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Contribute to ARC magazine

 

The Section for New Professionals is accepting abstracts of articles for inclusion in the Section’s ARC special edition due out in February 2018. We encourage participation from new professionals in the archives and records sector; in particular, we would welcome those working in the records management and conservation arena. Authors are free to write about any particular topic: it could be a particular project they’ve been involved with, their experiences in their first professional post and what they’ve learned, or issues they see in the profession today. Any topic will be considered.

Please submit abstracts of not more than 150 words to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by September 30, 2017. Successful applicants will be informed by Thursday 5th October 2017, with the final paper to be submitted by Wednesday, November 28, 2017.

Completed articles will be between 500-800 words and include a range of images. If you have any questions or require more information, please contact Sue Halwa, Publicity Officer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Join the Committee

 

The Section for New Professionals (SfNP) has two voluntary roles available on their committee.

The roles are:

    • Treasurer
    • Careers Officer

 

To express your interest for a role on the committee, please send a short statement (one page suffices) addressing the following points:

    • Which role interests you;
    • Why you would like to be considered for that particular role (give reasons);
    • Outline your interest in SfNP and ARA activities, and how you would manage working time and the team's commitments.

Expressions of interest should be sent to Karyn Williamson, SfNP Chair, at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..uk by Friday 30th June 2017.

 

Please indicate clearly which role you are interested in and put your name on your statement. 

 

Requests for further information are welcome to the same address. All outgoing officers will be available for a short handover period. For an overview of all our activities, please visit our webpages at: http://www.archives.org.uk/si-new-professionals/section-for-new-professionals.html. Prospective applicants must be current members of the ARA (or willing to become one) and be either studying on an accredited course or newly-qualified up to five years.

 

Being part of this dynamic and pro-active team is a great opportunity to learn new skills, make an active contribution to the profession and engage with peers and established professionals. We are a hardworking group of people who are committed to representing our members, advocating their interests and providing high quality training and networking opportunities.

Successful candidates will be notified by the current committee by the 7th July 2017.

 

The Roles

Treasurer

This crucial role involves being responsible for maintaining the Section’s accounts, monitoring expenditure and prompt liaison with those claiming expenses. In conjunction with the Chair, the Treasurer is also responsible for writing and submitting the annual budget bid and there is scope for developing sponsorship for our two annual events. Experience dealing with accounts is not required as the current treasurer and Chair will provide guidance as required, but prompt action, time management and excellent communication skills are essential for this role. For further information on the role and what is expected from the Treasurer click on the name of the role in the following page:

http://www.archives.org.uk/images/Why_be_Treasurer_of_SfNP_2017.pdf

 

Careers Officer

This versatile role involves being responsible for managing our successful Peer Pals Programme (formerly e-mentoring). The post holder will also be the first point of contact for answering all careers related queries from members. They will also oversee the planning and development of a proposed University visits programme and liaise with the Training Officer to develop high quality careers based training sessions for our events. The role would suit someone who is resourceful and who is well organised with excellent communication and team work skills. Good working knowledge of the ARA and accredited professional courses is highly desirable and a strong awareness of professional issues is essential.  For further information on the role and what is expected from the Careers Officer click on the name of the role on the following page: 

http://www.archives.org.uk/images/SfNPCareersofficerWhyBe_2017.pdf

 

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

 

New Professionals Conference Bursary

 

For the third year in a row, the Archives and Records Association is offering a New Professionals Bursary which all members of the Section for New Professionals are strongly encouraged to apply for. This is separate from the other conference bursaries, which are open to all members.

 

The New Professionals Bursary (full conference £549) has been raised through crowd funding, which ARA members have generously supported.

 

The bursary will cover full attendance at conference for three days, including accommodation on the Wednesday and Thursday evenings and all meals including the gala dinner. A contribution to travel costs will be made of a maximum of £100/€115.

 

One of the main highlights of the ARA calendar, the Conference provides so many networking and learning opportunities for everyone who attends but particularly for new professionals at the beginning of their career. The new professionals’ bursary is an opportunity not to be missed.

 

To apply please complete the bursary application form which can be found here.

 

Please confirm the following in your application-

 

    • You have not been to conference in the last 3 years
    • You have not received an ARA bursary of any kind
    • You have been a member of ARA and the Section for New Professionals for at least 1 year
    • Please also confirm that you agree to write a blog post for the Section for New Professionals.

 

Applications must be received by 10am on Friday 23rd June 2017.

 

 

 

Travel Bursaries for the Summer Seminar

The Section for New Professionals is offering three travel bursaries to support members attend their annual summer networking event. The Section for New Professionals 7th Summer Seminar will be held in the Sir Charles Wilson Seminar rooms at the University of Glasgow on Monday 12th June 2017.

