Announcements

There are few things I've accomplished in my career that I'm as proud of as the work I did to help found SouthernSpaces.org.

Today, our roundtable interview about its origins and early growth has been published--it provides a window into so many wonderful things about the publication, its staff and leadership, its mission and vision, and its legacy. Just wow... https://southernspaces.org/2017/southern-spaces-partial-history.

We are excited to announce the forthcoming publication of a new article co-authored by MetaArchive member Carly Dearborn (Purdue University) and Sam Meister (Educopia/MetaArchive) titled “Failure as process: Interrogating disaster, loss, and recovery in digital preservation”. This article will be published in the upcoming special digital preservation focused issue of Alexandria: The Journal of National and International Library and Information Issues.

PROMOTE YOUR COLLECTIONS; PROMOTE OUR COLLECTIVE HISTORIES: Building Directories for African American Newspapers and LGBT Newspapers

We know that our choices as archivists, librarians, and curators matter. The historical record is largely shaped by what we gather, what we provide access to, and whose voices we preserve.

In this moment, we want to ignite the power and passion of libraries, archives, and museums to amplify voices that have too often gone unheard in this country.

Together with you all, we seek to create two new, open resources:

The Educopia Institute and the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) have been awarded a grant worth over $681,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for OSSArcFlow, a project to investigate and support the adoption of open source tools for libraries, archives, and museums (LAMs). The research team will engage with 12 partner institutions to research, devise, and test various strategies for implementing three leading open source software (OSS) technologies, the BitCurator environment, ArchivesSpace, and Archivematica.

The IMLS-funded ETD+ Toolkit is an approach to improving student and faculty research output management. Focusing on the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) as a mile-marker in a student’s research trajectory, it provides in-time advice to students and faculty about avoiding common digital loss scenarios for the ETD and all of its affiliated files. The ETD+ Toolkit provides free introductory training resources on crucial data curation and digital longevity techniques.

69% of survey respondents voiced desire to continue education and professional development in a report offering direction for assessing needs and filling gaps

"Disaster preparedness is often discussed in human terms: how to prevent loss of life or home during or in the aftermath of a natural or man-made disaster. But what about our library collections? How can we keep them safe in times of trouble? “Preparing for Disasters: Methods and Case Studies for the Safeguarding of Documentary Cultural Heritage,” a panel discussion at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions’ (IFLA) 2016 World Library and Information Congress in Columbus, Ohio, tackled these vital issues."

Authored by Christina Drummond, Tom Clareson, Laurie Gemmill Arp, and Katherine Skinner, a new publication aims to introduce guiding principles and practices for CE/PD needs assessments from beyond the Library, Archives, and Museum (LAM) spheres of reference. A literature review section highlights needs assessment research from other fields (e.g., higher education, nonprofit training, etc.), drawing attention to models that could inform LAM practice.