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"I thought you'd be taller": building a larger-than-life online presence

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About Derangement and Description, an archives-themed webcomic, and building a personal brand as a humorist.

About Derangement and Description, an archives-themed webcomic, and building a personal brand as a humorist.

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  • 1. "I thought you'd be taller": building a larger-than-life online presence Rebecca Goldman La Salle University January 30, 2013 All comics in this presentation (CC) Rebecca Goldman derangementanddescription.wordpress.com
  • 2. Derangement and Description
  • 3. Why a webcomic? • Webcomics are the best! • No other archives webcomics • All my good ideas about archives are best expressed in webcomic form
  • 4. The early days
  • 5. Low expectations • Free website (no domain name) • Low-quality images • No consistent style • Anonymous BRANDING FAIL
  • 6. Creating a persona
  • 7. Coming out http://www.archivesnext.com/?p=277
  • 8. Getting on Twitter
  • 9. Going Creative Commons
  • 10. “You draw the comics, right?” http:// www.vancouverarchives.ca/2011/09/archives-360-saas-75th-annual-meeting-and-anniversary-c
  • 11. “You’re a cartoon character, right?”
  • 12. Getting personal
  • 13. Getting political
  • 14. Getting serious about new archivists…
  • 15. …but not too serious.
  • 16. DnD and me
  • 17. Find your niche “A Parka Squirrel Burrows near the West Bank of the Sagavanirktok River” http://www.flickr.com/photos/usnationalarchives/3971234981
  • 18. Find out if you’re funny
  • 19. Put a domain name on it “Franco-British carrier ready to be released to carry a long distance message” http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlscotland/4702156431
  • 20. Know your audience
  • 21. Embrace use and reuse I Love the Archives by jewishmuseummd http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtNvRCS8e2M
  • 22. More product, less process Washington, D.C. Rotary postage stamp press at the United States Bureau of Engraving and Printing http://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8b14739
  • 23. My online presence(s) Blog: derangementanddescription.wordpress.com Personal site: rebeccagoldman.net Twitter: @DerangeDescribe IR: digitalcommons.lasalle.edu SNAP Roundtable: http://www2.archivists.org/groups/students-and-new- archives-professionals-snap-roundtable

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