 

The Glasgow event runs from 11am-5pm, with registration starting from 10.40am. This year the theme is workplace skills, and sees the return of our popular recruitment panel.

 

There are two travel bursaries available for new professionals who are based in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland) and one for a new professional based in the Irish region.

 

The event is free to attend and the bursary will award successful applicants up to £50 to help with travel and sustenance costs.

 

In return, the Section for New Professionals ask that all successful applicants help document the day by contributing to one or more of the following tasks:

  • Tweeting from the event

  • Taking photographs

  • Producing a blog post to appear on the Off the Record blog

  • Writing a short article for ARC magazine or similar

This will help us share the event with an even wider audience of new professionals.

 

In order to apply you:

  • Must be in the first 5 years of a career in archives, records or conservation

  • Must be a member of the ARA and the Section for New Professionals

 

You do not need to be an ARA member to attend the event, but only current ARA members (including student members) are eligible to apply for the available travel bursaries.

 

To apply for a bursary please complete the application form. You can access this via the Section for New Professionals Facebook group, or alternatively please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application form. The deadline for applications is Friday 19th May and applicants will be notified whether they have been successful on Monday 22nd May.

 

If you have any questions about the bursary application or the event, please do not hesitate to contact the committee via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via Twitter @ARAnewprofs

 

 

We're Looking for a New Chair 

The ARA Section for New Professionals is currently accepting applications for the role of Section Chair. This is a fantastic opportunity to become involved in a vibrant and busy section. The role of Chair is instrumental in keeping the Section running and influencing its development. A role description and what is expected is provided below. Please note this is a voluntary position.

If you are interested in the role please send a statement of 250 words indicating your reasons for applying, relevant skills and experience to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information or an informal discussion about the post please contact the above email address or telephone Karyn on 01312452159. We strongly recommend that you discuss the post further before applying.

 

What are the benefits of being Chair?

  •          Develop your skills in general management, people management, leadership, communication, public speaking and budget management
  •          Gain extra credits towards Registration or your continued professional development
  •          Have your say and influence ARA work; represent SfNP 
  •          Gain sought-after peer-mentoring
  •          Raise your profile within the sector and get involved with established and new professionals.

What does the role involve?

  •          To chair committee meetings, plan agendas, promote constructive debate and sign off minutes
  •          Have oversight of all activities, offer guidance and interaction between committee members
  •          Responsible for SfNP budget
  •          Promote best practice and professionalism in the work of SfNP committee
  •          Keep abreast of professional issues and keep members informed. Keep updated with matters of the ARA Board and keep members informed
  •          Represent the SfNP members’ interests within the ARA
  •          To ensure the right response to initiatives which impact the ARA by canvassing and collating the opinions of SfNP members
  •          Attend meetings of Professional Development Committee (PDC)

Who would I be working with?

  •          In the first instance the SfNP committee to ensure all activities are managed accordingly
  •          SfNP Treasurer to ensure the section’s budget is well monitored and spent
  •          Lorraine Logan – Membership and Office Administrator
  •          SfNP members and members of the wider recordkeeping community
  •          Occasionally officers from other ARA sections and regions
  •          Members of the ARA Board

How much time would be involved?

  •          One Annual Meeting and 5 committee meetings (via teleconference/ Skype) throughout the year
  •          Attend two face-to-face meetings and two teleconferences for the PDC
  •          On average 2-3 hours a week (occasionally more) dealing with correspondence, writing reports and planning
  •          Attend our Summer Seminar to help deliver the event
  •          Sometimes attend regional 'soft skills' events, or University visits
  •          Minimum commitment of one year, but 2-3 years recommended minimum term

The Chair role has a wide remit with additional duties and prior to events and meetings there is an increased workload

The deadline for applications is the 26th May with applicants being informed of the decision the following week.

 

 

2017 Summer Seminar

The Archives and Records Association Section for New Professionals is holding its 7th annual Summer Seminar at the Sir Charles Wilson Seminar rooms, University of Glasgow on Monday 12th June 2017. The event is free and open to all who are at the start of a career in archives, records management or conservation, both prospective and newly qualified. Please note you do not need to be an ARA member to attend.

 

The Section for New Professionals supports those in the first five years of their career in the record keeping professions. This includes trainees, interns and recently qualified professionals, helping to bridge the gap between new professionals and the wider community.

 

The event runs from 11am-5pm, with registration starting from 10.40am. This year we will focus on the theme of workplace skills, and host the return of our popular recruitment panel. A full programme will be circulated closer to the event. Places are free but must be booked in advance. To reserve your place please visit the Eventbrite page - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/section-for-new-professionals-summer-seminar-2017-tickets-33972042293 - by Monday 5th June.

