I pursue a better understanding of archives work, jazz style.

Archive for May, 2010

Overheard at work 2

From a boy of about seven, the grandson of someone who was helping us clear files out of the house of a recently-deceased donor:

This place is awesome!  There’s all this junk!


Another thing from Seattle

I also presented a poster in Seattle with Linda Meyer at the Colorado Agricultural Archive in CSU’s Archives and Special Collections.  It’s in my Presentations pages.

We are working on an article about the same subject as the poster: namely, using volunteers for selected processing (and appraisal) work.  Based on some of the comments we got from conference-goers, I hope our article will provoke some thought and discussion.

Back from Seattle and in the saddle

You can see the video here; I had to split in in two to put up on youtube, and I warn you: part 2 blanks out from 7:11 to about 7:32, thanks to Windows Movie Maker.  I hope the podcast version of the first part will be available through NMSU’s itunes soon: it’ll have different music (still with Yours Truly on the drums).  As it turned out, Rick Hendricks, the New Mexico State Historian, kindly set up and played the video for me.  If I had known he would be there I could have just asked him to read my paper and saved myself a lot of trouble.  Oh well.

As for the presentation for the Society of Southwest Archivists, you can read that by going to the “Presentations” page on this blog.

I haven’t even mentioned how I’m going to start serving as president of the Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists (CIMA) in July.  I squeaked out a short little inaugural cry for help at CIMA’s business meeting in Seattle.  Although I’ll be away from my usual office this summer I expect I’ll have plenty to blog about as I serve in that office.  I’ll try to get some stuff up here over the summer, but I also intend to start putting content on CIMA’s website too.