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How Timbuktu's heritage was saved in rice sacks and canoes - The National

How Timbuktu's heritage was saved in rice sacks and canoes - The National | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Alice Fordham:

How Timbuktu's heritage was saved in rice sacks and canoes The National Before the militants worked out to look in an older building for the remaining 28,000 manuscripts, said Abdoulaye Cisse, the acting director of the institute, he and the other rchivists and employees quietly began to smuggle them out of the city. They piled centuries-old investigations of law and geography, the volumes known in Arabic as the Histories of the Sudan, and Islamic scholarship, into rice sacks.

Read more: http://www.thenational.ae/news/world/africa/how-timbuktu-s-heritage-was-saved-in-rice-sacks-and-canoes#ixzz2LbmlmRZ7 
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The saving of Timbuktu's archives in Mali!

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A Glossary of Archival and Records Terminology | Society of American Archivists

A Glossary of Archival and Records Terminology | Society of American Archivists | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

A Glossary of Archival and Records Terminology:

...to establish and maintain mechanisms and procedures for allowing periodic updates and contributions of new content to A Glossary of Archival and Records Terminology and to ensure that this important resource adheres to the highest quality professional standards.

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Good resource for Archival & Records Terminology!

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Tweets in danger of vanishing - Government News

By Julian Bajkowski:

On a typically mild Brisbane day in late August, hundreds of those tasked literally with preserving the history of government have converged at the river city’s convention centre to find a way forward in the digital age.

Often misunderstood as a slightly stuffy, almost archaic profession, in reality archivists remain the most highly trusted employees working in the public service because of their role preserving often highly sensitive documents.

And with good reason.

Cabinet papers, minutes of pivotal meetings and communications and correspondence that later define an era all pass through their hands.

But it’s not the paper world that’s creating a stir at the International Council of Archivists Congress 2012. It’s preserving Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and the exploding stream of social media traffic and digital documents through which an increasing number of governments are communicating to their constituents.

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Archivists new role: focus on social media!

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Culture professionals network | The Guardian

Culture professionals network | The Guardian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Analysis, news, comment and jobs for arts, museum and heritage professionals

 

Free membership: https://register.guardian.co.uk/culture-professionals

 

The Guardian Culture Professionals Network (CPN) is an essential meeting space for arts, heritage and culture professionals, offering commentary, community engagement and access to a range of perspectives and best practice from across your sector. Our content is international, open and dynamic.

We also provide connections. As a network member, we will connect you online and offline with peers and partners across a range of disciplines and departments - people who are looking to share ideas and make things happen.

Whether you work in audience development, arts marketing, venue management, fundraising and finance, cultural policy or - like so many culture professionals - you're a creative freelancer with a portfolio career, you'll find the Guardian Culture Professionals Network an invaluable source of knowledge and contacts for your professional life.

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Receive an ebook from CultureLabel: "Focusing on the consumer trends that are reshaping the landscape open to the cultural entrepreneur, this exclusive book explores the opportunities available to you and organisations that embrace these new realities, along with the potential pitfalls that may befall those who don’t."

 

Valuable for librarians/archivists as well!

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Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Historians - recommendations for archives - review by Kate Theimer

Ithaka S+R’s Research Support Services for Scholars program has released the report of their NEH-funded study, Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Historians.

Here’s a brief description of the project from the report’s Executive Summary:

In 2011-2012, Ithaka S+R examined the changing research methods and practices of academic historians in the United States, with the objective of identifying services to better support them. Based on interviews with dozens of historians, librarians, archivists, and other support services providers, this project has found that the underlying research methods of many historians remain fairly recognizable even with the introduction of new tools and technologies, but the day to day research practices of all historians have changed fundamentally. Ithaka S+R researchers identified numerous opportunities for improved support and training, which are presented as recommendations to information services organizations including libraries and archives, history departments, scholarly societies, and funding agencies.

Link to report: http://www.sr.ithaka.org/news/understanding-historians-today-%E2%80%94-new-ithaka-sr-report
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6 Recommendations for archives - Author feels that archivists would have predicted it! But worth checking out!

