The REPS blog is dedicated to presenting on topics of interest to new archivists, including the job market, professional development, new trends in the field, and literature (professional and non-professional).
If you’re interested in blogging for REPS, check out our current series to see if any interest you! Or suggest something new!
Each post in the REPS Recommends series features a review of a recreational book, film, or other type of media that is relevant or connects with our profession. We interpret this broadly to include any media (books, films, tv shows, video games, comics, etc.) that have to do with archivists, librarians, book conservators or other related professions, or archives, libraries, historical research, or other subjects that overlap with the archives world.
The posts in this series discuss tips, tricks, and other pieces of advice to help students and early professionals navigate the archives profession and take advantage of opportunities. Topics should be be relevant to students, early professionals, and seasoned veterans of the profession.
This series gives REPS members a chance to profile the institutions they work for, and give students an introduction to the repositories in the area. Profiles can include information about the mission, collections, structure, and facilities of the repository, as well as the nature of the work that the writer performs. Please attain the permission of the repository before writing a profile and make sure all information is appropriate for the public.
If you are interested in submitting a blog post, please contact the Website and Social Media Coordinator, Blake Relle (brelle [at] cox.net) with a brief summary of what your post would be about.
We do not have a rigorous policy on length of posts, but we would recommend a 1000 word maximum. The average length of our blog posts is around 500 words.
Plagiarism and Citing Your Sources
Do not plagiarize material from other sources. This includes directly lifting any portion of a text without quoting and attributing it. In general, if you use or refer to material from any source, you should cite it in some way. There does not need to be a formal bibliography, but do at least give the author, title, website, and/or link to which you are referring.
Code of Conduct
Do not attack individuals or groups. Do not make discriminatory, sexist, ableist, or ageist remarks. Treat others with respect and behave like a professional.
The text of your blogpost belongs to you. We do not claim ownership of it and will not repost it in any fashion without your permission. We invite you to register it with a Creative Commons license of your choice. If you do so, please include a license disclaimer at the end of your post.
Please use images to which you have the rights, or which are in the public domain or published under a creative commons license. Here’s a good introduction to using Creative Commons images.
Here are some resources for images with Creative Commons licenses. Please make sure you check out the permissions of any individual images you wish to use!
Flickr: The Commons – These are collections uploaded by cultural institutions from around the world.
Flickr’s Creative Commons Images – This includes images uploaded by users.
Wikimedia Commons – A database of freely usable media created collaboratively.
For book covers in the case of reviews, REPS has a developer key to utilize LibraryThing’s Free Book Covers database. We will locate a cover for your book if it is available.
If using photos you have taken of archival materials, please consult the institution’s reproduction policy and the permissions for the specific collection.