Digital Me-dia

As I have tried to explain it, to civilians, archives are moving into the digital realm. Whether things are being digitized for better access or are born digital we are at a juncture where basic archival skills just are not enough. This year I am on the road to creating some new digital media skills. Continue reading Digital Me-dia

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Time and Some Change

The autumn has come. While the days grow shorter I wonder what happened to my summer. I had such great plans to work through our City Recorder’s collection perhaps working a little MPLP into the mix to get things going in our little Special Collections and Manuscript Archive. But Summer Reading happened. Continue reading Time and Some Change

Finding Value in Internships & Voluteering Panel Presentations

This piece was originally composed for the Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists’ Newsletter  Vol. 40 Issue 3 June 2013

In May I chaired two panels on the advantages of creating worthwhile internships and volunteer opportunities for aspiring archival professionals. These panels grew out of an increase in concern over gaining professional experience versus doing “grunt work.” Continue reading Finding Value in Internships & Voluteering Panel Presentations

The Busy Archivist

I have not written in a while and I do apologize, but I have been uninspired, rejected, accepted, and busy wearing other hats. The past couple of months I have not gotten a full time job which I am slightly ambivalent about and was denied a mini-grant which I am slightly disappointed about. But on the good side Continue reading The Busy Archivist

Big Project or Why You Need a Retention Schedule

A few months ago I think it was November I began working on my biggest project so far as a volunteer at the Utah Valley University Archives. It was twelve boxes of varying size and style piled sometimes two levels high with various folders and paperwork from the university’s Continuing Education department. As usual most of it was not in any kind of order. Continue reading Big Project or Why You Need a Retention Schedule

City Recorder’s Office Mini-Grant Project

Last month I had the opportunity to apply for a mini-grant for our Special Collections and Manuscript Archive. The only problem was that I had no idea what exactly we had in our various collections and little time to find out. My first thought was to gear my application towards purchasing supplies to rehouse a particular collection. Next was to pick which collection to start with. Continue reading City Recorder’s Office Mini-Grant Project

Digging In

Last Friday I had the opportunity to speak at a workshop on creating successful volunteer programs in archives. My portion of the program covered my personal perspective on why I am a volunteer (want of experience in the field). I am not quite sure if I got the point across however through all the hand wringing I think I made some point possibly that I am prone to hand wringing. I also met with one of the workshop presenters that I asked to be on a possible panel for the Utah Library Association annual meeting next year.

At the workshop I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the hosts Utah State Historical Records Advisory Board (USHRAB) were advertising the availability of some mini-grants that can be used for things such as buying items to house archival collections. This was like the clouds parting and the heavens singing. Continue reading Digging In

Veteran’s Day 1972 a Belated Post

This Veteran’s Day we celebrate my parent’s 40th Wedding Anniversary.

We also honor my father’s 20 year service in the United States Air Force (1971-1991) as a Vietnam Era Veteran; My paternal grandfather’s service in the United States Army; and My maternal grandparents service in the United States Navy and the Women’s Royal Naval Service; along with various cousins who have served or continue to serve in other branches of the United States Armed Services.

I myself am honored to have been a Military Brat representing my country overseas and am in possession of my father’s retirement flag and my maternal grandfather’s burial flag.

Carving out a Holiday Tradition

It is that time of year again when the spooks come out to haunt our porches with shouts of Trick-or Treat. And every year decorations adorn our house to spook the spooks. This year is a theme of scary skeletons, ravens, and a monstrous spider in a web ready to pounce from the bushes.

But nothing says Halloween like the glow of a carved pumpkin. Continue reading Carving out a Holiday Tradition