S19 Moving Archives: Challenges and Opportunities

For the Saturday morning session, I went to hear about planning for an archives move. Dan Dilandro, Theresa Altieri and Leslie Simons shared their tips for planning and executing a successful move: 1. Develop a reverse timeline to ensure deadlines are met. 2. Incorporate staff engagement and buy-in into the moving process. 3. Develop a budget. 4. Plan rewards and praise for staff participation and goals met. 5. Be prepared to be unprepared. 6. Create specific staff assignments and tasks, … [Continue reading]

S15 Leaning in

I went to Leaning in to the Archives: Women in the Archival Profession and heard Cheryl Stadel-Bevans, L. Rebecca Johnson Melvin, Ashley Taylor and Danna Bell discuss their reactions to Sherly Sandberg's book Lean In. My biggest take aways were the … [Continue reading]

S9: Assessing assessment: Can archival processing be assessed (and should it?)

this afternoon I heard from Katy Rawdon, Courtney Smerz and Melanie Wisner about their experiences with metrics and assessment. Katy underscored the importance of understanding the differences between metrics and assessment. Metrics measure inputs, … [Continue reading]

S4: Don’t reject, Redirect!

For my first session this morning, I went to Donated Records Partnerships Projects: Collection Matching. Dawn Sherman- Fells and Meghan Ryan Guthorn co-chaired the session about the possibility of developing a shared resource to redirect donors to … [Continue reading]

Plenary: Kathleen Roe

We kicked off MARAC with a great plenary talk by Kathleen Roe. Kathleen shared with us five challenges she has observed within the archival profession. 1. The way we do the things we do- this focus on process may not move our profession forward. 2. … [Continue reading]

Digital libraries, archives, repositories, Oh My!

During the second day of the DAS workshop with Kari Smith we focused on the differences and similarities among digital libraries, archives and repositories, as they relate to issues of digital preservation. The big take-aways from the session … [Continue reading]

Collaboration may be the key

Today I attended the first foundational course as part of the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) Curriculum and Certificate Program offered through SAA and ARL at Syracuse University. Kari Smith, the Digital Archivist, at MIT led the workshop and … [Continue reading]

Picture it, picture it, Session 11

I ended the day with the session on graphics in the archive. my biggest take away was that the role of a digital collections (fill in the blank) is a composite role of archivist, researcher, curator and cataloger. As Cathleen Lu and Hillary Kativa … [Continue reading]

Cool Stuff: working with undergraduates in Special Collections

My favorite part of the job is to work with faculty and their students. Going to Session 10 this afternoon about using primary sources in higher education was a great way to start the afternoon. My biggest take-aways were to develop a scaffold … [Continue reading]

What do our users want? Session 2

we're focusing more in my library on data driven decisions, so I was excited to attend this morning's user experience session. Joyce Chapman, a consultant for the State Library of North Carolina, shared with us her thoughts about assessment practice. … [Continue reading]