Wednesday, August 15, 2012

SAA 2012--my first archivists' conference

Between August 6 and 11 I attended the SAA 2012 conference in San Diego. It was a great meeting. About 1600 archivists were there. The plenary sessions were great, and the panel sessions I went to were mostly very good. There were lightning talks and short reports on research in progress. Socially, the group is very friendly, and I'm lucky to have many archivist colleagues at Yale who were also at the meeting. About a dozen of us from Yale attended. So that helped--I had a built-in network. For me the big theme was linked open data. Jon Voss was the keynoter. His topic was "Radically Open Cultural Heritage Data on the Web.” He was great. But the best program panel I attended was that on the value of digital forensics to archivists. That was done by Christopher (Cal) Lee (Chair); Matthew Kirschenbaum; Kam Woods, Courtney C. Mumma, and Jeremy Leighton John. I went to several presentations put on by colleagues or friends, and I got to spend a lot of time with a few new and a few old friends Very nice. I did have one late night in a karaoke bar ...

Monday, August 13, 2012

update after long break -- new job

I have not posted anything to this blog in almost a year. Much has changed. I'm still at Yale University Library, but I am now working at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. I am the Head of Technical Services there. I started on February 6, 2012. I'll work on keeping this more current. We'll see what happens.