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McDonald's has it's own official certified archivist, Michael Bullington

McDonald's has it's own official certified archivist, Michael Bullington | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

 

"Meet Michael Bullington, McDonald's Archivist

Recording and preserving more than 57 years of history for one of the world’s most recognized brands is a big job. Luckily, Michael Bullington, McDonald’s official certified archivist, is always up for the challenge.

Bullington’s days managing the Golden Archives at McDonald’s consist of everything from responding to requests about the company’s history, to assisting with television interviews to commemorate special milestones such as the 30th anniversary of the Happy Meal."

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New Dudley borough archive opens to to give people futuristic facilities to to peer into the past - Dudley News

New Dudley borough archive opens to to give people futuristic facilities to to peer into the past - Dudley News | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"HISTORY buffs can research Halesowen and Cradley's past at Dudley's new £6 million archives and local history centre which opened this week.

Located next to the Black Country Living Museum, it is the first public building built by Dudley Council for 20 years and replaces the outgrown, ageing facility at Coseley.

It houses the borough's archives which date back to the 12th century - including every back copy of the Halesowen News - and it is hoped the resources will be well used by local historians and people interested in tracing their descendants."

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Vatican and Bodleian libraries launch online archive of ancient religious texts

Vatican and Bodleian libraries launch online archive of ancient religious texts | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Maev Kennedy:

"Website funding from Polonsky Foundation includes Bodleian's 1455 Gutenberg Bible and aims to put 1.5m pages online (Vatican and Bodleian libraries launch online archive of ancient religious texts http://t.co/5Gr817BOSV)...

 

Link to website: http://bav.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/

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A lnadmark digitisation project!

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“They're not pirates, they're archivists” – LARM Conference 2013

“They're not pirates, they're archivists” – LARM Conference 2013 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Centre members Oliver Carter and Jez Collins recently attended the LARM Conference, based at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark to present research they have been conducting into fan archivists, or, as they describe them, activist archivists.  The conference, featuring keynote speakers such as Lev Manovich, David Hendy and Michelle Hilmes, focused on digital media archives.  Oli and Jez’s paper was titled “They’re not pirates, they’re archivists”: The role of fans as curators and archivists of popular culture heritage.  Here’s the abstract:

This paper explores the concept of fans and online fan-sites as sites of archival practice and curation of popular culture heritage. Online fan communities are forming around sites that collectively seek out, capture, preserve and make accessible popular materials that include, but not limited to, digitised sound files, moving image files and popular music memorabilia in what Bennett (2009) has termed “DIY preservationism”.

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Fans of popular culture as archivists or curators! > DIY preservationism!

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Five minutes with the College Archivist « Royal Holloway Library Blog

RT @RHUL_Library: What does an Archivist actually do? Find out here http://t.co/NeKKq0uFiC #LibraryLoves #Archives #explorearchives

 

Annabel Gill is the College Archivst for RHUL and is based in Founder's library. Fin out more about our collections at www.rhul.ac.uk/archives

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The work of a college archivist!

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South African: Archivists Study Mandela Missives

South African: Archivists Study Mandela Missives | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA:

"Most of Nelson Mandela's handwriting is neat, but it harbors a few mysteries. Archivists sometimes struggle to decipher words in the vast body of documents that Mandela penned, and he often jotted an acronym that nobody, not even the former South African president in later years, has been able to explain.

Now, some of the words that Mandela wrote, which help define the man who led the fight against white rule and became president after apartheid, are on display at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, which on Monday unveiled a public facility."

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Archivists at the Nelson Mandela Foundation at work deciphering Nelson Mandela's handwriting!

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Archiving Tomorrow 2013

Archiving Tomorrow 2013 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
About Archiving Tomorrow 201320-22 November 2013
Manchester & Media City UK

 

The conference is to bring together Archivists, Academics and Film Makers, Editors, Producers, Directors and so forth to discuss, debate and learn about the indepth revolution that is the transitional period between Film and Digital. 

Through interviews and presentations, workshops and panels with producers, technologists, commercial archives, regional archives, major television channels, hollywood movie makers, research and development teams, academics and projects, we look to examine all aspects of filmmaking, from capture to edit, visual effects to color correction, distribution to archive. At this moment in time when digital and photochemical filmmaking coexist, our aim is to explore and discover more on exactly what has been gained, what is lost, and what the future might bring. 
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POLL: What does diversifying the archival record mean to you? | Society of American Archivists

POLL: What does diversifying the archival record mean to you? | Society of American Archivists | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Most archivists agree that diversity in the archival record is important, but what exactly does that look like? SAA's Diversity Committee wants to know. Send us your thoughts. Ask your friends and colleagues. Pass the question on to your professional interest groups. Answers can be sent to saahq@archivists.org with the subject line "Diversifying the Archival Record" or posted publicly below on or before November 8.