 

There are limited spaces available so we encourage you to book your place early if you would like to attend. Please note that lunch is not provided, although refreshments will be provided. Delegates are welcome to bring their own, or there are nearby options to buy lunch. All attendees are welcome to join us for further informal networking and discussion in a nearby pub afterwards.

 

The Sir Charles Wilson Building is located 10 minutes’ walk away from Kelvinbridge subway station, and on the number 15 bus service route.

 

We look forward to welcoming you on the day. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact the committee by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via Twitter @ARAnewprofs

 

Those unable to join us on the day can follow the event on Twitter using the hashtag #NPSS17

 

Interview Skills Workshop - 21st April 2017

The ARA Section for New Professionals is holding an ‘Interview skills workshop’ at the Philip Robinson Library at Newcastle University on Friday 21st April 2017 and new professionals are encouraged to attend.

The event runs from 2pm-5pm, with registration starting from 1.30pm.

The event is free but places must be booked in advance by Friday 14th April.

The event is now fully booked but you can add your name to our waiting list and will be notified if a space becomes available. Please visit the Eventbrite page to add your name to the waiting list – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/interview-skills-workshop-tickets-32448604650

The event will give attendees the opportunity to ask questions and get advice from experts in recruitment in the profession.

The Philip Robinson Library is located approximately 20 minutes’ walk from Newcastle train station.

If you have any questions about the event or ideas for future events for new professionals please contact us by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via Twitter @ARAnewprofs

 

Conference Social Media Role for a New Professional

A voluntary opportunity for a newly qualified professional has arisen within the Archives and Records Association to provide social media support during promotion for the 2017 ARA Annual Conference. The conference is to be held in Manchester between the 30th of August and the 1st of September 2017, with social media promotion expected to run from March to September.

The successful applicant will work to the Chair of the ARA conference committee (Andrew Nicoll), become engaged in the committee’s conference planning and receive one day’s free attendance at the conference (a cash value of £189).

To qualify for this role, applicants should have qualified from an ARA accredited degree within the last five years and be a full member of ARA. You should also have experience of using social media and not have attended previous ARA Annual Conferences.

This is an excellent opportunity to:

  • become more involved with ARA
  • broaden your network
  • gain valuable experience for CPD
  • and engage in online discussions with recordkeeping professionals
  • Also, the free day pass for the conference is a great way for a new professional to attend for the first time.

Interested applicants should submit a 250 word statement on why they are interested in this role, a couple of brief ideas on how they would go about using social media platforms to improve members’ awareness of the conference, and how it would benefit them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please also include your ARA membership number. The deadline for expressions of interest is Monday the 20th of February 2017, with the successful applicant being informed on Wednesday the 22nd.

Please submit any questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via Twitter @ARAnewprofs

 

Section for New Professionals CV Writing Workshop

The ARA Section for New Professionals is holding a ‘CV writing workshop’ at the London Canal Museum on Monday 7th November 2016 and new professionals are encouraged to attend.

The Section for New Professionals exists to support those in the first five years of a career in the record keeping professions. This includes trainees, interns, volunteers and recently qualified professionals.

The event runs from 2pm-5pm, with registration starting from 1.30pm.

Places are free but must be booked in advance. To reserve your place please visit the Eventbrite page - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/section-for-new-professionals-cv-writing-workshop-tickets-27610377382 - and book your place by Monday 31st October.

There are 25 spaces available so we encourage you to book your place early if you would like to attend the event.
 

Attendees of the workshop must bring along a current copy of their CV, preferably on their laptop to fully benefit from the event. 

Refreshments will be provided free of charge, and all attendees are welcome to join us for further informal networking in a nearby pub after the workshop finishes.

The London Canal Museum is located approximately 10 minutes’ walk from Kings Cross and St Pancras stations. Future Section for New Professionals events will be held in different regions outside of London, to reach as many new professionals as possible.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact the committee by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via Twitter @ARAnewprofs

 

Section for New Professionals – ARC Edition – Call for Abstracts

The Section for New Professionals (ARA UK & Ireland) is accepting abstracts of articles for inclusion in the Section’s ARC magazine special edition due out in December 2016. We encourage participation from newly qualified archivists, records managers and conservators.

Unlike last year, there is no set theme so potential authors are free to write about any particular topic: it could be a particular project they’ve been involved with, their experiences in their first professional post and what they’ve learned, or issues they see in the profession today. Any topic will be considered.

Please submit abstracts of not more than 150 words to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by August 15th 2016. Successful applicants will be informed by Thursday 1st September 2016, with the final paper to be submitted by Monday 3rd October 2016.

Completed articles will be between 500-800 words and include a range of images. If you have any questions or require more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Publicity Officer.

