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The AABC Archivist`s Toolkit

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The AABC Archivist's Toolkit offers access to a wide range of on-line and published resources for archivists and archives workers at all levels. Special care is taken to provide resources for small and medium-sized archives. Intended for the British Columbia archives community, the AABC Archivist's Toolkit has evolved into much more. Archives-related sites across Canada and internationally link to this valuable site. Recommendations for additions, revisions and corrections are encouraged and should be directed to the Archives Association of British Columbia at info@aabc.ca. If you are looking for a copy of A Manual for Small Archives, originally published in 1988 and last revised in 1994, you can download a PDF (3.5 MB). Revision is ongoing. Submissions of additions, revisions and corrections are encouraged. Revision date: July 2012, BCANS
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IASA 2014 Annual Conference | IASA 2014 Annual Conference - 5-9 Oct

IASA 2014 Annual Conference | IASA 2014 Annual Conference - 5-9 Oct | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Cape Town, South Africa, 5-9 October 2014    #iasa2014

Connecting Cultures: Content, Context, and Collaboration

- See more at: http://2014.iasa-web.org/#sthash.o9mYsNfd.dpuf

- Full programme: http://2014.iasa-web.org/programme


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Narabot uploads images to Wikimedia Commons - GCN.com

Narabot uploads images to Wikimedia Commons - GCN.com | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
By Stephanie Kanowitz  "Since 2011, the National Archives and Records Administration has uploaded more than 100,000 digitized records. To maintain the effort, the agency is working to develop new technology with the help of Wikipedia and the public.Specifically,  volunteers are working with NARA on Narabot, an upload script to port images to Wikimedia Commons, a sister project to Wikipedia and a repository of free media.[...]


However, archivists don't choose and upload images themselves. They are developing a workflow so that digitized records can flow from NARA's online catalog to the Commons.

They are developing a workflow so that digitized records can flow from NARA’s online catalog to the Commons. The agency has billions of analog textual records that have yet to be archived, so this effort will also help bring them online."

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RIAA Copyright Pressure Silences Historical Radio Archive - TorrentFreak

RIAA Copyright Pressure Silences Historical Radio Archive - TorrentFreak | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"ReelRadio, a site that streams an archive of often decades-old historical radio shows, has been forced to take down much of its library after the RIAA complained that the site was operating outside the terms of its license. The letter of the law is tight, and the RIAA is insisting that the near 20-year-old site now meets all of its requirements.

When sites like The Pirate Bay come under copyright holder pressure, there is often a big backlash from users who see such action as unfair. That being said, it’s generally accepted by both sides that The Pirate Bay courts trouble by, rightly or wrongly, laughing in the face of copyright law.

The situation now faced by ReelRadio, a site dedicated to the streaming of archived historical radio, sits at the other end of the spectrum, but nevertheless the site is still facing potential dismantling by the RIAA."

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The problems faced by many archives world-wide!

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Basic Principles on the Role of Archivists in support of Human Rights: Give your opinion!

Basic Principles on the Role of Archivists in support of Human Rights: Give your opinion! | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

During the past ten years, the Human Rights Working Group of the International Council on Archives (ICA) became increasingly aware of the complex problems facing archivists as they encounter human rights issues.

The draft "Basic Principles on the Role of Archivists in Support of Human Rights" is organized in two parts: a preamble and a set of principles, following the structure of the "Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers."  The preamble provides the background for the principles, referring to United Nations documents, civil society statements, and archival precepts.  The 23 principles are grouped in six sections.  The first two sections cover the basic archival functions; the third covers the special situations of displaced archives and of archives that appear to document violations of human rights; the fourth through sixth sections are devoted to the roles and rights of archivists as professionals.

Comments on the draft should be submitted to  access@ica.org

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Restoration and digitisation: a visit to the Czech National Film Archive - Radio Prague

Restoration and digitisation: a visit to the Czech National Film Archive - Radio Prague | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"On July 5, the Karlovy Vary Film Festival screened a fresh copy of the New Wave classic Ostře Sledované Vlaky (Closely Watched Trains, 1966). This is the latest Czech film to have undergone a major restoration. At the same time, the Czech National Film Archive is waiting to see if funding is made available for the restoration of a further ten films from its renowned collection. In this special programme, Dominik Jůn visits the archive to discuss issues related to restoration, digitisation - and the difference between the two."

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Interesting introduction to the Czech National Film Archive

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Digital Archivists: Doing or Leading the Digital? - Trevor Owens

Digital Archivists: Doing or Leading the Digital? - Trevor Owens | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

I’ve been enjoying Jackie Dooly’s recent series of posts looking at the skills and duties that are showing up in job postings for digital archivists.  I’m excited to see archives listing these. Staffing up illustrates how the issues of electronic records have risen to a significant issue in the minds of the deciders.

