Join OCLC Research staff at ARCHIVES 2013 in New Orleans 14-17 August

Program Officer Jackie Dooley, Research Assistant Ellen Eckert, Senior Program Officer Ricky Erway, Senior Program Officer Merrilee Proffitt, Program Officer Jennifer Schaffer, and Consulting Software Engineer Bruce Washburn will give presentations and demonstrations at ARCHIVES 2013: The Joint Annual Meeting of the Council of State Archivists and the Society of American Archivists. We encourage you to seek them out, talk to them about our work, and let them know what you’re working on. You'll find them at the following sessions:

Wednesday,14 August

  • 3:00-5:00 p.m. – Research Library Roundtable, Grand Salon 19/22: At this session, Senior Program Officer Ricky Erway will provide an in-depth look at our recently released OCLC report "Walk This Way: Detailed Steps for Transferring Born-Digital Content from Media You Can Read In-house," plus you'll hear from archivists from a variety of institutions on what issues they are facing in establishing digital programs.   

Thursday, 15 August

  • 10:00-11:30 a.m. – Session 103 – Archives Without Walls: The Value of Networks, Consortia, and Aggregations, Grand Ballroom B: Consortia and networks in the U.S. and Europe have matured considerably in the past ten years. Now we know that technology is relatively easy; administration and governance are difficult. The speakers discuss current issues for different kinds of consortia and networks, including integration of digital objects, governance and funding, broader shared infrastructure, and incorporation of born-digital archives. Presenters propose new directions for consortia to pursue together. At this session, Consulting Software Engineer Bruce Washburn will present "ArchiveGrid: Experimenting with a Thin Discovery Layer."
  • 12:00-1:15 p.m. – "EAD Consortia / Digital Content and Digital Preservation Consortia" Brown Bag Lunch Discussion, Durham Room: Archival networks, EAD consortia, and aggregators have gathered informally at SAA meetings for the past several years to exchange information and offer mutual support. This lunchtime gathering will expand to include consortial activities pertaining to digital content and digital preservation. It's a venue for lightly facilitated conversation to follow up on the lightning talks in Session 103.  Planned topics include sustaining programs, to size and scale of infrastructure. Program Officer Jennifer Schaffner will help to facilitate this session. Anyone interested is welcome to attend. Discussion points include:
    • Looking to the future: how are changes to the archival network ecosystem changing our activities?
    • Collaborative archival management activities: at what size and scale?
    • Revisiting the value of consortia: are we doing enough? 
  • 5:30 pm-7:30 pm –ArchiveGrid Demos in The Great Ideas! Expo, Booth #603: Bruce Washburn, Ellen Eckert and Merrilee Proffitt have a few new ArchiveGrid features to demonstrate and would be glad to get your reactions to those, as well as to just chat.

Friday, 16 August

  • 8:00-9:00 a.m. – Plenary Session II: The 7th SAA Presidential Address, Grand Ballroom CD: Program Officer and SAA President Jackie Dooley presents “Feeding Our Young.”
  • 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. – ArchiveGrid Demos in The Great Ideas! Expo, Booth #603 with Bruce Washburn, Ellen Eckert and Merrilee Proffitt.
  • 12:30-2:30 p.m. – Manuscript Repository Steering Committee, Grand Salon 9/12: In this panel discussion moderated by Ricky Erway, participants in the Jump In initiative will share their experiences and discuss next steps. The Jump In initiative was inspired by Ricky's report, You've Got to Walk Before You Can Run: First Steps for Managing Born-Digital Content Received on Physical Media.

Saturday August 17

  • 8:00-9:30 a.m. – Session 604: Defining Levels of Preservation and Management for eRecords, Grand Salon 7/10:  This session covers four projects that address the first steps or levels of preservation for electronic records. Ricky Erway will present You've Got to Walk Before You Can Run: First Steps for Managing Born-Digital Content Received on Physical Media. Other projects will include CoSA's use of the Digital Preservation Maturity Model, and the National Digital Stewardship Alliance's "Levels of Digital Preservation" and "Minimal Processing for Electronic Records." Discussing these projects together helps archivists reach consensus on a minimal standard for processing and preserving electronic records.

OCLC is also pleased to sponsor the Networking Café again this year.

See the OCLC Research at Archives 2013 event page for complete details.

For more information:

Jackie Dooley
Program Officer
OCLC Research

Melissa Renspie
Senior Communications Officer
OCLC Research

Quick links:

OCLC Research at ARCHIVES 2013 event page [link]

ARCHIVES 2103 website [link]