The Things We Do: This Must Be The Wrong Lock Because I Have The Right Key

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

The small things. The real things. These are the things that allow you to get from what an organization needs, to how to actually make it work. This means knowing which compromises are worth making because it will be the difference between failure and success. It means knowing how to mitigate risk where you cannot negate it. It means coming up with unique solutions for unique organizations.

Are We Prepared For The Presidential Library Of The (Near) Future?

Monday, January 21st, 2013

One has to assume that a major distrust of the shift to digital reformatting and preservation is the feeling that we’re merely redoing work that will need to be redone again when the next format comes along. This may be especially galling to those who fairly recently reformatted video or film to so

What’s Your Product? New AVPS White Paper on MPLP and Audiovisual Collections

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

I’ve been nibbling around the edges of this topic for a while — and reviewing my thoughts with other people to see if they all taste the hints of vanilla, cassis, leather, and grass — but now I’ve gone off and written a white paper about More Product, Less Process and audiovisual collections: What

What Makes a Collection Unhidden?

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

It’s very easy to make a collection hidden. Much too easy. If you can ingest a collection, you can hide it. In fact, that’s probably what you do. We don’t even have to delve into backlogs (I mean yes, we must, but here, conceptually, we needn’t just now); being hidden is the default status of an acq

Embedded Metadata in WAVE Files

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Metadata is an integral component of digital preservation and an essential part of a digital object. Files without appropriate metadata lack the basic means required for computing systems and humans to understand, interpret, or manage them. Effectively, there is no preservation or meaningful access

Lead, Follow, Or Go Out Of The Way To Visit

Monday, February 1st, 2010

I’m sure I’ve written about this before, but I’m a strong believer that online access to cultural materials is an excellent thing and I wholly support it. What we often don’t consider is that the way we can support these efforts further is to utilize them.


Friday, December 4th, 2009

(Henchmen in an Elevator! Grabs of Forgiveness by a Cowboy! Scenes of Twinkies and Acceptance!). Looks like a busy weekend…

Everything, Everywhere

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Despite the sometimes rustiness or lower energy of the performers, the music is undeniably good and the audience energy is always buzzing from that. However, the program and Schaefer’s follow up blog post (linked above) touch on two wider cultural issues: Why does the audience for a revived musical genre form when and in the makeup it does, and do we really need to preserve every little bit of cultural production?

Access Qualities

Friday, October 16th, 2009

One of the things that drove me into the field of archiving and preservation was this strong feeling that all people deserve equal access to information, culture, and education. Impossible? Maybe. Can I do something to increase access just a little bit more? Yes.