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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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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 landscape of archival employment: A study of professional archivist job advertisements, 2006-2014 | Tansey | Archival Practice

The landscape of archival employment: A study of professional archivist job advertisements, 2006-2014 | Tansey | Archival Practice | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Eira Tansey, Digital Archivist/Records Manager, University of Cincinnati 
Archival Practice, volume 2 (2015)

 

"Abstract

The archival profession has long attempted to define what constitutes a professional archivist. These debates over education, training, and certification have lasted decades, however few studies have been completed on how the employment market for archivists has changed in response to these professional challenges. This study looks at almost a thousand professional archivist job advertisements between late 2006 and early 2014 to understand the current prevailing recruitment criteria. It is broader in scope and time period than other recent studies. Overall, the market was determined to be mostly stable during the study period.

 

Conclusion:

 

Future studies of archivist job advertisements, as well as larger studies of archivists (such as A*CENSUS), would lead to a increased understanding of the profession. This information would also aid archivists themselves, by providing benchmarks to advocate for themselves and their institutions."

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A study towards understanding of the Archivist Profession 

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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.

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Archival Manoeuvres: Managing Digitization Projects - podcast Ep 10

More Podcast, Less Process is a podcast about archives, archivists, and the archival enterprise hosted by Jefferson Bailey and Joshua Ranger. More information: keepingcollections.org/more-podcast-less-process/

 

Episode 10: Archival Manoeuvres: Managing Digitization Projects

Miwa Yokoyama (Digital Project Manager, Carnegie Hall) and Mitch Brodsky (Digital Archives Manager, New York Philharmonic) visit Josh and Jefferson to discuss their experiences managing archival digitization projects.

 

(Internet Archive, iTunes, or direct download)

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International Archives Day: photos & messages shared from around the world #IAD14 #IAD2014 #archivesday

International Archives Day: photos & messages shared from around the world #IAD14 #IAD2014 #archivesday | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"...celebrate International Archives Day on 9th June 2014, by sending a copy of an archive image linked to the locality in which you work. The image will be uploaded onto a site specially developed by the International Council on Archives’ local, municipal and territorial group of archivists. The site (http://www.internationalarchivesday.org/ ;) went live on 9th June."

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A photo and a message from the participating archives.