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Photo of Krü Maekdo (courtesy of Krü Maekdo).This is the newest post in our There’s an Archivist for That! series, which features examples of archivists working in places you might not expect.  COPA member Rachel Seale, Outreach Archivist at Iowa State University, brings you an interview with Krü Maekdo, the founder of the Black Lesbian Archives. Krü Maekdo has been an innovator in community organizing, gracing stages around the world sharing, her charm, wit, and presence, while contributing to...
Jan 22, 2020   Archives AWARE!
This post was authored by guest contributor Margot Note, CA, CRM, IGP, PMP. Note is the principal and founder of Margot Note Consulting, LLC, an archives and records management consulting business in New York. She’s a professor in the graduate Women’s History program at Sarah Lawrence College and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Library and Information Science program at St. John’s University. She’s the author of five books, including her newest Creating Family Archives: A Step‐by‐Step...
Jan 14, 2020   Archives AWARE!
By Lae’l Hughes-Watkins University Archivist, University of Maryland, College Park “I am a mediator between what has been and what is yet to come.”Klamath Henry, Emory University graduate, Project STAND panelist (February 21, 2019) October 19-20, Project STAND held its third national symposium at Chicago State University. On the second day, Charles Preston, a student activist, and panelist spoke about being on the front lines of the fight to keep Chicago State University...
Jan 6, 2020   Off the Record
Rachael Woody (photograph courtesy of Rachael Woody). This is the latest post in our series Responses and Retrospectives, which features archivists’ personal responses and perspectives concerning current or historical events/subjects with significant implications for the archives profession. Interested in contributing to Responses and Retrospectives?  Please email the editor at archivesaware@archivists.org with your ideas! As the end of the year approaches we begin to take stock and reflect....
Dec 30, 2019   Archives AWARE!
Christine “LadyBee” Kristen. This is the newest post in our There’s an Archivist for That! series, which features examples of archivists working in places you might not expect.  COPA member Rachel Seale, Outreach Archivist at Iowa State University, brings you an interview with Christine “LadyBee” Kristen, Burning Man’s Archivist, Art Collection Curator, and Photo Gallery Editor. Christine Kristen (a.k.a LadyBee) is Burning Man’s Archivist, Art Collection Curator...
Dec 18, 2019   Archives AWARE!
We offer a sincere apology to SAA members and our readership for how the Brown Bag Lunch event during Archives*Records 2019 and pre-publication of Frank Boles’ article unfolded last August, and for any ways in which those actions have alienated members or marginalized their work. These events have affected many people, in various ways, and we believe that it is important to acknowledge and recognize that hurt and pain. Most importantly, the conversations around these issues revealed that there...
Dec 16, 2019   Off the Record
Vince Lee This post was authored by guest contributor Vince Lee, Archivist at the University of Houston, and current member of SAA’s Committee on Public Awareness (COPA). The second biennial Houston Archives Bazaar was hosted at the White Oak Music Hall on November 14, 2019. Over 22 organizations representing local, regional, and state institutions participated in the Bazaar:  Archives and Special Collections, Neumann Library, UH Clear Lake Cushing Memorial Library & Archives, Texas A&...
Dec 10, 2019   Archives AWARE!
Jodi Allison-Bunnell (courtesy of Jodi Allison-Bunnell). This is the latest post in our series Responses and Retrospectives, which features archivists’ personal responses and perspectives concerning current or historical events/subjects with significant implications for the archives profession. Interested in contributing to Responses and Retrospectives?  Please email the editor at archivesaware@archivists.org with your ideas! It usually happens during the tour of the stacks: As we stand among...
Dec 3, 2019   Archives AWARE!
By Melvin J. Collier In the past decade, genealogy has become an increasingly popular hobby. Uncited reports in USA Today and in the Times have even ranked it as the second most popular hobby in the United States. Gardening is the most popular. Despite the absence of hard numbers to validate this claim, its popularity is unquestionable. The advent of the Internet in the 1990s has played a major role in this increase, as people can access many digitized records online. A number of genealogists...
