Here’s a bit of information about this blog for you, in the form of FAQs. If you have a question that’s not addressed here, please e-mail me, and I’ll answer it posthaste.
Q: How is this stuff organized? How can I find what I want?
A: First of all, this is a blog, so all of the most recent posts go up top. Each job posting gets tagged with keywords that you can use to search, or you can use the search box for keywords. The quick and dirty trick to searching: I always tag the state/geographical region of every job’s location, whether it’s permanent or temporary, what kind of institution it’s in, and years of experience required (except for internships).
Q: Who are you and why are you doing this?
A: My name is Meredith Lowe. I work at SLIS, the iSchool at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, in the department of Continuing Education Services. I graduated from UW-Madison SLIS in 2008, and concentrated in archives. Although I do not currently work as an archivist, I still maintain close contact with the profession through my continuing education projects and other professional activities. As for why I’m doing this: the archives job market has fascinated me since my graduate career, and this is a way for me to give back to a profession that I love.
Q: I want to let you know that something needs to be corrected, what’s the best way to make contact?
Q: What kind of positions are posted here? What don’t you post here?
A: I post all kinds of jobs, from the world of academia to government to historical societies to museums to the private sector… and beyond! I post jobs that are “archives” work in the traditional sense (processing, cataloging, reference), but also in records management, rare books, preservation and conservation, digital projects, digital asset management, photo and film collections, oral history, education and outreach, digital archives and repositories, internships (paid and not), relevant curator positions, and more. Although sometimes I would like to, I don’t generally make decisions on what to post or not post based on how “good” I think a job is. I think that’s the purview of those who use this blog as a job-seeking tool.
I don’t post positions that don’t really fall into the SAA/ARMA definitions of “archivist” or “records manager.” I realize that they are not the be-all, end-all definers of these professions, so I do grant myself some leeway. But here’s a list of non-postables:
- Many of the more IT and medical-related “archivist” positions are not posted here, as well as art/photography studio positions.
- Announcements from placement agencies where I’m unsure where the actual job is supposed to be located.
- Announcements for internal hires.
- Announcements that aren’t in compliance with Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Laws.
- Volunteer opportunities. Not that I’m remotely against volunteerism – in fact, as a former volunteer coordinator, I completely endorse it – but I think it’s important to draw that line in the interest of my own time, and finding volunteer opportunities isn’t really the point of this blog.
Q: How often do you post jobs to this blog?
A: I generally post daily (M-F), but sometimes it will be a little less often. This depends on how much time my own schedule allows, and how many jobs are out there. I will not post on the weekends, and generally not while I’m away from the office or on vacation. Extended absences are announced on the blog.
Q: I’m looking for an announcement you posted a long time ago, but I can’t find it. Help!
A: I don’t ever delete postings, but I also often link back to an external site where the job was initially posted, and I have no control over when/if that site deletes the posting. For example, the US government’s job site always deletes announcements that are past the application submission deadline. To be sure that you have a copy of the job description, I strongly suggest that you either copy/paste it into a document and store it on your hard drive, or print it out, or employ whatever your preferred method of permanent storage is. I don’t keep any information from external job sites, so if the link is obsolete you’re out of luck.
Q: Would you please add more detailed tags, like paid internships, XYZ certifications, or ABC skills?
A: Unfortunately, this is a time issue for me. I try to capture enough information in the tags to make it helpful for people searching.
Q: Where do you find all these jobs?
A: My main sources are listed below. I also receive quite a few emails from individuals alerting me to openings, and I usually thank them in the post (unless they prefer to remain anonymous).
AMIA Jobs List (A/V archives jobs)
ARCAN Listserv (Canadian)
ARL Career Resources
Indiana SLIS Job Listserv
Institute of Certified Records Managers
International Council on Archives Listserv
Library Job Postings
National Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)
Organization of American Historians
SAA’s Archives and Archivists Listserv
SAA’s Online Career Center
The Traveling Librarian
University of Toronto iSchool
Q: Will you read my resume or give me job search advice?
A: Unfortunately, I don’t have the time or expertise to look at your materials. I do help out with the Career Center at the SAA annual meeting, so you can sometimes catch me then for this type of thing. This blog is intended to be a dumping zone for position announcements only. I can point you in the direction of a couple of good resources for archivists on the job hunt:
That Elusive Archives Job – Arlene Schmuland’s helpful job hunting blog.
You Ought to be Ashamed – The Justice League, where archivists blog about fair (and unfair) labor practices, to which I sometimes contribute.
Ask A Manager – Alison Green runs a wonderful, entertaining general advice blog about all things in the career world. There is particularly helpful stuff in there about applying and interviewing for jobs. Once you’re hired, you may want to go back and follow this blog for all kinds of other career-related advice.
Hiring Librarians – Emily Weak runs a fantastic resource about the world of hiring in the library and information fields.
I Need a Library Job (INALJ) – Naomi House has expanded this site to be so much more than just job postings! She regularly runs guest columns that touch on virtually every aspect of employment in the LIS fields.
SAA’s Online Career Center – The Society of American Archivists has a resume posting service
Hack Library School – by, for, and about library school students
Q: Your blog’s name is similar to LibGig. Are you related? Are you affiliated with any other job sites or organizations out there?
A: No, I am in no way affiliated with LibGig, nor am I affiliated with any other job hunting site. This is an independently run website, and is does not necessarily reflect the views of my employer, the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I am involved in some career-related committees at the Society of American Archivists and other professional organizations, such as the SAA Career Center Sub-committee, and I occasionally post news and announcements from that committee here.
Q: Can I use content/statistics from Archives Gig for my research project?
A: Absolutely. Content from this WordPress site (and historical data – such as it is – from the old LiveJournal site) is totally free for you to use for your research project, whether it’s intended to be published or not. Please note that my permission cannot extend to content on other websites that I link to from this blog. The mission of the site is to help archivists get jobs, but also to strengthen awareness of the archives job market. I would really appreciate it if you drop me a line if you cite AG in your project, and please do let me know if you have published any research using this site as a source. Depending on my schedule and the nature of your work, I may also be able to help you with any WP-generated statistics that are not public-facing.