Archives and Open Content

(I originally wrote this a week ago, before this article was posted, but they dovetail well.) In the course of my work I did a brief survey of the copyright policies of some academic libraries and their archives, specifically focusing on websites and finding aids.  I found that most libraries and archives claim copyright over […]

My First Week in the Real World

I have just started my second full week of work at the Special Collections Research Center at the College of William and Mary.  I am the Public Services Archives Specialist, and so I’ve been (unsurprisingly) doing a lot of things that face the public, in addition to my training.  My primary task, so far, has […]

I Enjoy Archives Vendor Spam

I enjoy getting spam from archives vendors. I’m not really sure how they get my contact information (does SAA sell it or is it unknowingly harvested?), but its still enjoyable nonetheless.  Here is another one for your consideration: Dear Benjamin S. Bromley, Below is some quick information about how our complementary Wantlist program is helping […]

Why I Don't Post to Archives & Archivists

There’s been a lot of talk about the use of the Archives and Archivists listserv, #thatdarnlist, and blogs rather than listservs as fora for discussion by SAA members.  I’m only going to address one small part of this larger debate: why I don’t post to the Archives and Archivists listserv. 1. Difficult to access: Although […]

Final master's paper

I’m finally finished with my master’s paper!  The title ended up being “‘Finding What, You Know?’: A Content Analysis of the Websites of Archival Repositories for Markers of Archival Intelligence.”  Here’s the abstract if anyone wants to read it; it will be available online from the SILS website sometime over the summer.  I’ll link to […]

Archives vendor spreads fear, uncertainty, and doubt about free software

For those of you who don’t know, I am a member of the free/open source software community.  I have used versions of Linux on my personal computer for four years now.  I run this server and this installation of WordPress on a Debian GNU/Linux installation on a computer that sits in my living room.  I […]