SAA Day 2: Research Forum

I’m posting my thoughts on day 2 a day late. It was just that much fun. I spent the day listening to the presentations at the 10th annual Research Forum. The presentations and posters were on a diverse range of topics, and I’m really just beginning to digest much of what I experienced.

A few highlights

  • Including a discussion of Altmetrics in Reference, Access and Outreach
  • Including Advocacy toolkit in our course work
  • Getting to see a former Archives professor, Joel Wurl, after 8 years was fantastic.

SAA 2016 Day 1: Black Archives Now

Day 1 is done, and while I only had one event today it was a great one. Emory hosted a series of lightening talks and open discussion that focused on black archives and archival collections in the Atlanta area. Specifically, the discussion focused on how these organizations were collaborating with various communities, providing access to their African american archival collections, and their efforts to promote the use of these collections. The conversation was thought provoking, and I have a few things to include in class this fall and to think about a bit more:

  • Beyond the Hashtag is a report that detail how social media has played a role in the Black Lives Matter movement. I’m thinking of using it to discuss both collecting in archives and what is the definition of a record.
  • UMBRA was discussed by Dorothy Berry. I confess to not being familiar with this tool, but it’s getting added to our discussions of how to give access to collections online.
  • Holly Smith, Archivist at Spelman College during the q&a portion discussed aspects of creating good relationships. She said an archivist needed to be transparent, sincere, and authentic.


Law and Archives Workshop – July 8, 2016

Here’s my materials for the Society of Georgia Archivist workshop I led on the topic of law and archives.



Case Studies

What really is a record and What are we preserving: Viewing Nitrate Films

What really is a record? I don’t plan on answering that, but it’s a good thought for Monday especially after watching this Vice Daily on the Nitrate Picture Show at the George Eastman Museum. The museum is one of the places that has a theater capable of still showing original nitrate prints. Some of the interviewees keep mentioning how the experience viewing these films is different for each viewer. Of course this subjectivity begs the question that we should all ask in archives, is it worth it to preserve the original and allow it to be viewed when its soooo complicated. The George Eastman Museum is of course perfectly capable of doing this, but the there’s a bigger question here about how can we make preservation decisions when the user experience is ultimately subjective? Fun thoughts for Monday morning.


Going to this is definitely on my list of things I have to do.