Blogging about Blogs

Blogging has become an efficient and well received way for information professionals to discuss news and trends in field. The first blog that I examined is a particular favorite of mine. I have been following Kate Theimer’s blog, ArchivesNext ever since I began my professional work out of my first graduate program. The other blog, Attempting Elegance by Jenica P. Rogers is a relatively new blog to me.

Theimer has been writing posts for ArchivesNext since 2007. She is a published author and is a freelance acquisitions editor for Neal-Schuman Publishers. Theimer has a M.S.I. from the University of Michigan and an M.A. in Art History and Archeology from the University of Maryland. ArchivesNext has discussed countless topics relating to the archival profession such as professional identity, professional organizations, and archives news (Theimer, 2012). Topics that have been discussed largely in the last few months include Hurricane Sandy and Disaster Recovery, the closing of the Georgia State Archives financial crisis and the Society of American Archivists, which is a common topic in this blog. A blog titled, “The SAA Annual Meeting is unwelcoming.” Yes, it can be. Here’s what we can do about it.was posted on November 28, 2012. This blog post discusses how lonely some archivists feel when attending large conferences such as the conference hosted by SAA. Theimer is sympathetic to the situation, but also offers tips for meeting people at the SAA conference.  Theimer suggests joining a roundtable discussion to meet new people or socialize with people you already know depending on the situation (Theimer, 2012.) Not only did I find this post  relateble, but Theimer’s advice is a strategy that I had not previously considered.

Jenica Rogers is the Director of Libraries at the State University of New York at Potsdam. She has an M.L.I.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Rogers background is in cataloging, collection development, and staff training. She has been writing Attempting Elegance since 2008 (Rogers, 2008). Rogers often details her daily activities as a library director in her blog, but much of the most recent blogs are about collection development-her decision to discontinue her library’s subscription to the American Chemistry Society’s publication in particular. The blogs that were the most appealing to me were those that discussed hiring from management’s point of view. Maybe the most valuable post I read on the  entire blog was Rogers’ piece, Questions to ask your interviewers. In this blog Rogers suggests several questions that candidates can ask search committees during interviews. Rogers suggests asking questions such as, “What skills would I need to build up if hired?” and “What is the most innovative thing you’ve done in the past year?” LIS graduates who are preparing for job interviews should make this blog post a part of their pre-interview education (Rogers, 2012).

Moving forward I will still be a follower of ArchivesNext and will likely read Attempting Elegance occasionally. I relate less professionally to Rogers’ blog, but her insights into hiring and staffing situations are invaluable.

References

Rogers, Jenica P. Attempting Elegance. (2008). More about me and this blog. Retrieved from http://www.attemptingelegance.com/?page_id=138

Rogers, Jenica P. Attempting Elegance. (2008). Questions to Ask Your Interviewer. Retrieved from http://www.attemptingelegance.com/?p=1823

Theimer, Kate. ArchivesNext. (2012).About Me. Retrieved from http://www.archivesnext.com/?page_id=1810

Theimer, Kate. ArchivesNext. (2012). “The SAA Annual Meeting is unwelcoming.” Yes, it can be. Here’s what we can do about it. Retrieved from http://www.archivesnext.com/?p=3100

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