Archives committee updates

With summer officially behind us, the Archives & History Committee is ready to get started on its agenda for the year.  We’ve got a number of things planned, many of which would benefit from member input!

First and foremost, we’ll be conducting an inventory of our holdings.  There are three main reasons for this: 1.) it allows us to spot any acquisition priorities, gaps in our holdings, etc., 2.) it gives us a chance to revisit the processes we have in place and see if any need updating, and 3.) it lets us know what cool stuff we have and how best to showcase it!

One of the best ways to highlight our material is through this site,  So another key goal we have is to increase the activity on the Archives & History portion of the site.  And this is where the member input part comes in.  Let us know what you’d like to see on the site.  Thoughts, ideas, or questions—however general or specific—are welcome, encouraged, and appreciated.

Lastly, we’ll also be starting to think about how we store our born-digital materials (i.e., those things that do not have a physical format).  Getting a solid digital preservation policy is key, as we are all aware of the growing number of things that only exist as ones and zeroes.  We’ve got a full plate for this year, but like I said in the previous post, I’m really excited about getting started.

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