Following a Professional Listserv

While following a professional listserv, I chose to follow the ARTUSA LISTSERV (LISTSERV.ARTSUSA.COM). They sent me an immediate confirmation of joining their listserv, however, I have not received any further communications from them thus far. Their website is http://www.artusa.com. I chose that listserv since I am interested in art in addition to the archives. Since I have not received any further communications from them, I will use the SLIS listserv as a professional listserv that I am following. The SLIS listserv posts information to over four hundred graduate students in the library and information sciences program with information pertaining to scholarships, assistantships, job postings, internships, and things going on in the community.

My advisor, Kim Schroeder even posts information pertaining to the archives field and article postings and websites pertaining to archives. The postings are local events as well as national events. One of the archive events she posted was on October 1st where Jan Durecki, a former SLIS student was presenting information on Nazi art and headstones. Another link she posted that stood out to me was the issue that Harvard could not afford the publisher’s price of journals, despite being one of the most expensive and elite universities in the United States. This took me by surprise because other universities stick to their budgets and do not overspend on journals, which made me wonder if Harvard ever considered budgeting their resources in different areas of the library instead of just the journals. On October 22nd, Schroeder sent additional emails about the Midwest Archives Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and that there were volunteer opportunities available for the event. More opportunities were posted in October where there were opportunities to work as an archivist in the city of Detroit. Audiovisual Heritage is another event that was mentioned pertaining to the archives field, along with a theme. Audiovisual devices were technology that helped bring books and narratives to life in a way where the characters are given an actual auditory voice. This is a great benefit to the extension of a reader, as well as great ways to service those that are deaf and blind as well. The Michigan Oral History Conference took place in Lansing, MI earlier this November in which Michigan archivists gather and develop new ideas on preserving Michigan history and artifacts. This group may also be the ones in charge of the Michigan historic markers (where information about Michigan’s history would be placed in order to tell of its history and importance in the area, and also a great way to inform tourists of Michigan’s history).

Other opportunities that I was able to take advantage of over the semester was attending the OCLC conference back in September where I was in a room full of librarians discussing current ongoing issues in the library profession and ways to come up with possible solutions to these problems. Other conferences I was unable to attend due to limited transportation (as well as conflicting with my work schedule in addition to class schedule). However, over the next years, I will hopefully be able to attend many more conferences. Overall, subscribing to the listserv gave me much more insight in my career field and interests.

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