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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

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"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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Phonograph recordings being reversed engineered by archivists
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