The SAA Diversity Committee is working on a project to gather case studies that illustrate diversity in the archival record and would like to collect broad member feedback on what that means from a variety of perspectives. Information will help inform a call for case studies and will be shared with other diversity-related actions across the organization"(see SAA's 2013-2018 Strategic Plan http://www2.archivists.org/governance/strategic-plan).

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Inputs into the discussion around diversication of the archival record - also to do with censorship!

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Components of an Archivist's job - @JennNewby Twitter pic

Components of an Archivist's job - @JennNewby Twitter pic | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Components of an Archivist's job : http://t.co/oG5qMzDI0I

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Wax cylinder recordings tell story of culture across the centuries - ABC Online

Wax cylinder recordings tell story of culture across the centuries - ABC Online | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Wax cylinder recordings tell story of culture across the centuries ABC Online A team of sound archivists worked to 'reverse engineer' the workings of the phonograph. "There's no electricity," said Mr McDonald. For the first time in 80 years, a commercial music recording has been made on an Edison phonograph - technology that was invented in the 1890s. Aboriginal singer-songwriting duo Stiff Gins were inspired to reprise the old technology when they heard a 100-year-old wax cylinder recording of a Tasmanian Aboriginal woman. "When we heard it, it was not just of another time and place, that's simplifying it," said Stiff Gins singer Nardi Simpson.
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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 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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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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In praise of archivists - much our shared history is captured only on paper in storage facilities

In praise of archivists - much our shared history is captured only on paper in storage facilities | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"We have become all too accustomed to thinking that the full spectrum of human knowledge is at our fingertips, that a swift Google search is all that stands between us and an infinite store of information.

But the release of a trove of documents from the Military Service Pensions Collection (MSPC) demonstrates the fallacy behind this notion – the accumulated stories, data and evidence add so much detail to the narrative of this State’s difficult birth, and serves as a useful reminder that so much of our shared history is preserved in analogue, captured only on paper in storage facilities."

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The important work of archivists!

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Preservation Case Studies for Archives | PrestoCentre

Preservation Case Studies for Archives | PrestoCentre | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Preservation Case Studies for Archives is an innovative educational experience that places the student in the role of the decision maker, where one has to balance both resources and constraints. Through a dynamic process of idea exchange, students first learn about the situation, then identify and analyse the problems to determine the causes, and finally develop alternative strategies for a solution. Preservation Case Studies for Archives provides the context for teaching the real world issues confronting archives staff and managers in a dynamic and exciting way. The students do most of the talking and are stimulated by learning in a supportive environment. Each case study contains important activities that help guide the direction and focus of the discussion by the teacher who leads through questioning and observation. Students learn from their fellow students’ experiences and perspectives in an exciting forum that puts them in the centre of real world situations and requires them to develop real world solutions."


Buy the copies here: https://www.prestocentre.org/bookshop

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Great for students and archivists already in the profession!

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PopUp Archive serves up thousands of hours of ‘lost’ radio broadcasts

By Paul Sawers If you have a penchant for perusing historical broadcasts, then you might just like PopUp Archive. Launched last week in cahoots with the Public Radio Exchange, PopUp Archive serves up thousands of hours of lost radio broadcasts, including interviews with some well-known names – check out Buster Keaton explaining silent film captioning to Studs Terkel. PopUp Archive’s technology ‘listens’ to the audio, tags and timestamps it, thus making it searchable by keywords. So if an old interview is uploaded without any accompanying notes, this makes it possible for you to carry out broad searches on its database for mentions of names and events within the broadcast.
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Gary Brannan: A day in the life of an Archivist

Gary Brannan: A day in the life of an Archivist | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Our 'day in the life of an archivist' series for #explorearchives continues with @gbrannanarchive http://t.co/hogyOQzzhY #exploreyourarchive

 

This blog post is part of a series for Explore Your Archive.

 Rule 1 of being a local authority Archivist. There is no typical day.

 

Rule 2 of being a local authority Archivist. You shall eat cake.

 

How does a typical day begin? The main point is that there is no such thing as a typical day. There are common elements. There will be researchers. Possibly, lots of researchers. But they’ll all be studying different things. Some will be absolute experts, others absolute beginners. There will be documents to interpret. Some of them easy, others less so. There will also be collections to work on, some of them interesting, and some of them the archival equivalent of a strong mug of Horlicks.

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