Distracted and Description

August 31, 2017

Gotta kill this meme with archives before it dies.

 

funders DISTRACTED from digital preservation BY digitization

funders DISTRACTED FROM digital preservation BY digitization

 

me at saa DISTRACTED FROM the session I'm in BY conference twitter

me at saa DISTRACTED FROM the session I’m in BY conference twitter

 

scholars DISTRACTED FROM the archives BY "the archive"

scholars DISTRACTED FROM the archives BY “the archive”

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MPLP (Rubber Duckie)

November 8, 2016

If the world ends today, at least we’ll all have an adorable song stuck in our heads.

MPLP (music from Rubber Duckie [lyrics, video])

MPLP, you’re the one
You make archives efficient
MPLP, I’ll process the fonds with you

MPLP, joy of joys
All those backlogs you destroy
MPLP, tell me, what would Greene and Meissner do?

Oh, every day when I
make my way through the folders
I leave those
little staples and
paperclips
in their corners
(but I don’t cut corners)

MPLP, you’re so fine
Findings aids done in no time
MPLP, I’ll process the fonds with you!

Be a box!

July 28, 2016

An archives-themed default Twitter avatar, just in time for #saa16. Don’t be an egg, be a box!

A Twitter avatar with a white records carton

Why be an egg when you can be a carton?

for elizabeth

July 11, 2016

for elizabeth

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Do you need an archives intern? A helpful flow chart

May 12, 2016
If you can't provide professional experience with professional supervision...you probably don't need an archives intern.

If you can’t provide professional experience with professional supervision…you probably don’t need an archives intern.

CC-licensed, sized for PowerPoint…I hope to see this flow chart in more places!

Are you a full-stack librarian? A helpful flow chart

January 25, 2016
Unless you're made of pancakes...you're probably not a full-stack librarian.

Unless you’re made of pancakes…you’re probably not a full-stack librarian.

I hope this clears things up.

Halloween Costume Generator for Archivists

October 30, 2015

Still trying to come up with a brilliant archives-themed Halloween costume? Use this handy generator! Also available as a PDF.

Halloween Costume Generator for Archivists (download PDF for readable text)

Halloween Costume Generator for Archivists (download PDF for readable text)

Let’s play #saa15 bingo

August 13, 2015

10 different cards to choose from in this PDF! Here’s a sneak preview:

see PDF for readable text

How We Do Born-Digital (Love Me, I’m a Liberal)

June 17, 2015

How We Do Born-Digital (music from Love Me, I’m a Liberal [lyrics, video])

I’ve seen the OAIS model
I read OCLC reports
White papers from Digital POWRR
And the Blue Ribbon Task Force
To make sure I don’t ever lose them
They’re printed and filed in drawers
That’s how we, how we, how we, do born-digital

I Jumped In with the Manuscripts Section
I counted those disks and CDs
I reminisced about my old Zip drive
I marveled at 5 inch floppies
For now they’ll just stay in their boxes
A time capsule of the nineties
That’s how we, how we, how we, do born-digital

I spent my lunch watching a webinar
On digital preservation
I once calculated a checksum
And someday I’ll do it again
But I can’t even think about starting
Without a forensics workstation
That’s how we, how we, how we, do born-digital

Once our archives were just paper
After you process, you’re through
No worries about obsolescence
Migration? That’s something birds do!
This digital stuff’s for young people
We’ll bring in an intern or two
That’s how we, how we, how we, do born-digital

You didn’t discover that (in the archives)

June 16, 2015
“If you were successful in the archives, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great archivist somewhere in your research process. Somebody recognized the value of the materials and made sure they ended up in an archives. Somebody invested in preserving them and organizing them and making them available to researchers. Somebody helped orient you to the archives and brought out materials for you to look at. If you found a document that no one knew was there—you didn’t discover that. Somebody else made that happen.”

“If you were successful in the archives, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great archivist somewhere in your research process. Somebody recognized the value of the materials and made sure they ended up in an archives. Somebody invested in preserving them and organizing them and making them available to researchers. Somebody helped orient you to the archives and brought out materials for you to look at. If you found a document that no one knew was there—you didn’t discover that. Somebody else made that happen.”

THANKS OBAMA for the inspiration!