Archival Innovators' Toolkit

Student searching for books. Milner Library, Illinois State University, 1976.

Welcome to the Archives Innovators’ Toolkit (AIT). This site is intended to be a community-created and curated resource for archival practitioners. As our profession evolves, so do the materials we steward for education and research. These topics reflect the outcome of many discussions held online by the College & University Archives Section coffee chats held regularly during the first years of the pandemic. The Section hopes this toolkit will be a helpful resource for all archivists seeking answers - and community - to some of today’s archival challenges. We encourage all SAA members and archival practitioners to contribute to the AIT and welcome suggestions for future AIT topics.

Contribute Your Ideas!

We welcome resource ideas and comments from everyone in the archives field!  Please use the link above to submit your content for the pages below. Note that direct editing is not available and contributors must use the form to make submissions and suggestions.

Born Digital Archives

You might already have a batch of digital files in a folder on your computer. Or you might have boxes of hard drives and don’t know what to do with them. This resource is intended to help archivists navigate the early steps of working with born-digital records.

Content Management Systems

Considering a content management system migration? Want a system to exhibit your digital collections? Looking for a new content management system for your digital archival objects? Check out these suggestions from other archivists who have delved into CMS.

Email Archiving

Whether documenting your institution’s emails or your own, email archiving can be a daunting task. This resource list is designed to help archivists explore early steps to archiving emails in their repository.

Web Archiving

Trying to identify the best way to capture website content? This resource list is geared to help archivists struggling with identifying tools and best practices for gathering website content for their repositories.