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
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
While I am still cleaning up the policies, formatting the forms so that they will all look like they came from the same institution, picking up my copy of The Lone Arranger for inspiration, and signing up for more Digital Archives Specialist classes I still do not think I am doing enough. Continue reading Side Projects
Beginning last week the assistant librarian will be working each day. As she is in charge of ILL’s and is an extra person able to work circulation duties. Also Monday morning volunteers are greatly appreciated in shelving items and straightening the library from the weekend (We love our volunteers and thank them profusely). I am very pleased that these two instances will allow me more time to work on the special collections and archive collection policies. Continue reading This Week in the Archive . . .
When it finally sank in that I had the opportunity to start an archive at our library to handle the handful of collections we had already received I decided to purchase a book to help. Although I have had several courses in archives nothing really has prepared me how to start from the very beginning. I had heard about a new book for lone archivists by Christina Zamon on the Lone Arrangers listserv and decided to see if it would help out. Continue reading Step One: Policies
My goal to get on with creating policies for our Special Collections and Manuscript Archive has met headlong with the inevitable thrill of the Summer Reading Program. Not to say that I am not happy at seeing the kids excited about reading and libraries, but little else beyond my circulation duties and keeping my pile of repairs to a minimum is getting done. That being said this week I am returning to why I am working on creating library policies in the first place.
My Director from the very beginning has stated that he wants to be able to allow access to our small collection via digitization. Now we as archivists all know that there is a huge gap between having items and throwing them out on the Internet. The first hurdle is . . . All together now . . . Continue reading Copyright and the Archival Experience
The Highland City Library opened in October 2008 without any kind of emergency plan. One year later I started my MLS journey a semester early with a Preservation Strategies course taught by preservation librarian Randy Silverman of the University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library. This course piqued my interest, which ultimately lead to me obtaining an Archives Studies Certificate.
The one thing I took from the course in preservation was that libraries (and archives) are charged with protecting their collections from environmental or human damage. Continue reading In Case of Emergency . . .