Like many who share this particular job title, I have some complicated feelings about the idea of “The Digital Archivist.” While my official job title is Digital Archivist, I’ve generally added a caveat. When I encounter someone else with that title, I often go on to explain that I’m more of a meta-digital archivist. That is, most of what I do is about policy, strategy, and standards; establishing and documenting practices, and collaborating to document and codify emerging practices. However, I’m becoming increasingly convinced that most of what I do is actually largely what digital archivist jobs should be doing.

I think the confusion about what a digital archivist should do is mostly summed up as follows;

Digital archivists should not the people who do the digital stuff. Everybody (including the digital archivists) need to pick up the skills necessary to work with digital records. Instead, digital archivists should be the people who are hired to lead the digital stuff.

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Addressing the confusion about what a digital archivist is doing!

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Join archives on Twitter on 10 June 2014 in sharing World War 1 treasures #WW1archives #blogjune

Join archives on Twitter on 10 June 2014 in sharing World War 1 treasures #WW1archives #blogjune | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Reblogged from: SABC Media Libraries: Join archives in search of World War 1 material on 10 June 2014...: #WW1archives @followanarchive @askanarchivists 

The yearly International Archives Day are celebrated on 9 June, but because it falls on public holidays, the Twitter event has been moved to 10 June.

Picture taken from Ask Archivists/Follow an Archive blogs"

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Reminder to search for World War 1 material in archives for the Twitter initiative tomorrow with hashtag #WW1archives 

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Librarians, Archivists: Why An International Solution Is Needed For Copyright Exceptions | Intellectual Property Watch

Librarians, Archivists: Why An International Solution Is Needed For Copyright Exceptions | Intellectual Property Watch | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Last week, the World Intellectual Property Organization copyright committee ended without agreement on the conclusions of the meeting or its future work, to the dismay of librarians and archivists associations. During the week, numerous representatives of these communities gave vigorous accounts of why a treaty is vital to grant them exceptions to copyright.

Via Afroditi Fragkou
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Copyright! - We need that treaty!

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Q&A: how archives make history

Q&A: how archives make history | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

© Copyright HeritageDaily - Heritage & Archaeology News 

The early modern period (1500-1800) saw a surge in the keeping of records. A conference later this week (9-10 April 2014) at the British Academy will look at the origins of the archives that shape our understanding of history.

We asked ten of the conference participants to answer some key questions about archives with particular reference to the period 1500 to 1800.

1. What constitutes an archive in the early modern period?

2. How is our understanding of history shaped by archives?

3. How are archives created?

4. Why were some records kept and others lost – and what can we learn from the gaps, silences and absences? 

5. What can we learn about (and from) the organisation of archives?

6. What archives are you using in your current research?

7. What particular challenges do archives present to you as a researcher?

8. What is the relationship between private and public record-keeping?

9. How can we best facilitate access to archives?

10. What has been your most memorable or frustrating ‘archive moment’?

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More Podcast, Less Process: The Video word made flesh - Jefferson Bailey & Joshua Ranger (Podcast)

More Podcast, Less Process: The Video word made flesh - Jefferson Bailey & Joshua Ranger (Podcast) | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"More Podcast, Less Process is a podcast featuring interviews with archivists, librarians, preservationists, technologists, and information professionals about interesting work and projects within and involving archives, special collections, and cultural heritage. Topics include appraisal and acquisition, arrangement and description, reference, outreach and education, collection management, physical and digital preservation, and infrastructure and technology.

Hosts: Jefferson Bailey, Metropolitan New York Library Council & Joshua Ranger, AudioVisual Preservation Solutions.

Episodes are available here and through Internet Archive, SoundCloud, iTunes, and direct download. You can also follow via the RSS feed. All episodes are released CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US. For more information, email Jefferson at jbailey at metro dot org."

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Interview with archivists about video archiving.

Check series of podcasts (7 before this one) here: http://keepingcollections.org/more-podcast-less-process/

 

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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.

About the Authors -- Jim Lindner and Mick Newnham have worked as lecturers and instructors teaching archive management for over two decades. 

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Case studies - a way of learning and teaching for archive studies!

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Librarians and Archivists to Palestine

Librarians and Archivists to Palestine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"We recently spoke to Vani Natarajan, a librarian at Barnard College in New York City, about her trip as part of a delegation of librarians and archivists to Palestine. The librarians and archivists’ solidarity statement details how they respected the call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel during their visit.

Their zine and blog document the lighter side of their trip — check out the page on the cats they came across — as well as the necessary education on how information access and erasure have become a means of war and occupation within the Palestinian context. They “bore witness to a culture of resistance, which in all its myriad forms resoundingly refutes the notion that Palestine does not exist.”

