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
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
In my continuing education as an archivist reading professional books such as The Lone Arranger, taking SAA sanctioned Digital Archives Specialist classes, attending workshops provided by the state run Utah Historical Society, and volunteering at Utah Valley University archive I have been exposed to more and more ideas on how our library can expand our Special Collections and Manuscript Archive in the not so distant future. Continue reading A Center for History
This posting was originally written on 08/05/2012, but for some reason did not publish properly . . .
In honor of the upcoming SAA conference in San Diego I wanted to address one of the sessions I attended last year. Although as a student during last year’s conference I was eager to jump in and learn what issues archivists were concerned about. I chose sessions based on interest and this one in particular, Re-Arranging Arrangement and Description Continue reading MPLP: A Continuing Debate
While I am currently working on my policies for the future Highland Library Special Collections and Manuscript Archive I thought I would extol the benefits of archival roundtables with active listservs. I currently belong to both the regional Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists (CIMA) and the national Society of American Archivists (SAA). However my biggest day to day connection is through two SAA roundtable listservs. Continue reading SAA Roundtable Discussion Listservs
Let’s face it no program will cover everything we need to learn and at the rate our digital age is progressing every year it is all we can do to keep up personally let alone professionally. I can say that I began my pursuit of continuing education while I was still working on my MLS. Most of it was free online self paced courses through the University of North Texas’ LE@D program that is currently in funding limbo. Another course was an online workshop on Metadata through Lyrasis. Each class helped me verify what I already knew like an internal self check system as well as added to my knowledge base.
My Archives Studies Certificate covered the basics of archives Continue reading Continuing Education
In December 2011 I graduated with my MLS and an Archives Studies Certificate. For the past three years I have been working as a paraprofessional Library Assistant at Highland City Library in Utah. In September 2011 I began interning/volunteering at Utah Valley University Archives. Currently my days are filled with part-time work and part-time volunteering with an hour at the gym in the evenings and thankfully weekends off. Nights are dedicated to finding full time professional work as an Archivist. Here and there I make time for additional training workshops and conferences.
Last week I became depressed Continue reading The Para Archivist and the Light Bulb