Author Archives: Kate Theimer

“The Hidden Curse of Automation” & archives

A friend on Facebook posted a link to this Los Angeles Review of Books article by Clive Thompson about Nicholas Carr’s book The Glass Cage: Automation and Us. The review raises many issues, but as usual I was reading it with … Continue reading

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Gender, “making,” and archives and libraries

Recently Richard Urban shared a link to the Atlantic article “Why I Am Not A Maker.”  The  author has the perspective of an educator, but as I was reading it I could not help but think how this also applies to many … Continue reading

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What’s next?

I’ve been contemplating a change for quite a while now, and hinting at it for some time, but I think it’s time to put out there what I’ve got in mind for my next project. I enjoyed all the work … Continue reading

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For non-archivists: What aspect of archives do you wish you knew more about? What’s a mystery to you?

As noted in the previous post, I’ve got a another new project in the works, scheduled for an early 2015 launch. It will be about archives (of course) and targeted at the general public. I’m working on finalizing the scope … Continue reading

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Archivists: What do you most wish people knew about archives?

I’ve got a another new project in the works, scheduled for an early 2015 launch. It will be about archives (of course) and targeted at the general public. I’m working on finalizing the scope and project goals at the moment, … Continue reading

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Looking for history-related crowdsourcing projects for new site

I’m in the first stages of putting together a new site, helpinghistory.com, intended to help connect history lovers with online history-related projects in which they can participate. I’m currently looking for suggestions for projects to include on the site. Projects … Continue reading

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What is the Professional Archivist’s Role in the Evolving Archival Space? (A talk given in Christchurch, NZ)

On October 2, I was honored to be the keynote speaker at the joint conference of the Archives & Records Association of New Zealand and the Association of Australian Archivists in Christchurch. About a month later, I was also honored … Continue reading

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Crunching numbers on the Spontaneous Scholarships & where you can find me at #saa14

I’m horrible with numbers, and yet I’m fascinated by them. Now that we’ve been running the Spontaneous Scholarships for a few years, I thought it was a good time to look back over the results and see if there were … Continue reading

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Did you know recordings of past SAA meeting sessions are now available online?

You did? Aren’t you clever! Apparently it happened last August and I missed the announcement or forgot about it. Sessions from 2006-2011 can be accessed on the SAA site via this announcement and there are also links for each year … Continue reading

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More about Management: Innovative Practices for Archives and Special Collections

You can order Management: Innovative Practices for Archives and Special Collections from the Rowman & Littlefield site (and save 20% by using the promotional code 7S14ARCH). The Table of Contents is available there, and you can also read the pre-publication reviews from Michael Kurtz … Continue reading

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