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Link-O-Rama: Variety Pack Edition

  • SAA 2010 Election Results
    SAA has posted the results from the 2010 election. I am assuming that you all voted, right? Anyway, congrats to all the winners and thanks for everyone who ran for your willingness to make our profession better. A note, the above link goes to a page on SAA’s website, but you have to open the PDF on that page to actually get the results, for some reason.
  • Call for Nominations for Best Archives on the Web Awards
    Kate Theimer of ArchivesNext (and new SAA Council member!) has opened a call for nominations for the Best Archives on the Web awards, this year featuring all new categories designed to highlight innovation. We New Archivists are all over this archives on the web stuff, so go on over and make your nominations now!
  • Archives Gig
    Meredith Lowe has created a blog focusing on “careers, jobs, and internships in the world of Archives & Records Management.” Basically a reposing of positions from multiple sources, this is a great resource to add to your job searching arsenal. Nice job, Meredith!

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Link-O-Rama: Rock the Vote Edition

  • SAA’s 2010 Election
    SAA is currently holding elections for Vice President/President-Elect, Council, and Nominating Committee positions. Members can vote until April 11th. While we here at NewArchivist are too chicken cautious to actually endorse any candidates, we can encourage all of you get out there and vote. But Lance, you say, I don’t know any of the candidates. Well:
  • 2010 Candidate Statements
    All candidates answer one question specific to each position. A great way to get a feel for where they stand on important things like vision, transparentcy, and how to identify a new generation of leaders (that last one sounds especially important to us New Archivists). Still need convincing?
  • Please vote in the SAA Elections at ArchivesNext
    Kate writes on SAA voting, including a discussion on student members and voting. The same issue facing students (knowledge of the candidates) is also faced by new professionals, but we already solved that problem with bullet two! Seriously, it is weak that only 21% of eligible members voted in 2009. We can do better than that. And after you are done voting, treat yourself to some comedy:
  • Holy archival quality, Batman at Satisfactory Comics (HT to our buddy D.A) and MPLP LOLcat (HT @anarchivist and @kitschqueen)
    Funny comics and pictures + archives = win!

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Link-O-Rama: Reports Edition

There have been a couple of publications that have hit the world recently and we wanted to make sure everyone was aware. Each link is followed by an excerpt from the corresponding announcement and my 2 cents.

Over, Under, Around, and Through: Getting Around Barriers to EAD Implementation by OCLC Research
From the announcement: “This report frames obstacles that archivists have experienced adopting Encoded Archival Description. It also suggests pathways to help you get out of the ruts, around the roadblocks, and on the road to success. The objective of the report is to communicate EAD’s value as a key element of successful archival information systems and help you overcome potential barriers to its implementation.”

I like how this report lays out potential roadblocks on both the organizational and technical sides. It seems too often that literature from the field ignores organizational issues, and the “Political and Logistical Issues” section of this report tackles this issue nicely. Nice job!

A Guide to Distributed Digital Preservation by the Educopia Institute
From the announcement: “This volume is devoted to the broad topic of distributed digital preservation, a still-emerging field of practice for the cultural memory arena. Replication and distribution hold out the promise of indefinite preservation of materials without degradation, but establishing effective organizational and technical processes to enable this form of digital preservation is daunting. Institutions need practical examples of how this task can be accomplished in manageable, low-cost ways.”

This is a big volume and I have not had a chance to completely delve into yet, but it looks like a very complete guide to Private LOCKSS Networks and Distributed Digital Preservation, including technical, organizational, and copyright considerations. Like the report above, I love the comprehensive vision. I have printed it and it now sits on my nighttime reading pile, further attesting my commitment to being the best nerd I can be.


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While I am not sure if three links really constitute a “O-Rama” type situation, we wanted to pass along some interesting things that have been posted over the past couple of weeks. Enjoy!

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