 

New Professionals Conference Bursary

For the second year in a row, the Archives and Records Association is offering a New Professionals Bursary to allow a member of the Section for New Professionals to attend the annual ARA Conference.

All members of the Section for New Professionals are strongly encouraged to apply for this exciting opportunity. This bursary is separate from the other conference bursaries, which are open to all members.

The New Professionals Bursary has been raised through crowd funding, which our colleagues have generously supported by donating towards.

The bursary will cover full attendance at conference for three days, including accommodation on the Wednesday and Thursday evenings and all meals including the gala dinner. An additional contribution to travel costs will be made to a maximum of £120/€170.

One of the main highlights of the ARA calendar, the Conference provides so many networking and learning opportunities for everyone who attends but particularly for new professionals at the beginning of their career. It is rare to find so much knowledge and expertise in one place and thanks to the generosity of their peers, the bursary recipient will be able to take full advantage of this. The Archives and Records, Conservation and Digital themes ensure that there really is something for new professionals from each of the record keeping professions. The new professionals’ bursary is an opportunity not to be missed.

If you want to take advantage of an array of learning opportunities, meet and build up a network of professional contacts and engage with professional issues, we hope you will be inspired to apply for this valuable opportunity.

To apply please send a document to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. titled New Professionals Bursary. In no more than 350 words please tell us what difference conference would make to your working day or study or career.

Please confirm the following in your application-

  • You have not been to conference in the last 3 years
  • You have not received an ARA bursary of any kind
  • You have been a member of ARA and the Section for New Professionals for at least 1 year
  • Please also confirm that you agree to write a blog post for the Section for New Professionals.

Applications must be received by 5pm on Friday 1 July 2016.

 

Vacancies on the Section for New Professionals Committee

The Section for New Professionals (SfNP) has two voluntary roles available on their committee from November.

The roles are:

  • Secretary
  • Training Officer

To facilitate the handover the current Officers are willing to take on shadow assistants at this stage, who will have the opportunity to learn the role prior to standing for election in November.

Secretary
Read about the role of Secretary here: http://www.archives.org.uk/images/New_Professionals/SfNP_Committee_2015-15/Why_be_Secretary_of_SfNP__2016_.pdf

Training Officer
Read about the role of Training Officer here: http://www.archives.org.uk/images/New_Professionals/SfNP_Committee_2015-15/Why_be_Training_Officer_for_SfNP_2016.pdf
 
Being part of this dynamic and pro-active team is a great opportunity to gain new skills, make an active contribution to the profession and engage with peers and established professionals.
 
These roles do not require any particular previous experience other than an interest in taking part and time commitment. Prospective applicants must be current members of the ARA and preferably be newly-qualified professionals up to five years - we welcome expressions of interest from archivists, conservators and records managers.

To express your interest, please send a short statement (one page suffices) addressing the following points: 

  • Which role interests you;
  • Specify why you would like to be considered for that particular role (give reasons);
  • Outline your interest in SfNP and ARA activities, and how you would manage working time and the team's commitments.

Expressions of interest should be sent by email to SfNP Chair Karyn Williamson by Thursday 30th June, at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Requests for further information are welcome to the same address. 

The successful applicants will be notified by Friday 8th July and will be required to attend the Section's AGM in November (date and venue to be confirmed).

 

Summer Seminar 2016

The Section for New Professionals is holdings its annual Summer Seminar networking event. This will be held on Monday 13th June 2016 at Friends’ Meeting House, Manchester.

The event is free and open to all who are at the start of a career in archives, records management or conservation, both prospective and newly qualified. Please see the programme for details of this year's exciting event.

This year's programme includes the launch of the new SfNP after the Section recently reviewed its mission. The Section exists to support those in the first five years of their career in the record keeping professions. This includes trainees, interns and recently qualified professionals, helping to bridge the gap between new professionals and the wider archive community.

This year the event will feature talks from a variety of professionals at different stages in their careers, offer opportunities for networking and discussion, and sees the return of our popular recruitment panel.

Friends’ Meeting House is located within walking distance of all the city's rail stations, only a few minutes walk away from Manchester Town Hall and Manchester Central. Several bus routes also stop near the venue. Details about available travel options can be found on the Friends' Meeting House website.

Please note that lunch is not provided, but delegates are welcome to bring their own, or there are nearby options to buy lunch.


All delegates are also very welcome to join us for a drink afterwards for continued networking and discussion.

Places are free but must be booked in advance. To reserve your place please visit the Eventbrite page and book your place by 9th June.

