e-ar(rggh!)chives

Image courtesy of the Kingston Whig Standard. Michael Lea The Whig-Standard Archivists Heather Home, left, and Jeremy Heil haul out an old Macintosh computer on which useful information is still stored at the Queen's University archives.

E-archivists are nothing short of miracle workers. They use their information retrieval/detective skills to not only understand past, present, and (possibly) future technologies, but the plausible migrations between them AND how to better train future generations on how to maintain sufficient preservation logistics onward. In order for any of this to succeed, frustrations need to be turned into problems that can be solved.

This interesting article by Wayne Grady from the Kingston Whig Standard highlights some heroes at the Queens University Archives and their thoughts and practices as they attempt to move away from a preservation stalemate into a system that creates open access despite the lack of print documentation. Although the topics discussed within are not altogether new to the movement, it’s important to understand that each repository’s experience is unique, and that no matter how small the collection, we can all learn from each other’s struggles (and successes)!

 

  • Librarians, how are YOU dealing with your e-collections?
  • Non-Librarians, do you find yourself saving more, or changing the way you maintain your own collections of digital music, documents, or photos?
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