This week we’re showcasing a resource for the archivists out there. I don’t know much about archives and archivists, so I’m glad to be able to learn more with Meredith Lowe, and her awesome resource: Archives Gig.
What is it? Please give us your elevator speech!
I curate postings of careers, jobs, and internships in the world of archives & records management, and post them to Archives Gig.
When was it started? Why was it started?
Archives Gig was created on February 5, 2010. As part of my job, I was contributing to the student job listserv at the University of Wisconsin – Madison SLIS. I thought that I could benefit a broader group of people by making a public website, so that’s what drove the creation of the site. I really enjoy looking at all of the opportunities out there, too, so running AG is a fun hobby.
Who runs it?
Just me! I have a MA in Library and Information Studies, with a concentration in archives, from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. My training largely informs my decisions about which jobs I post. I currently work in Continuing Education Services at UW-Madison SLIS, so I coordinate continuing education and training for librarians and information professionals. Check out our offerings at http://www.slis.wisc.edu/continueed.htm.
Are you a “career expert”? What are your qualifications?
I’m not a “career expert.” I just post jobs that fall within the purview of the site.
Who is your target audience?
Archivists, records managers, and students. I post jobs at all levels, from internships to directors. Anyone who is interested in the current archives/RM career landscape would certainly find a lot of information here.
What’s the best way to use your site? Should users consult it daily? Or as needed? Should they already know what they need help with, or can they just noodle around?
I generally post daily on weekdays, and I exclusively post job announcements. It’s in a blog format, so the most recent post goes up top. If you’re actively job hunting, check in at least weekly (or set yourself up to receive Twitter or Facebook alerts). If you’re just casually interested in what’s out there right now, consult AG at your leisure.
Each job posting gets tagged with keywords that you can use to narrow your search. If you look at the main page (http://archivesgig.livejournal.com), the tags are listed down the left side of the screen. 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, and what kind of institution it’s in. For example, if I tag something as “status: internship”, and if you click that tag in the list, every entry that received that tag will come up (the most recent will be at the top of the page). If you’re looking for all jobs in a certain state (let’s say Iowa), go to the tag list on the left side of the page and look for “State: Iowa.” One caveat: the “skills” tags are NOT comprehensive. I often get a little more detailed with the tags, and specify particular skill sets that a job demands – but that’s basically if I have time to do so!
Does your site provide:
√ Job Listings
Should readers also look for you on social media? Or is your content available in other formats?
Do you charge for anything on your site?
Free! It’s completely free for anyone to search. If someone wants me to post a job, that’s also free.
Can you share any stories about job hunters that found positions after using your site?
I’m always thrilled to hear from someone who found their job through Archives Gig. It’s my mission to make job hunting in this tight market just a little easier. I have heard from several archivists who found their jobs through AG, which makes my day every time.
Anything else you’d like to share with my readers about your site in particular, or about library hiring/job hunting in general?
This is especially directed toward the newly graduated job seekers: Be Flexible. If you can’t find your dream job in your ideal location, try and look for other positions (or other places) that you’re qualified to do, and that will give you some professional experience. You’ll certainly learn something new, and you may find a job in a different area of the profession is a great fit.