UCLA Information Studies: Fields of Endeavor || Featuring John Bultena (University of California, Merced)

bultenaSAA @ UCLA presents “UCLA Information Studies: Fields of Endeavor.” The Fields of Endeavor series introduces UCLA Library and Information Studies program graduates and current interns who are out in the field taking knowledge learned in the program and putting it to use! We are excited to feature John Bultena.

Name: John Bultena
Graduation Year: 2012
MLIS Focus: Library Studies
Title and Site: Lecturer –
Merritt Writing Program | University of California, Merced

What do you do all day?
I lecture on and discuss writing with my students. The challenge comes in dealing with a widely diverse student population in terms of both background and fields of study. The Merritt Writing Program at UC Merced is built around the notion of developing the writing of students in such a way that they can explain their ideas to much wider audiences. This is crucial as interdisciplinary research is necessary in contemporary academics. Due to the background afforded to me while at UCLA, I can approach a wide range of topics with base level knowledge at the worse. This means I can help students bridge the gaps between their field and other fields that they may not even be aware of.

First personal item that you put on your desk:
Large cloth Blind Guardian poster.

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SAA@UCLA Student & Alumni Mixer at SAA | Thurs. August 15

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Please join the UCLA Student Chapter of the Society of American Archivists for a mixer at SAA 2013 in New Orleans on Thursday, August 15 – Directly following the UCLA Information Studies Reception.

All students, alumni, and IS friends are invited.

We will walk from the reception, in the Melrose Room at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, to St. Lawrence Restaurant & Bar. We will leave for the St. Lawrence no later than 9 pm. You are also welcome to meet us there.

St. Lawrence Restaurant & Bar
219 N Peters St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

We look forward to seeing you there!

SAA @ UCLA

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June 12 | IS End-of-the-Year Potluck Picnic Party! | Hooray!

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SAA @ UCLA Presents: an Afternoon with Jackie Dooley

SAA @ UCLA Presents:

An Afternoon with Jackie Dooley

Join us for a workshop on skills and conference tips for new professionals!

Jackie Dooley—fellow Bruin and current president of the Society of American Archivists—will share knowledge gained during her career and process of becoming an internationally recognized expert in archives, rare books, visual materials and special collections. Jackie will provide guidance for new professionals in the field, and tips for first time or prospective SAA conference attendees.

Who: Open to all IS community members, geared towards MLIS students with archival studies or rare book, print, and visual culture specializations, and MIAS students.

What: An Afternoon with Jackie Dooley: skills and tips for new professionals

When: Tuesday May 28th 2013

Where: IS Salon, 2nd floor

To learn more about Jackie Dooley, visit http://www.oclc.org/research/people/dooley.html or see her on twitter @ https://twitter.com/minniedw

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SAA @ UCLA Student Chapter Call for Officers 2013-2014

The UCLA Student Chapter of the Society of American Archivists has open positions for the 2013-2014 school year. We encourage all to consider taking on a leadership role here in our UCLA IS community.

The following positions are open for next year*:

President
Vice-President
Treasurer
Bruin Online Project Program Chair

Read more about each position here.

SAA at UCLA was established in 1996 and is an official student chapter of the Society of American Archivists. As a student chapter of a professional organization, SAA at UCLA strives to familiarize students with the archival profession, sponsor extra-curricular learning sessions, and organize networking opportunities.

Join us in planning next year’s great events!!

Candidates should write a brief statement of interest and submit it here by Fri, May 24.
Positions are open to second year masters students, as well as doctoral students. Elections will be held during the last week of May.
saa_1Feel free to contact us at uclasaa@ucla.edu, if you have any questions.

*We are reserving some positions to promote to incoming students at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year.

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UCLA Information Studies: Fields of Endeavor || Featuring Bo Doub (Center for the Study of Political Graphics)

SAA @ UCLA presents “UCLA Information Studies: Fields of Endeavor.” The Fields of Endeavor series introduces UCLA Library and Information Studies program graduates and current interns who are out in the field taking knowledge learned in the program and putting it to use! We are excited to feature activist archivist extraordinaire Bo Doub from the Center for the Study of Political Graphics.

Name:  Bo Doub
Graduation Year:  2012
MLIS Focus:  Informatics
Job Title and Site:  Co-Project Archivist at the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG)

What do you do all day?
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I was hired under a federal grant to (i) process and describe, on a basic folder-level, CSPG’s entire collection of over 80,000 social movement posters and (ii) catalogue on the item-level CSPG’s complete collection of Vietnam War Era posters. Since I am only two months into this job, and also because the archive is moving to Culver City this summer, the work so far has been in the “processing” phase. Processing, in this case, involves a lot of sorting of recent acquisitions and backlog to be put-away — sorting posters by geographical region, topic, and/or artist mainly. This sorting gives each poster a permanent location (in a folder in a big flat drawer in the archive) so that the drawers can be moved to the new building and the folders can later be described. Once the folder-level description is finalized, we will be able to generate an EAD collection finding aid for both in-house use and public use online and in the archive. I have also been cataloguing a lot of posters using MIMSY XG, the visual collections management software.

Most frequent response when you tell people what you do:
I try to tell people what I do in more accessible terms than just: “I’m an archivist.” Most often I probably say something like: “I sort and describe cool political art all day!” or I just tell them about the archive itself and the more recognizable institutional partners it has (where CSPG exhibits and loans its collections). People respond with blank stares and comments like, “I never even thought that would exist!” Though most everyone thinks the work sounds “really cool!” (however implausible).

Most interesting item, record, document, etc. you have come across:
I love the Cuban posters from artists and collectives like René Mederos and OSPAAAL (The Organization of Solidarity with the People of Asia, Africa and Latin America). A lot of these works came out of the 1960s and 70s advocating for the people of Vietnam against US imperialism and war. Continue reading

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UCLA Information Studies: Fields of Endeavor || Featuring Danielle Bass (NBCUniversal Archives and Collections)

SAA @ UCLA presents “UCLA Information Studies: Fields of Endeavor.” The Fields of Endeavor series introduces UCLA Library and Information Studies program graduates and current interns who are out in the field taking knowledge learned in the program and putting it to use! We are excited to feature NBCUniversal Archives and Collections intern Danielle Bass.

Name: Danielle Bass
Graduation Year: 2013
MLIS Focus: Archives
Job Title and Site: Archival intern, NBCUniversal Archives and Collections*

*Note: Danielle is discussing her internship placement for winter quarter, 2013.

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What do you do all day?
My primary task at the archive is to complete a multi-year audit of the physical collection. This involves going down the storage aisles and opening every box to see what is inside and make sure that the contents match their locations in the collections management database. I get to handle props and costumes from movies and TV shows. I also have to put on my detective hat and engage in special research projects to identify what movie or TV show an object is from. In essence, this means that I get paid to watch DVDs! I’ve also had the opportunity to appraise assets from 30 Rock, set up exhibits, and do original cataloging for wardrobe from  Law and Order: Los Angeles.

Most frequent response when you tell people what you do:
When I say that I’m an archivist, I most often receive a blank stare but when I mention that I work at NBCUniversal, people get very interested. “What do you do?” “What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen?” “Meet anyone famous?” Continue reading

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