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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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From Robin Good's insight:

"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 9:16 AM

Un muy interesante artículo

Nancy White's curator insight, August 29, 2013 5:48 AM

Excellent post - importance of context & provenance. 

digitalassetman's curator insight, August 30, 2013 5:15 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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Future archives: problematizing digital archives – Opinions – Archival Platform

Carolien Greyling:

"Archives are only useful when individuals have access to the information stored in them. A way in which some archives are limited is that the information they house is not available to people who live in places far away. In South Africa our National Archives are housed in Pretoria, while provincial archives are housed in provincial capitals such as Polokwane, Bloemfontein and Cape Town. For individuals living in towns far away from capitals getting to these places might be very difficult or impossible.  It would seem that a digital archive would be a great benefit to a person living in a remote location." 

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Thoughts around the digitization of archives. Well worth a read!

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New Report From OCLC Research: “Social Media and Archives: A Survey of Archive Users” | LJ INFOdocket

New Report From OCLC Research: “Social Media and Archives: A Survey of Archive Users” | LJ INFOdocket | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Social Media and Archives: A Survey of Archive Users details findings from a survey of users of archives to learn more about how researchers find out about systems like ArchiveGrid, and the role that social media, recommendations, reviews, and other forms of user-contributed annotation play in archival research. oclc Research logo New Report From OCLC Research: Social Media and Archives: A Survey of Archive UsersWritten by OCLC Research Consulting Software Architect Bruce Washburn, Research Assistant Ellen Eckert, and Senior Program Officer Merrilee Proffitt, this report will be of interest to those working with archival discovery services, or those investigating the utility of social media in discovery environments. Key Findings E-mail and word of mouth continue to be the primary ways archival researchers share information about the resources they discover. Features such as tags, reviews, recommendations and user comments are viewed as useful by fewer than half of those responding. However, researchers value recommendations given by librarians and archivists. One-quarter of all survey respondents identified themselves as “unaffiliated scholars,” representing a significant number of those interested in making use of archival material. Full text report: http://www.oclc.org/content/dam/research/publications/library/2013/2013-06.pdf
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A physical and moral defence for archivists | The National Archives blog

A physical and moral defence for archivists | The National Archives blog | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Posted by Andrew Janes:

"...it isn’t surprising that most people don’t know very much about what archivists do because the scope and responsibilities of the job vary quite a lot between different archives and between different roles within the same organisation. Some archivists work mostly with records made of paper and other ‘traditional’ materials but others work mainly or entirely with digital records. Some archivists, like me, spend a lot of time answering enquiries and talking to researchers, but others spend much less time doing that. 4 What we all have in common is our commitment to the records.

Sir Hilary Jenkinson, who was one of the most important British writers about archival theory and practice during the 20th century, 5 had much to say to about the role of archivists. According to Jenkinson, an archivist’s primary duty is the physical and moral defence of the records in his or her care. 6 Why is this defence ‘moral’ as well as physical? Archivists believe that preserving the intellectual properties of records and their relationships with one another 7 – which Jenkinson rather grandly terms a moral defence – is just as important as looking after the records physically."

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Accessing historical archives as a disabled user; with recommendations

Accessing historical archives as a disabled user; with recommendations | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Viv Dunstan:

"I recently gave a talk to a conference for archivists on my perceptions as a disabled user of archives. I have a progressive neurological disease, and sometimes use a wheelchair. ...

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...list of recommendations for archivists to improve accessibility. I will repeat these here, for the benefit of any reading:

Would ask archivists to consider how accessible their search rooms are, including the layout within the room itself. This is potentially of great benefit to physically disabled archive users, but a more accessible layout can benefit users in general as well, for example tables and chairs that are easier to move around, paper catalogues easier to access etc.As a counterpoint to that ask you to be more aware of the potential need for people to research at a distance, and do not always assume lengthy on-the-spot research is practical or the default approach, and consider enabling other modes of provision for usersTo that end make sure that online catalogues are as detailed as they can be, and improve them where necessaryAs well as archivist initiated digitisation projects archivists should consider supporting digitisation on demand, including permitting digital photography of records, whether a per page copying fee is charged for such photography, or waived for disability users"
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Good checklist of points to consider for archives with regards accessibility! 

