In an ongoing series during CAA Steering Committee Election time, we hear from Drew Davis, the current CAA Secretary.
It is vital that an archivist at any stage of their career participate in regional or national archives organizations, but attaining leadership roles in those organizations can sometimes be difficult. Due to that, many archivists – and especially young archivists - can feel that their voice is “lost in the crowd.” I personally felt that setback with larger archival organizations, as I enjoy contributing to the professional development of archivists. It was during this time that I joined the Chicago Area Archivists, and was pleasantly surprised to find many volunteer and leadership opportunities available immediately. As my interest was in advancing the careers of young archivists, I joined the Professional Development subcommittee in 2012. Working on this subcommittee allowed me to help plan programs and workshops geared towards increasing the professional knowledge of CAA members. In 2014, I joined the Steering committee, providing me the opportunity to help lead CAA. Finally, in 2015 I became CAA Secretary, putting me in charge of managing CAA minutes and records.
What I find most notable about my CAA experience is that it was possible for myself and several other Steering members to go from new members to CAA officers within three to four years of joining. I also find it impressive that so many young archivists are able to take on and thrive in leadership roles in the subcommittees and on the Steering committee. If you are an archivist at any point in your career that wants to make a difference in your profession, I highly urge you to run for Steering. There are several seats open this year, and your views and experiences would be vital in helping grow CAA.
The deadline for volunteering for the Steering Committee is Thursday, March 16. Feel free to contact Drew or other Steering Committee Members with questions.
Photograph Courtesy of American Medical Association Archives