Each October, the Society of American Archivists hosts American Archives Month to increase the visibility of and participation in archives across the country. If you’re interested in archives, or are just curious what an archivist does from day to day, this month is a great time to get involved.
#AskAnArchivist Day, Wednesday, October 5
Ever wonder how an archivist becomes an archivist? When it’s appropriate to wear gloves? Most interesting items in a collection? Use or view the hashtag #AskAnArchivist on Twitter if you have questions about how archivists do things, favorite collections, or anything else about the profession. You can tweet @SalveArchives to keep things local or just use the hashtag if you want to read a range of responses from repositories across the country. You can also start a conversation on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/SalveArchives.
Shadow the Archivist
If you’re interested in what an archivist does all day, come shadow in the archives! Sign up at http://tiny.cc/salve-aam16 for a 30-60 minute block with Archivist and Special Collections Librarian Genna Duplisea. Participate in projects in progress, learn some best practices, and see new acquisitions. This activity is open to all Salve students, staff, and faculty.
New Digital Collections
Keep an eye on the Salve Archives social media for new digitized materials and the launch of Shared Shelf, a media management system that will make it easy to find and use Salve’s archival collections.
Update Oct. 11: The Archives has digitized and posted its first batch of historical Salve photos on Shared Shelf — view the collection at
http://tiny.cc/salve-archives-photos. Here’s a preview: