Successfully reported this slideshow.
We use your LinkedIn profile and activity data to personalize ads and to show you more relevant ads. You can change your ad preferences anytime.
Are we losing our
(paper) minds?
Processing analog collections in the digital world
Lara Michels
NCTPG Annual Program
23 M...
Digital Solutionism
Digital Age
Pipes
and
Plumbing
Archivists in the Digital Age
Traditional Archival Paradigm
● the sanctity of evidence;
● respect des fonds,
provenance, a...
Post-Digital Age
● In the post-digital age, the digital is
commonplace and accepted, rather than
something exciting and ne...
We’re finally moving past the twin elephants
in the room of technological conversation.
Infatuation with everything shiny ...
Terry Cook
long-established, customary, time-honored,
established, classic, accustomed, standard, regular,
normal, convent...
Polar Bear Expedition Digital Collections and the Princeton Finding Aids Project
In the new millenium, the media landscape is
changing far faster than our institutions, so we
now find ourselves in situat...
2013 2012
Media Archaeology and Media History
Friedrich Kittler Lisa Gitelman Cornelia Vismann
More Media Archaeology
Erkki Huhtamo Wolfgang ErnstMichael Z. Newman
Lara Michels
Manuscripts Processing Archivist
Bancroft Library
lmichels@library.berkeley.edu
Are We Losing Our (Paper) Minds? Processing Analog Collections in the Digital World / Lara Michels, Project Archivist, Ban...
Are We Losing Our (Paper) Minds? Processing Analog Collections in the Digital World / Lara Michels, Project Archivist, Ban...
Are We Losing Our (Paper) Minds? Processing Analog Collections in the Digital World / Lara Michels, Project Archivist, Ban...
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in …5
×

Are We Losing Our (Paper) Minds? Processing Analog Collections in the Digital World / Lara Michels, Project Archivist, Bancroft Library, University of California, BerkeleyLmichels nctpg2014

514 views

Published on

Most archivists work, and for the foreseeable future will continue to work, in hybrid environments where analog and digital coexist and where the perception and treatment of one is informed and sometimes limited by the existence of the other. Analog collections are rendered in digital surrogates surrounded and supported by standardized digital metadata. Born-digital materials can be sorted and placed into desktop “folders” in an act that models familiar behavior with analog material and provides a comforting illusion of physicality. This presentation will look at how the mingling of analog and digital systems in the 21st-century archival institution affects, for better or worse, the perceptions and decisions of archivists working on the 20th-century paper backlog. Is the rapidly growing presence of digital systems in analog archival processing causing us to lose our (paper) minds? If so, does it matter?

Lara Michels is an archivist currently working on the “quick kills” project to increase access to the paper manuscripts backlog of the Bancroft Library. She is also an historian with a PhD from Brandeis University.

Published in: Education
  • Login to see the comments

  • Be the first to like this

Are We Losing Our (Paper) Minds? Processing Analog Collections in the Digital World / Lara Michels, Project Archivist, Bancroft Library, University of California, BerkeleyLmichels nctpg2014

  1. 1. Are we losing our (paper) minds? Processing analog collections in the digital world Lara Michels NCTPG Annual Program 23 May 2014 post-digital
  2. 2. Digital Solutionism Digital Age Pipes and Plumbing
  3. 3. Archivists in the Digital Age Traditional Archival Paradigm ● the sanctity of evidence; ● respect des fonds, provenance, and original order; ● the life cycle of records; ● the organic nature of records; and ● hierarchy in records and their descriptions.
  4. 4. Post-Digital Age ● In the post-digital age, the digital is commonplace and accepted, rather than something exciting and new. --Adam Tinworth ● The post-digital condition is a post- apocalyptic one: the state of affairs after the initial upheaval caused by the computerisation and global digital networking of communication, technical infrastructures, markets and geopolitics.--Florian Cramer
  5. 5. We’re finally moving past the twin elephants in the room of technological conversation. Infatuation with everything shiny and digital, and that nostalgic, ‘Lead Pencil Club’ clinging to the past. We’re finally getting to the point where we can decide which are the appropriate technologies to use based simply on their actual merits. And, we’re starting to understand how to combine analog and digital in effective ways. -- Russell Davies
  6. 6. Terry Cook long-established, customary, time-honored, established, classic, accustomed, standard, regular, normal, conventional, usual, orthodox, habitual, set, fixed, routine, ritual, old, age-old, ancestral Paper Mind
  7. 7. Polar Bear Expedition Digital Collections and the Princeton Finding Aids Project
  8. 8. In the new millenium, the media landscape is changing far faster than our institutions, so we now find ourselves in situations where print- born assumptions linger and intermingle with practices such as social media networking, tweeting, hacking, and so on… -- N. Katherine Hayles The Age of Print is passing, and the assumptions, presuppositions, and practices associated with it are now becoming visible as media-specific practices rather than the largely invisible status quo. --N. Katherine Hayles Digital Humanities
  9. 9. 2013 2012
  10. 10. Media Archaeology and Media History Friedrich Kittler Lisa Gitelman Cornelia Vismann
  11. 11. More Media Archaeology Erkki Huhtamo Wolfgang ErnstMichael Z. Newman
  12. 12. Lara Michels Manuscripts Processing Archivist Bancroft Library lmichels@library.berkeley.edu

×