I'm an archivist at a large university in the USA. I've been at my current job for a few months now and it's my first archives job since I finished my master's degree. I am the first degree-holding archivist they ever hired. Before very recently, all the archivists at my department had been part-time students in the master's degree program here. One other archivist stayed on for a few months after she graduated last year. Whenever she finished her degree, she was given some kind of promotion or reclassification because of it. She was still a part-time hourly worker, but was being paid twice as much as the rest of us. What could that mean for me? [more inside]
[Career-filter] Help a somewhat disillusioned archivist brainstorm a new career. [more inside]
I recently discovered what an archivist does and have finally found a career path I would love to pursue. The only catch is, I'm still learning a lot and I don't know how to describe what I want my focus to be in my statement of purpose application essay. Help me not sound like a crazy fan girl begging UCLA to let me in. Please? Details inside. [more inside]
Back in the olden days I had a whole slew of search engines I would use to find stuff on the interwebs, some engines were better than others, some were slanted in areas, science, images, etc. These days I just use Google and it seems to do me pretty well. [more inside]
I'm on a mission to purge unwanted objects and things from my life. A substantial chunk of these things comprise of print magazines, mostly architecture, design, music and technology related. So what do I do with them? [more inside]
I'm starting a group that will be pursuing Freedom of Information requests (mostly under state laws, not federal FOIA) to have genealogically and archivally relevant materials released from local and state archives and governments and put online for free access. But we need a name for this new group! [more inside]
Are pre-1940 issues of Fortune Magazine in an on line archive?
According to this US government page -- this is the link for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). [more inside]
I'm looking for high-resolution (full-color or gray-scale), public domain archives of landscape photography (specifically of terrains and mountains). [more inside]
I'm interviewing tomorrow for a reader services position in an archives and need some help thinking about what current topics the committee might want to talk about. [more inside]
I've had difficulty finding a career mentor in the archives/preservation field because of a lack of local resources and the fact that I obtained my Masters degree online, which was rather 'alienating' and didn't really allow for the kind of student-professor relationship that blooms into recommendation letters and networking. Are there ways of seeking out (real, committed) mentors either online, or in my area (northern Virginia/Washington DC), preferably involving me providing volunteer work? [more inside]
The New York Times has historically been printed in multiple editions: a first edition, published around 10:30 PM; an early edition, printed the next morning; and afternoon/final editions, later that day. Are there copies of the earlier versions anywhere? [more inside]
I'm looking for archives of... things to look at and meander through. Things like those that I have seen of medieval manuscripts, engravings of pictures of businesses featured on receipts from the 1800s (? not sure of dates), and I guess other things of that ilk. [more inside]
My favorite part of museums these days are the visible storage units. My favorite part of natural history museums are old-fashioned drawers filled with air-tight cases. I want to know more about the history and practice of storing/preserving art objects, paintings, sculpture, textiles, etc. What books/websites should I be reading to find out more? The more weirdly medium specific and detailed the better. Strange anecdotes very much welcome.
Our organization has years' worth of Yahoo group postings. We would like to move our groups to Google but still be able to access and search these archives. Recent changes to the Yahoo groups UI seem to have broken existing third party tools. How can we download Yahoo group archives and host them on our own site?
Is there a way to access random pages fetched from archives of the Onion? Something similar to Wikipedia's "random article" function? [more inside]
Looking for recommendations on digital cameras, flatbed scanners, and associated technology for use in digitizing written documents during archival research.
Surely there are some more sophisticated programmers' tools for storing and comparing multiple drafts, or versions, of a written document. Might we use those tools, to study written work, or to keep track of versions both linear and non-linear? Authors, editors, literary scholars, archivists: all eventually have to do work with multiple versions of a text. Can the existing tools be made more readily available to them? [more inside]
In the next day or two, I'll be getting some microfiche via ILL for an academic project. Ideally, I'd be able to digitize portions (50-100pp, probably) of them for future use in a way more efficient (and cheaper...) than printing out paper copies and scanning them. I have a Nikon D80 with a 50mm f/1.8 and a 105mm f/2.8 (I think) and a tripod, an iPad 3, a MacBook Pro, and a grad student budget. My campus has photocopiers that are also flatbed scanners; I'd be able to use one for an extended period of time if necessary. Any suggestions about the best ways to do this?
