In 2013 the steering committee of the Society of American Archivists’ Manuscript Repositories Section introduced the Jump In initiative. The response to and interest in the project has been so positive that we have decided to organize a third round of the initiative. If you thought about participating in the previous rounds but the timing was not right, now is your chance!
In the first go-round we invited archivists to use the 2012 OCLC report authored by Ricky Erway “You’ve Got to Walk Before You Can Run: First Steps for Managing Born-Digital Content Received on Physical Media” as a guide to survey a collection or collections in their repositories for computer media and submit a short report about their results. Those taking part had the chance to win free tuition for a one-day SAA Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) course. Twenty-three repositories participated in 2013 (see results) and twenty-six participated in 2014 (see results).
The terms and requirements are much the same in this iteration. Pledging to participate and submitting your survey and a short report about your experience will enter you into a raffle to win tuition to a one-day SAA Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) course ($185 value), provided again with the generous support of SAA and Nancy Beaumont. Selected contributors will also be invited to present their experiences in a lightning-round format panel at the Section’s business meeting at the 2015 annual meeting in Cleveland, OH. Those who pledge to complete the project will have access to a list-serv of others participating for additional support.
Participants should focus on surveying materials in their holdings. The assessment may be of entire holdings, a group of collections, or just a single collection. Drawing from the OCLC report, the survey should take the following steps:
The completed survey should accompany an essay about the overall efforts and findings. Essays must be a minimum of 400 words. To assist in writing the reports, consider including the following elements:
(Please note these are simply suggestions and guidelines, not required elements of the essay.)
It is not a minimum requirement, but participants are encouraged to take the additional steps of prioritizing collections for further treatment and begin the technical steps for dealing with readable media. The follow-up publication from OCLC “Walk This Way: Detailed Steps for Transferring Born-Digital Content from Media You Can Read In-House,” co-authored by Julianna Barrera-Gomez and Ricky Erway (2013), provides useful guidance for these next steps.
Entries and questions should be addressed to Elizabeth Wilkinson, Chair of the Manuscript Repositories Section, at email@example.com.
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Created |29 June 2004
Last updated |27 November 2015