Personal Archive Introduction with kYmberly Keeton

Student Group

This is the first in a series of events supporting SAASC’s Personal Archive Project!

Join us on Tuesday, April 25th, 6p PT for Personal Archive Introduction with kYmberly Keeton. kYmberly is an ALA Emerging Leader, Library Journal 2020 Mover & Shaker, nationally published writer, art librarian & archivist, and genealogy curator who will guide us through her own personal archiving processes. This is a great way to gain some insight into personal archiving if it’s a new topic for you.

The Society of American Archivists defines a personal archive as “a set of documents in any format that provides evidence of an individual’s activities.” Whether you’re an experienced archivist or have just begun exploring the field as an MLIS student, SAASC invites you to participate in our first Personal Archive Project, where you’ll have the freedom to arrange, describe, and present evidence of your own unique activities that highlight your history. All participants will receive a prize for joining the project, plus, we’ll highlight stand-out, creative personal archives with additional recognition. Additionally, we encourage participants to use their Personal Archive in fulfilling Core Competencies F, K, and/or M — this is a chance to put your archiving knowledge into practice!

Key Dates

Sunday, May 14th: Personal Archive slides must be submitted to our shared Google Presentation:

How to participate: Sign up here!

After signing up, you’ll have until Sunday, May 14th to submit:

At least 1 image of your “collection”
A list of the records in your collection, organized and arranged as you see fit
A brief write-up about your collection and why it’s important to you

Whether you have a box of family photos or letters that you’ve been meaning to organize, a folder of notes or photos on your phone that you want to preserve, or a collection of things that need to be ordered (pins, stickers, snow globes, postcards, etc.) — be creative. The collection can be any size and be composed of materials in any format. The sky’s the limit in terms of what you think constitutes an archive.

More information can be found on our FAQ page on our Canvas Group! (Groups –> SAASC –> Discussions –> Personal Archive Project).

Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2023
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Location: Online via Zoom