Part of our job entails keeping up with the latest trends, research, and news by and about archives, and given our busy schedules, that is sometimes difficult to do. Okay, it’s always difficult to do, so how can we work in some reading?
Besides reading some of the standard works on this page, you want to know what is happening in the world of archives. With an almost infinite amount of twitter handles, you need a few good places to start.
@archivists_org: This is the handle for the Society of American Archivists, and is a “must follow”. You will find information about upcoming events, publications, and general information about the profession. There is also a fun “Word of the Week” to help you learn more about archives terminology.
@archivesnext: Kate Theimer is also a good place to start. She is a prolific writer, not only in her blog, but also has edited several books on innovative practices in archives. The one on educational programs was a real treat to read, and I will be shamelessly using some of the ideas inside.
@paige_roberts: Paige Roberts is the archivist for Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. A very helpful and generous person, she posts very useful items a few times each week, especially in relation to school archives and our work.
@ndiipp: If you are interested in digital issues (aren’t we all?), the Library of Congress National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program has an active twitter account, and will keep you up to date on the latest research and trends.
@: This conference began for for state government archivists, documents librarians, and academia to share experiences and best practices on digital information preservation. They have a great website, where you can get information on the conferences. You can also find past tweets at #bpe2012, #bpe2013, #bpe2014, and #bpe2015. Some presenters have posted links to their presentation or papers.
There are so many ones I would like to recommend, but these are some good ones to start with if you are just beginning your foray into the twitterverse. If you have some suggestions of ones you have found helpful, drop me a line.
- Find the twitter feeds of private schools, because sometimes they will post items from their archives. Learning what other schools are doing in this area is helpful.
- Search for the twitter handle of the regional professional association near you. If you don’t know of one, check here. Or ask me and I will help you.
- Browse through my many subscriptions at @schoolarchives to see if there is one that interests you. My feed includes many private schools, accounts related to my school, and other areas of general interest.
- For fun: @fakelibstats. I haven’t seen one yet for archives, but this is good for a laugh throughout the day.