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 Subject : Becoming a Suzuki-Approved Repository: Training Archival Students.. 05/01/2014 11:55:24 AM 
Tom Steman
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The Suzuki method of teaching music is based on Japanese violinist Shin’ichi Suzuki’s belief that all people can and will learn from their environment and if students can learn in the “right environment,” their outcomes will be better. The recent Fox Searchlight rulings and discussions within the archives community about creating and providing the right environment in which to train those entering the profession have made this a timely topic for reflection and discussion. This session is intended for archivists who want to or currently rely on students, paid or unpaid, to assist with the work of their institution. Panelists will address the need for practical experience and how it correlates to job placement. They’ll discuss whether small shops benefit by offering meaningful student work experiences, or instead jeopardize their ability to manage the archives by supervising six students who equal one FTE and losing an opportunity to add an archivist or paraprofessional staff member. Panelists will reflect on how a union environment has defined the roles of personnel who staff the archives and the impact this has had on recruiting interns and the assignment of projects. Ample time will be given at the end to open the floor to discuss how you are working to create the “right environment” conducive for student, instructor, and institution.


Tom Steman, St. Cloud State University


Donald Force, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for Katie Blank, Marquette University

Alexis Braun Marks, Eastern Michigan University

Rachel Vagts, Berea College

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