SNAP Roundtable Blog

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: SNAP (Students & New Archives Professionals) Roundtable Blog

Website:  https://snaproundtable.wordpress.com/

Purpose, objective, or mission: The SNAP Roundtable is a sub-group formed within the Society of American Archivists (SSA) to focus on student and new professional goals and issues.1 The SNAP Blog provides SNAP Roundtable members with a forum sharing information in a more public forum, in conjunction with members-only listserv, and other social media outlets.2

SNAP’s mission, per the Goals of SNAP:

  • To advocate for students, interns, new professionals, early-career project archivists and archivists looking for their first professional jobs;
  • To provide a forum to share concerns and learn from each other;
  • Promote awareness of the needs of new archivists;
  • Raise the visibility of new archivists, the skills and expertise they bring to the profession;
  • To bridge the gap between participation in SAA (Society of American Archivists) student chapters and participation in SAA;
  • And to facilitate remote participation in the group through social media and other online resources.
  • To support new archivists as they begin their archival careers and as they move from entry-level positions into mid-career or managerial positions. This can be accomplished through mentoring, facilitating networking, and making recommendations to the Committee on Education for relevant training and workshops. The roundtable will coordinate with SAA sections and roundtables, as well as external organizations, to support new archivists and promote relevant services to its members.3

Target audience: Entry level or student archivists, particularly those involved in the SAA: students, interns, new professionals, early-career archivists, and those still looking for their first professional job. Per the bylaws, any member or nonmember of SAA, including new and more experienced archives professionals, may participate in SNAP in accordance with the most current Guidelines for Roundtables as set forth by the SAA Council.4

Publisher: The Society of American Archivists (SAA).5

Peer reviewed? No.6

Type: LIS Professional and Trade Publication.7

Medium: Online.8

Content: Sharing information relevant to the student and new archive professional community, including archive-relevant blogs, regional meetings or courses, project ideas, general Q&A regarding research, professional and student issues, and the Ask An Archivist Q&A section.9

Frequency of publication: Updated as often as members post online – currently averaging one new post per week.10

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: To sign up for the SNAP Roundtable Listserv, you must first create an SAA profile here. SAA membership is not required to participate in the Roundtable, but a profile is required.11

To login to the Listserv once you’€™ve created your SAA profile, click here.

Note: once you register for the Listserv, your name will appear in the Members Roster, where you can interact with other members, and join/leave the group.12

To write a guest post to the SNAP blog, email: newarchivistsRT@gmail.com. Include “guest blog post” in the subject.13

Types of contributions accepted: Blog reviews, accounts of regional meetings or courses, project ideas, and anything of interest to the archival community.14

Submission and review process: Per SNAP’€™s bylaws: Roundtable communications will be coordinated by a communications subcommittee which will consist of the Roundtable secretary, web coordinator, outreach/newsletter coordinator, and social media coordinator.15

To post to the listserv, just log in and post.16

To post to the blog as a guest, email newarchivistsRT@gmail.com.17 Alternatively, leave a message on the Contact the Blog Team page.18

Editorial tone: Informal.19

Style guide used: None listed.

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

The SNAP Roundtable Blog is an excellent forum for sharing archival information and concerns among a like-minded group.20

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Currently 152 people follow the blog21 and there are 1419 Roundtable members.22

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: North American. English is the primary language.23

Reader characteristics: Readers could be students or “new or more experienced archival professionals”.24 Regardless of experience, readers will have an interest in archival librarianship, whether to learn from others or share their own concerns.25

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Some LIS terminology and understanding is expected; but this is not a professional-grade publication, just sharing among peers.26

Conclusion: Analysis of reader characteristics and their potential impact on authors

The SNAP Blog offers an excellent venue for neophyte archivists to share knowledge about their profession.27 On the listserv, members can ask questions or post updates on virtually any LIS topic, but the focus is specific to archives.28 This is a very organized, enthusiastic group of students and new professionals who are addressing the needs of those LIS professionals new to archival librarianship.

