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The Spirit of the Archivist and Its Relevance for Content Curators, by Sally Whiting

The Spirit of the Archivist and Its Relevance for Content Curators, by Sally Whiting | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Sally Whiting on "archival practice and online content": 

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"A new kind of archivist

Archives are still romanticized in the way that libraries are: stunning monuments to intelligence and learning, doomed by budget cuts and the fact that it’s frankly a lot easier to just Google for answers these days. Sometimes it seems like fledgling librarians and archivists should just cut their losses, but what they actually need to do is broaden their job descriptions. Applying archival principles to content strategy makes for solid content—I can demonstrate this, and I exercise it in my work. Applying content strategy to archives, however, just might keep those archives alive."

 

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"As content curators will increasingly need to learn more about archiving, organizing and preserving what they curate, this article provides an inspiring set of considerations about the key value of context and provenance...."

 

Read full Robin Good's insight below.

 

Full article: http://contentsmagazine.com/articles/digital-archives-the-content-strategist/

 


Via Robin Good, Giuseppe Mauriello, Heiko Idensen
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Content strategy practised in archives, and the skills set of the New Archivist! Great article!

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Jordi Carrió Jamilà's curator insight, August 28, 2013 12:16 PM

Un muy interesante artículo

Nancy White's curator insight, August 29, 2013 8:48 AM

Excellent post - importance of context & provenance. 

digitalassetman's curator insight, August 30, 2013 8:15 AM

Since graduating from library school, I’ve fielded occasional questions about archiving “as a professional in the field.” Then comes the second question, “So, what kind of archive do you work in?” But I don’t. Although I was trained as an archivist and care deeply about archives, I’ve been an editor or a content strategist on most of my recent projects. And though I sympathize with archivists’ anxiety about their continuing relevance, I’m also excited for them, as I am for anyone who has content worth sharing

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New Life for Libraries - Ted Reinstein

New Life for Libraries - Ted Reinstein | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Ted Reinstein discovers today’s libraries are about community as much as books (but you can still find books).

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Applications open: new round of international librarian mentor-ship: begins March 2016

Applications open: new round of international librarian mentor-ship: begins March 2016 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Want to build your professional network and learn about librarianship around the world? Love the idea of professional travel but just don’t have the budget? The International Librarians Network (IL…
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Great opportunity to network and improve your own professional development as librarian!

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Archivists document a nation's good and bad | Paula Thomson, ShareAmerica

Archivists document a nation's good and bad | Paula Thomson, ShareAmerica | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

An accessible archive is an important part of any country with a complex history, including Ukraine, so U.S. archivists are helping Ukrainian archivists.

 

Trudy Peterson, former archivist of the United States, and Ferriero recently led discussions with Ukrainian archivists on records management and the role of archives in society. While Ukraine’s passage of the Open Data Law in early 2015 is a positive step toward making government records available to the public, much more work needs to be done, said Peterson.


Ferriero said the biggest ethical responsibility of archivists is to ensure that no bias is brought to the work of collecting records and making them accessible. Archivists must document both sides of history, both “the good stories and the bad stories.”

Follow the conversation on Ukraine @UnitedforUkr and sign up for weekly updates onUnited for Ukraine.


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Ethical responsibility of archivists!

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The Wikipedia Library #1Lib1Ref - One Librarian One Reference

The Wikipedia Library #1Lib1Ref - One Librarian One Reference | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

RT @TheNewLibrarian: Imagine what we could do to #Wikipedia if every librarian added one primary source.
#1lib1ref
https://t.co/ViOM5twXxg...

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Librarians helping to fill the gaps! Great project!

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Reading recommendations, Book-a-Librarian available at York libraries - Daily Press (blog)

Reading recommendations, Book-a-Librarian available at York libraries - Daily Press (blog) | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Reading recommendations, Book-a-Librarian available at York libraries

York County’s libraries offers help finding books suited to patron’s tastes and the Tabb Library, 100 Long Green Blvd., offers free one-on-one appointments with library staff for assistance with various topics. Requests for either one can be made online by filling out the Looking for a Great Read readers’ advisory survey or the Book-A-Librarian survey at yorkcounty.gov/Home/Libraries.aspx and the Services link.

