I was fortunate enough this past April to attend the SCA Conference in Long Beach, CA thanks to the Mink Scholarship. I was able to connect with new, interesting people in the field as well as visit with familiar faces. Some of the sessions I was able to attend have followed me as I have transitioned from student to new professional, having graduated with my Master’s in Library and Information Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles in June and moved across the country for a two-year fellowship at North Carolina State University Libraries in July.
The how-to seminar “Anything is Better than Nothing: Minimum Viable Actions for Accessioning Born-Digital” and “There and Back Again: Web Archive Collection Development, Arrangement, and Access,” were both solid backdrops to understanding some of the processes of Special Collections at NC State University and how my department of Acquisitions and Discovery collaborates with them to archive architecture websites, for example.
The “Empowering Indigenous Communities Through Inclusion” session spoke to research that is important to me, considering ethics in digital workflows for Indigenous cultural heritage in libraries, archives, and museums. It was helpful as I finished and presented my final portfolio for my MLIS in May and inspired me to help host a roundtable at the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM) Conference in Temecula, CA this past October.
The mini-workshop “Crafting Shareable Metadata: Good Practices for Better Discovery” has come in handy for a project in my current fellowship focusing on improving the user search experience by rethinking metadata’s role in connecting data silos, such as websites and catalogs. The research portion of this project is coming to a close and we hope to share what we learned at Code4Lib. Fingers crossed our proposal gets accepted!
I am so glad to have gone to the SCA Annual General Meeting, and hope to be able to attend more in the future. It was the perfect size and scope for a newcomer, with plenty of stimulation without being overwhelmed. Even though my first professional title doesn’t contain “archivist”, archival thinking has given me a valuable perspective as a librarian–one that has already allowed me to contribute in my current position by asking questions about metadata, preservation, and ethics.
Ashley Evans Bandy
NC State University Libraries
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