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Committee Vacancy

The ARA Section for New Professionals is currently accepting applications for the role of Digital Training officer. section. This is a fantastic opportunity to become involved in a vibrant and busy section. A role description and what is expected is provided below. Please note that this is a voluntary position. 

If you are interested in the role please send a short statement indicating your reasons for applying and any relevant skills and experience FAO the Section Chair on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday 10th September. For more information or an informal discussion about the post you can also contact the above post.

What are the benefits of being Digital Training Officer?  

  • Develop your skills in event planning/management, training, budget planning and liaising with speakers and colleagues. 
  • Develop digital skills. 
  • Gain extra credits towards Registration or your continued professional developments. 
  • Have your say and influence the ARA and SfNP.

What would the Digital Training Officer be asked to do? 

  • Attend committee meetings, participate, give opinion and add items to the agenda. 
  • Participate with the ARA Training Group and attend Training Officers meetings twice a year. This is in addition to reporting quaterly to SfNP committee regarding Training Group key activities. 
  • Work with Training Group members and SfNP Officers to identify digital training needs. 
  • Liaise with Committee Cfficers to organise, run and promote digital training events. 
  • Laise with the Training Officer regarding what training ought to be in person and what training ought to be digital. The Digital Training Officer and the Training Officer will work closely, supporting each other's activities. 
  • Manage the delivery of digital events including planning, organisation and running of digital events. 
  • Create digital events master plans, circulate to the committee and keep officers abreast of progress; add to ARA event calendar on the new website. 
  • Delegate tasks to other committee members and coordinate tasks necessary for ensuring the organisation and smooth running of digital events. 
  • Create reports on digital events according to evaluation survey and Officers' feedback.

Who would the Digital Training Officer be working with? 

  • In the first instance the SfNP committee; particularly the Training Officer and the Chair. 
  • ARA Training Group. 
  • SfNP Careers Officer regarding university visits and engaging student audiences. 
  • Liaise with SfNP Publicity and Communications Officers regarding publicising digital training events. 
  • Liaise with SfNP Communications Officer and SfNP Secretary regarding members/audience consultation.
  • Possibly the SfNP Treasurer regrding events budget, expenditure and invoice procedures should the instance arrive where a digital event incurs costs.
  • SfNP Communication and Publicity Officers to help promote digital events. 
  • Other event Officers from Sections/Regions in order to co-organise events. 

How much time would be involved? 

  • Attend 4 committee meetings (in person/teleconference) through the year and potentially other meetings with specific agendas for an upcoming event. 
  • Attend training officer meetings twice a year. 
  • Attend the Summer Seminar and other in person and digital SfNP events. 
  • On average about 1 hour a week to plan, write reports, and correspond via email. At certain points in the planning of events this commitment may increase to 2-3 hours a week. 

Who does the Training Officer report to? 

  • Members of ARA SfNP.
  • Chair of SfNP and Committee Members.
  • ARA Training Group Chair.

Committee Vacancy

The ARA Section for New Professionals is currently accepting applications for the role of Publicity Officer. This is a fantastic opportunity tibecome involved in a vibrant and busy section. 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 short statement indicating your reasons for applying and any relevant skills and experience FAO the Section Chair on 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 you can also contact the above post. 

The Archives and Records Association (ARA) Section for New Professionals (SfNP) represents the interests and opinions of newcomers to the profession: trainees, students and newly qualified professionals. SfNP also promotes the integration of newcomers to the profession with the rest of the ARA. 

What are the benefits of being Publicity Officer? 

  • The opportunity to work in a creative role whilst providing a platform to highlight the interests of new professionals. 
  • Develop your Web skills as you manage and improve the Section for New Professionals blog 'Off the Record' as a resource for new professionals. 
  • Improve skills in content planning, proofreading and editing. 
  • Gain experience in managing your time, working to self imposed deadlines. 
  • Have your say and influence ARA and SfNP work. 
  • Gain extra credits towards Registration or your continued professional development. 
  • Make contact with established and new professionals.

What would the Publicity Officer be asked to do? 

  • Manage the delivery of Off the Record, the section's blog. This includes: planning future content, approaching potential contributors, requesting updates from other committee members, managing submissions, proofing and posting articles, administration for the WordPress site, producing graphics and images as required. 
  • Produce any other publicity material as sometimes required e.g. flyers, information leaflets.
  • Liaise with the ARC Magazine team to organize SfNP contributions.
  • Attend committee meetings, participating, giving opinions and adding agenda items. 

