Future Forecasting: The LAM Career Landscape


Rachael Cristine Woody 


Ryan Anthony Donaldson









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Session Abstract

The job market for Library, Archives, and Museum (LAM) collection workers was increasingly brittle prior to the pandemic. The proliferation of unpaid work, precariously funded positions, term positions, and under-paid work paired with crippling student loan debt have caused instability for our profession. In an effort to support our colleagues, this webinar will review the current job landscape, outline how one can compete in this market or pivot to an adjacent one, and offer a forecast of what we may see (and prepare for) next. Join us on August 19 for a webinar that was created to support you and your value in the LAM field.

Rachael Cristine Woody

Rachael Woody is the owner of Rachael Cristine Consulting LLC. After a successful tenure at the Smithsonian Institution and the Oregon Wine History Archive, Woody established her consultancy to teach archives, museums, and cultural heritage organizations how to take care of their collections and advocate for their value. Woody has experienced precariously funded positions first-hand and has proven tactical strategies to demonstrate the value of collection work. As a result of her experience, Woody has dedicated herself to advocating for the value of collection work. She serves on SAA’s Committee on Public Awareness, established the Archivist-in-Residence (paid internship) program at Northwest Archivists, and serves on several salary advocacy committees.

Ryan Anthony Donaldson

Ryan Anthony Donaldson is a content strategist, information professional, and project consultant passionate about the creative and targeted uses of heritage content and archives. Donaldson previously worked as Senior Manager of Heritage and Information Services for The Durst Organization in New York City, conceptualizing and implementing a corporate archive program. He serves on the Archives Month Committee of Washington State and previously with the Business Archives Steering Committee with the Society of American Archivists.

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