This award is near to my heart so I heartily encourage you to consider nominating someone for the SAA Archival Innovator Award:
Created in 2011, this award recognizes an individual archivist, a group of archivists, a repository, or an organization that demonstrates, through a combination of as many as possible of the criteria below, the greatest overall current impact on the profession or their communities.
- Creativity or innovation in approaching professional challenges.
- Demonstrated ability to think outside of professional or institutional norms.
- Ability to translate creativity, innovation, and new thinking into working solutions.
- Development of an archives program or outreach activity that has an extraordinary impact on a community.
- Commitment to the advancement of professional knowledge through traditional or emerging information-sharing media.
Full details on the SAA website. There are so many people doing great work out there. This is your opportunity to help them get the recognition they deserve. If you have any questions about the criteria or eligibility for the award, please let me know and I’ll help you get answers.
You may have also seen this on the A&A listserv but I’m very interested in this topic so I want to give Matt all the help he can get. Please note, as he says below: “If your institution does not collect user metadata, “no” answers are helpful for the data analysis.” I checked and he would prefer archives in North America only. The survey closes on February 19.
This is a reminder about a survey I’m conducting on the status of user created descriptive metadata in the archival profession.
The survey focuses on the degree to which archivists allow and encourage user created description, and whether or not such description is incorporated into authoritative catalog records, finding aids, or other metadata record. The survey asks primarily Yes or No questions on the ways in which institutions use Web 2.0 technologies to allow users to comment, annotate, and tag, and the degree to which comments and annotations are included in authoritative metadata records. If your institution does not collect user metadata, “no” answers are helpful for the data analysis. The survey should take about 20 minutes to complete.
I am asking you to participate in my research study by completing a survey at this link.
Completion of this survey indicates voluntary consent to participate in this study. No personally identifiable information will be collected. No further emails will be sent other than a participation reminder toward the end of the survey period.
If you have any questions about the study please leave a comment below or contact me. Thank you for taking the time to assist me in this research.
Matt Gorzalski, MLS, CA
Assistant Professor and University Archivist
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
That’s my appropriation of a question asked on Twitter by Andy Burkhardt, who asked it about libraries and librarians. His tweet was inspired by this article on Fast Company, “The 5 Questions Every Company Should Ask Itself.”
So, friends, what should archives or archivists stop doing? What should we drop? And feel free to elaborate on why, if you’re inspired and have the time. I expect to get a lot of valuable responses from archivists, but if you’re a historian, scholar, or user of archives, I’d like to hear your ideas too. We all know archives are being asked to do more with less and that’s just not possible. So what can we drop? The floor is yours.
Today is the deadline to get your proposals in if you have a case study you’d like considered for inclusion in either the book on outreach or reference in archives and special collections (full info here and here). I said “get in touch with me” in the title of this post because while today is the deadline, if for some reason you’re just hearing about this and need an extra day or two, I can give you some slack but I need you to send me a message letting me to expect something from you.
A similar call for case studies for a book on description will be coming shortly, followed by another for case studies on management in archives and special collections. Also as I mentioned on Twitter, after I get all the proposals in for outreach I may decide to do a separate book specifically on outreach to students (K-12, undergrad, and graduate). I think there’s enough demand for it even though there have been some recent publications in that area. If I do that I’ll issue a second call, just to give everyone a fair chance.
Thanks for all the great proposals so far. One of the reasons I agreed to take on this assignment is that it would give me a chance to learn about and promote all the great, and often unrecognized, work that’s going on out there. And if there’s a topic out there that you think would be a good fit for another book in this series, let me know. Digitization is a possibility, as is appraisal/acquisition. Do those sound good? What else would you like to see?
It’s that time of year, when you should turn your attention toward who among your friends, colleagues or even total strangers, should be nominated for an SAA award. There’s a mighty long list of awards for you to consider. I’ll try to highlight some others before the Feb. 28 deadline, but I’ve been asked to promote the Leland Award which I will happily do.
Call for Nominations: 2013 SAA Waldo Gifford Leland Award
Please help us to recognize the best in our profession!
Have you read a great new book about archives? Seen an exceptional new finding aid? Encountered a new documentary publication that is head and shoulders above the rest? Has a new web publication really stood out to you?
If you have, please consider nominating it for the Society of American Archivists Waldo Gifford Leland Award. Nomination forms, a list of previous winners, and more information are at http://www2.archivists.org/governance/handbook/section12-leland. The deadline for nominations is February 28, 2013.
The annual Leland Award – a cash prize and certificate – recognizes “writing of superior excellence and usefulness in the field of archival history, theory, and practice.”
(Please note that periodicals are not eligible.)
Established in 1959, this award honors American archival pioneer Waldo Gifford Leland (1879–1966), president of the Society of American Archivists in the 1940s and one of the driving forces behind the founding of the National Archives.
Want to learn more about Waldo? Here’s an excellent book for you: Waldo Gifford Leland and the Origins of the American Archival Profession. (I say it’s excellent but I haven’t yet read it. Maybe another candidate for the book club?)
The Online Access subgroup of the SAA Annual Meeting Task Force has a blog post up asking for specific feedback on the following issues:
- Wifi in meeting rooms
- Virtual conferencing
- Recordings of meeting content
- Conference app
- Access to other meeting content
In the past many readers of this blog have had strong opinions about these issues. I encourage you to share your opinions on these topics with the SAA group that will be responsible for proposing what will done about them. As I said on Twitter, I think there are issues here that concern archivists outside the U.S. as well as students and new archivists too. For me these are issues that have an impact beyond SAA’s own membership and its current membership. If this is something that you care about, speak up. If you scroll down on the post you can see I’ve written not one, not two, but three comments, so I’ve put my time where my (virtual) mouth is.
Yes, you do have to log in to the site to post a comment. No, you don’t have to be an SAA member to create a user profile for the site.
And if you’ve missed them, there have been other opportunities to comment on different aspects of the meeting. I’m sure your feedback is still welcome on those topics too.
A request from Steve Ammidown (@stegan on Twitter):
Hi- I’m doing a quick, informal, unscientific survey of people who attended US based masters programs in library science or associated fields. I write for the blog Hack Library School, and this survey is part of my brainstorming process for a possible article on how students and alumni perceive the attitudes towards patrons within their programs. Ultimately, the librarian, archivist or information professional are responsible to their customer. Are our programs doing enough to communicate that? Should students expect to seek out outside experiences to understand patrons? Anyways, the article is in its embryonic phase, and this survey will hopefully help me flesh it out. Thanks for your time!
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 of digital preservation challenges, failed renderings, encoding damage, corrupt data, and visual evidence documenting #FAILs of any stripe.
You can contribute just an image. If you want to tell the story behind the image, that’s even better. If you’d like to share the original file (or set of files), so that tool developers can learn from digital damage and test out their code with it, we’ll be eternally in your debt. Contribute the files here:github.com/openplanets/format-corpus
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 on a post a few weeks ago, but you’ll have to go over to the new blog to see what I selected. I plan to start in about a month, so hopefully that will give everyone time to get access to a copy of the book and read it. I’ll post reminders here from time to time but otherwise, please follow the new blog for updates.
And, as the first post states, although this group is aimed primarily at archivists, all are welcome to participate. Happy reading!