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Social media for organisations: do’s en don’ts [Infographic] | iBianca

Social media for organisations: do’s en don’ts [Infographic] | iBianca | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

>> Valuable to librarians using social media!


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Good News: Librarian Job Growth Exploding

Good News: Librarian Job Growth Exploding | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Butch Lazorchak:

Quick quiz: Is the employment outlook for librarians growing or shrinking? The answer depends on what you call a “library job.”

 

"BLS view doesn’t describe too many of the librarians, archivists and museum professionals I know. Just for kicks, let’s compare the BLS librarian description to the job area of Computer and Information Systems Managers, which O*Net describes as having a “bright outlook” (projected to grow at a rate of 29% or more this decade):

Consult with users, management, vendors, and technicians to assess computing needs and system requirements.
Stay abreast of advances in technology.
Provide users with technical support for computer problems.
Assign and review the work of systems analysts, programmers, and other computer-related workers.
Evaluate the organization’s technology use and needs and recommend improvements, such as hardware and software upgrades.
Funny…that list looks a lot more like the job descriptions of the librarians I know!

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The Librarian & Archivist Weekly, by @MorganeLeFay

The Librarian & Archivist Weekly, by @MorganeLeFay | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The Librarian & Archivist Weekly, by Marylène Goulet: Everything and anything you wanted to know about what's happening in libraries & archives around the world (Read The Librarian & Archivist Weekly)"

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» Ten Geeky Gadgets Librarians Will Love, by Ellyssa Kroski

» Ten Geeky Gadgets Librarians Will Love, by Ellyssa Kroski | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Since last week’s post on 10 Geeky Office Supplies for Librarians was so popular, I decided to follow it up with these awesome and very geeky gadgets that are on my wish list:

1.) Livescribe Smart Pen 

2.) Noteboard Foldable Pocket Whiteboard

3.) Hot Cookie USB Cup Warmer

4.) Literary iPad Cases

5.) The Point and Click Dictionary

6.) iPad Mini

7.) iPhone/iPad Pocket Projector

8.) FreeLoader Pro Solar Charger

9.) Aroma USB

10.) Doctor Who USB Dalek Desk Defender"

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Challenges to a new Digital Archivist « FSU Special Collections...

Challenges to a new Digital Archivist « FSU Special Collections... | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
"I'm Krystal Thomas, digital archivist with Special Collections at Florida State University. I am new in my position, just starting this past summer. I am not new to the world of digital collections, but as I have learned quickly..."

"Your decisions might not be as obvious as you think

This advice goes back to the “document everything” mantra but deserves its own line: no one is a mind reader, and no one coming after you will be faced with the same set of challenges, resources, and expectations again. There were probably very good, logical reasons why you made the decisions you did when it comes to a digital collection you are working on, but if you don’t record those somewhere, no one–not your supervisor, intern, or even you ten years down the road–will know that and be able to explain that to others moving forward."
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8 Ideas, 10 Guides, And 17 Tools For A Better Professional Learning Network

8 Ideas, 10 Guides, And 17 Tools For A Better Professional Learning Network | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Personal learning networks are a great way for educators to get connected with learning opportunities, access professional development resources, and to build camaraderie with other education professionals. Although PLNs have been around for years, in recent years social media has made it possible for these networks to grow exponentially. Now, it’s possible to expand and connect your network around the world anytime, anywhere. But how exactly do you go about doing that? Check out our guide to growing your personal learning network with social media, full of more than 30 different tips, ideas, useful resources, and social media tools that can make it all possible."

 

Tips & Ideas

Guides

Tools & Resources

 

Extremely valuable for Information Professionals as well!


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International Council on Archives Congress - Twitter Stream via Storify

National Archives of Australia:

"We're capturing all of the tweets from the #ICA_2012 hashtag.
Please note the volume is beyond what we've expected so some may be missing - but most are here!"

