Family Archiving: A Permanent.org Presentation

I've partnered with Permanent.org to showcase how I've used their platform for client projects. This is a free webinar event where I'll outline the challenges personal, family, and small archives face; and how a solution like Permanent.org can be used to help solve some of these problems. I'll divulge the strategies behind my decision-making and reveal how I setup the client collections within Permanent.org. And I'll be showcasing the beautiful collections content from two of my favorite projects. I hope you'll join us for this live webinar event!

Highlights:

1. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how we constructed this family archive on Permanent.org.

2. Learn strategies you can apply to your personal, family, or organization's archive.

3. Ask me and the team at Permanent.org questions during this live event.

Webinar Abstract: For each of us, organizing our family’s history - the collection of stories, photos, and documents that make us who we are - can be...

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SAA’s Non-Statement on the Destruction of ICE Records

Uncategorized Apr 30, 2021

SAA’s Non-Statement on the Destruction of ICE Records

This is SAA’s non-statement on the destruction of ICE records, and here’s why it’s problematic. A letter to SAA leadership (which I did send):

Letter:

I am disappointed in SAA’s decision to “not comment” regarding the destruction of ICE records. Link to statement: https://connect.archivists.org/communities/community-home/digestviewer/viewthread?MessageKey=eee5b475-51a3-4a98-a06c-326b90c6926b&CommunityKey=3f130ed5-241d-4380-9775-eb85a8ea2cd0&tab=digestviewer#bmeee5b475-51a3-4a98-a06c-326b90c6926b

Given the decision that this would be SAA’s stance I will not continue this email to provide you with arguments as to why I believe this to be deeply troublesome.

Instead, I want to alert you to where you’re opening yourselves up for future trouble. At the end of SAA’s statement, this is said:

“The Executive Committee’s...

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Museums Can No Longer Ignore Colonizer Narratives

Uncategorized Apr 30, 2021

Museums Can No Longer Ignore Colonizer Narratives

On October 8, 2018 (Columbus Day for some states and Indigenous Peoples Day for others) a protest took place in New York’s American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). The protest was led by activists from Decolonize This Place. The event was their third annual Anti-Columbus Day event. While a main point of contention is the AMNH’s outdated and racist exhibitions, their position is detailed and multi-faceted. Visit this link to read more on Decolonize This Place’s  position, experience with, and request of the AMNH.

Neutrality Isn’t an Option

The continued existence of Columbus Day is just one example of the many things that still need to be addressed and amended when it comes to respecting and including traditionally underrepresented peoples in the United States, and indeed, the broader Western world. Museums are in a transitional...

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Where Our Professional Conferences Fail Us

Uncategorized Apr 30, 2021

Where Our Professional Conferences Fail Us

Why failing to provide certain courtesies and services at conferences are costly discrimination tactics.

 I’m cold and I’m starving. It’s been two days and there’s another long one ahead of me before I can leave in search of food. My mind is tired. My body is tired. And I’m trying to find my compassion for the conference organizers as I explain for the dozenth time that I’m gluten-free (gf) and dairy-free (df) and yes, cheese is dairy. I’m at a conference and unfortunately this is typically how it goes. What are my options?

  • Be hungry and angry – hangry. No fun for anyone. (Personal Cost)
  • Hope and pray the city/town has gf & df options and that those options deliver. (Financial Cost)
  • Leave the conference and miss educational sessions or valuable opportunities to network with colleagues so that I can find real (non-salad) food. (Financial and...
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COVID-19: Five Actions to Take Right Now for Archives, Museums, and Cultural Heritage Organizations

Uncategorized Apr 30, 2021

COVID-19: Five Actions to Take Right Now for Archives, Museums, and Cultural Heritage Organizations

I hope this post finds you and your family safe and healthy during this challenging and unprecedented time. Archives, museums, and cultural heritage organizations across the US have had to shut their doors quickly and with little notice to staff and the communities they support. While we’re worried about the organizational logistics and health implications for the short-term, we’re also incredibly anxious about the economic implications in the long-term. For myself, it’s the future unknown and inability to plan that kills me. We are already seeing and experiencing the effects of COVID-19 that go beyond our physical health and we feel so unprepared for it. But, we can take baby steps and make our way to a future that’s a little more certain.

