Changes to Sound Archivist

The Steering Committee is pleased to announce a change to how we publish news and articles. Currently, we send out a monthly newsblast, which primarily features events and jobs, and a bi-annual newsletter, which features articles. As of December 1st, they will be merged.

This means every month you will now receive the Sound Archivist news and there will no longer be a bi-annual newsletter. This includes the bi-annual due out tomorrow – all submitted content will show up in the first new format on December 1st. It also means you can still submit material for the December issue.

Why the change? Primarily because content is too light for each on its own but by merging them, it will provide more substantial content on a regular basis, including but not limited to jobs, events, and articles. The change will also remove deadlines, any perceived pressure to submit, and all the associated reminders because you can submit whenever you have something you’d like to share and it will be shared the very next issue.

The Sound Archivist will go out on the 1st of every month, starting December 2019. We encourage everyone to submit at any time, whether it’s a job or volunteer opportunity, an event or event review, updates about your organization such as new tools and/or new collections, book reviews, think pieces, and everything in between that might touch on our field and interests. Pictures are always welcome and encouraged. Email seattle.area.archivists@gmail.com

Deadline Extended for Sound Archivist Submissions


Submissions are welcome until the 14th. 

Did you launch a new tool or service, process a new collection, learn a new skill? Do you have upcoming events or volunteer/internship opportunities? Did you attend SAA and want to share thoughts or review a panel? Have anything related to our field you want to share? Do you have a great joke about archivists (or info pros in general)? We want to know about it! Pictures welcome/encouraged.  The next edition comes out November 15th.

Email us: seattle.area.archivists@gmail.com



Sound Archivist Submissions: Due November 8th

Did you launch a new tool or service, process a new collection, learn a new skill? Do you have upcoming events or volunteer/internship opportunities? Did you attend SAA and want to share thoughts or review a panel? Have anything related to our field you want to share? Do you have a great joke about archivists (or info pros in general)? We want to know about it! Pictures welcome/encouraged.  The next edition comes out November 15th.

Email us: seattle.area.archivists@gmail.com

Archives Astrological Signs

Our November newsletter went out; and I missed a formatting error that cut-out the fun part! So here it is, corrected!

Courtesy of the US National Archives 

Read on to find out what your star sign says about you and what your archival format would be!


ARIES: Database
– tendency to sprawl
– knows a lot about niche topics
– sometimes hard to understand
 
TAURUS 🐂: Cotton rag paper
– basic but in a good way
– well liked
– into recycling
 
GEMINI 👯‍♀️: Stereoscopic Print
– the fun one
– loves gifs
– good at seeing things from different perspectives
 
CANCER 🦀: Email
– gets business done
– shares a lot of cat videos
– tends to repeat themselves
 
LEO 🦁: Blueprint
– pretty and knows it
– kinda retro
– likes to take up the whole table
 
VIRGO: Audio Minicassette
– cute
– so cute
– a little sneaky but doesn’t lie

LIBRA ⚖️: Negative Photostat
– faithful to their origins
– not super flexible
– does not care at all what you think

SCORPIO 🦂: Artifact
– contains multitudes
– tells great stories
– only opens up once you really get to know them

SAGITTARIUS 🏹: Wood Pulp Paper
– versatile
– smells great
– might fall apart at any time

CAPRICORN 🐐: Glass Plate Negative
– beautiful
– fragile
– if you mess with them they will cut you

AQUARIUS 🌊: Nitrate Film
– did some great work
– tendency to blow up
– keeps turning the thermostat down

PISCES 🐟: Parchment
– old soul
– romantic
– tougher than they look

(CLOSED) – Job Opportunity: Contract Archivist – Broadway High School Archive, Seattle

Seattle Central College is seeking a contract archivist to carry out a small digitization project for the Broadway High School Archive.

The project consists of identifying, describing, and digitizing approximately 200 archival items from the Broadway High School Archive. The archive includes approximately 235 cubic feet of photographs, school records, year books, school newspapers, and ephemera. The archivist will facilitate or carry out digitizing, metadata creation, entry, and project reporting with support from an hourly staff person and the Seattle Central College library. The project should begin as soon as possible and work must be completed by September 15, 2020.

The goal of this project is to broaden access and awareness of the collection by digitizing selected items from the collection. The resulting files will provide researchers and educators a sense of the scope and types of materials in the collection. Future projects will expand digital access, including more complex metadata at the collection and item levels. This project supported by a grant from the Washington State Library with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

About the archive: The Broadway High School Archive (BHSA) holds a significant number of unique materials documenting Seattle’s first high school (1942-1946) located on the site of current Seattle Central College in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. The archive is located in a restricted access non-climate controlled space inside the Broadway Performance Hall. A pc computer and digital scanner are available at the archive; data will be entered onsite at the Seattle Public Schools archive in consultation with the SPS archivist.

Required Qualifications

  • Experience with digitization projects for paper-based collections
  • Experience in archival preservation and handling and digitizing archival collections
  • Ability to work in an environment that may include dust and mold
  • Knowledge of technologies appropriate to special collections and archives
  • Master of Library and Information Science, Master in Archival Studies, or equivalent professional experience

A professional services contract for this position will be based on approximately 150 hours of work at $30/hour. Open until filled. To apply, please email a resume and letter of interest to:

Lynn Kanne

Dean, LEED: Libraries | eLearning | Employee Development

Seattle Central College | e: Lynn.kanne@seattlecolleges.edu p: 206-934-4072