Category Archives: Archival description & finding aids

Innovative Practices in Archives & Special Collections: Description – Table of Contents now available

As many of you may know, I’m editing a series of books on “Innovative Practices in Archives & Special Collections” for Rowman & Littlefield. The first four books are scheduled to be available this May, and I’m pleased to be … Continue reading

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My talk from #AHA14: A Distinction worth Exploring: “Archives” and “Digital Historical Representations”

A few weeks ago I was part of the panel, “Digital Historiography and the Archives” at the 2014 meeting of the American Historical Association. [UPDATE: All papers from this session are now available online here.] As with my previous foray into … Continue reading

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Guest post: Megan McShea responds to “Does the Creation of EAD Finding Aids Inhibit Archival Activities?”

Below is a response to “Does the Creation of EAD Finding Aids Inhibit Archival Activities?,” a post by Joshua Ranger on the AV Preserve site. I’m sharing it on behalf on the author, Megan McShea, Audiovisual Archivist at the Archives of … Continue reading

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Metadata is a foreign concept? Whaaaat?!? (Part Two) – A guest post by Greg Bak

[This is the second guest post by Greg Bak, Archival Studies, Department of History, University of Manitoba.] Thanks again to Kate for agreeing to publish my presentation on her blog. In Part One of this guest post I discuss some … Continue reading

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Metadata is a foreign concept? Whaaaat?!? (Part One) – A guest post by Greg Bak

[This is a guest post by Greg Bak, Archival Studies, Department of History, University of Manitoba. ] Thanks to Kate for agreeing to publish my recent SAA presentation on her blog. In Part One of this guest post I discuss … Continue reading

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Debate: “Although digitization is useful for accessibility, detailed online item-level cataloguing is even more so”

I remember seeing that tweet from the “‘Democratising or Privileging: the Future of Access to Archives” conference at University of Dundee last week and thinking that many in the U.S. might find it a controversial statement. I was reminded of it  this … Continue reading

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Archives who have implemented linked data?

On Twitter I asked for suggestions of archives who have implemented linked data (or perhaps I should say linked open data?). I got a few responses from people who were beginning to implement or starting projects, but not much else. … Continue reading

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A question for archivists with experience in the pre-Internet era

In a related, but different question that the one posed to researchers in the previous post, I would like the input of archivists with experience in the pre-Internet era. In the post targeted at researchers, I said: … my hypothesis … Continue reading

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A question for researchers with experience in the pre-Internet era

I’d like to confirm what I think is a pretty logical assumption about the driver for changes in archival practice. To do this I would like the input of people who conducted research in archives before the glorious age of … Continue reading

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More specifics to get you thinking about submitting a proposal for a case study on description

The deadline is creeping up soon to submit a case study proposal for the two books I’m editing for Scarecrow about innovative practices in  archives and special collections–the book on management and the one on description (note these are two … Continue reading

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