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The purpose of this post is to give you five actions that you can take right now to...

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An Evaluation of the Stimulus Package and Resources for LAM Professionals

Uncategorized Apr 30, 2021

An Evaluation of the Stimulus Package and Resources for LAM Professionals

A lot has happened since my last post on March 26. (If you’re new or wish to read it again, you can find it here). On Friday night the $2-trillion dollar stimulus bill was passed by the House and signed by the President. It’s the largest bill in US history and was passed in record time out of necessity. As a result, many pundits acknowledge it’s far from perfect and that there’s still more work to be done in the long-term. As a profession that’s heavily impacted by this current crisis, it’s very important that we understand what resources are available in the stimulus package and identify what we still need.

This post covers the following topics: 1. The stimulus package and what it means for archives, museums, and cultural heritage organizations; 2. Surveys that are tracking impacted professionals; and 3. Free webinars to...

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An Update on Webinars, LAM Relief Funds, and a New Advocacy Call

Uncategorized Apr 30, 2021

An Update on Webinars, LAM Relief Funds, and a New Advocacy Call

I hope this post finds you as well as can be expected during this time. I know I’m writing more frequently right now and that’s an intentional choice on my part. We all need support to stay engaged in our work so that together we can survive this pandemic and economic disaster. I want to make sure you have the latest news and resources at your fingertips to help you pivot your work and advocate for what you need. With that in mind, if you’re new to my site, thank you for joining me. I invite you to sign up for my newsletter so you don’t miss any critical information or valuable resource drops. You can catch up on my previous two COVID-19 posts with resources here:

COVID-19: Five Actions to Take Right Now for Archives, Museums, and Cultural Heritage Organizations

An Evaluation of the Stimulus Package and Resources for LAM Professionals

If you’re...

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Responses and Retrospectives: Rachael Woody on the Decline of History Majors and Its Impact on Archives

Uncategorized Apr 30, 2021

Responses and Retrospectives: Rachael Woody on the Decline of History Majors and Its Impact on Archives

This is the first post in our new series Responses and Retrospectives, which features archivists’ personal responses and perspectives concerning current or historical events/subjects with significant implications for the archives profession. Interested in contributing to Responses and Retrospectives?  Please email the editor at [email protected] with your ideas!

This post was written by archivist and COPA member Rachael Woody as a response piece to the recent articles published in November and December 2018 stating that the History major (as well as the majority of other Humanities majors) have reached a “crisis” level of decline.

The decline of students who pursue humanities education and the noted decrease of those who seek history undergraduate degrees has been a concern since the Great Recession of 2008....

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Responses & Retrospectives: Rachael Woody on Myspace and the Precarity of User Content on Social Media Platforms

Uncategorized Apr 30, 2021

Responses & Retrospectives: Rachael Woody on Myspace and the Precarity of User Content on Social Media Platforms

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Rachael Woody

This is the latest post in our series Responses and Retrospectives, which features archivists’ personal responses and perspectives concerning current or historical events/subjects with significant implications for the archives profession. Interested in contributing to Responses and Retrospectives?  Please email the editor at [email protected] with your ideas!

 On March 18, 2019 the world learned that Myspace lost millions of songs, photographs, and videos posted prior to 2016. Myspace reports that the loss of data occurred due to a server migration project gone wrong. Such a loss of digital content received mixed reactions as some were horrified and others relieved that their Myspace content was lost. Once a major social media platform from 2003-2008, Myspace has since declined...

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Responses & Retrospectives: Rachael Woody’s Annual Conference Coverage on the Value of Archival Labor Sessions

Uncategorized Apr 30, 2021

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Rachael Woody (photograph courtesy of Rachael Woody).

This is the latest post in our series Responses and Retrospectives, which features archivists’ personal responses and perspectives concerning current or historical events/subjects with significant implications for the archives profession. Interested in contributing to Responses and Retrospectives?  Please email the editor at [email protected] with your ideas!

For me, attending the annual Society of American Archivists conference is time to reconnect with beloved colleagues and reengage with topics I care deeply about. I can’t afford to attend the conference every year, so I always view the conference program before I make the final decision. Are there sessions I want or need to attend? Are there topics that are new or finally being covered? Or, does it look like the conference is repeating topics without contributing anything new? As someone who has to pay my own...

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