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Archivists file in for digital congress "A climate of change" - PS News #ICA2012

"More than 1,000 archivists from 90 countries have come to Brisbane this week to try and solve the challenges of the digital age.

   Hosted by the National Archives of Australia, the International Council on Archives (ICA) Congress is being held until Thursday (24 August) at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
   The ICA is dedicated to the effective management of records and the preservation, care and use of the world’s archival heritage through its representation of records and archive professionals around the world."

 

Full program can be accessed here: http://ica2012.com/files/data/program/Program-matrix-1508.pdf

 

1,000 meet to explore challenges   

It is the first time the four-yearly congress has been held in Australia and this year’s theme A Climate of Change will be explored by a number of keynote speakers including the Head Archivist for the United States of America, David Ferreiro, who will present the topic, ‘Archives in a world of social media’.

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Timbuktu Update – Blog – Tombouctou Manuscripts Project

Timbuktu Update – Blog – Tombouctou Manuscripts Project | The Information Professional | Scoop.it


(http://www.tombouctoumanuscripts.org)
Huma (Institute for humanities in Africa)
University of Cape Town

Since the start of this week there are reports about the destruction of library buildings and book collections in Timbuktu. It sounds as if the written heritage of the town went up in flames. According to our information this is not the case at all. The custodians of the libraries worked quietly throughout the rebel occupation of Timbuktu to ensure the safety of their materials. A limited number of items have been damaged or stolen, the infrastructure neglected and furnishings in the Ahmad Baba Institute library looted but from all our local sources – all intimately connected with the public and private collections in the town - there was no malicious destruction of any library or collection.

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Luckily it seems that most have been saved by the hard work of the custodians of the collections!

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'Not Google Waving, but Drowning?': Digital Literary Archives - Huffington Post UK (blog)

'Not Google Waving, but Drowning?': Digital Literary Archives - Huffington Post UK (blog) | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

In terms of digital literary archives, one of the lessons for today's archivists is that so-called e-manuscripts are highly unstable, and need early curatorial intervention to secure them against the threats of technological obsolescence.


This means that the writers involved become increasingly aware of interest in their papers, and for novelist Jonathan Franzen, this changes everything: 'Unfortunately, I think that once writers become self-conscious about preserving archival material, the game is over...I also don't see how you resist the temptation to select material that suggests the most flattering narratives. And not just select, but actively create!'


[...new forms of digital archives will have wide-ranging implications for the ways that society experiences and remembers itself [...]

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Digital archiving and the "loss" of cultural artefacts! 

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Job Hunter's Web Guide: Archives Gig | Hiring Librarians

Job Hunter's Web Guide: Archives Gig | Hiring Librarians | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

This week we're showcasing a resource for the archivists out there. [...] Meredith Lowe, and her awesome resource: Archives Gig.

 

Link: http://archivesgig.livejournal.com/

 

 

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Great resource for archivists in the US.

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10 Surprising Marketing Job Titles For The Next 10 Years - Forbes

10 Surprising Marketing Job Titles For The Next 10 Years - Forbes | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

This article is by Scott Redick, director of strategy at Heat, an independent advertising agency. Things change pretty quickly in the marketing industry.

[...]

 

7. Content Archivist

Competitive and legal pressure will require more demands for storing, indexing and retrieving the vast amount of content that brands produce. A content archivist will be the person everyone turns to when the CEO asks, “What was that one tweet we sent about that thing five years ago?”

 

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Future job titles of librarians/archivists!

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Archivist Puts the History in Historical Drama “Boardwalk Empire” - By Virginia C McGuire, Library Journal

Archivist Puts the History in Historical Drama “Boardwalk Empire” - By Virginia C McGuire, Library Journal | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Archivist Puts the History in Historical Drama “Boardwalk Empire”
- Library Journal

Archivist Heather Halpin Perez has become something of a celebrity since HBO's hit show about Prohibition-era Atlantic City, Boardwalk Empire, launched in 2010. But Perez, who manages the Alfred M. Heston Collection at the Atlantic City Free Public Library, says the work she does for the show is just another part of her job."
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