Over the past weeks the New York City archives community, like the rest of the city, has had to adapt quickly in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. This new reality of social isolation has meant juggling remote work and caregiving for some; displacement and precarity for others. Recent events have catalyzed a reckoning within the field regarding longstanding structures of white supremacy and the urgent need to comprehensively integrate anti-racist practices. The need for solidarity and creative problem-solving in support of institutions and individuals who have been impacted has never been greater.
As we approach the beginning of the school year, we recognize the challenges faced by students and emerging professionals as they prepare to enter a destabilized job market during a period when established archivists are rapidly adapting to new circumstances and demands.
The board of the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York invites you to join us for a community discussion on mentorship during COVID-19 led by our Membership Director Colleen Daw. We will convene for an afternoon conversation on Zoom during our bi-weekly Community Hours. We won't have an agenda, but are eager to hear how our community is being impacted and what kinds of support will be most useful to our members. We are particularly eager to hear from students, recent graduates and emerging professionals, graduate program coordinators and archivists in positions of making hiring decisions so that the program matches the needs of the moment.
We welcome archival workers and students from throughout the area - regardless of membership status - to join us in connecting with community along with a respectful and supportive circle of colleagues. Please register in advance, as the Zoom password will be emailed to participants the day of the meeting.