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Staffing and Collaboration for Digital Archival Projects

Staffing and Collaboration for Digital Archival Projects

Staffing needs for digital projects depend on the project’s size and complexity. Training existing staff members to work on digitization projects is a critical component of change management within the institution because digital projects require new skills. The digital age is moving memory institutions into new paradigms of delivering both services and content, and this alteration brings with it a need for training in managing information in a hybrid environment.

Organize Your Stuff Without Getting Overwhelmed

Organize Your Stuff Without Getting Overwhelmed

In this webinar, I explain easy steps you can take to organize and preserve what's meaningful and important to you. The focus is on family and personal items--like papers, photographs, and audio-visual items--but the methods I discuss can be used for organizing anything. Feel calmer and less stressed knowing that your stuff is in order and you can find everything you need. 

Organizing a Zine Collection

Organizing a Zine Collection

A zine (short for magazine or fanzine) is a small-circulation, self-published work. Zines come in a variety of styles: photocopied, printed on cheap paper, or professionally printed. They could and were about any topic imaginable. My favorites were the punk and true crime-related ones. Extreme Noise in Minneapolis had a free zine bin that I happily dig through every time I visited and I'd leave with the most interesting ones. Zines were particularly popular in the mid- to late-1990s, and were later replaced by blogs and social media. 

Are Your Archives at Risk?

Are Your Archives at Risk?

In my book, Creating Family Archives: How to Preserve Your Papers and Photographs, I discuss the techniques that archivists use to protect historical materials from the ravages of time. I find that it's also helpful to discuss what can cause damage to your archival items too. Many hazards are obvious, but others may surprise non-professionals. 

Facebook Live: Purchasing Archival Materials

Facebook Live: Purchasing Archival Materials

In this session, we'll be discussing what to look for to rehouse your precious family treasures. The preservation of your collections is significantly advanced with the help of stable enclosures. Once you have your selection of acid-free, lignin-free, pH neutral boxes, folders, tissues, and more, you can ensure the safest storage possible for your most valued items.