Nov 22, 2019   Off the Record
https://tasks.office.com Reviewed by Becky Briggs Becker, Editor-at-large [PDF Full Text] Planner is the task management web-based application available in Microsoft Office 365 premium, business, and educational subscription accounts. Microsoft initially released Planner in 2016 as an alternative to its decades old, separately sold, and more complex project management tool known as Project.[1] Following the blueprint established in other project management web tools such as Trello, Asana, and...
Nov 14, 2019   AA Reviews
Rosemary K.J. Davis (courtesy of Rosemary K.J. Davis). This is the latest post in our series Responses and Retrospectives, which features archivists’ personal responses and perspectives concerning current or historical events/subjects with significant implications for the archives profession. Interested in contributing to Responses and Retrospectives?  Please email the editor at archivesaware@archivists.org with your ideas! This text has been lightly adapted from its original form, which was...
Nov 12, 2019   Archives AWARE!
This is the latest post in our There’s an Archivist for That! series, which features examples of archivists working in places you might not expect. In this entry, Committee on Public Awareness (COPA) member Rachel Seale brings you an interview with Jacqueline Seargeant, Global Archive Manager, John Dewar & Sons Ltd. Jacqui Seargeant in the Scotch whisky archive. Photograph courtesy of Bacardi. Jacqui graduated from Glasgow University with a Master of Arts in History in 1994, followed by a...
Nov 5, 2019   Archives AWARE!
This year, the Committee on Public Awareness (COPA) took over Society of American Archivist’s (SAA) Twitter for #AskAnArchivist Day on Wednesday, October 2nd. Today’s post summarizes COPA members’ experiences taking over SAA’s Twitter (@archivists.org) for the day. Rachael Woody, Consultant & Owner of Rachael Cristine Consulting LLC I really enjoyed the Twitter takeover. I saw it as an opportunity to help boost lower-visibility archives and projects, and to raise...
Oct 30, 2019   Archives AWARE!
Rachael Woody (photograph courtesy of Rachael Woody). This is the latest post in our series Responses and Retrospectives, which features archivists’ personal responses and perspectives concerning current or historical events/subjects with significant implications for the archives profession. Interested in contributing to Responses and Retrospectives?  Please email the editor at archivesaware@archivists.org with your ideas! American Archives Month is an annual reminder of why we do what we do....
Oct 15, 2019   Archives AWARE!
This is the latest post in our There’s an Archivist for That! series, which features examples of archivists working in places you might not expect. In this entry, Committee on Public Awareness (COPA) member Anna Trammell brings you an interview with Jenn Parent, Reference Archivist at the Museum of Flight.  Jenn Parent, Reference Archivist at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, WAHow did you get your job? I came to archives and The Museum of Flight as my second profession, having spent well over a...
Oct 8, 2019   Archives AWARE!
https://duraspace.org/dspace/  Reviewed by Diana Dulek, Metadata Specialist at the University of Houston Libraries, MLS student at Texas Woman’s University [PDF Full Text] DSpace is available as free, open-source software which describes itself as “the software of choice for academic, non-profit, and commercial organizations building open digital repositories.”[1] DSpace began as a collaboration between Hewlett-Packard Company and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Libraries in...
Oct 4, 2019   AA Reviews
By Rachel E. Winston and Amanda Jasso Everybody’s gotta eat! While in town for the annual meeting, consider dining at diversely owned restaurants. Here is a map of centrally located and diversely owned dining options, most a quick ride share away from the conference hotel. Feel free to add any places we may have missed on this spreadsheet.
Jul 29, 2019   AM2019 Host Committee Blog
by Chad Garrett on behalf of the SAA UT Student Chapter Graduate school isn’t a lucrative point in life, and conference travel can be a real challenge with a student’s budget. We’ve collected some of our favorite affordable (or free!) things about Austin: sights to see, drinks to drink, food to eat, and places to go. By no means comprehensive, this list for grad students by grad students includes tips for getting the most bang for a buck. Get out and about Austin Public Library Rooftop...