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Meet the Keeper this July | The National Archives

Meet the Keeper this July | The National Archives | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Oliver Morley, Chief Executive and Keeper, The National Archives, will be on hand to answer your question on three separate occasions in July 2013.

 

"...first-ever webinar on our website between 12:30 and 13:30 on Tuesday 23 July. This is your opportunity to ask about the management and future direction of The National Archives, and to raise any views that you may have.

If you would like to take part in the webinar you will need to sign up in advance. All you need is a broadband connection and PC or laptop to join the webinar. Email livechat@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk to register your interest and we'll send you further details about the session.

Don't forget that you can follow Oliver on Twitter and ask him questions at any time (@omorley1)."

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First webinar with the Chief Executive and Keeper of The National Archives! 

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Archivists Race Technology to Save Past Space Research, Records - Newswise (press release)

Archivists Race Technology to Save Past Space Research, Records - Newswise (press release) | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

With billions of dollars of past space research at risk of being lost forever, Dr. Charles Lundquist is running a race against technology and time.

Director of the Interactive Projects Office at The University of Alabama in Huntsville’s Research Institute, the 85-year-old Dr. Lundquist spent 40 years in high-level positions with the U.S. Army, the Army Ballistic Missile Agency, NASA, and finally the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He officially retired in 1999. Working as a volunteer since then, he spends his time sleuthing for past research from the Army, NASA and private papers, as well as collecting oral histories from NASA retirees and others. All are added to an archive on the ground floor of UAH’s M. Louis Salmon Library, where Anne Coleman is a reference librarian and head of Archives and Special Collections. The archives preserve continued access for future historians, scholars and students.

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Archivists racing against time with formats becoming obsolete!

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Focusing on archives for International Archives Day coming up on 9 June - the world of a radio archivist

Focusing on archives for International Archives Day coming up on 9 June - the world of a radio archivist | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

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For International Archives Day on Sunday, 9 June 2013.
There is a promotion going on on social media to promote a Goodledoodle for International Archives Day, something that has never been done before.

The focus is on archives for 9 June for International Archives Day as well, with the hashtag #savearchives.

 

I love being an archivist, and get totally lyrical about finding an interview with an important (or  even not so important) person in history: or that “lost” programme; or listening to material from the previous century…

 

The daily challenges of a sound archivist: http://sabcmedialib.blogspot.jp/2011/09/daily-challenges-of-sound-archivist.html

 

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Save archives on 9 June! #savearchives

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#followanarchive: Googledoodle for International Archives Day 2013?

#followanarchive: Googledoodle for International Archives Day 2013? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
WE REALLY WANT GOOGLE TO PICK UP ON THIS – SO PLEASE HELP US PROMOTE THE IDEA! 


In 2011 and 2012 we celebrated International Archives Day on June 9th by doing a worldwide #AskArchivists / #FollowAnArchive event on Twitter. We would like to do it again – if archives and archivists support the idea. But this year we would like the day to be extra special.

During the past years, Google has used variations on their logo to draw attention to people and causes worth noticing. Among the doodles are little works of art highlighting things as different as New Year, Chaplins Birthday, Opening of the Arcropolis Museum, Singapore Art Festival and National Library Week. But it seems, that there has never been an doodle on archives.

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Please help to share to promote for a Googledoodle on 9 June 2013 

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New Research Tools Kick Up Dust in Archives

New Research Tools Kick Up Dust in Archives | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Advances in technology have transformed the methods of historians and other archival researchers, a change that carries both benefits and consequences.

 

In just a few years, advances in technology have transformed the methods of historians and other archival researchers. Productivity has improved dramatically, costs have dropped and a world distinguished by solo practitioners has become collaborative. In response, developers are producing an array of computerized methods of analysis, creating a new quantitative science.

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Technology greatly enhances research in archives, but also bring new challenges 

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DPLA Launches, Librarians Respond

DPLA Launches, Librarians Respond | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
First impressions of the new DPLA portal have been almost uniformly positive, though many have suggested avenues for further enhancements and refinements.

