Reference, Access, and Outreach Section

Today ended with the RAO section meeting. In the Marketplace of Ideas, I heard about a class scheduling system developed at Harvard, from Emilie Hardman. This is an open source platform that you can access through GitHub. Through this system faculty can schedule classes in the archive, which removes the back and forth nature of […]

S.207: Collaborating with impact: working together on archives based instruction

I had the great opportunity to speak on a panel this afternoon about a pre-college course I co-developed with a graduate student at the University of Rochester, Hands on history: telling stories with stuff. We’ve taught this class two summers in a row and during the two week session we expose high school students from all […]

Brown Bag: Facilities planning

During lunch I went to a discussion about facilities planning in light of new stardards coming out of the committee. Key take-aways included: Talk with your building manager as prjects get underway to ensure that the needs of special collections are met as best as possible during all construction or renovation projects. Determine what your […]

S.101: Archives confidential: enacting privacy policies and requirements in digital archives

For the morning session I heard Mark Myers from the Texas State Library and Archives talk about key questions and considerations for digital archives. He encouraged us to think about how to best provide access to these records when trying to protect the privacy of the donor? Key considerations include: where we store our records […]

PM Sessions: Teaching with Primary Sources Unconference

I went to three unconference sessions during the afternoon. The first was about taking collections on the road. The road can be upstairs to a different department, to another building on campus or out for a traveling exhibit or exhibit loan. Several concerns came up, including: security, environment, and bang for the buck. At the […]

Teaching with Primary Sources Unconference

I’m kicking of SAA 2015 with an unconference. Lee Ann Potter offered her thoughts to start the day. She’s the Director of Educational Outreach at the Library of Congress. She encouraged us to consider what can’t special collections teach us? In short, her message was that primary sources all teach us something and support scholars […]

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 […]

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 benefits of the informational interview. Think about what skills or experiences you’d like to gain, and then seek out professionals […]

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, ad well as MIT’s Center for Civic Media. Fish described the project Promise Tracker, which encourages civic […]

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 create a new purpose and message, which differentiates the original work from the one you’ve created. They shared […]