Call for Contributions: Conversations Series!

Digital skills have become increasingly important for both new and established archivists of all stripes, not just those with “digital” in their job titles. This series aims to foster relationships and facilitate the sharing of knowledge between archivists who are already working with born-digital records and those who are interested in building their digital skills. In collaboration with SAA’s Students and New Professionals (SNAP) section, the Electronic Records Section seeks students and new professionals to conduct brief interviews of people working with born-digital records about what it’s like on a daily basis, as well as career pathways, helpful skill sets, and other topics. Students/new professionals will then write up the interviews for publication on both the ERS and SNAP section blogs. We are currently seeking volunteers for both interviewers and interviewees. Please see additional information about both roles below, and fill out this short Google form to sign up!

Call for interviewers:

  • You are: a student or new professional (or anyone else interested in learning more about what digital archivists do)
  • You will:
    • Get paired with an archivist who is well-versed in digital records
    • Schedule and conduct a brief interview (via chat/email, video, phone, etc.), using your own interview questions (plus a few we’ll suggest)
    • Write up the interview into a blog post and run it by your interviewee for review
    • Build a relationship with a cool archivist; learn and help others learn about born-digital archives work

Call for interviewees:

  • You are: a digital archivist or an archivist with any job title who works with born-digital records
  • You will:
    • Get paired with a student/new professional
    • Participate in a brief interview (via chat/email, video, phone, etc.)
    • Review the interview write-up prior to publication
    • Build a relationship with an awesome student/new professional; generously share your expertise/wisdom with others in the field

Writing for bloggERS! “Conversations” Series

  • Written content should be roughly 600-800 words in length (ok to exceed a bit)
  • Write posts for a wide audience: anyone who stewards, studies, or has an interest in digital archives and electronic records, both within and beyond SAA
  • Align with other editorial guidelines as outlined in the bloggERS! guidelines for writers.

Posts for this series will start in March, so let us know if you are interested in participating by filling out this (short) Google form ASAP. Send any questions to ers.mailer.blog@gmail.com!

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