What does a digital archivist do?

  This post is a follow up to my previous one that described the overall landscape of current job ads for digital archivist positions (many of which are still open as of today). This post lists the range of duties and responsibilities that I’m seeing in these ads, half of which were posted by university libraries, …

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Thresholds for Discovery

I’m pleased to report that we have an article in the most recent Code4Lib Journal! The article, Thresholds for Discovery: EAD Tag Analysis in ArchiveGrid, and Implications for Discovery Systems is based on an analysis of how EAD (Encoded Archival Description) is used in the ArchiveGrid corpus. We go beyond that to look at EAD-in-use …

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Jumping In to born digital

Our report, You’ve Got to Walk Before You Can Run: First Steps for Managing Born-Digital Content inspired the SAA Manuscript Repositories Section’s Jump In Initiative, which challenged archivists who hadn’t yet started to deal with the born digital content on physical media in their collections to start by conducting the inventory recommended in First Steps. …

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Attention SAA-goers

It is going to be hot in New Orleans — and I’m not just talking about the music and food. A while back I wrote an advisory for ALA-goers headed to New Orleans. That advice about restaurants, music, and other diversions is still good. Seeing Kermit Ruffins, who trumpets as hard as he parties, is …

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Past Forward: Inspriation

[This is the fifth and final post in a series on the OCLC Research Library Partnership meeting, Past Forward.] I’d like to wrap up by touching on a theme that’s sort of hard to express; the almost overwhelming inspiration I took away from this meeting. Many of our speakers (and participants) put forward a beautiful …

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Past Forward: Skills Challenge

[This is the fourth in a series on the OCLC Research Library Partnership meeting, Past Forward. I’ll wrap up with one final post at the end of this week.] Erin O’Meara dropped the bomb during her presentation on the challenges of dealing with “born digital” materials. There are an increasing number of job postings for …

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Past Forward: Collaboration Station

[This is the third in a series on the OCLC Research Library Partnership meeting, Past Forward. More to come!] Another theme that emerged during the meeting was collaboration. Now, when we say “collaboration” what we I generally think of, and what I believe is commonly understood in the community, is collaboration better two or more …

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