Archival Educators Section seeks adjunct survey participation

Dear Colleagues,

The Archival Educators Section (AES) Steering Committee is seeking to learn more about adjunct faculty in the archival profession. The purpose of our project is to analyze the duties, obligations, and experiences that adjuncts have while teaching archival courses. We hope to further a conversation about the role of adjuncts and their value in higher education.

If you are adjunct instructor who has taught at least one archival course within the past 5 years, we would greatly appreciate your participation in this survey.

For the purposes of our survey, adjuncts are defined as those hired on a part-time basis to teach one or more courses at an institution of higher learning. They may be referred to as adjunct professor, adjunct lecturer, adjunct instructor, or by other titles deemed appropriate by the institution. The positions are non-tenure track and are on a contractual basis with variable pay, resource availability, and access to benefits such as health insurance and retirement

The outcomes will be reported at the SAA AES meeting in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, August 15 from 2:30-3:45 PM. The steering committee may also publish the report to inform the archival community of the findings of the survey.

The findings of this research will begin to provide directions for how archival educational programs may improve the working relationships with their adjuncts to enhance the experiences of the students within these programs.

To assist with our project, we are requesting that you complete the survey found at the following link:

The survey should take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.

At the end of the survey you may provide your contact information voluntarily for follow-up purposes. The confidentiality of all participant data will be maintained. Any information that may identify a participant will be removed prior to the data analysis process and not connected to your responses.

There will be no costs or direct payment for participating.

If you have any questions about the study or study procedures, please do not hesitate to contact one of us. Please feel free to distribute this email if you know of adjunct instructors in your program who may not be subscribed to this list.

Thank you,

Donald Force (, Chair AES

Miriam Meislik (, Steering Committee Member, AES




Dear Colleagues,

The SAA Description Section seeks submissions for the Summer 2018 issue of Descriptive Notes, the newsletter for SAA’s Description Section.

Descriptive Notes comprises announcements, articles, progress and project reports, collection images, cartoons, illustrations, and other newsy content. Are you in the middle of a project and want to let your fellow archivists in on what you’ve accomplished? Let us know! Have you come across a unique descriptive challenge in a collection? We want to know about it!

This is your forum. Your colleagues want to hear from you!

For examples of previous issues of Descriptive Notes, check out

Please send submissions to:

*The deadline for the Summer 2018 issue is July 21.*

Please feel free to contact me with any questions. I look forward to your submissions!

Cheri Crist
Description Section Newsletter Editor