Position Announcement: Women Archivists Section Salary Survey Project Assistant

Society of American Archivists, Women Archivists Section Salary Survey Project Assistant (paid)

 Description: The Women Archivists Section (WArS) of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) is in need of a short-term paid project assistant to assist with data analysis of a new employment survey of SAA members. The project assistant will help collect, sort, and perform preliminary analysis of survey data. The project assistant will work under the direct supervision of the WArS co-chairs and in collaboration with the WArS steering committee and the SAA staff.

Minimum Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of training and experience necessary to perform the work; experience with survey instruments (such as SurveyMonkey, Qualtrics), analyzing qualitative data, and preparing survey data reports; general knowledge and basic application and use of concepts, theories, and terminology in the social and behavioral sciences. Must be an SAA member.

Preferred Education and Experience: Master’s degree in Library and Information Sciences *or* equivalent combination of training and experience necessary to perform the work; experience designing, implementing, and analyzing qualitative surveys; advanced experience with data analytics.

Stipend: $1,800

Term: 60 hours maximum (to be completed by July 1)

Please forward a résumé and cover letter to women.archivists.roundtable@gmail.com by May 9, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Stacie Williams at smariwilliams1979@gmail.com or Bethany Anderson at bgandrsn@gmail.com.



Call for WArS Nominations!

The Women Archivists Section is currently seeking nominations for one Co-chair and one Steering Committee member. Terms begin this July at the close of the annual meeting in Portland.

(1 position) – Co-chairs share leadership of WArS and work with the Steering Committee members on WArS events and projects, plan the annual meeting, and lead the overall direction of the section. The Co-chair serves a two-year term, followed by one year on the steering committee.
(1 position) – Steering Committee members collaborate on a variety of activities and projects, including organizing and participating in Twitter chats and working with the co-chairs to organize the annual meeting program. Steering Committee members serve three-year terms.
Please consider nominating yourself or a colleague. Submit a brief biography and candidate statement (1-2 paragraphs each) describing your interest in serving as a Co-chair or Steering Committee member by Thursday, May 25, 2017. Submit your nomination here: https://goo.gl/forms/bwXmMerAfPvPf0hB3
Voting begins in early July and candidates will be notified of election results mid-late July. 
Please consider joining WArS! We’d love to answer any questions you have about serving on WArS, so feel free to contact Bethany Anderson (bgandrsn@gmail.com) or Stacie Williams (smariwilliams1979@gmail.com).

SAA and WArS Launch Salary Survey!

The Women Archivists Section (WArS) and the Society of American Archivists invite you to take part in a research survey about salary, employment, and leadership in the archives profession. The survey, created by WArS and funded by SAA, is being conducted in response to interest by members for more recent and comprehensive salary data about the archives profession, and seeks to explore the ways in which age, race, gender identity, and socioeconomic status interact to affect outcomes on salary, employment, leadership, and professional advancement in the field.

The survey period will begin on Monday, April 17, and end on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. It should take approximately 30 minutes to complete the survey online. We are not collecting or storing IP information, nor are we asking for personally identifiable contact information or the name of your place of employment. Taking part in this survey is completely voluntary. You can withdraw at any time if you do not wish to complete the survey. If you discontinue your participation, any information gathered up to that point will be discarded.

We hope this survey will provide useful and meaningful data about the profession that can be used to study and advocate for equitable application of labor and compensation throughout the field.

Thank you in advance for your participation!

You can access the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/M62KKFH

First Friday Feminism! New Twitter chat series

The Women Archivists Section is launching a new monthly Twitter chat series – “First Friday Feminism”! On the first Friday of each month, we’ll host a new conversation to help our members learn about and practice intersectional feminism. View the First Friday Feminism syllabus for applying intersectional feminism personally and professionally
We hope you’ll join us this Friday, February 3, 1:00-2:00 pm EST, for our first conversation on intersectional feminism and reflections on the Women’s March. And don’t forget to use the hashtag #saaWArS !

Project Spotlight: Women’s March on Washington Archives Project

Women’s March on Washington Archives Project
Danielle Russell, Southern Maryland Studies Center
Katrina Vandeven, MLIS candidate at University of Denver

About the collection
We are a group of archivists stemming from the SAA Women Archivists Section (formerly roundtable) who, having discussed the social and political importance of the January 21, 2017 Women’s Marches, wanted to ensure the preservation of women’s voices and responses to politics and legislation in wake of the intensely controversial 2016 elections. With time to plan and strategize, we intend to document this in a way that captures the movement’s use of new-wave grassroots activism unlike other more spontaneous events in recent protest history.

