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Archives 2.0 on a micro scale

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A presentation given at the conference entitled Archives 2.0: Shifting Dialogues between Users and Archivists at Manchester, 19-20 March 2009.

A video of the talk is also available at http://blogs.ukoln.ac.uk/cultural-heritage/2009/04/09/talk-on-archives-on-a-micro-scale/.

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Archives 2.0 on a micro scale

  1. 1. Archives 2.0 on a micro scale Amanda Hill Hillbraith Ltd.
  2. 2. What I’ll be covering <ul><li>Context </li></ul><ul><li>Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Measuring use </li></ul><ul><li>Assessing impact </li></ul>
  3. 3. Deseronto Archives <ul><li>Total annual budget : $11,000 (£6,000) </li></ul><ul><li>Staff: 1 part-time archivist (0.2 FTE) </li></ul><ul><li>Open 6 hours per week (Wednesdays) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Deseronto
  5. 7. http://www.flickr.com/photos/deserontoarchives/3062243312/ Part of c.1895 plan of Deseronto
  6. 8. West docks, c.1900 RATHCO-06-12.5
  7. 9. Main Street, 1890s RATHCO-08-02
  8. 10. World War I CAMPM-06-13
  9. 11. Deseronto Archives Small town History-rich Cash-poor
  10. 12. I.T. <ul><li>Town website (no access for updating by archives staff) </li></ul><ul><li>Archives’ PC attached to Deseronto Public Library’s network & Internet </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Network drive, backed up </li></ul></ul><ul><li>No email account for Archives </li></ul>
  11. 13. Archives 2.0 progress… <ul><li>Sep 2007:Gmail & Google Calendar account for Archives </li></ul><ul><li>Oct 2007: Blog set up </li></ul><ul><li>Jan 2008: Flickr account opened </li></ul><ul><li>Jul 2008: Moved to ‘Pro’ Flickr account </li></ul><ul><li>Jan 2009: Began tweeting </li></ul>$47.99 (£26)
  12. 15. Using Twitter
  13. 16. Measuring Archives 2.0 activity <ul><li>Basic measures </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blog: 27 posts, 7 comments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flickr (pro): 362 items, 8,271 views, 15 comments, 4 favourites, 1 note </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter: 48 updates, 15 followers </li></ul></ul>
  14. 17. Blog statistics
  15. 18. Traffic sources
  16. 19. Flickr Pro statistics
  17. 20. Impact of Archives 2.0 activity <ul><li>Useful comments </li></ul><ul><li>Direct contact and collaboration with users </li></ul><ul><li>New accessions (virtual, digital and actual) </li></ul>
  18. 21. Flickr comments
  19. 22. Flickr notes
  20. 23. User-generated notes
  21. 24. Virtual collections
  22. 25. Virtual collections
  23. 26. New digital materials <ul><li>WWI Royal Flying Corps camps </li></ul><ul><li>Camp Mohawk images on Flickr and blog </li></ul><ul><li>Email from son of one of the flight instructors at Camp Mohawk, mentioning a photograph album </li></ul>
  24. 28. A spur for creativity… http://dcist.com/2009/03/photo_of_the_day_march_9_2009.php
  25. 29. Search engines
  26. 30. Impact of Twitter? <ul><li>Early days </li></ul>
  27. 31. Confession…
  28. 32. Flickr calendar view
  29. 33. Impact = effort <ul><li>Archives 2.0 technologies great for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>raising profile of repository/collections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>having unforeseen and positive outcomes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>for collection </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>new relationships and collaborations with users </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>BUT one of those outcomes might well be extra work for archives staff </li></ul>
  30. 34. Archives 2.0 consequences Creation and maintenance of Archives 2.0 presence(s) New conversations with users New content (may be held outside the archive) Finding a personal institutional voice

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