S.508 Leadership across libraries, archives, and museums

Yesterday’s session on leadership was inspiring. With panelists sharing their experiences working on NEXUS LAB to develop leadership compentencies and a training series. The goals of the program, which includes establishing leadership competencies through a common framework across LAMs, evaluation of learning, and offering curriculum resources to foster development. This work is in part based […]

S.402 Recipes from culinary collections: creative (and tasy!) approaches to outreach

A great session before lunchtime, this panel explored outreach using culinary collections. Key take-aways included: 1. Creating research guides for culinary (other other themed collection) offers great opportunities for independent projects taken on by grad students and other researchers, e.g. Digital or physical exhibits, blog entries, recipe swap, etc 2. Connecting collections to campus events, […]

S.305 Art of collection development for web archiving

This session was a great way to begin my Friday of SAA. Each of the presenters focused their presentations on these issues related to web archiving: 1. Collection development strategies 2. Impact of strategies and policies/guidelines on practice 3. Collaborative collection development 4. Social media collecting 5. Access and copyright considerations Kate Stratton of the […]

S. 105 Betting on archival futures: what’s in your restructuring wallet?

This session focused on how reporting structures within the library and archives, as well as how restructuring of units or departments can present opportunities for archivists.  The key take-aways from the presenters were: 1. Consider how the cultural divides that exist across units will be effected by a restructuring. 2. How can we use the […]

Research Libraries Meeting

To finish day 1 of SAA, I went to my first Research Libraries meeting. Boy am I glad I did! It was great to hear so many positive tales of collaboration across library departments in the face of budget cuts due to the Great Recession. As Tom Hyry characterized the current landscape, as we’ve emerged […]

P.M. at TPS Unconference

I finished out my time at the unconference with a great discussion about the opportunities and barriers to collaborating with subject librarians when designing and teaching instruction sessions. I’m a big proponent of collaboration with library colleagues (see previous posts about a processing pilot project that paired catalogers with reference librarians, etc.) In 2013 I […]

Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Unconference

This morning I kicked off my week at SAA with the TPS Unconference. The first morning workshop: “Trigger Warnings” addressed key issues related to presenting mature content to archival and museum users. Most interesting to me was the presentation about the AIDS America traveling exhibit that was displayed at Kennesaw State University. Katy Malone discussed the […]

S.601: Don’t break it on Tuesdays and other tales: ArchivesSpace in practice

Presenters shared their exeriences implementing ArchivesSpace. Several key issues and opportunities emerged. The central challenge was Data clean-up- at the University of Rochester we only had plain html records and we’ve chosen to outsource conversion work to a vendir to avoid this kind of time intensive work. We have yet to upload legacy accession records, […]

S.504: Doing more by doing less: stopping programs without regret

This session focused on terminating specific programs or services in the archive or library. Key themes included: improved efficiencies, twenty-first century library user needs and expectations, and adhering to or implementing archival best practices. Rebecca Goldman touched on a very important issue when she asked us to consider: if special collections are expected to be […]

S.310: Learning to manage/managing to learn

This session provided by a theoretical framework and practical advice for new or experienced managers. In Sasha Griffin’s remarks she asked us to consider the balance between what’s good for the institution and what’s good for the archives? I think that an archive and library always needs to work to be alignment with the broader […]