Topics for Book-A-Librarian may include help with downloading digital items, library resources, technology and job materials. The appointments are scheduled for 15 or 30 minutes.

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Love that is made available through the website!

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Archives Change Lives - Society of American Archivists (YouTube)

Promotional video for SAA's "Archives Change Lives" campaign, featuring Kathleen D. Roe, Dennis Meissner, Steven Booth, and Samantha Norling.
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The importance of Archives!

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A Librarian's Guide to Makerspaces: 16 Resources - Ellyssa Kroski | OEDB.org

A Librarian's Guide to Makerspaces: 16 Resources - Ellyssa Kroski  | OEDB.org | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Makerspaces, sometimes also referred to as hackerspaces, hackspaces, and fablabs are creative, DIY spaces where people can gather to create, invent, and learn. In libraries they often have 3D printers, software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies and tools, and more. Here are some excellent resources for anyone thinking about setting up a makerspace in their organization."


Via Skip Zalneraitis, Patrick Provencher
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With attendance dipping, libraries changing roles, focus - KSL.com

With attendance dipping, libraries changing roles, focus - KSL.com | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Public libraries are at a crossroads. Overall circulation and visits are down over the last five years. But libraries continue to supply another community need: a place to contemplate and collaborate.
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Future libraries!

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Library 2.0 - the future of libraries in the digital age - 20 Oct

Library 2.0 - the future of libraries in the digital age - 20 Oct | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The fifth annual Library 2.015 Worldwide Virtual Conference will be held on October 20th, 2015 from 7am - 8pm US Pacific / 10am - 11pm US Eastern (International Time Zone Converter).

Everyone is invited to participate in the conference, designed to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing among information professionals worldwide. 

The School of Information at San José State University is the founding conference sponsor. Register as a member of the Library 2.0 network to be kept informed of future events! "

 
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liblist4u's curator insight, October 1, 2015 9:13 AM

Oct.20, 2015. For schedule and other info see

http://www.library20.com/page/sessions-and-schedule

Litlit's curator insight, October 10, 2015 2:53 PM

La question du Numérique dans les Bibliothèques Outre-Atlantique

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Closing the Gap in Librarian, Faculty Views of Academic Libraries | Research

Closing the Gap in Librarian, Faculty Views of Academic Libraries | Research | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"In this age of outcomes measurement, many academic librarians are focused—and rightly so—on making sure they best serve students. Yet students are not the only population of end users on an academic campus. Faculty, too, are conduits not only to students but to library users in their own right. As well, studies of faculty attitudes such as Ithaka’s often show that, even as faculty increasingly depend on library-brokered online access to expensive databases and electronic journals, the off-site availability of modern resources may leave many faculty members less aware of the crucial role of the library in their and their students’ workflow."


Full report here: http://www.thedigitalshift.com/research


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AMIA Online - 3 webinars about preservation of audiovisual heritage

AMIA is a nonprofit, international association dedicated to the preservation and use of moving image media. As the world’s largest association of professional media archivists, AMIA brings together a broad range of experts and institutions in a single forum to address the best ways to preserve our media heritage.

  AN INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL FORMATS 
AND STORAGE

This series focuses on digital file formats, storage, and transfer workflows. [Eight webinars]

  BEST PRACTICES FOR 
PERSONAL AUDIOVISUAL ARCHIVES

This series is directed to families and individuals with audiovisual collections they wish to preserve. [Two webinars]

  BEST PRACTICES FOR 
SMALL AUDIOVISUAL ARCHIVES

This series is directed to small institutions with audiovisual collections and limited staff. [Two webinars]


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A Little Light Bibliotherapy - from NYPL staff

A Little Light Bibliotherapy - from NYPL staff | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
We asked our expert NYPL staff members to recommend books that helped them stay sane and navigate life in Gotham.
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