This is just a quick post to let our readers know that we’ve been traveling and working hard this week! Earlier this week, the three members of UMW Special Collections and Archives hit the road to Washington, DC for the 2018 Society of American Archives conference. We were lucky to have such a big event so close to home, so we were eager to go mingle with our colleagues in the field and share all the exciting things we’ve been up to.
Digital Resources Librarian Angie White presented at the Preservica North American User Group Meeting on Tuesday, August 14. She showcased all of her hard work in getting our Preservica instance up and running, and shared with the other attendees what the platform is capable of as far as providing universal access to digital collections. Angie’s post here on the Spinning Wheel a few months back gives a thorough run-through of this system and what we’ve done with it here at UMW. Angie also participated in a session with Preservica on Thursday entitled “Achieving More in Digital Preservation: Transparency through Automation.”
The theme for SAA this year was “Promoting Transparency,” which gives archives and records professionals a lot to think about. Issues surrounding access and availability come up regularly, and as a public institution, we always want to be as transparent as possible with our community. It’s good to hear conversations happening around this topic, and it helps us think more about what we’re doing and how we can do it better!
It’s been a busy week, but we’ll all be back in Fredericksburg next week inspired and ready to implement new ideas gathered from our friends at SAA!