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
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
Since the last time we met I have completed a rough draft of the policies for the Special Collections and Manuscript Archive at our library. By rough draft I mean something I have been composing for several months, reading and re-reading, editing over and again, and read over by other archivists for sensibility and tail covering to the best of my ability. Thank you again to those individuals who reviewed and commented on my work, you know who you are. Continue reading Step One Part Two: A Matter of Policy