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Sunday, August 4 • 4:30pm - 5:30pm
410 - Short-Term Jobs for Long-Term Careers: Designing Ethical Project/Contract Positions

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With SAA defining standards for interns and volunteers, archivists on short-term projects or contracts are the next frontier in the ethics question. These archivists have barriers to completing their work--including time, funding, and skills--making their supervisor's role crucial in designing and supporting a successful contract employment experience. Aimed at project managers, supervisors, and contract archivists, this session is intended to foster dialog among participants about ways to create more sustainable models of project positions.

Sheridan L. Sayles: From Project to Permanent: Successes and Challenges
Rebecca Goldman: Advocating for Project Archivists in Academic Archives
L. Rebecca Johnson Melvin: Both Sides Now: Jobs' Illusions I Recall
Amy C. Vo: Impacts of the Project-based Position on Developing Careers
Julie Yamashita: Reconsidering that Project Archivist in the Corner: Finding the Right Fit for Your Project and Their Careers


Facilitators
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Sheridan L. Sayles

Technical Services Archivist/Librarian, Seton Hall University
Currently serving as Technical Services Archivist/Librarian at Seton Hall University, after graduating from a project archivist position. SAA and MARAC member who?s always advocating for more support for the profession and the people who find themselves here.

Speakers
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L. Rebecca Johnson Melvin

Manuscripts Librarian and Curator, Joseph R. Biden, Jr., senatorial papers, University of Delaware
Bracketing a 30-year career with project assignments, I have also been on the management side of designing, hiring and mentoring short-term positions, as well as advocating for continuing appointment of project positions.
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Julie Yamashita

Archivist and Independent Consultant, Lanterman House
Archivist at the Lanterman House and Independent Consultant. She has worked as a project archivist, as well as a manager and consultant for LAC-Group. Advocates for career project/independent archivists who bring expertise to temporary projects.
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Amy C. Vo

Cold War Collections Project Archivist, New York University
Currently at New York University Libraries, Amy has worked on accessioning, processing, exhibition, and outreach projects at Rutgers, the Monmouth County Historical Association, Harvard, and the City of Austin.
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Rebecca Goldman

College Archivist, Wellesley College
College Archivist at Wellesley College, in the process of advocating to hire a project archivist. Founding chair of SNAP Section, former chair of College and University Archives Section. Forever cranky about labor practices in archives.


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