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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Past Forward: New ways forward

This is the second in a series on the OCLC Research Library Partnership meeting, Past Forward. Stay tuned for more! In my last blog post, I underscored the “one library” theme — how special collections are integrating into the broader library and beyond. In this post, I’m going to take a look at new ways …

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Past Forward: One Library

This is the first in a series on the OCLC Research Library Partnership meeting, Past Forward. Past Forward, a meeting for the OCLC Research Library Partnership was held last month, June 4-5 (with a pre-meeting workshop on June 3rd). We’ve just posted the videos and other outputs for the meeting, and it falls to me …

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