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When and Where
  • 10/30/2023 2:00 PM CDT
  • 10/30/2023 3:30 PM CDT
  • 9/30/2023 11:45 PM CDT
  • Virtual
  • Chris Tanguay
  • Sheridan Sayles

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Contemporary archives leaders contend with long-standing concerns about sustainability, access, and advocacy, in addition to the challenges and excitement of traditional and developing workflows and programs. However, ongoing, and recently pressing shifts in the profession highlight the need for leaders to reconsider “softer” concerns that impact their - and employees’ - decision-making and collaborative capacities. Many of these issues center on emotional labor, precarity, and inequitable workload. In this webinar, experts on morale, designing ethical project positions, early career archivists, and workplace ableism will explore these concerns through conversation and open the floor to attendees.

Upon completion of this course, you'll be able to:

  • Identify factors and systems that affect morale and compromise employees’ approach to daily archival practice.
  • Implement more inclusive hiring practices.
  • Recognize exploitative and ableist job structures.
  • Implement daily work practices or strategies supporting the employee growth. 
  • Reflect on the structures of institution and identify ideal labor divisions.

Who Should Attend?

While early-career archivists may benefit from points of discussion and knowing what minimum standards to advocate for, this presentation is primarily designed for mid- and upper-tier managers, and those in a position to make changes and advocate for the well-being of the employees they supervise.


Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, MSLS earned her M.S.L.S. from the historic Clark Atlanta University School of Library and Information Studies. While known for her work on ethics, equity, diversity and inclusion, and communities of practice in libraries, Kendrick's research on low-morale experiences in library workplaces is recognized as groundbreaking and validating for library employees at all levels. In her daily and long-term work, Kendrick has transformed library programs, services, and culture via creativity, leadership, and advocacy. She is committed to centering well-being, creativity, and empathy in the workplace and promoting career clarity and rejuvenation to workers. In 2019, Kendrick was named the Association of College and Research Libraries' Academic/Research Librarian of the Year.

Sheridan Sayles currently serves as the Archivist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. She has previously worked as the Technical Service Archivist at Seton Hall University, Assistant Archivist at Trinity Church on Wall Street, and the Lautenberg Archivist at Rutgers University. Her advocacy work focuses on term limited archival labor and early career archivists, which has included participation in the Best Practices for Archival Term Positions Working Group. She is active in both SAA and MARAC, and holds degrees from the University of Mary Washington, University of Maryland, and Rutgers University-Newark. 

Chris Tanguay (she/they) is a Processing Archivist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Libraries’ Distinctive Collections. They have worked with the department in various capacities since 2012, joining the permanent staff in 2014. Tanguay received their BFA in photography from the University of Massachusetts. Lowell in 2006; and MS in Library and Information Science in 2012 and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Digital Stewardship in 2019 from Simmons University. They are currently serving on the ArchivesSpace User Advisory Committee, and has served on the Steering Committee for SAA’s Accessibility and Disability Section. Tanguay has coauthored several articles on the topic of disability in archives.

Fees: Advance / Regular: 

SAA Members: $49

Employees of SAA Member Institutions: $49

Nonmembers: $49

Limited enrollment. Webcast will be available on-demand within two weeks after the live presentation.