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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

IDC Committee - Deadline exteneded to october 26th

IDC members → four open roles

Vice Chair/Chair-Elect → One 2-year position (November 2020-October 2022)

The IDC Vice Chair/Chair-Elect serves for two years: a one-year term as Vice Chair/Chair-Elect, immediately followed by a one-year term as Chair. The purpose of this structure is to distribute leadership responsibilities and workload evenly within the committee and to create a mentoring component for both positions. The duties of Vice Chair/Chair-Elect include:

  • Supporting the IDC Chair’s work to coordinate committee programming, events, trainings, and initiatives
  • Assisting with scheduling and creating agendas for monthly meetings
  • Performing such duties as may be directed by the IDC and other entities of the New England Archivists
  • Contributing to NEA Executive Board discussions on issues concerning inclusion, diversity, and social justice and serving as a nonvoting board member
  • Attending (virtually or in person) quarterly NEA Board meetings
  • Contributing to the IDC’s ongoing column, “Who’s Missing from this Table?”, for the NEA Newsletter
  • As necessary, serving as a point person for IDC initiatives
  • Estimated time commitment: 5-10 hours per month

Committee Members → Two 1-year terms (November 2020-October 2021) and one 2-year term (November 2020-October 2022)

Duties include:

  • Attending (virtually) monthly IDC meetings
  • Contributing to the development of IDC programming, events, trainings, and initiatives
  • Performing duties related to IDC initiatives, such as chairing the Inclusion and Diversity Scholarship Committee
  • Contributing to the IDC’s ongoing column, “Who’s Missing from this Table?”, for the NEA Newsletter
  • As necessary, serving as a point person for IDC initiatives.
  • Estimated time commitment: 3-5 hours per month

Application Instructions: All applicants must be NEA members in good standing. Applicants are encouraged to submit a statement that details:


  • Your strong commitment to inclusion and diversity
  • Your knowledge of current social justice issues and their connection to archival labor
  • Your personal and professional experience with advocacy in all forms (equity, diversity, inclusion)
  • Your understanding of collaboration and public outreach.

Successful candidates will be well organized and demonstrate strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills. Please indicate in your statement and subject line the position(s) you are interested in.

All applications will be reviewed by the NEA Executive Board, as well as the co-chairs and current members of the IDC committee.

Please submit your application to: diversity@newenglandarchivists.org

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Work on NEA’s Contingent Employment Survey II Task Force → four open roles

Coordinated by the Inclusion and Diversity Committee, the Contingent Employment Survey II Task Force will develop and distribute a survey to document the extent and qualities of contingent employment for archivists in New England. Building on the work of the first Contingent Employment Survey, in 2016, the survey will collect longitudinal quantitative and qualitative data about respondents’ experiences with contingent employment and give a long-term picture of precarious labor practices in the region. The data from the survey will be used by the IDC and NEA to advocate for fair and equitable labor practices and to advance conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion in our region.

The task force’s work will begin in November 2020, with a final report to the NEA Executive Board due in early 2022. A journal article will also be prepared and submitted at that time.

Task force members will:

  • Attend task force meetings
  • Contribute to the development of the survey
  • Assist in the distribution and promotion of the survey, including conducting follow-up interviews as required
  • Contribute to the tabulation, coding, and analysis of survey and interview data
  • Contribute to the final survey report to the NEA Executive Board
  • Have the opportunity to coauthor a journal article about the task force’s work
  • Estimated time commitment: 3-5 hours per month

Application Instructions: All applicants must be NEA members in good standing. Applicants are encouraged to submit a brief statement that details:

  • How you see yourself contributing to the task force’s work
  • Any relevant experience with survey design and survey analysis (including coursework)
  • Your understanding of or experience with the impact of contingent labor on the archives field
  • Your experience with team projects and approach to collaborative work
  • Current graduate students and new professionals are encouraged to apply.

Please submit your application to: diversity@newenglandarchivists.org

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2021 Inclusion and Diversity Scholarship Committee → one open role

The 2021 Inclusion and Diversity Scholarship Committee is now forming, and we need your help! First awarded in 2016, the New England Archivists Inclusion and Diversity Scholarship is given annually to the presenters of one session during NEA’s Spring Meeting whose presentations are dedicated to issues of inclusion, diversity, and social justice within the archival profession.

The Inclusion and Diversity Committee (IDC) is seeking a current member of NEA to serve on this scholarship committee, alongside representatives from the IDC and the Spring Programming Committee. This committee is charged with awarding the Inclusion and Diversity Scholarship for 2021. The time commitment for this is around 5 hours and includes reading and scoring entries and at least one virtual meeting to discuss the selection of the award winners.

More details on the scholarship can be found on the NEA website: 

https://newenglandarchivists.org/inclusion-diversity-scholarship/

Application Instructions: All applicants must be NEA members in good standing. Applicants should submit their contact information along with a short statement of interest: tell us why you’re interested in being a part of the scholarship committee!

Please submit your application to: diversity@newenglandarchivists.org

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