Saa11: Session 605

Acquiring Organizational Records in a Social Media World: Documenting Strategies in the Facebook Era For my last session at SAA yesterday I heard three presenters sharing their experiences using social media to connect with undergraduates. Tim Pyatt’s “Not for the Uninitiated Documenting Secret Societies” conveyed how he has captured these organization’s records through Google searches, […]

Saa11: Session 410

Session 410: The Archivists’ Toolkit: Innovative Collaboration This session included 8 lightening talk presentations of 5-8 minutes long. Kate Bowers from Harvard University shared her experiences with a drop down plug-in for the “extent” field in Archivists’ Toolkit, which enabled her and the other 7 repositories at Harvard to shift their accession records into AT. […]

Saa11: Session 301

Archives on the Go: Using Mobile Technologies for Your Collections This session was chock-full of the suggestions for implementing mobile technologies. The first presenter Laura Botts shared her experiences with QR codes. Botts explained that QR codes can be useful to archivists who launch exhibits, to share further information with viewers. QR codes can be […]

Saa11: Plenary II: David Ferrerio and Helen Tibbo

This morning I attended the second Plenary session which featured United States Archivst, David Ferrerio. Ferrerio highlighted the challenges that we as practitioners in a digital era face and how the staff at NARA are working through those issues. Challenges: – Quantity of digital files – Numerous file formats – New technologies competing against old […]

Saa11: Session 205

Session 205: EAD and the Global Information Environment: An Exploration of Opportunities Yesterday afternoon I attended a session on EAD. As someone who works at a repository that does not yet take advantage of all that EAD can offer, I’m interested to know how practitioners are using EAD. This session included a panel of 4 […]

Saa11: Social Media Forum

This afternoon I enjoyed the exciting opportunity to participate in an open forum sponsored and led by the Communications Technology Working Group. Over the next year, as SAA examines a wide variety of practices as an organization, one of the areas I’m most interested in is the organization’s response to the abundance of social media […]

Saa11 Thursday Morning Session

Session 107: What Happens After “Here Comes Everybody”: An Examination of Participatory Archives” The first presenter and author of ArchivesNext blog, Kate Theimer, shared with us her thoughts surrounding the creation of a new definition of participatory archives that focuses on the on-line environment as the epicenter of collaboration between community members, archivists and scholars. […]

Saa11 Key Note Address: Scott Simon

Scott Simon, from the NPR show: Weekend Edition delivered the keynote address Thursday morning. His talk centered around his recent experiences with the book. While reading his notes from an iPad- no stranger to technology here- Simon shared the pleasures he and his family experiences reading together the classic Pinocchio that they bought at Treehorn […]

Saa11: Round table Discussions

Wednesday Round Table Discussions Metadata and Digital Object Round table During this session, the four presenters shared experiences creating metadata for digital objects during the course of specific projects. The first presenter, Peter Chen “Using Forensic Evidence to Assign Metadata to Born Digital Archives” addressed his use of Quick View Plus and Access Data FTK […]

SAA 2011

It’s that time of year again– Society of American Archivist’s annual conference, held this year in Chicago, Illinois. I’ll be blogging session summaries while I’m there- Wednesday August 24- Saturday August 27th. Here is a list of sessions I plan to attend: Women’s Collections Roundtable: WCRT hosts a panel discussing women’s collections, diversity, and activism […]