Last updated: May 14, 2016


References

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  1. Society of American Archivists. (2016). SNAP Mission Statement. Society of American Archivists. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/groups/students-and-new-archives-professionals-snap-roundtable/snap-mission-statement
  2. Society of American Archivists. (2016). Students and New Archives Professionals (SNAP) Roundtable. Society of American Archivists. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/groups/students-and-new-archives-professionals-snap-roundtable
  3. Society of American Archivists. (2016). SNAP Mission Statement. Society of American Archivists. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/groups/students-and-new-archives-professionals-snap-roundtable/snap-mission-statement
  4. Society of American Archivists. (2016). SNAP Bylaws. Society of American Archivists. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/groups/students-and-new-archives-professionals-snap-roundtable/snap-bylaws
  5. Society of American Archivists. (2016). Students and New Archives Professionals (SNAP) Roundtable. Society of American Archivists. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/groups/students-and-new-archives-professionals-snap-roundtable
  6. Society of American Archivists. (2016). SNAP Mission Statement. Society of American Archivists. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/groups/students-and-new-archives-professionals-snap-roundtable/snap-mission-statement
  7. Society of American Archivists. (2016). About. SNAP Blog (web log). Retrieved May 14, 2016, from https://snaproundtable.wordpress.com/about/
  8. Society of American Archivists. (2016). About. SNAP Blog (web log). Retrieved May 14, 2016, from https://snaproundtable.wordpress.com/about/
  9. Society of American Archivists. (2016). About. SNAP Blog (web log). Retrieved May 14, 2016, from https://snaproundtable.wordpress.com/about/
  10. Society of American Archivists. (2016). Home. SNAP blog (web log). Retrieved May 14, 2016, from http://snaproundtable.wordpress.com/
  11. Society of American Archivists. (2016). Find/Create an SAA Profile. Society of American Archivists. Retrieved from http://saa.archivists.org/4DCGI/saa/profile/intro.html
  12. Society of American Archivists. (2016). Students and New Archives Professionals Roundtable Roster. Society of American Archivists. Retrieved from http://saa.archivists.org/4DCGI/committees/Roles.html?Action=Show_Comm_Roles&CommCode=SAA**TBL-SNAP&Name=A&Status=Active
  13. Society of American Archivists. (2016). SNAP User-Submitted Project Proposals. Society of American Archivists. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/groups/students-and-new-archives-professionals-snap-roundtable/snap-user-submitted-project-proposals
  14. Society of American Archivists. (2016). About. SNAP Blog (web log). Retrieved May 14, 2016, from https://snaproundtable.wordpress.com/about/
  15. Society of American Archivists. (2016). SNAP Bylaws. Society of American Archivists. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/groups/students-and-new-archives-professionals-snap-roundtable/snap-bylaws
  16. Society of American Archivists. (2016). SNAP Mission Statement. Society of American Archivists. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/groups/students-and-new-archives-professionals-snap-roundtable/snap-mission-statement
  17. Society of American Archivists. (2016). SNAP User-Submitted Project Proposals. Society of American Archivists. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/groups/students-and-new-archives-professionals-snap-roundtable/snap-user-submitted-project-proposals
  18. Society of American Archivists. (2016). Contact the Blog Team. SNAP Blog (web log). Retrieved May 14, 2016, from https://snaproundtable.wordpress.com/contact-the-blog-team/
  19. Society of American Archivists. (2016). SNAP Bylaws. Society of American Archivists. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/groups/students-and-new-archives-professionals-snap-roundtable/snap-bylaws
  20. Society of American Archivists. (2016). SNAP Bylaws. Society of American Archivists. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/groups/students-and-new-archives-professionals-snap-roundtable/snap-bylaws
  21. Society of American Archivists. (2016). Home. SNAP blog (web log). Retrieved May 14, 2016 from http://snaproundtable.wordpress.com/
  22. Society of American Archivists. (2016). Students and New Archives Professionals Roundtable Roster. Society of American Archivists. Retrieved from http://saa.archivists.org/4DCGI/committees/Roles.html?Action=Show_Comm_Roles&CommCode=SAA**TBL-SNAP&Name=A&Status=Active
  23. Society of American Archivists. (2016). Students and New Archives Professionals (SNAP) Roundtable. Society of American Archivists. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/groups/students-and-new-archives-professionals-snap-roundtable
  24. Society of American Archivists. (2016). SNAP Bylaws. Society of American Archivists. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/groups/students-and-new-archives-professionals-snap-roundtable/snap-bylaws
  25. Society of American Archivists. (2016). About. SNAP Blog (web log). Retrieved May 14, 2016, from https://snaproundtable.wordpress.com/about/
  26. Society of American Archivists. (2016). SNAP Bylaws. Society of American Archivists. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/groups/students-and-new-archives-professionals-snap-roundtable/snap-bylaws
  27.  Society of American Archivists. (2016). About. SNAP Blog (web log). Retrieved May 14, 2016, from https://snaproundtable.wordpress.com/about/
  28. Society of American Archivists. (2016). Students and New Archives Professionals (SNAP) Roundtable. Society of American Archivists. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/groups/students-and-new-archives-professionals-snap-roundtable
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