Find volunteer opportunities on the Steering Committee

13 Mar 2018 11:19 AM | Anonymous

In an ongoing series during CAA Steering Committee election time, we hear from Drew Davis, the current RAAC liaison.

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.” As a new archivist I personally felt this setback, and began searching for different ways to make an impact in the profession.

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 focuses on advancing the careers of young archivists, I joined the Professional Development subcommittee in 2012. Working in 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. On the Steering Committee, I had the privilege to serve CAA Secretary, and also to represent CAA in the Regional Archival Associations Consortium (RAAC).

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 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 (including my own), and your views and experiences would be vital in helping CAA grow.

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, March 21.

Feel free to contact Drew or other Steering Committee members with questions.

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