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Working outside the walls:from gatekeeper to keymasterAmanda HillHillbraith Ltd.Archives Association of OntarioDeseronto A...
GatekeeperKeymaster
Side effects…• In opening up resources online, archivists andother information professionals are becomingincreasingly invi...
So…• If our users can find what they need and easilyunderstand it• If our paymasters understand and value what we do• It d...
 Ch ch ch ch changes • Funding security– Personal– Professional
“Division of Classification and Cataloging, November 17, 1937.”U.S. National Archives’ Local Identifier: 64-NA-193http://w...
 Turn and face the strange "…professional archivists need to transformthemselves from elite experts behindinstitutional ...
Support community recordkeepers
Do we need to lower our standards?• Inclusion• Descriptionhttp://cheezburger.com/5651149056
"Archivists can also engage interested membersof the community in interactive dialogues withmainstream archives and their ...
Community involvement• Go where there are people
Try not to say ‘no’
(Over)share obsessively• Get out-of-copyrightimages online withpermissive licences– Let the public do yourwork for you, on...
Tell people about what you do• Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr– Go where people are - online as well as off• Deliberately ...
Gather evidence of usefulness
Mobilize support
Those dreaded words…Service Delivery Review
"Archivists can also engage interested membersof the community in interactive dialogues withmainstream archives and their ...
“…that backwater, which, though apparentlycalm and comfortable, may also be stagnantwith the signs of approaching irreleva...
@mandahillhttp://hillbraith.com/
Working outside the walls: from gatekeeper to keymaster
Working outside the walls: from gatekeeper to keymaster
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Slides presented at the Association of Canadian Archivists' annual conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba, June 2013.

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Working outside the walls: from gatekeeper to keymaster

  1. 1. Working outside the walls:from gatekeeper to keymasterAmanda HillHillbraith Ltd.Archives Association of OntarioDeseronto Archives
  2. 2. GatekeeperKeymaster
  3. 3. Side effects…• In opening up resources online, archivists andother information professionals are becomingincreasingly invisible…• …whilst reaching a larger audience than ever
  4. 4. So…• If our users can find what they need and easilyunderstand it• If our paymasters understand and value what we do• It doesn’t matter if our professional public profile islow or non-existent…• …as long as the value and importance of our recordsand archives is understood
  5. 5.  Ch ch ch ch changes • Funding security– Personal– Professional
  6. 6. “Division of Classification and Cataloging, November 17, 1937.”U.S. National Archives’ Local Identifier: 64-NA-193http://www.flickr.com/photos/usnationalarchives/3874691342/
  7. 7.  Turn and face the strange "…professional archivists need to transformthemselves from elite experts behindinstitutional walls to becomingmentors, facilitators, coaches, who work in thecommunity"Terry Cook, Evidence, memory, identity, and community: four shifting archivalparadigms Archival Science, June 2013
  8. 8. Support community recordkeepers
  9. 9. Do we need to lower our standards?• Inclusion• Descriptionhttp://cheezburger.com/5651149056
  10. 10. "Archivists can also engage interested membersof the community in interactive dialogues withmainstream archives and their holdings.“Terry Cook, Evidence, memory, identity, and community: four shifting archivalparadigms Archival Science, June 2013
  11. 11. Community involvement• Go where there are people
  12. 12. Try not to say ‘no’
  13. 13. (Over)share obsessively• Get out-of-copyrightimages online withpermissive licences– Let the public do yourwork for you, onlineand off– People love to shareyour content
  14. 14. Tell people about what you do• Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr– Go where people are - online as well as off• Deliberately become a creator
  15. 15. Gather evidence of usefulness
  16. 16. Mobilize support
  17. 17. Those dreaded words…Service Delivery Review
  18. 18. "Archivists can also engage interested membersof the community in interactive dialogues withmainstream archives and their holdings.“Terry Cook, Evidence, memory, identity, and community: four shifting archivalparadigms Archival Science, June 2013
  19. 19. “…that backwater, which, though apparentlycalm and comfortable, may also be stagnantwith the signs of approaching irrelevance.”Hugh Taylor, 1993I watch the ripples change their sizeBut never leave the streamOf warm impermanence David Bowie, 1971http://www.flickr.com/photos/deserontoarchives/3699611148/
  20. 20. @mandahillhttp://hillbraith.com/

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