The term “Archives 2.0” is popping up all over the place these days–from the Society of Tennessee Archivists [UPDATE: STA Newsletter now available online.] to NEH-funded projects. The Samaritan Archive 2.0 project just got a nice write-up and interview in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Wired Campus” blog, including a link to a white paper describing the project. Some highlights from the interview:
When an archive becomes a digital resource, it not only means that users can access it from all over the world. It also means that an archive transforms to become a place where interaction among stakeholder groups can take place. In many respects, this is quite different from a traditional archive, which is often characterized by tight control over the ways users can interact with artifacts and, perhaps less deliberately, with one another. Hushed conversations and gloved hands are no longer required in digital spaces.
And, yes, how can I resist quoting: “The blog ArchivesNext has been a great source for us in tracking discussion of where archives may be headed within the field of archival studies and library science.” Glad to hear it!
From the L’Archivista blog, an excellent summary of a presentation given at the Best Practices Exchange by Fynnette Eaton on managing change. I think this is a very important issue for all of us in the archival profession (see this recent post), so I highly recommend that you read this one carefully.
For more on change management and new ways of connecting with each other–see these videos posted on David Weinberger’s “Joho the Blog.”
If you’ve been following the posts here and elsewhere about how SAA and its annual meetings could be improved, you may see some familiar themes in Larrry Cebula’s post “More Cowbell: My Plan to Revive the OAH” (great title) over at the Northwest History blog. I don’t think all these suggestions would work for our beloved SAA, but there’s food for thought there for us as well.
Lucky people with access to the journal Archival Science might want to read “Smithsonian Team Flickr: a library, archives, and museums collaboration in web 2.0 space.” The rumor on Twitter is that the authors are trying to make a copy freely available online somewhere. I’ll let you know if that materializes.
And, last but not least, from Robin over at Bookish Disposition (don’t be fooled by the title–she’s a records manager-type), “The Disposition Blues” (soundtrack not included).