We’re back back back back back again! SCA has a new cohort of part-time staff members, graduate assistants, and interns that have started in the past few weeks, and they have all been diligently completing training and learning about Special Collections & Archives. With over a million items in the collection, three storage spaces, different websites and databases to navigate, and lots and lots and lots of policies, you may be thinking: “How in the world do they learn everything so quickly?” The answer is simple! *Cue your favorite Rocky montage music*: scaffolded, structured, scheduled training!
Many of our new staff members have never visited FSU Special Collections & Archives before they start their new position, so we introduce them to SCA through a short orientation. In this presentation, new staff members learn about the mission of SCA, what kinds of materials are collect, and what kinds of responsibilities they’ll have in their new position. We also use this as an opportunity to show them what tools we use to communicate, an introduction to SCA policies, and give an overview for the next steps in their training schedule.
Virtual Independent Training
This year, we developed Virtual Independent Training to guide new staff members through all the databases and systems they have to learn. This training is built in Freedcamp and includes progressive exploration of our various communication tools (Freedcamp, Teams), exercises on how to search in databases (ArchivesSpace and Primo), and a call number tutorial.
In-person Training and Shadowing
New staff also complete in-person training and shadowing. This training includes an in-depth tour of SCA, Strozier Library, and Pepper Library; how to pull materials for researchers in the reading rooms and instruction sessions; and how to handle Special Collections & Archives safely.
The SCA-venger Hunt
The last part of training staff members must complete is the SCA-venger hunt. The SCA-venger hunt combines all of their new skills into one final test:
- They have to use the library catalog and ArchivesSpace to determine the call numbers and locations for 10 items
- They have to fill out item pull-slips completely
- They have to locate all 10 items and take a picture of it
Once new staff have completed their training, they’re prepared to go forth and provide excellent service to SCA’s user base. We’re so excited to have our new staff onboard and are looking forward to an excellent school year!