Each march is connected to a larger movement of not only the Women’s March on Washington D.C., but also the grassroots activism making it possible. This has become a large part of early 21st century political history that advocates for human rights, standing against minority adversity, and full equality for women. The significance of these marches is reminiscent of the 1995 Rally for Women’s Lives and the 2004 March for Women’s Lives, and this mass action expects at least 150,000 protesters in Washington D.C., and over 250,000 people total in other individual marches. To learn more about the marches’ mission and principles, please visit https://www.womensmarch.com/mission/

Currently, we are working on a two-pronged approach: one repository for oral histories, and then finding state or regional level repositories for people who attend the national and sister marches. We have gotten a Facebook group (link here) going to create action plans, outreach email templates, etc.

On the physical materials side of the operation, we are looking for willing repositories for physical materials from the sister marches— generally, we are hoping for one state or regional repository to take physical materials collected at their respective state sister march (i.e. Boston, Austin, Des Moines). We’re hoping to nail down a singular repository who would be willing to house physical materials from the national march in D.C., too. The physical materials will be collected by a point-person volunteer at the sister march, which can either be a volunteer we prepare with deeds of gift, etc. or someone of the repository’s own choosing.

We are also collecting oral histories in order to document the local and national grassroots movement “Women’s March on Washington” to show the scope of the movement, the range of reasons women are marching, and so that diverse women’s political resistance may be documented in their own words as they are so often silenced and lost to history. Oral history expectations and standards are currently being drafted, and volunteer oral historians will meet virtually to make sure everyone is on the same page.

The end goal is to have an aggregate digital platform that will allow cohesive research. This way we can connect the materials at these various repositories without requiring one institution to take on all of the appraisal, processing, metadata, etc. The platform will most likely connect the digital materials (photographs, oral histories, etc.) first, strictly out of ease. However, we are hoping that as finding aids are created and as materials, eventually, are digitized, the project will have preserved and made accessible a wide array of materials documenting this impressive raising of diverse women’s voices across the United States, and even abroad.

What about this project or collection has been most rewarding?
We are creating this documentation/collecting strategy from the ground up which is incredibly invigorating as an activist, and working with professional archivists and archives students of various experiences and backgrounds has been amazing. It is also fascinating to see how other professions fit into the framework of helping us collect these materials== we have documentary film makers, photographers, and historians that want to help any way that they can!

What about this project or collection has been most challenging?
This kind of national-level coordination is basically new to all of us involved, which makes things tricky. We’re doing a large portion of our organizing via Facebook and Google Docs, and it’s all a learning process.

What tools/software/methods are you using in this project or collection?
We are using Google Drive and Open Science Framework (OSF) for storing the born digital materials (oral histories and photographs). Going forwards, tools and software are to be determined. We are looking at a variety of things like Omeka and Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS).

In regards to outreach methods, we are using a lot of social media, as well as a wide variety of listservs. We are also using Google Docs and Sheets in this planning stage.

Interested in getting involved?
Please let us know if you have any further questions, or suggestions! We are still working out some of the finer details at rapid pace, and questions force us to work some of those out before we know they exist. Join our Facebook group if you are interested in participating, and you can contact Danielle and Katrina at wmwarchivesproject@gmail.com

We want to feature your collection on the SAA WAR blog! Tell us about your project here.

Contribute to our blog!

One of the Women ARchivists Section’s (WArS) goals for next year is to increase communication between the members about what we’re all collectively doing. So many of the members of this roundtable have started their own archives-related direct action as a response to the election. The WArS steering committee invites you to share information about your projects and contribute to our blog.

Please include: your name, institution, the title of collection or digital project you’re working on, the scope of that collection or project, lessons learned and a URL or link. We love to hear about and share your projects in general, but we’re especially interested in anything our members are working on that centers intersectional social justice and/or community-driven work. Send entries to Co-chair Stacie Williams.

Post-election Twitter chat

WAR Post-election Twitter ChatWAR will be holding a post-election Twitter chat, where we will discuss questions and hopefully come up with some action items that we can all do in our repositories and communities to try and move forward in a way that reflects democracy and humanity and our professional responsibilities as archivists.

This Friday, November 11, 2016. 12:30pm-1:30pm EST on Twitter. Follow @WomenArchivists and use #saawar. We hope you can join in.