 

"Launched yesterday, the Digital Public Library of America’s portal offers browsing and search access to a still growing aggregation of cultural heritage records from dozens of US cultural heritage institutions. At the same time, DPLA began offering programmatic access to its metadata stores, urging developers to create their own interfaces and access points to the collections. First impressions have been almost uniformly positive, though many have suggested avenues for further enhancements and refinements."

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Librarian insights into the Digital Public Library of America!

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Archivists and the power they have, #quote by Nare Monyai | via @SABCRadioArc #archives #archivists

Archivists and the power they have, #quote by Nare Monyai | via @SABCRadioArc #archives #archivists | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
SABC Radio Archives wrote: Archivists and the power they have!

 

News & Actuality Archivist Nare Monyai: " #Archivists wield substantial power over records in the way they select, appraise and shape the collections they work with which is fundamental to how experiences, narratives and memory are structured."

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Archivists and the power they wield over their collections!

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Digital Archiving at the University of York: Some thoughts on pdf/a 3

Digital Archiving at the University of York: Some thoughts on pdf/a 3 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @Jenny_Mitcham: New blog post: Some thoughts on pdf/a 3: As a digital archivist, I need to keep my ear to the ground with reg... http://t.co/tD34ZtbpWz
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Worth looking at when evaluating formats for digital archiving. 

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Showcasing the Smithsonian Institution Archives Through Video, by Adrienne Miranda

by Adrienne Miranda, Intern, Digital Services Division on August 29, 2013


"When I first applied for an internship at the Smithsonian Institution Archives, I admittedly did not know much about it. For my internship, I was asked to make a video that would explain to the general public what the Archives was, as well as what resources it could offer them. On my first day here I was told that the Archives held the records and history of the Smithsonian Institution. I thought this sounded straightforward enough, but as I began to work on the video I realized there was more to it than that. With each new interview, with each day of shooting B-roll footage, or simply being around the office I heard new stories and learned new things about the Archives. I learned that there was everything here from correspondence, books, and architecture plans to photographs, negatives, and film reels. The subjects of these items range from science and history to art and literature. They cover a large span and scope of American History and give unique insight into it. There really is something to interest everyone here.

What I also discovered is that this information is available to the public. While I grew up in the Washington, DC area and have always enjoyed going to the Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo, I never knew that the Archives were also there as a public resource. Visitors can request specific information from the reference archivists, explore the collections online through the Archives’ website, or get helpful advice on preservation through the forums. These resources are valuable for everyone from researchers, to archivists, or anyone simply interested in the history of just about any subject."

 

Video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=io8Sfc5ir3k

 

Also: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_so_CJqGFF0

 

 

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Interesting! Archives are a arich source of content!

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Combining America's Digitized Libraries, All In One Place : NPR - Digital Public Library of America

Combining America's  Digitized Libraries, All In One Place : NPR - Digital Public Library of America | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Libraries have been digitizing their collections for years, but the materials can be hard to find. Enter the Digital Public Library of America.

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"Part of a series, Keys To The Whole World: American Public Libraries

Buried in the archives of America's public and academic libraries are historical treasures — old papers, photos and records — that flesh out a detailed picture of our past.

Many libraries are trying to make it easier to find that material by putting digital copies online. But with so many different websites and databases to turn to, it may still require a research degree in Web searching to find anything. This spring, a program launched that aims to put all that great stuff in one place: the Digital Public Library of America.

The DPLA has already drawn scholars like Lincoln Mullen, a graduate student at Brandeis University who is researching the history of religious conversion in the United States. Mullen says the DPLA uncovered some hard-to-find documents at the College of Charleston in South Carolina — handwritten letters by a slave owner, William H.W. Barnwell, in which Barnwell discussed religious instruction to slaves and how the North misunderstood the South in these matters."

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More about the The Digital Public Library of America!

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Andrea Barnaby's curator insight, August 29, 2013 3:35 AM

Digitisation makes primary information in the reach of everyone.

Darryl Barnaby's curator insight, August 29, 2013 3:53 AM

Digitization puts primary resources in the reach of everyone.

