WArS Social Media Guide for SAA

Coming to SAA? Wish you were coming to SAA? Happy you’re not going to SAA but wanna follow along? You’ve come to the right place.

Inspired by the Students and New Archives Professionals Section (SNAP), WArS has the following advice on how to stay connected throughout SAA, no matter where you’re tuning in from.

  • Follow #saa17 on Twitter for general conference tweets, and tweet what’s happening using #saa17 throughout the conference

  • See what’s happening at the WArS-recommended sessions

  • Participate (show up, live tweet, follow along on your phone…) in our section meeting on Wednesday, July 26 from 2:45-3:30. We’ll be located in room B113, and digitally located via #SAAWArS

  • See what other WArS members and friends are tweeting throughout the conference Women Archivists Section Twitter list – your can add yourself, send a DM to @liney789 to be added to the list, and/or use the list to find new Twitter friends.

  • Keep up with posts from @WomenArchivists for their comments on the conference


Save the Date! Live Tweet on Salary Negotiation


Negotiation. The word in and of itself can be terrifying. What to ask for and how to negotiate your salary and new position. Do we as women, negotiate our worth, and what challenges do we face?

Please join WAR (@womenarchivists) for our next live tweet discussion on salary negotiation hosted by steering committee member, Beth Myers, Director of Special Collections at Smith College, (@archivedB) on February 19, 1:00-2:30pm EST. Have you recently been through a job negotiation? How do you go about negotiating for a better starting salary, continuing education and other support for professional development? Are you looking to start a job negotiation? We hope you will join the conversation, and don’t forget to use the hashtag #saawar!

Save the Date! Live Tweet on Maternity Leave and Balancing Work and Family

The working mother has long become a contested icon of modern times–able to juggle career and family and “do it all.”  But in reality this balance between work and family life can be difficult to attain. At the same time, it is not a model that will necessarily work for everyone or that all women want to follow.

Have you taken leave from work to raise your family, or returned to work after maternity leave? How have employer policies and work environments accommodated your needs, flexible work hours, and leaves? What challenges have you encountered when trying to re-enter the workforce after an extended leave? We want to hear from you, WARriors!

Co-hosted by WAR Co-chair Leslie Van Veen McRoberts (@lslevanmac) and steering committee member Helen Kim (@hlnkim), follow @womenarchivists for our next live tweet on December 4th, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EST. We’ll use the hashtag #saawar. We hope you’ll join the conversation–we’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Save the Date: Archival Turn in Feminism Live Tweet, Thursday, May 28, 1-4 pm EST


We’ll be discussing Kate Eichhorn’s The Archival Turn in Feminism Outrage in Order. Joining the chat will be author Kate Eichhorn, and several activist librarians and archivists featured in the book: Lisa Darms, Jenna Freedman, and Kelly Wooten. Follow @womenarchivists on Thursday, May 28 from 1-4 pm EST and join the conversation!

From the back of the book:
“In the 1990s, a generation of women born during the rise of the second-wave feminist movement plotted a revolution. These young activists funneled their outrage and energy into creating music and zines using salvaged audio equipment and stolen copy machines. By 2000, the cultural artifacts of this movement had started to migrate from basements and storage units to community and university archives, establishing new sites of storytelling and political activism. The Archival Turn in Feminism chronicles these important cultural artifacts and their collection, cataloging, and preservation.”

Save the Date: Live Tweet on Friday, June 20th

Please join SAA’s Women Archivists Roundtable on Friday, June 20th from 12-3 PM EST for our live tweet discussion, “Breaking the Digital Ceiling: Women and Technology in Archives.” The live tweet will be co-hosted by Erin O’Meara of the Gates Archives, Gabriela Redwine of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and Courtney Mumma of Artefactual Systems, Inc.

Considering that women are traditionally underrepresented in IT-related fields, how are born-digital archives impacting the female-dominated archives profession?  Are electronic materials and emerging technologies shifting the nature of gendered opportunity? How can we promote women in leadership positions in digital archives and foster a diverse community of practitioners?

Follow @WomenArchivists on Twitter and we’ll be using #SAAwar during the live tweet. We’re looking forward to hearing your thoughts, questions, and ideas!

Missed the Live Tweet on Scholarship and Professional Development? Catch up!

In case you missed WAR’s live tweet on February 7 – Working a Third Shift: Publishing, Presenting, and Promotion – we captured the tweets using twarc. View the conversation here! http://files.archivists.org/groups/war/saawar.html

Any other thoughts from the discussion? Please share!

Save the Date: Live Tweet on Friday, February 7th


Clear your schedules, everyone! SAA’s Women Archivists Roundtable will host a Twitter chat on Friday, February 7 (that’s tomorrow), from 12pm to 3 pm (EST). The group will be discussing professional development activities including publishing, presenting, and professional societies. Follow @WomenArchivists on Twitter, and use #SAAwar to participate in the discussion.

Excited to hear your thoughts, questions, and ideas!