In this event, Head of Collections at the Robert H. Goddard Library at Clark University and past President of the Academy of Certified Archivists, Mott Linn, discussed what it means to be a certified archivist and how to prepare for the certified archivist exam offered by the ACA. Mr. Linn gave tips on what courses qualify for the exam and what kinds of questions test-takers can expect. Many great questions were asked during the presentation so make sure to watch the recording through the end.
This special presentation featured the iSchool's own Dr. Leigh Gleason and addressed the increasingly complex role that photographs have in archival repositories, and how we as archivists can be prepared for these issues.
Many scholars point to the introduction of the Kodak camera in the late 19th century as the dawn of photography's cultural ubiquity. Indeed, from the 1890s, photography had become a mainstream and (relatively) affordable hobby, allowing anyone to assume the role of photographer. The first Kodak was introduced in 1888, and now, 130 years later, we see this problem in overdrive. Cameras are ubiquitous, and for many, our camera never leave our sides in the form of our smartphones. Through the phone, many of us carry thousands of photographs in our pocket, let alone more stored on hard drives, in the cloud, or, looking back a few years, on disc or in binders of analog negatives. Image production is at the core of our regular daily activity, and while most may understand that the majority of these photographs don't belong in an archive, we encounter far more people seeking homes for their photographic output than that of their personal papers. This talk will address how we as archivists need to reconcile these issues. What skills are necessary to be an archivist of visual materials? How can we navigate the potentially vast materials that can (or should) be offered to our repositories? And how do we manage the heartbreak that happens when faced with the problem that there are simply too many photographs and too little space?
In "Scheduling a closer look," SJSU iSchool alumna and University of Cincinnati Digital Archivist/ Records Manager, Eira Tansey, introduces students to the exciting field of Records Management. Listen to/watch Eira's presentation to learn more about records selection, retention, and how understanding records management can make you a better archivist!
In this special presentation hosted by SAASC, University of North Carolina at Asheville's Archivist and Head of Special Collections, Gene Hyde, presents a variety of findings, tips, and insight about what Library & Archives search committees look for during interviews and candidate presentations.
James Jacobs and Jefferson Bailey
In the fall of 2016, a group of institutions – Internet Archive, Library of Congress, CA Digital Library, and libraries from the University of North Texas, Stanford University, and George Washington University – organized to preserve a snapshot of the federal government website. This is the third time this End of Term (EOT) group has organized with the goals of identifying, harvesting, preserving, and providing access to a snapshot of the federal government web presence. They do this for two important reasons. The first is that the transition of elected officials in the federal government’s executive branch prompts a reset of sites like www.WhiteHouse.gov, so it’s critical to document the changes. The EOT group’s work also provides a broad snapshot of the federal domain once every four years; it’s replicated among a number of organizations for long-term preservation.
Jefferson Bailey from the Internet Archive and James Jacobs from Stanford University Libraries discussed the project’s methods for identifying and selecting in-scope content, strategies for capturing web content, and access models for collected content. The two highlighted the challenges and opportunities of large-scale, distributed, multi-institutional, born-digital collecting and preservation efforts; how the project aligns with participant institutions collection mandates; the project’s importance for archiving historically-valuable but highly-ephemeral web content without a clear steward; and how the breadth and size of the EOT Web Archive informs both new methods of collaboration and new models for data-driven access and analysis by researchers. Our speakers also discussed the project’s alliance with other government data preservation projects as well as ideas and future plans for long-term sustainable methods for collecting, preserving and maintaining the .gov information ecosystem.
A presentation by Catherine Folnovic, a graduate of San Jose State University's Master of Archives and Records Administration program, on her experience completing the e-portfolio. The e-portfolio is the culminating project to complete a Master's degree from San Jose State University's School of Information.
A presentation about oral history and archives from presenter Lauren Kata. Kata serves as the archivist for Collections Management and Digital Access for The Archives of the Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas. From 2009-2012 she served as the Coordinator of SAA’s 75th Anniversary Oral History Project. In this presentation, Kata shared her views on this special project and the importance of oral history.
Sammie L. Morris and Brenda Gunn
A presentation by Sammie L. Morris, Director of the Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center at Purdue University, and Brenda Gunn, Janey Slaughter Briscoe Archivist and Director for Research and Collections at the Briscoe Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Morris discusses the benefits of being member of the Society of American Archivists (SAA). Gunn, also a past president of ACA, will discuss the benefits of and ways to prepare for the archival certification exam hosted by the Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA).
Helen Wong Smith and Rebecca Hankins
A presentation by Helen Wong Smith, librarian and certified archivist, and Rebecca Hankins, Associate Professor and certified archivist/librarian, on diversity and cultural competency in archives and the archival community.