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"I thought you'd be taller": building a larger-than-life online presence

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About Derangement and Description, an archives-themed webcomic, and building a personal brand as a humorist.

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"I thought you'd be taller": building a larger-than-life online presence

  1. 1. "I thought you'd be taller": building a larger-than-life online presence Rebecca Goldman La Salle University January 30, 2013 All comics in this presentation (CC) Rebecca Goldman derangementanddescription.wordpress.com
  2. 2. Derangement and Description
  3. 3. Why a webcomic? • Webcomics are the best! • No other archives webcomics • All my good ideas about archives are best expressed in webcomic form
  4. 4. The early days
  5. 5. Low expectations • Free website (no domain name) • Low-quality images • No consistent style • Anonymous BRANDING FAIL
  6. 6. Creating a persona
  7. 7. Coming out http://www.archivesnext.com/?p=277
  8. 8. Getting on Twitter
  9. 9. Going Creative Commons
  10. 10. “You draw the comics, right?” http:// www.vancouverarchives.ca/2011/09/archives-360-saas-75th-annual-meeting-and-anniversary-c
  11. 11. “You’re a cartoon character, right?”
  12. 12. Getting personal
  13. 13. Getting political
  14. 14. Getting serious about new archivists…
  15. 15. …but not too serious.
  16. 16. DnD and me
  17. 17. Find your niche “A Parka Squirrel Burrows near the West Bank of the Sagavanirktok River” http://www.flickr.com/photos/usnationalarchives/3971234981
  18. 18. Find out if you’re funny
  19. 19. Put a domain name on it “Franco-British carrier ready to be released to carry a long distance message” http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlscotland/4702156431
  20. 20. Know your audience
  21. 21. Embrace use and reuse I Love the Archives by jewishmuseummd http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtNvRCS8e2M
  22. 22. More product, less process Washington, D.C. Rotary postage stamp press at the United States Bureau of Engraving and Printing http://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8b14739
  23. 23. My online presence(s) Blog: derangementanddescription.wordpress.com Personal site: rebeccagoldman.net Twitter: @DerangeDescribe IR: digitalcommons.lasalle.edu SNAP Roundtable: http://www2.archivists.org/groups/students-and-new- archives-professionals-snap-roundtable

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