February 2017 Workshop & Meeting

The next meeting of the WSU student chapter of NDSA will be:

Date: Saturday, Febrary 25, 2017

Time: 2 p.m.

Workshop: What’s in the Box?

Presenter:  Paul Neirink, Digital Resources Specialist at the Reuther Library

As archivists and digital practitioners, we will encounter numerous formats that we may not recognize or be able to identify. In this workshop, we’ll examine a box of potentially obsolete digital storage devices and discuss how best to identify, retrieve, and preserve the digital objects they contain.

The NDSA chapter meeting will follow the workshop. We will be discussing possible colloquium topics for an event being planned for spring/fall 2017.


You can join the meeting in person at Kresge Library, Room 302 or virtually at: https://connect.slis.wayne.edu/ndsa
All SLIS students are welcome!

Students encouraged to develop posters and presentations at panel

On Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, SLIS students gathered to learn from experienced faculty and professionals about preparing and presenting at conferences of all kinds. Presenters included SLIS faculty members Kim Schroeder and Tim Bowman and Reuther archivists Rebecca Bizonet and Gavin Strassel.

The panel discussion was organized by SLIS student chapters of Society of American Archivists (SAA), National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA), and Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T).

Listen to the full presentation.

Each speaker discussed different aspects of becoming a conference presenter whether for a poster session, a brief five-minute talk or a full presentation. Schroeder put on her career advisor hat and emphasized how important it is for students to see these presentations as a way to assist in the job search. Presenting a poster shows a commitment to the profession, demonstrates how you think and helps you get hired faster.

Bowman suggested building a story around the question you are interested in pursuing. Is it a mystery? A crime story? As you pursue answers to your question, describe your journey and the answers you uncovered. He also encouraged good design when creating a poster or PowerPoint presentation. Use white space and avoid text heavy posters and slides. Incorporate icons and graphics where you can.

Both Bowman and Schroeder emphasized that others in the profession are interested in hearing what students are learning and the innovative research they encounter. If a professor encourages you to turn your paper or idea into a presentation, take that as the confidence you need to follow through.

Strassel, president of Metro Detroit Archivists League (MEDAL), encouraged students to network with classmates as well as with local professional groups. Some local groups hold symposiums to provide feedback on one another’s presentation before submitting them to a call for proposal. He said that students often have a special status at conferences and it is an opportunity not to be missed.

Echoing that sentiment, Bizonet, president of the Michigan Archival Association (MAA), said students are encouraged to submit posters and other presentation ideas as well as articles for publication. MAA offers a student scholarship to attend their annual conference as do many other professional association conferences. Students should be on the lookout for MAA’s upcoming call for poster presentations for their June conference.

Joint SLIS Panel Feb. 4 @ 2 p.m.

Joint SLIS Panel on Conference and Poster Presentations

Saturday, February 4, 2017

2-4 p.m

Kresge Rm 315

Are you nervous about an upcoming conference you’re planning to attend? Not sure if your poster looks good enough? Conference jitters are a real issue, but there may be something you can do about it!

Join SLIS student groups Society of American Archivists (SAA), the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA), and the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) for a panel on conference and poster presentation preparedness.

The panel will include Kim Schroeder (SLIS), Rebecca Bizonet (Michigan Archival Association), Gavin Strassel (Metro Detroit Archivists League), and Timothy Bowman (SLIS).

There will be time for open discussion and Q&A at the end of the program.

To attend the meeting online: https://connect.slis.wayne.edu/saa


MMDP meeting date set

Register today!

The next Mid-Michigan Digital Practitioners (MMDP) meeting is set for Thursday, March 23 and Friday, March 24, 2017 and will be held at the Wayne State University Reuther Library. The group has sent out a call for proposals, presentations, demonstrations, lightning talks and posters. To learn more about the meeting or the call for proposals, please visit the MMDP website.

The MMDP is a regional group of information professionals focused on creating, curating and preserving digital collections. Members include practitioners working in libraries, museums, archives and many other institutions. These semi-annual meetings are a great way for students to get to know professionals working in a variety of fields.