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New Professional of the Year Award 2018

The ARA’s Section for New Professionals is one of its most vibrant and innovative groups. Last year in recognition of this, the ARA Board introduced a New Professional of the Year Award to recognise the contribution which new professionals make to the profession. 

‘Outstanding Commitment’

This award recognises early career achievements and celebrates the valuable contribution that ARA new professionals make to the record keeping professions, both at a local level within their workplace and to the wider sector.

The award is open to any ARA member who is a member of the Section for New Professionals. For more information on how to become a member of the section please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nominations should be made by an established professional working in the record keeping sector. It should be noted that ‘self-nominating’ is not available for this award.

Process

The award is open to any ARA member who is a member of the Section for New Professionals that has made an outstanding contribution in the course of the year before the award (i.e., for 2018, evidence of an outstanding contribution made in 2017 and up to the spring of 2018).

 “Outstanding contribution” means one (or both) of the following:

  • A direct and positive influence on the workplace, either as a volunteer or a professional. Examples could include (but are not limited to) delivery of a specific project, an innovation or changes to policy and process.
  • An outstanding contribution to the record keeping sector as a whole, such as (but not limited to) advocacy and activism, a sector-related project, people development or innovative academic and practical workplace research.

Nominators will be asked to submit a brief (no more than one page statement) outlining their reasons for nominating the new professional to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Any questions on the process should also be sent to this email address. The nomination deadline is 31 August 2018.

The nominations will be considered by a judging panel comprised of members of the ARA Board and Section for New Professionals committee members. We will announce the winner in September and present the award at the Section's autumn event in October. The travel expenses for the winner will be covered up to £50.


New Professionals Summer Seminar in Leeds - Power Point Presentations

The Section for New Professionals held its eighth Summer Seminar at the Marks and Spencers Company Archive in Leeds on the 8th of June. It was a great day and the whole committee would like to thank eveyone who attended. 

We are aware however that many other new professionals were unable to make it to the event. With this in mind we have uploaded a number of the power point presentations delivered on the day below. The first presentation was delivered by Chris Sheridan on the topic of ARA's new Development Programme. The second was delivered by Vicky Stretch of Network Rail on the importance of networking and communication in archives.

Chris Sheridan - Power Point Presentation

Vicky Stretch - Power Point Presentation


Committee Vacancy

The Section for New Professionals (SfNP) currently has a vacancy for a Publicity Officer.

The Publicity Officer is responsible for soliciting content for and managing the section's blog 'Off the Record' (http://aranewprofessionals.wordpress.com) as well as the production of other publicity material as required. They also co-ordinate the annual SfNP issue of ARC magazine. You can read more about being Publicity Officer here:

Publicity Officer Job Description

The role also requires attendance at teleconferences, held in the evening every few months, with regular reports to the committee.

The role does 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.

We welcome expressions of interest from archivists, conservators and records managers. Applicants will preferably be new professionals themselves, who are studying or 5 years from qualification.

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. For an overview of all our activities, please visit our webpage at: http://www.archives.org.uk/si-new-professionals/section-for-new-professionals.html.

To express your interest for this role, please send a short statement (one page suffices) saying why the role interests you, outlining your interest in SfNP and ARA activities, and how you would manage working time and the team's commitments. Please also include your ARA membership number. Expressions of interest should be sent to Sara Brimble, SfNP Chair, by midnight on Friday 18th May at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The successful applicant will be notified by Friday 1st of June with the view to an immediate start following a short handover period with the current officer.

Requests for further information are welcome to the same address.


New Professionals Summer Seminar in Leeds

The ARA Section for New Professionals is holding it's 8th annual summer seminar at the Marks and Spencer Company Archive, University of Leeds on Friday 8th June and new professionals are encouraged to attend.

The event runs from 11am-4pm, with registration starting from 10:40am. This year we will focus on professional development and the new professional, and will host the return of our popular recruitment panel.

Places are free but must be booked in advance. To reserve your place please visit the Eventbrite page - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sfnp-summer-seminar-2018-tickets-45128962943

The event is now SOLD OUT! However you can join the waiting list for a place using the Eventbrite page above.

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

The Marks and Spencer Company Archive is located in the Michael Marks building on the University of Leeds campus. For further directions, please see the M&S website: https://marksintime.marksandspencer.com/visit-us

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


Share Your Experiences as a New Professional

Would you like to share your experiences of being a new professional? The Section for New Professionals are interested in hearing your view.   

At our upcoming Summer Seminar the Section are looking for a speaker to offer a personal insight into their role as a new professional. As records professionals we often work in unusual environments or with peculiar collections, and can benefit from the sharing of experiences.
 
So if you are working at a specialist repository, have a peculiar job role, or are just enthusiastic about the work you do, please get in touch.
 
 Ideally we are looking for a speaker to talk for 20-30 minutes. The theme of the talk should be "My Experiences as a New Professional" but the content itself is purely down to you. 
 
The summer seminar will be held on Friday 8th June at the Marks & Spencer Company Archive, University of Leeds, Michael Marks Building, Leeds LS2 9JT. The seminar will run between 11 and 4, and we have flexible time-slots to ensure you speak at a time that suits you. 
 
 Travel expenses of speakers will be reimbursed up to £50 per person. Refreshments at the event, including a sandwich lunch will be provided by M&S.
 
 This is a great opportunity to share your knowledge and gain experience of presenting in a professional capacity to sector peers. It's also a chance to network and socialise with others in similar positions.   
 
 If you are interested in sharing your story, please write a short biography and a paragraph outlining the topics you intend to cover in your talk. These expressions of interest should be sent to newprofessionals@archives.org.uk by midnight on Friday 20th April

New Professional of the Year Award

This year the ARA piloted a new award celebrating the valuable contribution that new professionals make to the record keeping professions.

Nominations were invited from established professionals working in the record keeping sector, with the quality of the nominations received very high. The nominations were considered by a judging panel comprised of members of the ARA Board and Section for New Professionals Committee Members. Award nominees were announced in early October and the winner was awarded at our Unusual Archives event.

Winner of the New Professional of the Year Award 2017: James Elder, Archives Manager, BT

2nd Place: Lauren Clifton, Searchroom Archivist, West Sussex Record Office

3rd Place: Rachel Brown, Archivist, Dudley Archives and Local Studies Centre

Runners Up (in alphabetical order):

Luke Dady , Archives Services Officer, Dorset History Centre 

 Karen Davies, Archivist and Librarian, Black Country Living Museum

Rachael Jones, Assistant Archivist, Glasgow School of Art

Read more about our nominees and their achievements on our Off the Record blog.

The Section for New Professionals would like to thank everyone for submitting their nominations and for helping us to celebrate the contribution made by all new professionals.

Well done to all our nominees!


 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