Jul 29, 2019   AM2019 Host Committee Blog
by Jennifer Hecker, ACT member & SAA 2019 Host Committee Co-chair SAA is quickly approaching and some folks are already starting to trickle into Austin. On behalf of the host committee, and the Archivists of Central Texas, I just wanna say: Welcome, y’all! I’m sure you’re a fan of local, grassroots, archives-focused organizing, but if you don’t already know about the awesome archivists of ACT, check out Madeline Moya’s post about the Austin Archives...
Jul 26, 2019   AM2019 Host Committee Blog
At last year’s conference we asked people to knit or crochet 7” x 9” squares for Warm Up America. This charity, which is based out of Austin, provided hand knitted and crocheted blankets, clothing and accessories made by volunteers from across the country and donated to people in need. Last year we donated 73 squares and the amazing Felicia Owens donated a full sized blanket to Warm Up. We hope to do even more this year.  We want you to donate squares/blankets/scarves to Warm Up. Please...
Jul 24, 2019   AM2019 Host Committee Blog
In less than 2 weeks, the vibrant city of Austin will be flooded with archivists. No, not archaeologists. No, not anarchists. A R C H I V I S T S. That’s right I know you’ve heard the term archives or THE archives. Well starting July 31st until August 6th, the city of Austin will host the 2019 Society of American Archivists annual conference bringing in the very people that make a majority of archival collections possible and accessible – that is archivists. Now some of you may...
Jul 23, 2019   AM2019 Host Committee Blog
by Jennifer Hecker, SAA 2019 Host Committee Co-chair So you may have heard Austin isn’t as weird as it used to be. Well, there’s definitely some truth to that, but I’m here to tell y’all that we’ve still got it! I’m not saying the Museum of Natural and Artificial Ephemerata is the weirdest place in the world, but it’s definitely in the running. And it has been for a pretty long time now. (Do yourself a favor and take a minute with their website...
Jul 18, 2019   AM2019 Host Committee Blog
by Rebecca Elder, Principal, Elder Preservation Let’s face it—you’re not going to visit Austin without hearing some live music, whether it’s through the Music in the Air program at our airport or a busker on the street, thanks to our newly loosened regulations on such things. But maybe you’re looking for a deeper dive into the Austin music scene. You can’t go wrong by visiting any of these classic Austin venues. photo by Jeff Rosen, aka librarygroover on Flickr The Continental Club (...
Jul 17, 2019   AM2019 Host Committee Blog
by Stephen Cooper, Harry Ransom Center Austin loves beer. The city and area have about 58 breweries and around two dozen more in development. This list is based on the Austin Chronicle’s most recent ranking of breweries, with a few additional favorites added. The closest options (within 1.5 miles) to the JW Marriott are listed first, with the rest organized by area. With access to a car, you can visit a half dozen breweries by picking an area or a direction and driving less than 10 miles...
Jul 17, 2019   AM2019 Host Committee Blog
by Madeline Moya, Austin History Center & Archivists of Central Texas While you’re in town for SAA, you will see friendly faces behind the registration desk or leading local repository tours, and those faces will likely belong to member archivists of the Archivists of Central Texas (ACT).  ACT is an informal professional organization that exists to foster our strong community of local archivists and to promote our local archives. To become a member, you simply show up to events...
Jul 17, 2019   AM2019 Host Committee Blog
by Catherine Bell, Harry Ransom Center Austin is home to some world-class collections in various museums, galleries, and archives around the city. Below is a gathered list of some exhibits which will be on view during the days of the conference. Many of these locations are also part of the repository tours being offered on Thursday and Friday of the conference. You’ll find several are within walking distance of the conference hotel but some may require a short car ride. See our...
Jul 16, 2019   AM2019 Host Committee Blog
Katie Quanz, Library Assistant, Digital Collections Services, Harry Ransom Center As you probably have heard, Austin is known for tacos. Almost all locations offer vegetarian tacos and many can create a vegan taco on request. Torchy’s (multiple locations) offers a deep-fried avocado taco, but it contains buttermilk in the batter. If you are vegan, they will modify it with fresh avocado. Taco Deli (multiple locations, closes at 3pm) has a few vegetarian tacos and one vegan taco (the Freakin’...
Jul 16, 2019   AM2019 Host Committee Blog