Category Archives: Fun stuff

A challenge: Can you find stories related to one day, December 28, 1986?

Friends, colleagues, researchers, and anyone else who this post can reach, I am here to forward to you a challenge. We often say that one of the most important reasons we preserve archives is for the stories they tell about … Continue reading

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Help pick the next book for the archivists’ book group

If you’re looking for an excuse to avoid the beautiful spring weather, why not read a book? Even better, why not read a book and archives and then discuss it with archivists? (While flexing your toned biceps, of course.) If … Continue reading

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Archives book group–still time to talk “Dust” and poll up on the next book

If you want to talk about Carolyn Steedman’s  Dust: The Archive and Cultural History you’re still welcome to come on over to the Archivists Reading Together blog and join in. And if you  weren’t able to read Steedman but want to think … Continue reading

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Reminder: Archives book group starts Monday with “Dust”

On Monday, the Archivists Reading Together book group will begin discussing Dust: The Archive and Cultural History by Carolyn Steedman. If you’d like to participate or just follow along, visit the book group website: Looking forward to another lively discussion, and I’ll … Continue reading

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“collecting visual examples of digital preservation challenges, failed renderings, encoding damage, corrupt data, and visual evidence documenting #FAILs of any stripe”

I saw a link to this via NDIIPP on Facebook and thought it was brilliant. A Flickr Group: The Atlas of Digital Damages: Prompted by a blog post by Barbara Sierman, this space is a staging area for collecting visual examples … Continue reading

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New blog for the archives book group and schedule for first reading

If you’re interested in motivating yourself to do a bit more reading in 2013 I hope you’ll consider joining in at the new archives book group blog, Archivists Reading Together. There are a lot of great suggestions for readings shared … Continue reading

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The “OverlyHonestArchivists” tweets

This afternoon’s outbreak of Twitter humor was inspired by the #OverlyHonestHistorians hashtag, which included such gems as: “This was the most interesting topic I could find in an archive within driving distance.” I once stunned a graduate seminar by converting … Continue reading

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Archives book group, anyone? Several options & call for suggestions

I’ve been considering doing another book group, with a somewhat different format than the Reading Archives Power one we did a couple of years ago. (Wow. That was three years ago now. Time flies.) I was thinking of trying to … Continue reading

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Self-publishing for archives and family history, or, Kate makes a Christmas present

Earlier this year I decided I would give my family a book for Christmas, which meant I would have to create it myself. My friends on Facebook have had updates on this saga, but I thought I’d write a summary … Continue reading

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Adopt a wax cylinder for Christmas & other ways you can help archives before the tax year ends

Yesterday on Facebook I was reminded of the wonderful “Adopt a Cylinder Program” sponsored by the Cylinder Digitization and Preservation Project at the Department of Special Collections, U.C. Santa Barbara. It gives you an opportunity to browse the list of early … Continue reading

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