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  • -small window into another world-records of an individual or institution -personal papers of Susan Hoang-more broadly anything we find interesting or important enough to preserve and make available-explain about how things get put into archives, archives class (20 boxes of materials, categorize them into correspondence, letters)
  • -tiny fraction of information in archives have been read, much less digitized-output of government is inaccessible-12% of world's book have been digitized by Google Books but production continues to expand-50% of films before 1940 have disappeared-in 1997, average age of URL was 44 days-80% of climate data is not computerized*
  • What type of information do I get from looking at this image? What’s the context? What year, date? What can this tell me?
  • What type of information do I get from looking at this image? What’s the context? What year, date? What can this tell me?
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    • 1. Archival Research
      AMST 100
      Fall 2011
    • 2. What are archives?What do we find in them?
    • 3. “All information is available online”
      Small fraction of information in archives has been read
      12% of the world’s books have been digitized by Google Books project
      50% of films before 1940 have been lost
      In 1997, average age of URL was 44 days
      80% of climate data is not computerized*
      -Robert Darnton, 4/17/11
      http://chronicle.com/article/5-Myths-About-the-Information/127105/
    • 4. What the information tells us
    • 5. http://oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/tf5d5nb77z/?&brand=calisphere
    • 6. Strategies for Searching Archives
      Browsing known collections
      Google [topic/type of material AND (digital collections) site:.edu]
      Searching in databases that contain finding aids
    • 7. What You Need to Successfully Search Digital Collections
      Curiosity
      Patience
      Help*
    • 8. Questions
      Help available at Research/IT or stop by Libe 467
      shoang, x4266

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