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Get involved with New England Archivists

As an all volunteer-run organization, member involvement is essential to NEA’s success, and opportunities for participation abound. There are many committees, offices, and projects that need assistance from members. Whether you’re interested in light involvement or a longer term commitment, there are many ways you can contribute to this vibrant community.

Here are just a few ways you can get involved:

NEA thrives because our volunteers offer their time, perspective, experience, and energy to serve the needs of our community. Serving with NEA is also a fantastic way to expand your professional network, strengthen your resume, and build new skills such as program planning, marketing, and managing finances.

Interested in learning more? See our open positions below or contact the NEA Representatives-at-large at RepAtLarge@newenglandarchivists.org to get involved.


Current open positions

Current open positions

Mentoring liaisons

The New England Archivists Mentoring Program is seeking volunteers to serve as Mentoring Liaisons. We are looking for three Mentoring Liaisons to take on support roles in Mentoring Circles. Liaisons will provide program information to participants and assist mentors with logistical tasks, including scheduling meetings and acting as mediators when issues or concerns arise within a circle. Liaisons will help mentors brainstorm discussions and activities as needed. The Mentoring Liaisons serve for two years as members of the Membership Committee. They report directly to the Mentoring Administrator and keep the Membership Committee Chair and the NEA Board informed about circle activities.

First launched in 2013 by the Roundtable for Early Professionals and Students (REPS), the NEA Mentoring Program offers members the opportunity to participate in Mentoring Circles, which are small groups that typically consist of four to six mentees and two co-mentors. Diverging from the traditional one-on-one mentoring model, the circle model fosters not only mentoring relationships between the mentors and the mentees, but also peer mentoring relationships among the mentees and between the co-mentors. More information about the program is available here:
https://newenglandarchivists.org/mentoring.

In the most recent cycle, five Mentoring Circles consisted of ten mentors and more than twenty mentees. The Circles are supported by the Mentoring Liaisons, who help to schedule meetings and communicate with participants. This rewarding opportunity is a great way to network, build your resume, and become more involved with the NEA community. If you are interested in volunteering for one of the three Mentoring Liaison positions, please email a letter of interest detailing your relevant experience, reasons for applying for the position, and your availability to commit to a two-year term, to the Mentoring Administrator, Jessica Holden, at jessica.holden@umb.edu by November 15, 2018.

Membership committee

The New England Archivists Membership Committee is in search of new volunteers to fill a variety of new and exciting positions. This is a great opportunity for archivists across the region, including students and new professionals, to get involved in their professional organization, network, and build that resume! No prior experience or volunteer experience is required. Committee meetings are generally held virtually (NEA provides Zoom for web conferencing), and most business is done by email, phone, or web conferencing.  

We're looking for members who can start ASAP to focus on:

  • Development (2-4 members; 3-year term)

Aided by membership survey data and the Development Task Force final report (2013), will define development plans for NEA, identify priorities for funding opportunities, identify new and existing sources of funding, and work with the NEA Treasurer on sustainable and responsible financial planning.

  • Meet-up organization (1-2 members; 3-year term)

Will schedule and plan social meet-ups for NEA members at the Spring Meeting and throughout the year, occasionally in collaboration with other allied groups (such as Digital Commonwealth), and communicate with the Membership Chair and the Treasurer for budgeting and funding.

  • Annual meeting coordination (2-3 members; 3-year term)

Will work collaboratively with the Local Arrangements Committee and other Spring Meeting organizers and Membership Committee groups to schedule and coordinate Membership Committee-sponsored events (e.g., resume review, practice interviews, NEA informational tables, etc.).

Please contact Sam Howes, Membership Committee Chair, at samuel.howes@maine.gov. Include your current contact information, which position(s) interest you, and a brief statement of interest by Friday, August 31, 2018.


Survey Coordinator


The New England Archivists Membership Committee is in search of a volunteer to fill the Survey Coordinator position. This is a great opportunity for archivists across the region, including students and new professionals, to get involved in their professional organization, network, and build that resume! No prior experience or volunteer experience is required. Committee meetings are generally held virtually (NEA provides Zoom for web conferencing), and most business is done by email, phone, or web conferencing.

Survey Coordinator (3-year term)

Will manage the annual survey by collaborating with other NEA committees in order to gather information from NEA membership, creating the survey, and reporting results to the Membership Committee and NEA Board. The survey is used to evaluate how well NEA is meeting the needs of members and to inform planning in NEA.

Please contact Sam Howes, Membership Committee Chair, at samuel.howes@maine.gov. Submit your current contact information and a brief statement of interest by Friday, September 21, 2018.

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Education Committee Student Member

NEA’s Education Committee is looking for a student member to serve a one-year term from Fall 2018 to Fall 2019 (The one-year term begins after the Fall 2018 meeting).

Responsibilities include planning workshops (which can be done from the comfort of your home through e-mail), acting as a liaison to other students to determine their education needs, and serving as a day-of workshop representative for biannual meetings. It is a fun, easy way to build your resume.

If you are interested, please contact Jessica Steytler: jsteytler@14beacon.org


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