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From Mass Digitization to Mass Description: Indiana University’s Strategy to Overcome the Next Great Challenge

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Over the past decade much focus has been placed on mass digitization of legacy audiovisual collections. With progress on this front, today there is a new focus emerging: […]

Archival Musings: The Importance of Place

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

The author suggests pairing this post with The Village Green Preservation Society by The Kinks. Sweet jams make the musings go down easier. Independence, Kansas, is a small […]

AV Archives Night 2016: Call for submissions

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

  Following on the success of AV Archives Nights in 2014 and 2015, AVPreserve announces the third annual AV Archives Night to take place at the Society of […]

The Creator and The Archivist

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

A significant portion of certain Archivist’s job is processing collections — the activity of arranging and describing materials that have been deposited with an archive. At times this […]

Seeking Diversity and a Unified Field

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

When I was an undergrad there was a certain lament felt by various factions of the English department over the belief that teaching was becoming more difficult because there was less and less (perceived) cultural common ground among students and between faculty and students. In the past, they felt,

Don’t Blame Poor Records Management On Overpreservation

Friday, March 7th, 2014

There’s been a lot of good discussion lately about the meaning of the word archive(s) and its use by those outside of the profession. Much of this discourse is focused on the relation of the issue to the profession, questioning what impact the broad (and what some might think as improper) applicatio

The Need for a Practical Approach to Assessing Cloud Services for Preservation

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

With each new release or update of my iPhone operating system, I am required to revisit and complete the redundant process of “setting up” my phone. The “iPhone Essentials” process includes establishing a Wi-Fi connection, signing into your Apple account, turning on various features, and setting

Why Do We Allow Our Infrastructure To Decay?

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Not all history is recorded in writing or sound or images, but it exists in the world to be read and interpreted. This history of a city is written in its infrastructure and design, a mingling of the co-existant far ago and recent memory. Documentation such as photographs and oral histories and obje

Toward Less Precious Cataloging

Friday, August 9th, 2013

For a number of years after college I was in the workers compensation and general liability industry, bouncing around among positions from file clerk to claims adjuster to data analyst. Somewhere in there I did transcriptions of phone interviews between adjusters and claimants. One of the more depre

Does the Creation of EAD Finding Aids Inhibit Archival Activities?

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

One of the primary outcomes of processing is establishing access to collections, traditionally assumed to be enabled by arrangement and description of materials and generation of a finding aid. The theory here is if you can find an item’s exact (Or approximate. Or possible.) location within a shelf