Who would I be working with? 

  • The SfNP committee.
  • Contributors and potential contributors for Off the Record.
  • The SfNP Communications Officer and the SfNP Secretary to arrange calls for content and dissemination of new posts.

How much time would be involved?

  • Time commitment of approximately 3 hours per week to manage the blog, plus occasional extra time to prepare for committee meetings or ad hoc duties.
  • Attendance at the Summer Seminar, AGM and other committee meetings (bearing in mind that post-pandemic we will probably be returning to some in-person events).
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 SfNP Event: Dissertation Showcase #4

Date and Time: 22nd April, 2021, 1pm-2pm

This series of showcases will hear from New Professionals about research they have carried out during their archive and information management studies. These events are open to all as we believe that this is agreat opportunity for new professionals and the wider field to hear about research, surveys and studies that have happened over the past few years.

In this fourth Dissertation Showcase we'll hear the following talks: 

Gabrielle Bex: The Ghosts of Old Readers: Social Media, Representation and Gender in the Information Sector 

Samantha Case: Oral History Collections in UK University Archives: a discussion of their value, current challenges to access, and recommendations to increase access

Francesca Tate: Instagram within Scottish Archives

Isabel Lauterjung: The Archival and Preservation of Smell

Register via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dissertation-showcase-4-tickets-147672698015?aff=erelexpmlt


SfNP Event: Dissersation Showcase #3

Date and Time: 13th April 2021, 1pm-2pm

This series of showcases will hear from New Professionals about research they have carried out during their archive and information management studies. These events are open to all as we believe that this is agreat opportunity for new professionals and the wider field to hear about research, surveys and studies that have happened over the past few years.

In this third Dissertation Showcase we'll hear the following talks: 

Molly Edmund: GDPR and its impacts upon information governance practices a Scottish Local Authorities

Claire Boyle: Relationship between archives and records management, both in practice and in theory/training

Rhiannon Compton: Cataloguing UK Parliament's first end-to-end transfer of born-digital records

Elizabeth Stubbs: Affect theory and human centred recordkeeping

Register via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dissertation-showcase-3-tickets-146634031335


SfNP Event: Dissertation Showcase #2

Date and Time: 7th April 2021, 7pm-8:15pm

This series of showcases will hear from New Professionals about research they have carried out during their archive and information management studies. These events are open to all as we believe that this is agreat opportunity for new professionals and the wider field to hear about research, surveys and studies that have happened over the past few years.

In this second Dissertation Showcase we'll hear the following talks:

Georgina Robinson: Come Hell or High Water: Climate Action and UK Archives

Emma Jones: Pollution as an Agent of Deterioration an Investigation into whether the Archival Professional Requires Greater Training and Education Around the Impacts of Pollution on Archival Collections

Luke Morris: How Are Artificial Intelligence Enhanced Character Recognition Systems being used in te Archive Profession and what impact can they have for user access to historical collections? 

Rowen: Rush-Morgan: An Exploration of Archivists' Perceptions on the use of GeoWeb Technologies to increase the discovery and accessibility of Cartographic resources within Archives

Register via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dissertation-showcase-2-tickets-144760523623


SfNP Event: Dissertation Showcase #1

Date and Time: 25th March 2021, 1pm-2:30pm

This series of showcases will hear from New Professionals about research they have carried out during their archive and information management studies. These events are open to all as we believe that this is agreat opportunity for new professionals and the wider field to hear about research, surveys and studies that have happened over the past few years. 

In this first Dissertation Showcase we'll hear the following talks:

Jennifer Pearson: Assessing the 'Quiet' Archive Persona: How Archival Studies and Knwoledge Management Practitioners Describe the Value of Research

Karen McFarlane: How do U.K. archivists perceive 'white supremacy' in the U.K. archive sector?

Elizabeth Murray-Smith: The Archiving of Police Records

Max Parkin: The social function of archives can be used to tackle loneliness

Lucy Janes and Katie MacDonald: Archives and Remembrance: reconsidering archive practice: using the First World War Centenary as a lens to critically examine archiving practice

Register via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dissertation-showcase-1-tickets-142083980009


SfNP Event: In conversation with ... Rosemary Hall and Amy Finn: Short Term and Project Recordkeeping Roles - Success and Impact

Date and Time: 2 Feb 2021, 7pm

ARA's Section for New Professionals is hosting an 'In Conversation with ...' to explore working on shoter-term archive projects and the impact of non-permanent recordkeeping work. 

