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Working as a Contract Archivist: Strategies for Success Eden Orelove Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference October 27, 2012.

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1 Working as a Contract Archivist: Strategies for Success Eden Orelove Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference October 27, 2012

2 A Little About My Current Position Work as a contract Photograph Archivist at the Smithsonian Institution Archives Funded by the Collection Care Preservation Grant Started work at SIA in January 2012 Recently had my contract extended to September 2013

3 Inventorying Originally hired to do an inventory of the SIA cold storage vault photographic materials Includes over 2 million photographs Goal is to eventually move collections to a new facility Determine extent, box sizes, condition, content, owning institution, medium

4 Stabilizing Broken Glass Plate Negatives

5 Other Tasks Rehousing collections Fulfilling Orders for Photographic Images Digitizing and Creating Metadata Film Inspection, Condition Reports and Recommendations Sit on the SIASC committee

6 Pros of Contract Work 1.Greater Flexibility 2. Variety 3. Maintain Skill Set 4. Opportunity for Future Full-time Employment with Companies Source:

7 Cons of Contract Work Source: 1. Sometimes You Feel Like an Outsider 2. Not as Stable -Have to always think about getting the next job 3. Lack of Benefits 4. Taxes

8 Skills Required for Success Motivation Take advantage of opportunities Networking Dont be afraid to meet people Conferences Active member of professional organizations Find/Be a Mentor SAA mentoring program Other mentoring programs Flexibility Source:

9 If You Feel Overwhelmed… Contact Me! Eden Orelove Source:

10 Questions? My Cat Nutley


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