Blogs

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
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! It’s that time of year again. No. Not pumpkin spice latte time – though...
Oct 1, 2019   Archives AWARE!
http://www.musicalpassage.org Reviewed by Christina Taylor Gibson, Processing Archivist, American Bandmasters’ Association Special Collections in Performing Arts, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, University of Maryland, College Park [PDF Full Text] For centuries, the silence surrounding colonialist encounters in the Americas has been deafening. From native and enslaved people alike colonizers collected instruments without bothering to learn how to play them, described ceremonies...
Sep 30, 2019   AA Reviews
The members of SAA’s Committee on Public Awareness (COPA) get excited when #AskAnArchivist Day comes around. This year’s #AskAnArchivist Day will be Wednesday, October 2nd. On that day, archivists around the country will take to Twitter to respond to questions tweeted with the hashtag #AskAnArchivist, letting us engage directly with the public about what we do, why it’s important, and of course, to share our “most interesting/bizarre/touching etc., records” stories. Between now and October 2nd...
Sep 30, 2019   Archives AWARE!
By Christopher (Cal) Lee, Editor, American Archivist The past month has been one of intensive listening, discussion, and reflection for many people, including me and the other members of the American Archivist Editorial Board regarding the forthcoming article in volume 82, number 2 of the journal, “To Everything There Is a Season” by Frank Boles, and its selection for a Brown Bag Lunch discussion during ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2019 in Austin. I selected the article for the brown bag event in order to...
Sep 11, 2019   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! For me, attending the annual Society of American Archivists conference...
Sep 6, 2019   Archives AWARE!
“Our ancestors are rooting for us.” We Survived, Climbing PoeTree Two of the most important things to human beings are justice and love. Neither can be fully defined, especially in the scope of this post. I look at love as the understanding that because we humans are interconnected, we act with empathy and compassion toward others, realizing that furthering their desires is important to the realization of our own. Justice comes in many flavors. My focus here is social justice...
Aug 16, 2019   Off the Record
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 Brad San Martin, Digital Archivist for Harlem’s Apollo Theater. Brad San Martin. Photo credit Amber Duntley (www.flickr.com/adunt). Prior to entering the archives field in 2015, Brad San Martin worked in the music and travel industries as a...
Aug 7, 2019   Archives AWARE!
This week is the start of the SAA Annual Meeting. Here is a list of some recommendations for awareness and advocacy sessions and activities. First things first — stop by the Committee on Public Awareness (COPA) table! We’ll have a table in the conference registration area. Saturday afternoon, 3:15 – 4:30 PM the Kitchen Sisters will be at the table playing clips from their podcast! The Archives in Context podcast team will be at the table Sunday from 8:00-10:30 AM and 3:00-5:00 PM to...
Jul 30, 2019   Archives AWARE!
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 this post, authors Vince Lee and Rachel Seale, members of SAA’s Committee on Public Awareness (COPA) follow up with some attendees from last year’s COPA-sponsored “Carpe Media! Communications and Media Training for Archivists” workshop at ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2018 in Washington, D.C.  Sometimes, to truly evaluate the impact a workshop has had on it attendees, it’s often helpful to revisit it after some time has passed and we are quite as close to the event. This...
Jul 24, 2019   Archives AWARE!
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
https://trello.com/ Reviewed by Becky Briggs Becker, Editor-at-large [PDF Full Text] Trello is a web-based application that archivists can use to visually organize and prioritize projects. Originally created by Fog Creek Software in 2011, Trello struck out as its own company in 2014 and was later sold to Australian software company Atlassian in 2017.[1][2] Trello fits within Atlassian’s existing suite of productivity software applications such as Jira, a software development tracking...
Jul 19, 2019   AA Reviews
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
Priya Parker, author of The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters (Riverhead Books, 2018) and founder of Thrive Labs, “helps activists, elected officials, corporate executives, educators, and philanthropists create transformative gatherings.” I’ve been making my way through her book for several months now, egged on by the notion of a “transformative gathering”—especially for a conference whose theme is “Transformative!”—and heartened that so much of what we’ve discussed and...
Jul 15, 2019   Off the Record
By Elliot Williams Bennu Coffee, photo by Elliot Williams Let’s be honest: most of us make it through conference season thanks to a steady stream of coffee. Thankfully, Austin has a wide range of options for meeting your caffeine needs. Whether you want to grab something on your way to a session or you’re looking for somewhere quiet to recharge your batteries (or finish up your presentation slides), we’ve got you covered. Here are some of my favorites in and around downtown: Caffe...
Jul 14, 2019   AM2019 Host Committee Blog
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!  On March 18, 2019 the world learned that Myspace lost millions of songs, photographs, and videos posted prior...
Jul 11, 2019   Archives AWARE!
During their discussion of SAA’s Strategic Plan at the November 2019 meeting, the SAA Council determined that the organization would no longer allow unpaid internships to be posted in the SAA Career Center’s Internship Directory. The following changes have been made to the website to make this decision clear to both internship seekers and posters:  The tab listing internship opportunities in the Career Center is now labeled “Paid Internships;” The...
Jul 9, 2019   Off the Record
This is the latest entry in our series Keeping ArchivesAWARE: News and Highlights, a recurring roundup of some of the latest archives-related news stories, features, commentaries, announcements, and projects that have caught our eye, with links to the original sources. This post written by COPA member Nick Pavlik. Jody Rosen writes in a recent New York Times Magazine feature about the disastrous 2008 fire at a Universal Studios Hollywood warehouse that served as the vault for the most...
Jul 3, 2019   Archives AWARE!
The Society of American Archivists is committed to advocacy on behalf of our members. In our Strategic Plan, the goal of “Enhancing Professional Growth” is focused on archivists having access to the professional community and resources they need to be successful and effective in their careers. Fair wages and equitable salaries are part of this work and we want to share the results of our ongoing discussions and future activities of SAA in support of this issue. Professional support at the...
Jun 28, 2019   Off the Record
The Committee on Public Awareness (COPA) is pleased to bring Micaela Blei, PhD, two-time Moth GrandSLAM winner and former Moth director of education, to ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2019 this August in Austin, Texas at the JW Marriott. Blei will be teaching a FREE two-hour  “Storytelling Workshop” on Saturday, August 3 (1:00 PM – 3:00 PM) and hosting a storytelling event, “A Finding Aid to My Soul,” on Sunday, August 4 (8:00 PM – 10:00 PM). Pitch Your Story by June 27 for a chance...
Jun 24, 2019   Archives AWARE!