Rosemary recently completed a year-long project at the National Library of Scotland, cataloguing and promoting Scottish author Ian Rankin's literary archive. She will speak about her experiences working on a short-term project and what helped make it a success. She will also explore what she did (or wishes she did!) to make the most of the experience professionally and personally.

Amy recently completed research for her dissertation exploring the impact of non-permanent work on personal wellbeing in the archive sector. She will share some of her findings as well as her personal experience to open discussion about an experience shared by many in the sector. 

Rosemary and Amy will host a discussion focusing on their research before taking questions and opening this topic up for discussion.

Register via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/short-term-and-project-recordkeeping-roles-success-and-impacts-tickets-136950250887


SfNP and ARA,I Event: 'Kickstarting Your Career: A New Professionals Training Seminar' - 21st January 2021

Online training seminar for people starting out in careers in archiving and records management. 

The Archives and Records Association, Ireland (ARA,I) is pleased to present an online training seminar for current archival students and new professionals across Ireland and the UK.

The event is aimed at anyone embarking on a career in archives and records management and will provide insight into various aspects of the profession as well as advice on career progression and professional development. 

The training event will feature four 30-minute presentations from established archives professionals who will cover topics such as advocacy, project management, and the effects of the pandemic on career development.

The seminar will be structured as follows: 

09:40-09:45 Attendees will be admitted to Zoom conference

09:45-10:00 Welcome and introductions, including address from Rosanna Al-Mulla, Chair, ARA Section for New Professionals

10:00-10:30 Career Resilience in a Time of Plague: Adapting to the Effects of the Pandemic

Carly Randall, Archivist at V&A Archive and Registry

10:30-11:00 Who do you think we are? Advocacy and Stakeholder Engagement in the Archives Profession

Deirdre McParland, Senior Archivist at ESB Archives

11:00-11:30 Networking coffee break (optional)

11:30-12:00 Managing Large Archival Projects: Tips and Lessons Learnt

Cecile Gordon, Senior Archivist at Military Archives of Ireland

12:300-12:30 Careers in Digital Preservation: Learning How to Fill the Gaps

Kieran O'Leary, Digital Preservation Manager at the National Library of Ireland 

Register via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/kickstarting-your-career-a-new-professionals-training-seminar-tickets-136249344457

Please note, the seminar will be delivered via Zoom. Places are limited and registration for this online event will close at 6pm on Wednesday 20th January, after which points instructions for joining the Zoom video conference will be sent out to ticket holders. 


 

ARA’s Section for New Professionals is hosting a Dissertation Showcase – a chance for recent graduates to present their research and for the profession to engage with their work. 

We are inviting submission for papers with a deadline of February 1st2021. 

 

ARA’s Section for New Professionals is hosting a’ MA Dissertation Showcase’ for students who have completed an archive, preservation, information or records management course in the last three years, to take place in the Spring of 2021. 

 

This is an opportunity to present findings from your dissertations/research, reflect on the experience of undertaking the research and to hear from peers within the profession. This is also a fantastic chance to gain experience presenting in a conference, but relaxed, environment and to develop key presentation skills. 

 

Attendance is not limited to fellow graduates and current students, as it is vital that the field can benefit from the research students undertake and hear the results of surveys/studies often posted on various forums and ListServs. 

 

There is no restriction around topic (within archives, preservation, records and information management), research method or quality – we feel that it is important for the profession to reflect on a range of findings and results, the only requirement is that you must have graduated in the preceding 3 years. It is likely that you would be presenting alongside individuals with similar research interests. 

 

Speakers would present for 10 – 15 minutes and take questions on their research from the virtual audience. Participants would ideally present on their research methods and results, findings and conclusions – but this is flexible and we would love to hear your ideas. 

 

Ultimately, the Section would like to create a bank of recordings going forward for future students and professionals to use and learn from. 

 

If you have any questions about presenting or want to be involved, please do not hesitate to contact us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., tweet us (@ARAnewprofs) or contact us on Facebook (Section for New Professionals). 

 

More information will be provided on the event in due course. 


