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
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
Recently on the SAA SNAP (Society of American Archivists Students and New Archival Professionals) Roundtable listserv a certain Forbes article “The Best And Worst Master’s Degrees For Jobs” by Jacquelyn Smith has ruffled some feathers. Smith proclaimed in her article that the number one worst Master’s Degree according to her dedicated research was that of Library and Information Science. Continue reading Is My MLS Worth It?
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 . . .
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