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A haiku: Archivists are the specialists who snatch objects from oblivion

A haiku: Archivists are the specialists who snatch objects from oblivion | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Tod Robbins reblogged this from Times Haiku (http://haiku.nytimes.com/) 

“A haiku from the article: Archivists Bringing Past Into Future Are Now Less Cloistered ” (Photo: timeshaiku: A haiku from the article: Archivists Bringing Past Into Future Are Now Less Cloistered http://t.co/ml9uOGjm5T)...

 

From the original article: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/29/nyregion/archivists-bringing-past-into-future-are-now-less-cloistered.html?_r=0

"Archivists are the specialists who snatch objects from oblivion. They have long spent their careers cloistered, like the objects they protected. But now many of these professionals are stepping out. A main reason is the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York. The group, which recently surpassed 500 members, holds monthly events that draw a young, well-dressed crowd, hungry for chances to network, train and socialize. Members not only work at libraries, where archives have long resided, but also at such organizations as the Fashion Institute of Technology, the Junior League, the Episcopal Church, the Philharmonic, the Stock Exchange and the Brooklyn Navy Yard." - By ALISON LEIGH COWAN

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Archivists' jobs

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Digital Preservation - Archives 2013, New Orleans August 11th to 17th: Digital Preservation in the Cloud comes of age

Digital Preservation - Archives 2013, New Orleans August 11th to 17th: Digital Preservation in the Cloud comes of age | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Archives 2013 is only a week away, and I am sure that you, like us, are looking forward to a vibrant and informative conference. This year’s program includes a strong focus on digital preservation in the cloud and it’s great to see that many early developers will be talking about their practical experiences – digital preservation is coming of age.

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One of the solutions for digital preservation in the Cloud.

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New sound archive collates 100-year-old voices from India - Zee News

New sound archive collates 100-year-old voices from India - Zee News | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Vikram Sampath:

New Delhi: Mahatma Gandhi's speech caught on gramophone during his 1931 visit to England now shares space with classical music legend M S Subhalakshmi's song, recorded when she was just nine, in a new virtual archive.

The Archive of Indian Music (AIM), set to be formally launched on July 30, is an online compilation of vintage gramaphonic records of speeches, songs, plays etc dating as far back as 1902. 

"This is a private initiative, a non profit trust where we source oldest rarest gramophone records like old ghazals, speeches of leaders, theatre recordings, folk music etc and digitise it for free access by laymen," Vikram Sampath, founder AIM said. 

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Digitising of the gramaphone records for archival purposes. Interesting!

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Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)

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Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) (Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) Second Edition http://t.co/daKSXPUop1)

 

The Second Edition is here!!!

 

Revised and updated in 2013, Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) facilitates consistent, appropriate, and self-explanatory description of archival materials and creators of archival materials. This new edition reflects the growing convergence among archival, museum, and library standards; aligns DACS with the descriptive standards developed and supported by the International Council on Archives; and provides guidance on the creation of archival authority records. DACS can be applied to all types of material at all levels of description, and the rules are designed for use by any type of descriptive output, including MARC 21, Encoded Archival Description (EAD), and Encoded Archival Context (EAC).

The Second Edition consists of two parts: Describing Archival Materials and Archival Authority Records. Separate sections discuss levels of description and the importance of access points to the retrieval of descriptions. Appendices feature a list of companion standards and crosswalks to ISAD(G), ISAAR(CPF), MARC 21, EAD, EAC, and Resource Description and Access (RDA). Also included is an index.

 

To purchase a print copy, click on Add to Cart below.

 

For a free PDF of the Second Edition, click here: http://files.archivists.org/pubs/DACS2E-2013.pdf

 

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Europeana Releases First Free iPad App | europeana

Europeana Releases First Free iPad App | europeana | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
‘Europeana Open Culture’ introduces you to hand-picked and beautiful collections from some of Europe’s top institutions, and allows people to explore, share and comment on them. Designed by Glimworm IT during a Europeana hackathon, the app provides an easy introduction to Europe’s glorious art treasury through five specially curated themes: Maps and Plans, Treasures of Art, Treasures of the Past, Treasures of Nature and Images of the Past.
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Downloaded and it looks like a very rich collection!

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