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Burt altman fsu libraries liz dunham bl t museum consultants ava iuliano usf libraries

A Win-Win Situation: Finding Interns and Volunteers for Your ArchivesSociety of Florida ArchivistsMay 7, 2010

Burt Altman, FSU Libraries

Liz Dunham, BL T Museum Consultants

Ava Iuliano, USF Libraries


Outline

Outline

  • Society of American Archivists: History and Development

  • The Internship Process

  • Strategies for Recruiting Interns and Volunteers

  • Wrap Up and Questions


Historical background

Historical Background

  • Society of American Archivist’s (SAA) inception in 1936

  • Development of History Departments in Universities


Historical background1

Historical Background

  • 1945- SAA’s Joint Committee on Internships

  • 1970s- SAA’s Survey of Education by Committee on Education and Training, later refined by its Committee on Education and Professional Development

  • 1980s through 2002- Guidelines for Graduate Archival Studies programs


Historical background2

Historical Background

  • Emergence of archival tracks within Library and Information Science and History Programs as well as the development of Doctoral programs

  • Diminishing resources

  • Trends towards volunteers


Burt altman fsu libraries liz dunham bl t museum consultants ava iuliano usf libraries

The Internship Process: Site Supervisors and Students


The internship process libraries

The Internship Process: Libraries

  • Florida State University Library/University of South Florida Libraries

    • Types of Projects

    • Advertising

    • Applications

    • Learning Objectives

    • Evaluations


The internship process museums

The Internship Process: Museums

  • Museum Studies

    • Anthropology

    • Africana Studies

    • American Studies

    • Environmental Studies

    • Library Science


The internship process museums1

The Internship Process: Museums


The internship process museums2

The Internship Process: Museums


Burt altman fsu libraries liz dunham bl t museum consultants ava iuliano usf libraries

Strategies for Recruiting Interns and Volunteers


Recruiting interns and volunteers

Recruiting Interns and Volunteers

  • Interns

    • History

    • Public History

    • Library Science

    • Museum Studies

    • Technology


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Recruiting Interns and Volunteers

  • Volunteers

    • Library Science and Archival graduates

    • Alumni and retirees of the university

    • Former interns who have graduated and are deciding on grad school

    • Former researchers

    • Former teachers


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Recruiting Interns and Volunteers

  • Volunteers

    • Your Career Services Department

    • Serving as an SAA Key Contact

    • Speaking to history/public history classes

    • Friends groups

    • Contacting local colleges and universities

Volunteers Karlene Messer (left) and Betty Winn work on indexing and preparing delayed birth records for the Oregon Historical Records Index.


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Recruiting Interns and Volunteers

  • Benefits

    • Gets needed work done

    • Provides hands-on work experience to potential archivists

    • Way of publicizing the uses of archives

    • Encourages younger generations to support the activities museums, archives, historical societies, etc.

    • Supports the profession as a whole


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Recruiting Interns and Volunteers

  • University of South Florida

    • Graduate Assistants

    • Volunteers

    • Classroom recruiting

    • Word-of-mouth

    • Email lists


Recruiting interns and volunteers museums

Recruiting Interns and Volunteers: Museums


Suggested resources

Suggested Resources

Bastian, J. & Webber, D. (2008). Archival internships: A guide for faculty, supervisors, and students. Chicago: Society of American Archivists.

Using Volunteers for Special-Project Staffing at the National Air and Space Museum Archives" American Archivist, Volume 54, Number 2, Spring 1991, pp.176-183.


Conclusion

Conclusion

Questions?


Thank you

Thank you!

Burt Altman, CA

University Librarian/Archivist

FSU Libraries, Special Collections

[email protected]

Liz Dunham

BL T Museum Consultants, LLC

[email protected]

Ava Iuliano

Graduate Assistant

USF Libraries

[email protected]


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