Twenty years ago I came across an album of twentieth century music and I'm pretty sure it was from some music festival - the Osaka or Ojai festival? - featuring 20th-century orchestral composers. And this particular track featured musical glasses and had "Mountain" in the title. Where do I begin hunting? [more inside]
Is there an official term to describe this style of correspondence, essentially a single long letter written in segments over months and years? [more inside]
Is there demand for digital librarians trained in data management, exposing electronic collections, digital archiving, and so on? [more inside]
I'm giving a workshop to a group of humanities scholars (historians, philosophers, etc) on how to work with digitized sources that they have collected from various archives. What killer software/apps should I highlight? [more inside]
Please Help Naming a Blog: I work for a government agency that helps other agencies (state and local) with records management issues and public records law. We've been instructed to start a Records Management Blog and are trying to think of a title for the blog. [more inside]
So, I have a whole folder of .rar files. I would like to de-archive all of them, but can't seem to find a way besides clicking them one at a time. I am running Ubuntu, and the only program I've tried so far is the default archive utility program. I haven't been able to find a solution by googling, but maybe my keywords are off. Help me save hours of repetitive clicking!
What rare, important, especially unusual recordings can I only see at TV museums in the U.S.? [more inside]
Looking for an online resource which will make me into an instant Archivist/Librarian... Ha ha... not really but close. I am setting up an online archive of old records, photos, and other documents. I would like to do this right so that the average Joe can use it but also so that librarians and archivists won't look down their noses at me. Are there any sites out there which have basic information on this sort of thing? [more inside]
Do you have any tips for a librarian-in-training (not archivist-in-training) on how to best approach organizing and cataloging personal archives, without the guidance of an archivist? [more inside]
Hi Librarians and other tech-savvy folk! My sister is a new librarian in a cooporate setting. She looking for a way to make Pintrest users love an integrated library system. [more inside]
Where can I find public domain (1920s and before) Chicago newspapers online - especially with birth and marriage notices and building permit news? [more inside]
Help me decide whether or not to go to library school. What is it like to search for jobs and work as a (special) librarian? [more inside]
On Christmas Eve 1944, the BBC Home Service broadcast a program called 'A Poet's Christmas', featuring new poetry and music. Among the musical items was Michael Tippett's carol 'The Weeping Babe' (setting poetry of Edith Sitwell), which the BBC commissioned for the broadcast. I am trying to find out what else was broadcast as part of this program. [more inside]
I'm visiting a special collection/archive in a university library. Will a digital camera offer a viable means of capturing data? [more inside]
How to get inappropriate fellow volunteer banned from our historical archives? [more inside]
I want to get the full text of several articles I wrote that were published in Bay Area newspapers between 2005 and 2007. What periodicals database should I be hitting? Preferred sources: free or accessible via New York Public Library. [more inside]
Deep Searching Old Comics for Research in the Humanities: How does one search old comic books for something that may amount to set-dressing? I'm looking for depictions of public housing projects in U.S. comics from 1950 – 1980. What tools or approaches can you recommend? [more inside]
I'm going to school for information science next fall, and will likely only be working part-time until then. I'm bored. What should I do to give myself a head start? [more inside]
I never liked [expletive deleted] iWeb, so failed to learn how to use it properly. Which is probably why I have a 63GB domain file that keeps crashing. Please help me never get into this situation again. [more inside]
Can you point me to any good writing (research-based, speculative, or heck, even fictional) about the potential historical permanence or impermanence of digital media? I'm interested in both professional (theatrical movies, book publishing, maps...) and personal (digital snapshots, Livejournal, email...) forms of digital information storage. [more inside]
Need help solving a zip archive timestamp & GNU make interaction problem on Linux, MacOSX, and other systems.
We ran into the following conundrum while distributing source code for some open-source software we produce. Our code is pretty straightforward C++ stuff with makefiles designed for GNU make. We distribute the package as a zip archive. Works on most systems (Linux, Windows, MacOS, FreeBSD and others). Now, zip stores and unzip restores the file timestamps. Problem is, if someone downloads the archive in an earlier time zone than the one in which it was produced, the unarchived files have a timestamp in the future. [more inside]
I'm trying to access a series of WaPo articles from 1968-1971, but I'm not having any luck with LexisNexis, Proquest, or the newspaper's website. I know the names/dates of the articles, but they aren't showing up in my LexisNexis searches. (My library's microfilm WaPo collection only goes back to 1974.) Does anyone have another idea of where to look for archived newspaper articles online?
Where is Alas, Babylon? (1960, Playhouse 90) [more inside]
What's a good, free, simple-to-use photo sharing website? [more inside]
For museum and archives people: has anyone used Collective Access for cataloging? Specifically, does it let you check things out to a user like a library catalog would? [more inside]
How can I retrieve messages from Outlook Express and transfer them to Outlook 2007? Complications inside. [more inside]
Records about nuclear test series -- Operation WIGWAM and HARDTACK I. Willing to trade.... [more inside]
Hourly Billing Rate for Archives/Digitization Work [more inside]
Digital camera recommendations: for use with archives and manuscripts. [more inside]
Where can I find photos (portraits) of veterans in uniform, taken during their enlistment? Is this the kind of thing that's kept on file in military records? [more inside]
What's the protocol for doing research in an archive? I know I probably have to call in advance, but is there anything else I should know? And do I have to know exactly what I'm looking for before I go? [more inside]
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