Meredith Lowe started Archives Gig in 2010 and has been posting jobs for Archivists, records managers, and students ever since. We profiled the site back in 2013 and wanted to provide a quick update.
The site has a new URL (no more LiveJournal) and has continued to grow and evolve.
I caught up with Meredith with a few questions:
What has changed with Archives Gig?
One thing that has been really interesting is the research and tools that have cited AG as a resource! A couple of recent favorites are:
- Perspectives on Precarity: A Multifaceted Look at the Status of Project Archivists (presented at the SAA 2020 Research Forum)
- Beyond checking the EEO box: How well do our job postings reflect our commitment to diversity and cultural competency values? (presented at the SAA 2021 Research Forum)
- Best Practices for Archival Term Positions (2022)
It’s incredibly rewarding that AG has been helpful to these important contributions!
How is archives job hunting different now versus ten years ago?
This field has been steadily moving toward seeking those with skills in digital curation, projects, and collections, and those who are looking to work in the GLAM fields would be well-served to pick up skills in those areas. With the pandemic, there has been a big shift to remote work in all sectors, and that includes the archives field. Although most positions are still in-person, there are a lot more remote-only positions as well as hybrid schedule options – and I think with digital projects that hybrid/remote work is even more achievable.