Thinking on updating

January 14, 2011

I am working on brainstorming two things at once.

  1. What to included when updating the current archives webpage to look more like the library webpage.
  2. Content for a presentation I’ll be doing next week of my use of digital images.

Luckily, both things seem to require much the same content. 🙂

For the presentation I have:

  • Providing research materials for faculty
  • Working with a class building a wiki with information on campus buildings
  • Cataloged images in the OPAC, with links to images in the holdings field
  • PR through the library blog
  • Images added to the RRLC CONTENTdm project, FLAG Heritage

Ideas for the near future:

  • Using an online site like dipity.com to build timelines, campus buildings, college presidents, any other ideas?
  • Setting up Twitter and Facebook accounts to make more people aware of our collections. See: National Archives (@archivesnews) on Twitter
  • Setting up a Flickr account to post images and get feed back on who, when, what and where on photos that we are clueless, or almost clueless about. Similar to the Library of Congress project. Have any of you tried this? How did it go?

All suggestions gratefully accepted.

PDF/A solved

January 10, 2011

Sending out a big thank you to Leonard Rosenthol of Adobe. My email archiving problem was solved by installing the Preflight plug-in to Adobe 9. I wouldn’t doubt that I had to do this way back when, but my memory for such things…

It’s great to have a blog that is such a help to me with these problems. I’ve just discovered (from reading another blog) Quora, which is a new type of social networking to me.  You can put in a question, must be phrased as a question, and others can find it an give their answers. You can also give your answers.  I’m just getting the hang of it. I’ve put in personal questions, like about Newfoundland for trip planning and haven’t gotten much back yet.

I’ve just added the question: How are archivists using Quora? Let’s see what I find out. If you decide to try it, and haven’t before, why don’t you give me an answer, like, just exploring, perhaps. Might prove a good way for us to get linked up. 🙂

I just noticed that someone has been looking at my previous post on this, so here is an update.

The webpage was redesigned and the Meebo widget was moved from the middle left to the lower right.  I haven’t had a Meebo question since. Coincidence?

The title is a movie quote from “Burn after Reading” that I love because it fits everything.  In this case I’m referring to rewriting the Emergency Management plan using a wiki.  It seemed like such a great idea, but:

  • Until I broke it down to a bunch of same page, it took way too long to load and then save an update.
  • All the different font sizes we got because we were all cutting and pasting from other files drove us all nuts.  I didn’t want to take the time to make it pretty since we were just in the draft stage.
  • I woke up in the middle of the night and thought –why didn’t I use Google Documents.  If only I had thought of that a month ago!

The wiki was good for bringing a lot of pieces of information together so we could share them.  But not for editing.  So, what did we learn from this?

Blogging Archvists

July 17, 2008

There is a great post from Curiouschild on why we should  blog and how to get our blogs read.  Check it out!


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Originally uploaded by Linda Clark Benedict

So this is one of two photos in the Flickr set “New” Archives. I’ll be adding more, as more happens.

This is a picture of what will become the archives work room.

Flickr

July 2, 2008

I am participating in an RRLC online continuing education course called “RRLC Learning 2.0”.  The course covers blogs, LibraryThing, and instant messaging, all of which I already use regularly.  But it also covers Flickr and online word processors, which I have no experience with.

So with the excuse of it being continuing ed I finally got in there and learned about Flickr.  I particularly liked the discussion of how it would be useful in a library setting.  It is very easy to use!

Now all I have to do is remember to bring a camera to work and I’ll be able to show you what our current archives looks like, and keep you up to date and the construction progress.  The studs for the walls of the workroom are up!

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