We look forward to welcoming you on the day. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact the committee by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via Twitter @ARAnewprofs  

Those unable to join us on the day can follow the event on Twitter using the hashtag #npss16

  • Annual meeting 

    The Archives and Records Association Section for New Professionals is holding its 2015 annual meeting on Wednesday 4th November at Jesus College, Cambridge. The event is open to all who are at the start of a career in archives, records management or conservation, both prospective and newly qualified. Tickets are free but places must be reserved in advance.

    The programme will include talks from ARA Board member Louise Ray on diversity in the workforce and ARA Head of Public Affairs Jon Elliott on advocacy. There will also be a chance to learn more about the work undertaken by the ARA Section for New Professionals over the past year, including an update on our first member survey. You are also very welcome to join us in the bar afterwards for further discussion.

    Please note: registration is from 12.30pm and the event starts at 1pm. A full programme is available here.

    Tickets are free but must be booked in advance from http://aranewprofessionalsannualmeeting2015.eventbrite.co.uk

  • New commitee members needed

    The Archives and Records Association (ARA) Section for New Professionals (SfNP) has six voluntary roles available on its committee from November. The SfNP represents and supports the interests of those finding out about a career in recordkeeping, students currently undertaking accredited professional courses, and recent archives graduates starting out in the records professions.The roles are:

    • Chair (including six months as Co-Chair)
    • Communications Officer
    • Events Officer
    • Treasurer
    • Publicity Officer
    • Careers Officer
    To express your interest for a role on the committee, please send a short statement (one page suffices) addressing the following points:
    • Which role interests you;
    • Specify why you would like to be considered for that particular role (give reasons);
    • Outline your interest in SfNP and ARA activities, and how you would manage working time and the team's commitments. 

    Expressions of interest should be sent to Frances Lund, SfNP Chair, at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. byFriday 4th September 2015.

    Please indicate clearly which role you are interested in and put your name on your statement.  

    Requests for further information are welcome to the same address. All outgoing officers will be available for a short handover period. For an overview of all our activities, please visit our webpages at: http://www.archives.org.uk/si-new-professionals/section-for-new-professionals.html. Prospective applicants must be current members of the ARA (or willing to become one) and be either studying on an accredited course or newly-qualified up to five years.

    Being part of this dynamic and pro-active team is a great opportunity to learn new skills, make an active contribution to the profession and engage with peers and established professionals. We are a hardworking group of people who are committed to representing our members, advocating their interests and providing high quality training and networking opportunities.

    The ARA relies on members who fulfil voluntary roles (officers) to deliver its wide ranging activities.  The ARA Board are acutely aware of CPD and the opportunities and skills that volunteering offer and are keen to assist in their development. To this end, all new Officers on the SfNP Committee are invited to the annual Officers Induction Day, taking place in October, date and time TBC. This structured day is designed to introduce officers to ARA, their role, and an update on developments.   
    Successful candidates will be notified by the current committee by the 21st September 2015.

    New committee members will be co-opted into their roles at the SfNP Annual Meeting at Jesus College, University of Cambridge, on Wednesday 4th November 2015. Although it is not mandatory for newly-elected committee members to attend the AGM and the business meeting preceding it on the day (business meeting starting at 11 am and AGM at 2 to 5 pm), it would be desirable and travel expenses will be paid. The roles available are detailed below:

    The Roles

    Chair (including six months as Co-Chair)

    Following a successful co-chair induction period with the present Chair, there is an exciting opportunity to become co-chair of SfNP, in order to have a six-month handover period working alongside the previous office-holder. During this time, the present Chair will guide the Co-Chair into the role and gradually pass on their responsibilities. After this period, the co-chair will become Chair.
    Due to the demand of this role, it is suggested it will be most suitable for a recently qualified professional. Ideally, the candidate would have attended one of our Summer Seminars and will be familiar with SfNP and ARA activities. Experience in leading a team is not required: however, the Chair is expected to have excellent communication skills, full commitment to the aims and activities of the SfNP and the ARA and be very pro-active. Most of the work is carried out remotely, so access to internet is essential. Introduction to teleconferencing will be provided. For further information on the role and what is expected from the Chair click on the role name in the following page:  

    http://www.archives.org.uk/images/Why_be_Chair_of_SfNP_2015_FLversion.pdf

    Communications Officer

    The post holder will help the team to promote our two annual events, our blog and the Peer Pals Programme, pro-actively maintain our social media platforms by creating and disseminating content (Facebook page, Twitter account), update our ARA  webpage’s regularly and encouraging debate with the wider community as well as representing the committee and ARA at other events. This significant role would suit someone with a desire to develop skills in web publishing or work with their existing ones. It also requires a familiarity with and enjoyment of engaging with varied audiences via social media, or a willingness to learn these Web 2.0 skills. The current post holders are happy to offer a handover period. For further information on the role and what is expected from the Communications Officer click on the role name in the following page:

    http://www.archives.org.uk/images/Why_Be_Communications_Officer_of_SfNP_2015.pdf

    Events Officer

    This central role involves planning, organising and delivering our two annual events (the Summer Seminar and Annual Meeting), developing the programme, liaising with potential venues, speakers and the rest of the team to promote the event. Assisting with organisation and publicity of other internal and external ARA events SfNP is involved in is essential. It does not require experience in event management, but the role does require strong organisation, time management, forward planning and team work skills. Excellent networking and negotiation skills are also highly desirable.  Planning is mostly done remotely, particularly via email, telephone and teleconference. For further information on the role and what is expected from the Events Officer click on the role name in the following page:

    http://www.archives.org.uk/images/Why_be_Events_Officer_of_the_SfNP_-2015-.pdf

    Publicity Officer

    The Publicity Officer has a vital role in being responsible for oversight of the section's blog 'Off the Record' as well as the production of other publicity material as required. This includes our printed literature and publishing content on our social media platforms. They also co-ordinate the annual SfNP issue of ARC magazine which is an additional temporary workload. 
     The blog is found at: http://aranewprofessionals.wordpress.com/. The role would suit someone with a creative flair who is highly organised and confident with their IT skills. Prior experience of using WordPress or other related software is not essential, but a willingness to learn and an interest in sharing knowledge in order to support professional development will ensure the blog’s ongoing success. Access to the internet will be essential and a regular commitment to the role is required in order to maintain the blog. Good networking skills are also highly desirable. For further information on the role and what is expected from the Publicity Officer, click on the name of the role in the following page: 

    http://www.archives.org.uk/images/documents/SNfP/publicity13.pdf

    Treasurer

    This crucial role involves being responsible for maintaining the Section’s accounts, monitoring expenditure and prompt liaison with those claiming expenses. In conjunction with the Chair, the Treasurer is also responsible for writing and submitting the annual budget bid and there is scope for developing sponsorship for our two annual events. Experience dealing with accounts is not required as the current treasurer and Chair will provide guidance as required, but prompt action, time management and excellent communication skills are essential for this role. For further information on the role and what is expected from the Treasurer click on the name of the role in the following page: 
    http://www.archives.org.uk/images/Why_be_Treasurer_of_SfNP_2015_update.pdf

    Careers Officer

    This versatile role involves being responsible for managing our successful Peer Pals Programme (formerly e-mentoring). The post holder will also be the first point of contact for answering all careers related queries from members. They will also oversee the planning and development of a proposed University visits programme and liaise with the Training Officer to develop high quality careers based training sessions for our events. The role would suit someone who is resourceful and who is well organised with excellent communication and team work skills. Good working knowledge of the ARA and accredited professional courses is highly desirable and a strong awareness of professional issues is essential.  For further information on the role and what is expected from the Careers Officer click on the name of the role on the following page:  

    http://www.archives.org.uk/images/SfNPCareersofficerWhyBe_2015version.pdf


    We look forward to hearing from you!

    With thanks and best wishes,
    The Section for New Professionals Committee

 

Summer Seminar 2015 held at the University of Birmingham

This year we held our 5th Summer Seminar networking event at the University of Birmingham. The day started with a game of People Bingo, which was a fantastic way to get to know each other a little better. We then enjoyed talks from Rebecca Donnan on her long and varied career as a Conservator, and Karyn Williamson, newly qualified Archivist for Standard Life, who were able to give different perspectives on the challenges and rewards of lone working.

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    The afternoon session began with a chance for discussion, as small groups considered scenarios on topics including Data Protection, distance learning, finances, deposit v donation and outreach. To think about how you might have taken part you can have a look at the scenarios below.
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    The final session of the day was the always popular recruitment panel, which focussed this year on selling your skills. Keep an eye on our blog for more information on what the panel had to say. Finally, we heard closing remarks from David Mander, Chair of the ARA Board, and Frances Lund, Chair of the Section for New Professionals, who were able to give a quick update on things to look out for in the coming months, and celebrate the end of another successful event.
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  • Summer Seminar 2015

    We're delighted to announce details of our fifth Summer Seminar networking event, which will take place on Friday 12th June at the University of Birmingham. The event is free but places must be reserved in advance. The programme will include talks from Rebecca Donnan, a Consultant Conservator, and Karyn Williamson, Archivist for Standard Life, about the differences between lone and team working, as well as our popular recruitment panel and lots of opportunities for networking and discussion.

    The full programme can be viewed here.


    To find out more and reserve your place please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sfnp-summer-seminar-2015-tickets-16581318169


  • AGM 2014

    On Wednesday November 19th 2014 the ARA Section for New Professionals held its Annual General Meeting in the newly opened Heritage Quay facilities at the University of Huddersfield.


