk. There were other SAA-SC members at the Conference.
l-r: Ashley Howdeshell, Amanda Hunt, Jessica Moad, Jessica Lynn, and Angela Kilsdonk. There were other SAA-SC members at the Conference.

Members of the SLIS Society of American Archivists – Student Chapter (SAA–SC) and Master of Library Science student Jessica Lynn presented posters at the 2010 Midwest Archives Annual Conference (April 22-24) in Chicago, Illinois.

1. The SAA–SC’s poster was titled “Professional Development through the Society of American Archivists Student Chapter, Indiana University."
2. Jessica Lynn’s poster was titled “The Future of Electronic Records in Archives.”

SAA–SC’s abstract:
“The Society of American Archivists Student Chapter at Indiana University, Bloomington strives to provide events and activities that will build professional skills for future archivists. In August 2009, we began focusing our efforts by restructuring officer positions. This restructuring took us from four officers to a total of nine, which allowed each officer to concentrate on specific areas to meet our goals efficiently.

Following the induction of new officers, we started planning projects and events by incorporating the input of our members, officers, advisor, and guidance from past officers. Our members and officers were seeking involvement in the field and skill-building activities. To meet their needs and our goals, we started new fundraising projects, became more involved with archives and special collections around campus, created new outreach opportunities, and moved forward with plans to hold a conference.

As a result, two of our larger projects are currently underway: our conference will be held in March of this year at the Lilly Library, and our partnership with the Indiana University Archives that provides archival students with opportunities to solicit, collect, and process the records of student organizations on the IU campus. These activities have provided the Student Chapter with many opportunities and challenges thus far. We will carry our knowledge into the field upon graduation, and our records will benefit future professional development Chapter activities. We look forward to the outcome of these endeavors as well as our future undertakings.”

Jessica Lynn's Abstract:
“Recent technological advances have changed many traditional responsibilities carried out by archivists. Instead of the usual paper documents, developments in electronic record generating machines like computers have created an entirely new and unique set of documents that archivists now have to wrestle with. Description in particular has become a bone of contention among archivists. The traditional approach to archival description is post hoc and done only by the archivist after the record has reached the end of its lifecycle and the repository has ingested it. The more recent approach to electronic record description takes place at the moment of creation and remains an active process for the creator to carry out during the entire life cycle of the document. These two different approaches have created discourse and debate over which makes the most sense. Should only one approach be used, or could a common ground between the two be possible? A literature review and examination of specific projects like OAIS and InterPARES, which attempt to successfully help repositories describe their electronic records with metadata in a standardized and accessible way, reveal that a balance between new and old practices in archival description is possible. Thus, understanding the potential for electronic records description is imperative for the archivist of the future.”

Related SLIS News Stories:
• SAA – SC Conference: Change and Continuity
• SAA – Student Chapter 2010 Conference: Call for Papers

Related Links:
• SLIS MLS – Archives and Records Management Specialization
• Society of American Archivists – National

Posted May 04, 2010