Below are the presentations kindly made available by Oliver Walton and Tom Miles for you to view and download.

Click here to view the Oliver Walton video presentation (to view the images on this video click on timing bar)

Click here to view the Tom Miles video presentation

SfNP & ARA Eastern Copyright and Social Media Event - 15th November 2019

The SfNP are co-hosting an event with ARA Eastern Region on Friday 15th November at Essex Record Office in Chelmsford. Featuring speakers from the Royal Archives and British Library, the days programme will focus on Copyright and Social Media in contemporary archives. 

The events running order is as follows: 

  • 10:00am Optional tour (please indicate at time of booking if you intend to come)
  • 10:45am Registration and coffee
  • 11:45am Introduction to the two sections and the day
  • 11:20am Oliver Walton, Royal Archives: Lessons learned from the Georgian Papers Programme and the Prince Albert Project (see details below)
  • 12:30pm Lunch (not provided)
  • 1:30pm Tom Miles, British Library: Europeana and Creative Commons licenses (see details below)
  • 2:30pm Practical session on social media (bring a device such as a smart phone or tablet)
  • 3:00pm Round up of the day
  • 3:15-3:45pm Eastern Region meeting

Tickets are available for this event via the following eventbrite page: Copyright and Social Media - Essex Record Office

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions regarding this event.


Travel Bursaries for the Summer Seminar 2019

The Section for New Professionals are offering bursaries for our upcoming Summer Seminar to be held in Edinburgh City Chambers on Friday 7th June 2019. 

The bursaries will support travel, and if necessary, accommodation costs. There are four available for new professionals who are based in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland) and two for new professionals based in the Irish region. 

The bursaries for the those based in Great Britain will cover travel costs up to £50 and accommodation costs up to £90. 

The bursaries for those based in the Irish region will cover travel and accommodation up to a combined cost €200.  

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 and email to newprofessionals@archives.org.uk . The deadline for applications is Friday 10th May and applicants will be notified whether they have been successful on Monday 20th May. 

We would encourage any professional who is traveling to the event to consider applying.

Application form: SfNPSummerSeminarForm2019 


Summer Seminar - Edinburgh 7 June 2019

The ARA Section for New Professionals is holding its annual Summer Seminar networking event. 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. 

This year the event will focus on the changing role of the archives professional and the skills and knowledge developed as a result of this change. The day will feature talks from Sharon McMeekin of the Digital Preservation Coalition; Julie Devenney who will give a talk on Archive Hour and the role of social media in archives; Alison Scott who will talk about setting up as a freelance professional; and Hannah Smith the Digital Archives Project Manager. 

Light refreshments will be provided but attendees are advised that lunch is not included.

ITINERARY

Registration 10:40-11:00
Introduction and icebreaker 11:00-11:20
Julie Devenney 11:20-12:00
Lunch 12:00-13:00
Sharon McMeekin, DPC 13:00-14:30
Break 14:30-14:50
Alison Scott 14:50-15:20
Hannah Smith 15:20-15:50
Summary 15:50-16:00

Following the event, all are welcome to attend an informal networking at a pub.

The venue is within easy walking distance of Edinburgh Waverley train station.

This is a popular annual event which offers opportunities for networking and discussion with fellow professionals. Tickets are limited, so early booking is advised.


Archives and Diversity Event - April 5th 2019

The Section for New Professionals is hosting an event at the Manchester Meeting Place on Friday 5th April.

The event will run from 14:00-16:30, with registration starting at 13:40. The focus of the afternoon will be on diversity in the Archives workforce and methods of improving inclusivity.

The event will feature talks from Jasspreet Thethi from John Rylands library, Tola Dabiri from Tola Dabiri Consulting, and Kevin Bolton, Archives, Libraries and Heritage consultant at Kevinjbolton Ltd.

Itinerary:

1:40-2:00 Registration

2:00-2:10 Introduction

2:10-3:00 Tola Dabiri and Kevin Bolton - Literature and project review looking at workforce diversity in the heritage sector

3:00-3:30 Break

3:30-4:15 Jasspreet Thethi - Experience as a woman of colour in the museum sector and developing sensitivity training 

4:15-4:30 Summary

Refreshments will be provided free of charge.

This is an excellent opportunity for new professionals to meet and share knowledge and informal networking will be held at a pub following the event.

To book a place for this event follow the link: ARA Diversity Event


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 


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.

 


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