Shifts and shake-ups: A conversation about ArchivesSpace implementation

The last session of the conference ended on a hig note for me, as I got to hear about how six different repositories are implementing ArchivesSpace. Several of the biggest challenges articulated by the speakers included:Developing new workflow documents to ensure adoption across staff or departments.Balancing technical infrastructure and support limitations or competing priorities.Administration buy-in and support.Cleaning up legacy data.I was particularly struck by how most of these challenges … [Continue reading]

Revolt against complacency: Combatting hurdles in professionalism

Raising critical questions about the future of our profession and the current climate for new professionals, this session offered numerous points of views and perspectives about entering the archives field.Several take-aways included:Consider the … [Continue reading]

Plenary II: Media innovations and the networked archive

Sands Fish presented the plenary this morning and shared with us his ideas about connections across communities made possible by networked information. Fish described projects going on at both the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard, … [Continue reading]

S.8 Copyright and archives: The past and future of law and digitization

Kyle Courtney and Emily Kilcer from Harvard shared their thoughts about copyright and digitization in a compelling session. The central theme seemed to be mitigating risk.Most interesting was the discussion about transformative works, or when you … [Continue reading]

S.5 Delighted to make your acquaintance: Introducing users to primary sources

The central theme of this session was the notion of surrending complete authority over the collections that we manage, in favor of shared learning and development with our users.Several of my biggest take-aways from the speakers included:Learning is … [Continue reading]

MARAC/NEA Boston Plenary I

The conference began with opening remarks from Danna Bell. She shared with us her thoughts about professional development and continuing education for archives professionals. Her central question was:What skills do archivists need and how should they … [Continue reading]

Opening up the urban archive: innovations, in teaching, research and digital outreach

Hearing Doretha Williams discuss her work on the D.C. Africana Archives Project at George  Washington University provides archivists with a great model for planning and executing cross-institutional collaborations. Considering relationships … [Continue reading]

Engaging students in complex description: 3 projects, multiple languages, and EAC-CPF in the classroom

This session focused exclusively on how students, both in high school and college, can be helpful in processing collections. Valerie Addonizio from Johns Hopkins commented on her experience working with a high school teacher, two school librarians, … [Continue reading]

Diversity and collaboration: making hidden Mexican, Jewish, and Chinese Collections Discoverable

This panel focused on how students can be used to help process collections. Several take-aways included:Students can be helpful in creating keywords and basic descriptions or summaries, but for authorized names, etc. it's best to use catalogers for … [Continue reading]

Success Beyond Access: Maximizing Faculty Buy-In, Student Assistance, and Public Use

During this second session, I heard from Christopher Harter of the Amistad Research Center about the effects of collaborating with Tulane's service learning requirement to work with students to process and preserve collections. Most of these students … [Continue reading]