Category Archives: Fun stuff

What’s the best book about archives you’ve read lately?

I asked that question on Twitter and Facebook and here are the responses:   Big Data – A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think Writing with Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem … Continue reading

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Attn archives entertainers: sign up quickly for Raiders of the Lost Archives at #SAA14

I’ve been tardy about posting this, so if you’re interested, jump on it quickly! No apologies for cross-posting. This announcement is awesome and everyone should read it, preferably multiple times. Raiders of the Lost Archives was a series of musical … Continue reading

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How you can get one of those “this is not an archive” USB drives

Like this one: (Well, basically like that one. They will not be exactly like the one in the picture–may have different color/style, but the text will be the same.) I’m happy to promote this fundraising effort for the Association of … Continue reading

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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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