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Alone in the Archives

Thoughts from a \"lone arranger\" archivist at a small college.

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Tue, 07 Jun 2011 13:02:58 +0000

You haven’t heard from me all spring because I’m retiring on June 15th and I have been spending most of my time winding down.  I’m trying hard to document the procedures I have put together over the years. I have to accept that there are still items hiding in the dark back there that I […]

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Tracking down that answer.CircusPeanut

Fri, 28 Jan 2011 16:56:01 +0000

It’s always interesting to try to pin down an answer to a question when you have incomplete information. Example: You’re given names of three faculty members and asked when and what they taught. Hint: we think it was about 20 years ago. Let’s see… We don’t have files by faculty names. College catalogs have the […]

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Accessing digital imagesCircusPeanut

Tue, 25 Jan 2011 16:37:32 +0000

Last Friday I was part of a panel at the Pioneer (public) Library System meeting. The purpose was to get the libraries interested/excited about providing digital content to their patrons. Blanche Warner of the Naples Public Library told about a community funded project that digitized a local person’s love letters, sent home during the Civil War. […]

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Thinking on updatingCircusPeanut

Fri, 14 Jan 2011 19:21:54 +0000

I am working on brainstorming two things at once. What to included when updating the current archives webpage to look more like the library webpage. 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 […]

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PDF/A solvedCircusPeanut

Mon, 10 Jan 2011 15:58:15 +0000

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 […]

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PDF/A revisitedCircusPeanut

Thu, 06 Jan 2011 15:43:44 +0000

Wonderful. We upgraded our computers to Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro! Now, of course, my procedure for archiving the Faculty and Staff lists no longer works. (See post of April 3, 2008–that’s how long I’ve been doing it) I used to do it by printing to PDF where I could change to properties to PDF/A. Now the print job just […]

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To Preserve and Protect: Security Solutions for New York’s Historical RecordsCircusPeanut

Tue, 14 Sep 2010 17:56:46 +0000

I was lucky enough to attended this workshop on archives security, sponsored by the New York State Archives.  The presenter was Mimi Bowling and it was an excellent program. The handout is also great and includes samples of suggested forms and a selected bibliography. “True stories” of thefts added a lot to the day. Topics […]

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Reevaluating archivesCircusPeanut

Tue, 07 Sep 2010 18:28:10 +0000

We’ve been talking about reorganizing the archives for close to a year now.  We had what we thought of as the Colleges’ archives is what has been called the “Geneva Collection”. This collection has anything and everything we have that pertains to the Colleges and/or the local area.  It includes published and unpublished materials and […]

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Retaining bound newspapers-part 2CircusPeanut

Tue, 31 Aug 2010 14:07:01 +0000

I posted this question to the regional library list at the same time that I posted it here.  I got quite 19 responses so I thought it would be worth sharing  some of those thoughts. Question: should we retain or dispose of old newspapers that have be microfilmed and are acidic, and/or in bad condition?  […]

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Deteriorating newspapersCircusPeanut

Tue, 24 Aug 2010 13:19:55 +0000

We are in the process of evaluating the space we have left for archives and special collections.  At this point we have shelves full of acidic newsprint in the form of old bound newspapers.  They have all been microfilmed and we don’t let anyone touch them because they are falling apart. If you are in […]

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