    In the morning the committee met for a business meeting. As well as planning events for 2015 we had a handover of officers, as two committee members stepped down and three new members were added to the team.  A short AGM followed at which delegates were given an overview of the work of the Section over the previous year, and the new committee members were voted into office.

    For the rest of the event we were joined by committee members and delegates from the Northern region, for a series of training activities focussed on continuing professional development. The morning session offered practical training on CV and application forms, which benefitted greatly from the range of experience to be found amongst the assorted delegates. 

    After a lunch break we returned for a series of talks on Changes to the ARA Registration Scheme, the experiences of a pilot member who has been undertaking registration under the new version, ways in which the competency framework can be used to target professional development, and an introduction to the Peer Pals Programme which offers mentoring opportunities for new professionals.

    Finally, we were treated to a tour of the fantastic new facilities at Heritage Quay, which included electronic shelving in the storage areas and some very clever digital toys in the public areas.

    Slides and handouts from the afternoon training can be found below.

    Changes to the Registration Scheme handout

    Registration Scheme and CPD
     

  • Joint meeting of the Northern Region and Section for New Professionals

    The ARA Section for New Professionals (SfNP) and the ARA Northern region will be holding a joint event on Wednesday 19th November at Heritage Quay in Huddersfield on the themes of recruitment and Continuing Professional Development (CPD). This will be an excellent opportunity to find out more about the support the ARA offers you for your development. The day will also include an interactive CV and application form workshop, and our AGM.

    For a full programme, click here.

    The event is free and open to both members and non-members of ARA. If you would like to attend, please register here.

    The day will begin with registration at 10am for those attending the Northern Region business meeting. SfNP members who do not wish to attend the Northern Region business meeting should arrive at 11am. However, everyone is more than welcome to attend any part of the day

  •  2014 Summer Seminar held at London Metropolitan Archives

  • On the 20th of June, we held our fourth annual Summer Seminar at London Metropolitan Archives. The day kicked off with a networking session, in which delegates were invited to share their experiences of applying for jobs in Archives, Records Management and Conservation. This was followed by two archivists talking about their experiences of working on archive cataloguing projects. After lunch, there was a panel session with four Records Managers taking questions from the floor on the topic of recruitment in Records Management and Information Governance. The day finished with a talk on preservation at LMA.

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    The recruitment panel session in action.

    Slides from the cataloguing talks can be found below, and keep an eye on our blog for a write up of the Records Management panel session. You can also follow the day’s action by looking at our twitter feed or see what others said about the day by searching for #npss14.

    Justine's Slides (part 1)

    Justine's Slides (part 2)

    Eilís’s slides

    Caroline's Conservation Session Slides (part 1)

    Caroline's Conservation Session Slides (part 2)

    Caroline's Conservation Session Slides (part 3)

    This year’s Summer Seminar also marked the retirement of our Co-Chair, Fabiana Barticioti, who has done a fantastic job of leading the team over the past two years. Best wishes for the future Fabi, and thanks for all you hard work!

  •  Summer Seminar 2014

  • We're delighted to announce details of our fourth Summer Seminar networking event. This will be held on Friday 20th June 2014 at London Metropolitan Archives. The event is free and open to all who are at the start of a career in archives, records management or conservation, both prospective and newly qualified. A full programme for the day is available.

    To reserve your place, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    If you would like your contact details to be included in the delegate pack on the day, please include:

    -Your name

    -Institution (if applicable)

    -Email address

    -Are you a member of ARA?

    We look forward to seeing lots of you on the day!

  • Farewell to Outgoing Officers

    We'd like to say a big thank-you to the Officers who are stepping down from the SfNP Committee at the end of 2013. Thank-you Sean, Louise, Jill, Jenny and Emily for all your hard work over the last two years. But don’t worry, we’ve got a great new team in place to organise the section’s activities through 2014 and beyond. Find out more about the new team here.

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    The outgoing and continuing officers at the AGM, November 2013.

  • AGM 2013

    On Wednesday 20th November 2013, the ARA Section for New Professionals gathered in the wonderful newly refurbished surroundings of Liverpool Central Library to hold its Annual General Meeting.

    In the morning, the committee met for the Business meeting. There was lots to discuss, as the past year has been a very productive one for the Section, and further events are being planned for 2014. A committee changeover has also taken place: five committee members who have served their terms of office have stepped down and six newly elected officers have taken up their positions.

