Goal One

Develop a professional identity and philosophy within the library and information professions.    

Outcome 1a. Describe the historical context and dynamic nature of the core values and ethics of the library and information professions.

Artifact: Association Review-Society of American Archivists

Review of Society of American Archivists

While taking LIS 770, management of libraries and information centers I reviewed the organization Society of American Archivists.  This organization was founded in 1936 and is the largest archival professional association.  SAA has more than 6,200 professional archivists and students as members.

The core values of the SAA are access and use, accountability, advocacy, diversity, history and memory, preservation, professionalism, responsible custody, selection, service and social responsibly.  (“Who We Are | Society of American Archivists”, 2016) The code of ethics for the SAA works in conjunction with the core values to provide guidance and increase awareness of ethical concerns among archivists.

This exercise gave me insight into a professional organization and exposure to the vision and the mission of the organization.  I also learned how the organization could benefit me professionally through the job and internship listings.  Another benefit of membership in the SAA is the real-world information and current industry concerns gleaned from the e-newsletter and various roundtables.

Who We Are | Society of American Archivists. (2016). Www2.archivists.org. Retrieved 17 Sept. 2016, from https://www2.archivists.org/aboutsaa

Outcome 1b. Articulate the philosophies, theories, models, and/or major perspectives of the library and information professions.

 Artifact: Research Paper. Topic: When we are no more –  How digital memory is shaping our future.

When We Are No More

This artifact, which was completed for LIS 753 internet fundamentals and design is based on the theory popularized by Abby Smith Rumsey that the way we record information now (digitality) would lead to a loss of data in the future.   She believes that because of the overwhelming amount of data now we would have to change course from the traditional school of thought which is to save everything to being selective with the materials we preserve based on if the material would be useful for the future.  If we do not make changes in the near future, data will be inaccessible, making it unavailable for the generations to come.

What I learned from researching this topic is the importance of selecting the method that is used for storage.  Information recorded today can be lost because the programs needed to access them will become defunct.   When looking at preserving data, the archivist must first consider how to increase the lifespan of computer files and to prevent the hardware from becoming obsolete.

Outcome 1c. Participate in professional activities and associations, such as professional conferences and meetings, internships and practicums, and professional email discussions and social media.

Artifact:  Summary of experience gained

Experience Gained from Internship and Practicum.

During my time as a student at Dominican University, I had the pleasure to complete a 40-hour practicum at the Archives and Special Collections of Chicago State University.  For the last 5 months, I work as an intern for the Newberry Library working on the Tuck and Sons postcard digital initiative.  Currently, I am completing a practicum at Northwestern University, working in the global marketing department.

These experiences have allowed me to apply knowledge learned while at Dominican to real-world situations, exposed me to the operations of different types of information storage and allowed me to shadow information professionals.  Some of the tasks that I have completed include attaching metadata to files in a digital collection, creating a processing plan and organizing unprocessed/partially processed materials and migrating a digital collection from a third-party site to the universities digital access management system MDAM.