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Behind the Gate: challenges facing archivists in academic research libraries


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Behind the Gate: challenges facing archivists in academic research libraries

  1. 1. Behind the Gate: Challenges Facing Archivists in Academic Research Libraries Audra Eagle Yun, MLIS, CA August 10, 2011
  2. 2. Key challenges in the next 5 years Becoming more user-centered Managing digital expectations Revisiting description Revisiting discovery Everyone is an archivist Represent and document
  3. 3. Becoming more user-centered
  4. 4. <ul><li>Classroom presence </li></ul><ul><li>User studies and web analytics </li></ul><ul><li>Metrics as means of appraisal </li></ul>
  5. 5. Managing digital expectations
  6. 6. <ul><li>Creating digital surrogates </li></ul><ul><li>Mass/large-scale digitization </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Born-digital material </li></ul><ul><li>Digital = ephemeral? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Revisiting description
  9. 9. <ul><li>Postmodern archival field </li></ul><ul><li>Transparency </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Shared standards </li></ul><ul><li>More Product, Less Process (…More Description?) </li></ul><ul><li>Everything as miscellany </li></ul>
  11. 11. Revisiting discovery
  12. 12. <ul><li>Consortial digital repositories </li></ul><ul><li>Deconstructing the finding aid </li></ul><ul><li>Repurposing and reusing information </li></ul><ul><li>Digital humanities and data </li></ul>
  13. 13. Everyone is an archivist
  14. 14. <ul><li>Decentralized authority </li></ul><ul><li>User generated contexts </li></ul><ul><li>Citizen archivists </li></ul>
  15. 15. Represent and document
  16. 16. <ul><li>Campus and community life </li></ul><ul><li>Digital scholarship </li></ul><ul><li>Web curation </li></ul><ul><li>Human relationships </li></ul>
  17. 17. Photo Credits <ul><li>Becoming more user-centered </li></ul><ul><li>Return to Washington Square Park, Aug 2009 – 22 by Ed Yourdon at </li></ul><ul><li>LIB100: Second Round of Fall Classes by ZSR Library at </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Forsyth | For Teachers at </li></ul><ul><li>Managing digital expectations </li></ul><ul><li>Maxine Waters addressing participants of the Afrodisia conference on black womanhood, Calif., 1977 Los Angeles Times photographic archive, UCLA Library. Copyright Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library, at </li></ul><ul><li>“ Article on Salman Rushdie's digital archives wins national award,” from Emory Libraries’ Headline , at </li></ul><ul><li>Chas. Emerson & Co.'s Winston, Salem & Greensboro, North Carolina directory , published 1879 and on OpenLibrary at's_Winston_Salem_Greensboro_North_Carolina_directory </li></ul><ul><li>Logo from “Time Will Tell, But Epistemology Won’t” at </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Project Life Cycle as presented by Suzanne Preate, NNYLN 2009 Conference: Choices & Challenges/Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York. File saved at </li></ul><ul><li>Rights statement from ECU Digital Collections portal pulled from </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Ethanol Policy in the Clean-Air Free-Trade Era by Kevin Rask and Tiefenthaler, at </li></ul><ul><li>Revisiting description </li></ul><ul><li>Finding aids SPL by Lee LeBlanc at </li></ul><ul><li>The Archivist's Life, 23 May 1954 by Duke Yearlook at </li></ul><ul><li>Revisiting discovery </li></ul><ul><li>History department interior, Los Angeles Public Library, by Mott Studios, 1926, from </li></ul><ul><li>Maya Angelou Film and Theater Collection finding aid from </li></ul><ul><li>Voting in the Civil War by Dr. Edward Ayers, from Voting America at </li></ul><ul><li>Humanities 3.0 logo from Tooling Up for Digital Humanities, at </li></ul>
  18. 18. Photo Credits, continued <ul><li>Everyone is an archivist </li></ul><ul><li>Belo House photograph from Digital Forsyth on History Pin, located at,-80.242342/zoom:13/ </li></ul><ul><li>Lewisville -Preserving Forsyth's Past by ZSR Library at </li></ul><ul><li>Exposing Hidden Collections: the UCLA Experience by Victoria Steele, at </li></ul><ul><li>Comment from photograph on Digital Forsyth, at </li></ul><ul><li>“ What’s Grandpa Doing on Flickr?” by Elizabeth Weingarten, Slate article at </li></ul><ul><li>Represent and document </li></ul><ul><li>Geek anteater, UC Irvine by Mathieu Marquer at </li></ul><ul><li>September 24, 2009, UC Irvine walkout at the first day class begin to protest increasing tuition and stopped services that make UC as UC by EvenLee at </li></ul>
  19. 19. Questions or comments? Audra Eagle Yun, MLIS, CA [email_address]