Month: September 2015

Upcoming Event: Barbara Haws Brown Bag

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Please bring your lunch and join us for a SAA Brown Bag!

Speaker: Barbara Haws, the New York Philharmonic Archivist/Historian

When:  12:00 pm on Friday, October 9

Where:  2255 NQ

Light refreshments will be provided.

Barbara Haws, the New York Philharmonic’s Archivist/Historian since 1984, has lectured extensively about the Orchestra’s past and curated major exhibitions at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (1992), London Barbican (2000), and Cologne Philharmonie (1998). In the fall of 2003 she mounted the largest multimedia exhibition on the Philharmonic’s history, which opened at the UBS Art Gallery and relocated to the Grand Promenade and Tiers of Avery Fisher Hall. She led the effort to digitize 1.3 million pages of archival material, funded by the Leon Levy Foundation and available online at



Upcoming Event: Sarkisian Archives Blitz!

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We invite you to join us in an Archives Blitz for the Leo Sarkisian Archive on Saturday, October 3rd.

You might be wondering just what an archives blitz is… we want to gather a group of SI students together for a few hours and complete projects using our archival abilities that will give back to the community.
The Situation: The Leo Sarkisian Archive is on loan to the University of Michigan from the Voice of America (VoA) in Washington, DC. The archive is largely an extensive audio record of 40 years of the VoA radio program, Music Time in Africa. Leo Sarkisian created the radio program and served as the program director from 1965 to 2007. When the Leo Sarkisian Archive was transferred to the University of Michigan in January 2015, the collection was contained in 188 archives boxes of approximately 1.25 cubic feet each. The total number of recordings exceeds 7,500 items. The finding aid will also serve as an important part of a new Leo Sarkisian Collection established in the MLibrary Special Collections Department. The Archives Blitz is an opportunity to do bulk-level arrangement and description of a very important audiovisual collection and lay the groundwork for appropriate access to the collection in the months and years ahead.

The Task: Students who participate in the Archive Blitz will work in teams under the general direction of Associate Professor Paul Conway and the specific direction of one MSI student who is already familiar with the nature of the materials. The Blitz will involve creating archival series from the boxes, inspecting the contents of each box to confirm that the box relates to the appropriate series, rearranging materials as appropriate, labeling the boxes, and creating the raw material that will go into the finding aid.

Participants must attend a Pre-Blitz information session on Wednesday, September 23 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm in 2255 NQ. During this session we will provide an overview of the task, the location of the event, and other information that you will need to hit the ground running on Saturday. If you can’t make it to this session, email us for alternatives. Pre-blitz meetings have been cancelled.
The Archive Blitz will take place on Saturday, October 3 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. All of the work will take place at a MLibrary owned warehouse off campus. The address will be given to those who sign-up at a later date. There is free parking at the warehouse. Carpooling is a possibility. Pizza and drinks will be provided for lunch. We will follow the UM home football game on the radio. All students who participate will be recognized on the demo website for the Leo Sarkisian Archive.
Due to the size of the archive we have capped participation to the first 25 people who register. A wait-list will be created for those willing to jump in if a spot opens up. RSVP here by Sunday, September 20th at 11:59pm. 
If you can’t make it to this blitz don’t fret! There will be more opportunities in the future!

Town Hall Meeting

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We will be having a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, September 15 from 5:30-6:30 pm! Location to be determined.

Come learn about our chapter, what we do, how to get involved, and eat pizza! We hope to see you there!

Preserve Your Sanity: Back to School Edition

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Ring in the new school year with us at Mash on Thursday, September 10th from 4pm-6pm.

Where is  Mash? It’s at 211 E. Washington, Ann Arbor, MI 48104!

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!

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Are you looking for on campus employment? Here’s a list of current job postings. Luckily there are quite a few ARM/PI related jobs that are still available (although this list is by no means exhaustive.)

If you have questions about any positions, email, and we can probably connect you to someone who works at any of these places or has worked there.

If you are interested, it is recommended that you apply ASAP, because hiring season is going on now!

Clements Library

Library Assistant – Visual Materials (Work Study Required)


Bentley Historical Library –

Library Assistant – Digitization (Work Study/Non-Work Study)


Population Studies Center

Library Assistant – Digitization (Work Study Required)


University of Michigan Art Museum

Study Room Art Handler (Non-Work Study)



Digital Conversion Student Assistant (Work Study Required)

Special Collections Administrative Services Assistant (Work Study/Non-Work Study)


Special Collections Reader Services Assistant (Work Study/Non-Work Study)

Computer and Video Game Archive Assistant (Work Study/Non-Work Study)

Clark Library Reference Assistant (Work Study/Non-Work Study)

The library is also having a meet and greet for UMSI students next Friday, and this is generally a good place to meet librarians and library staff who might be hiring students. You will also get to meet some of the awesome librarians on campus!

MLibrary Meet & Greet @ UMSI
Friday, September 11th3:30-5:00 pm
Brief remarks at 3:45 pm
Ehrlicher Room (3100 North Quad)

Ford Presidential Library

The Ford Library usually posts jobs on iTrack at the beginning of the school year, so keep an eye out. Work study is generally required for these jobs.

Other jobs may yet still be posted on iTrack, the library jobs website, and the general university student employment site, so keep checking those if you are still in search of your dream job!