In Defense of Unemotional Archiving

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

When I found the joys of second hand shopping in high school it was a godsend to an oddbird in a smalltown. The act of discovery and its cheapness at that point (Huck Finn and a novelization of Saturday Night Fever for a nickel? Yes, thank you!) fueled a desire to search for something, a desire that

Are Archives Not Deaccessioning Enough?

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

At the Spring MARAC meeting during a panel on digital preservation, a presenter showed a slide of a Post-it note adhered to an inaccessible disc that said “Save in case of miracle.” In archiving we are constantly faced with the decision (or non-decision) point of saving a decayed/corrupted original

Don’t Kill The Carrier Part 2 — The Digital Dilemma is a Resource Problem not a Format Problem

Monday, March 12th, 2012

I hate digital cameras. I especially hate my digital camera, but that’s probably at least in part because my own camera provides me so many more opportunities to swear at it. I damn it when I miss a shot due to shutter delay or the processing time between pictures. I curse up and down when it keeps

Digital Media Collections Are an IT Problem But Not an IT Solution

Monday, October 31st, 2011

The power and the flexibility of content use and distribution in the digital realm is enabled by the ability to break everything down into the same essential components, into the 1’s and 0’s that form the atomic structure of data. In its idealized form, that content and the persistent structural

Creating History to Maintain History

Monday, November 15th, 2010

I have a much deeper appreciation of Pete Incaviglia than you do.

AVPS Funds New AMIA Scholarship to Honor World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

In celebration of World Day for Audiovisual Heritage 2010, AudioVisual Preservation Solutions, in collaboration with the Association of Moving Image Archivists is pleased to announce the YADA! Scholarships […]

All Well and Good

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

The historical record preserved in archives informs us of What-Was, but, of equal importance, it reminds us that What-Is Wasn’t-Always.


Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

More and more I’ve been hearing stories of activities that sound everyday enough, such as software upgrades and file transfers between servers, that go horribly awry. Upgrades are incompatible with older files or files created with a different software and those legacy files are corrupted or become inaccessible…

Marshmallowing the Troops

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Little known fact: I was a middle school Chubby Bunny champion. A moment of pride? Perhaps not, but when my only other award to that date was 2nd Place Most Interesting Cake in a Cub Scout cake bake off, I was eager to win something.

On PAHR with Expanded Federal Support to Regional, State Archives

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

This is where you, fellow archivists, professional small collections managers, librarians, students, history buffs, Americans, or American enthusiasts come in to help preserve America’s history.