    For the Annual General Meeting in the afternoon the committee was joined by 32 delegates including 20 SfNP members. The five new officers were elected to their respective positions. We were very fortunate to be able to hear from the main event speakers: David Jenkins, Corporate Records Manager at Derbyshire County Council, and his colleague, Lee Henstock, a Departmental Liaison Officer (EDRM Project Technician) in the IT department, who spoke about project collaboration with non-recordkeeping professionals. A discussion was facilitated regarding the recent Intern and Volunteer debate on the JISC listserv which proved robust and informative. We also had time for a brief training activity. The event was well received and enjoyed by those who attended.   

    Take a look at David and Lee's slides here   

  • Peer Pals Programme

    The Peer Pals Programme is now live, the guidelines and information can be found in the handbook and any questions should be sent to our usual email.

  • Summer Seminar 2013

    This year's Summer Seminar was a brilliant day and we'd like to thank all our delegates for supporting us and all our speakers for sharing their experiences with us.

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    Richard Taylor, Archives and Local History Development Manager, City of York Council

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    Fabiana with Chris Fryer, Digital Curator and Assistant Records Manager for Northumberland Estates

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    Fabiana in the chair and a view of the New Register House Dome.

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    The panel of recruiters, l to r: Fabiana Barticioti (chair), Louise Williams, Pam McNicol, Richard Taylor, Arnott Wilson and Donald Lickley.

    Blog posts can be found here written by Behind the Bookcase, one of our attendees and here written by Chris Fryer, one of our speakers. Thanks for coming and writing about it.

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    Click here to download the sixth and final edition of Off the Record.

  • Summer Seminar 2013

    This years Summer Seminar will be in Edinburgh at the National Records of Scotland on the 21st June. The date is earlier this year so that we don't coincide with the Edinburgh Festival events throughout August. We have an interactive networking session, two presentations and a panel discussion on application forms and interview techniques. You can see full details of the timetable here. We shall be announcing details of how to register from next week. Please check back then.

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    Click here to download the fifth edition of Off the Record.

  • AGM 2012

    The minutes for our AGM and committee meetings for this year can now be found here.

    Here is an image of the AGM in full swing for those who missed it:

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    Click here to download the fourth edition of Off the Record.

  • Careers Officer Role

    We are currently looking for a new Careers Officer, if you're interested in applying (before 10 Oct) please click here for more information and how to apply. N.B. This position has been filled by Kate Bevan.

  • Summer Seminar 2012

    This year's Summer Seminar was a complete success and we'd like to thank all our delegates for supporting us and all our speakers for enlightening us.

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    The panel of recruiters, l to r: Katy Goodrum, Louise Williams (chair), Sam Collenette, Keri Grey, Jeannette Strickland.

    As promised we have the powerpoints from our speakers (more to be added):

    Fran Baker, JRUL

    Bethan Ruddock, Archives Hub

  • Summer Seminar 2012

    The ARA Section for New Professionals is holding its second Summer Seminar training event on Friday 17th August 2012 in Manchester. The event is free and open to anyone at the beginning of a career in archives, records management or conservation. We've got an exciting programme of discussion and talks this year, including:

    - Talks on born digital records and cataloguing in a digital age

    -A tour and demonstrations at the North West Film Archive

    -A panel of recruiters from across the sector advising on how to apply for project based roles

    -A discussion on the current state of the archives and records sector that will be fed back to the ARA Conference 2012

    A full programme with timings for the day is here. To reserve a place, or if you have any enquiries about the day, please contact us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. When you reserve a place, we would be grateful if you could let us know:

    - Whether you are: newly qualified / a student / a trainee

    - A contact telephone number and email

    - The parts of the day that you would like to attend (All day with morning Option A / All day with morning Option B / Afternoon only)

    - Whether we can add your contact details to the delegate list

  • Archive Trainees Group

    The next meeting of the Archive Trainees Group will be on 29 Jun, at 2.30pm. It's going to be held at the National Theatre archive in London, there'll be a talk by the National Theatre archivist and a tour of their archives as well as a careers advice talk by a rep from Sue Hill, a presentation by the Section for New Professionals and one of the trainees will share their experiences. To book a place please email Kiri at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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    Click here to download the third edition of Off the Record.

  • Summer Seminar 2012

    This year's Summer Seminar will be held on Friday the 17th of August in Manchester at the John Rylands Library. Further details such as timing, the full program and instructions for registering for the event will be released towards the end of June. Please keep checking back here for updates.

  • Committee Meeting, April

    Thanks to the Cadbury Research Library for hosting our committee meeting on 20th Apr. Here you can see us listening to a presentation by Marie Owens.

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    Click here to download the second edition of Off the Record, and then you can join us for a discussion here.

  • New Professionals Summer Seminar

    Our seminar is tomorrow! Click on the link for the full agenda. Follow events as they happen through the day on our Twitter feed using #npseminar. We hope you have fun.