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ARCHIVES*RECORDS: Ensuring Access - Conference Recordings on MP3 | Society of American Archivists

ARCHIVES*RECORDS: Ensuring Access - Conference Recordings on MP3 | Society of American Archivists | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Weren’t able to attend ARCHIVES*RECORDS: Ensuring Access?  Or want to listen to your favorite sessions again?  Now you can have access to all recorded sessions until August 2015.  Listen to whatever sessions you choose whenever you’d like via your MP3 player, smartphone, or tablet.  Or download them to a CD if you’d prefer.  You’ll receive access notification via email, with link and passcode.  (Note: Based on speaker preference, not all presentations were recorded.  Check the session listing in the online program for an indication of those that were not recorded.)

 

http://saa.archivists.org/store/archives-records-ensuring-access-conference-recordings-on-mp3/3945/

 

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Sharing the knowledge: taking notes on open data from records managers and archivists - Archives Records 2014 Conf

Sharing the knowledge: taking notes on open data from records managers and archivists - Archives Records 2014 Conf | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Alisha Green

"More than 2,300 records managers and archivists from around the world gathered in Washington, DC, last week to talk about public records and managing the massive amount of new information being created by technology. Discussions at the conference made it clear that the open data community can benefit from connecting with and learning from people in the records management and archival communities. We share many of the same challenges and goals with determining how governments can best share information and preserve access to it.

Last week's conference, Archives*Records 2014: Ensuring Access, was a joint meeting of the Council of State Archivists, Society of American Archivists, and National Association of Government Archives & Records Administrators. Topics discussed ranged from copyright law to appraising records for determining what to keep permanently, but some of the conversations most relevant to those interested in open data centered around electronic records and metadata."

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Taking this from the notes as well: "There is much to be learned from starting a dialogue between the open data, records management and archival communities. Both open data and the records management communities face similar challenges. We are increasingly sharing our knowledge and resources online, and now it's time to align ourselves as groups with key roles to play in the goal of ensuring access to and preservation of records."

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SAA Sampler: Archival Advocacy

SAA Sampler: Archival Advocacy | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
SAA Sampler: Archival Advocacy (PDF)

Compiled with an introduction by Cheryl Oestreicher


This is the second installment in the SAA SAMPLER SERIES, which features select chapters from authoritative books on archives published by the Society of American Archivists. Produced exclusively electronically, the Samplers are designed to give readers an overview of a pertinent topic as well as a taste of the full publications.

 

 

This Sampler offers examples of the ways in which you can build advocacy efforts, discussing some of the techniques and tools developed by archivists. The content includes:

 

"Advocating Within the Institution: Twenty-five Years for the New York Philharmonic Archives" by Barbara Haws, from Many Happy Returns: Advocacy and the Development of Archives edited by Larry Hackman;

 

 

"Media Outlets" by Stephanie Gaub, from Public Relations and Marketing for Archives: A How-To-Do-It Manual edited by Peter J. Wosh et al.; and

 

 

"Archives 101 in a 2.0 World: The Continuing Need for Parallel Systems" by Randall C. Jimerson, from A Different Kind of Web: New Connections Between Archives and Our Users edited by Kate Theimer.

 

Archivists must continually explain who they are, what they do, and why archives are important to society. The selected chapters offer different approaches and techniques from three books which align with the core goal of advocating for archives.

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Archival advocacy. Unfortunately not free!

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Things You Should Know About Being an Archivist

Things You Should Know About Being an Archivist | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

1) You will have to deal with people. 

2) You will develop relationships with people you have never met. Probably people long deceased. 

3) You will likely end up with an abundance of self-taught, pseudo-IT knowledge. 

4) Paper is heavy.

5) You will get dirty.

6) You will have to explain what you do over and over again. 

7) Parents will expect you to do their kid’s homework.

8) You will tease people about erasing them from the historical record when they piss you off.

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Great list by Stephanie from Playfully Tacky

 

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International Librarians Network Applications Open

International Librarians Network Applications Open | 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 (ILN) is for you.

The ILN peer mentoring program is a facilitated program aimed at helping librarians develop international networks. We are pleased to announce the next round of this popular program will commence in September 2014."

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Great opportunity for librarians and archivists to extend their own professional connections and development!

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Proceedings of the 22nd BOBCATSSS conference held in Barcelona between 29th-31st January, are now available

"The theme for the 22nd symposium was “Library (r)evolution: Promoting sustainable information practices” and we are want to thank all presenters and participants  who attended the conference. We hope that you have all gained some new perspectives, ideas, thoughts or that you participated in interesting discussions regarding sustainability in libraries and in information practices, studies etc.

Students from the Department of Library and Information Science, University of Barcelona, Spain and the Swedish School of Library and Information Science, University of Borås, Sweden organized the conference."

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Library and archive related submissions!

Full text pdf documents available.