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!

Records of Burma-nent value

June 2, 2015

I know how patiently
You’ve waited
Here, have some comics
(Animated!)
–DnD

Where it came from / Where it's been / So many blanks /That this fills in / Provenance

Where it came from
Where it’s been
So many blanks
That this fills in
Provenance

 

The contents of / Your grandma's attic / When we toss / We're systematic / Appraisal

The contents of
Your grandma’s attic
When we toss
We’re systematic
Appraisal

 

Like road signs / At at intersection / We'll give your research / Some direction / Finding aids

Like road signs
At at intersection
We’ll give your research
Some direction
Finding aids

Want to make your own Burma-Shave-style signs? Download the original image, or use my blank sign!

Celebrate Chanukah in the archives

December 19, 2014
Celebrate Chanukah in the archives

Tell the story of the funding that miraculously lasted for eight years. Spin the dreidel (what do you win? It depends!). Reclaim your reading room from holiday treat-munchers.

Provenance (Shake It Off)

December 15, 2014

If you’ve finally gotten Shake It Off out of your head…sorry, dude.

Provenance (Shake It Off)

Some papers in a crate
They left it at the gate
Don’t even have a name, mmm-mmm
Don’t even have a name, mmm-mmm

I don’t have too many dates
Series all in disarray
And I really need a name, mmm-mmm
I really need a name, mmm-mmm

Cause I’m processin’
Bringing the context in
Person or organization, in my mind
Sayin’ “please tell my story right.”

‘Cause creators gonna make
And the archive’s gonna take
All those boxes look the same
I need provenance, provenance

Chain of custody will break
And those finding aids don’t aid
All those boxes look the same
Without that provenance, provenance

Describe consistently
Bio note or history
And that’s called EAD, mmm-mmm
That’s called EAD, mmm-mmm

Lives lived long ago
How do I let them show?
And that’s what I don’t know, mmm-mmm
That’s what I don’t know, mmm-mmm

So I’m processin’
Bringing the context in
Person or organization, in my mind
Sayin’ “please tell my story right.”

‘Cause creators gonna make
And the archive’s gonna take
All those boxes look the same
I need provenance, provenance

Chain of custody will break
And those finding aids don’t aid
All those boxes look the same
Without that provenance, provenance

Respect the fonds, respect the fonds
I, I, respect the fonds, respect the fonds
Respect the fonds, respect the fonds
I, I, respect the fonds, respect the fonds

Hey hey hey
Just think,
while you’ve been reading all those published books in the world,
you could’ve been getting history from, the, source.
That donor brought some new papers
Got a deed of gift, I record the provenance.
And this photo over there, dude’s got hella good hair,
But I know he’s prob’ly dead, thanks to provenance

‘Cause creators gonna make
And the archive’s gonna take
All those boxes look the same
I need provenance, provenance

Chain of custody will break
And those finding aids don’t aid
All those boxes look the same
Without that provenance, provenance

Respect the fonds, respect the fonds
I, I, respect the fonds, respect the fonds
Respect the fonds, respect the fonds
I, I, respect the fonds, respect the fonds

 

Last-minute Halloween costumes for archivists

October 31, 2014

How appropriate, a last-minute comic for last-minute costumes!

Last-minute Halloween costumes for archivists

Cowboy hat + mask + holster full of archival supplies = The Lone Arranger. Fox ear and tail + flashlight = Light Foxing. Or, the ultimate in laziness: a T-shirt that just says <physdesc>This is my Halloween costume</physdesc>.

Let’s play Future of Libraries BINGO

September 7, 2014

This one pretty much wrote itself.

Some common "Future of Libraries" pronouncements, represented as a bingo card.

Some common “Future of Libraries” pronouncements, represented as a bingo card.

Many thanks to Meg Ecclestone for the idea and encouragement. Use this bingo card generator and my text list (after the jump) to make your own cards!

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Let’s play #thatdarnlist BINGO

September 4, 2014

Instead of complaining about everyone’s favorite listserv, why not turn it into a game?

Some common A&A occurrences, represented as a bingo card.

Some common A&A occurrences, represented as a bingo card.

Use this bingo card generator and my text list (after the jump) to make your own cards!

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Grant-maker (even more fun with Archivist on the Roof)

August 21, 2014

Grant-maker (music from Matchmaker [lyrics, video])

Grant-maker, grant-maker, I need some cash!
Find me a line! They’ll fund the match!
Finding aids encoded in EAD
Did I mention we’re 503c?

Grant-maker, grant-maker, you bring the dough,
I’ll be your staff, raring to go
Everything digitized, fully online
Accessible for all time (not really!)

For Papa, make the job full-time
For Mama, make it prestigious
For me, well, I wouldn’t mind
Working only with Egyptian papyrus!

Grant-maker, grant-maker, I need some cash!
Find me a line! They’ll fund the match!
I need to pay off this huge student loan
So fund me a job
Of my own

Hodel, oh Hodel, have I got a job for you
In a cute little town
Population 62
But it’s a good job, a first job,
True? True.

I promise you’ll be happy,
And even if you’re not,
There’s more to life than that—
Don’t ask me what.

Chava, I found it
This job is so unique!
Great experience
It only lasts a week
But it’s a good job, a first job,
See? See.

You heard the boss is evil
She likes to yell and fight
But’s you’re just temporary
So you’re alright

You don’t want a project job?
Well that’s real tough to avoid
With no 3 to 5 years of prior work experience
Just be glad you’re employed!

Grant-maker, grant-maker
You know that I
Still need a job
More all the time!
But up to this minute I misunderstood
That not every job is good

Dear Congress, please don’t cut funding
Remember, we’re constituents too!
We don’t think we’re too demanding
We just want a job to do!

Grant-maker, grant-maker
I’m going to let
Backlogs remain
Maybe I’ve learned
Term jobs can leave a new archivist burned
So, fund me some funds
Match me a match
Find me a line
Grant me a grant
But I’ll make a backup plan!

Are you an emerging technologies librarian? A helpful flow chart

May 30, 2014

I hope this settles things.

Unless you're a transforming alien robot...you're probably not an emerging technologies librarian.

Unless you’re a transforming alien robot…you’re probably not an emerging technologies librarian.


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