Outreach: Innovative Practices for Archives and Special Collections (Innovative Practices for Archives and Special Collections)

Outreach: Innovative Practices for Archives and Special Collections (Innovative Practices for Archives and Special Collections)

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Outreach: Innovative Practices for Archives and Special Collections explores how archives of different sizes and types are reaching out to new potential users and increasing awareness of programs and collections. The book features twelve case studies that demonstrate ideas that can be transferred into many other settings. Some of the practices described in the case studies rely primarily on technology and the Web to interact with the public, while others are centered on face-to-face activities. This volume will be useful to those working in archives and special collections as well as other cultural heritage organizations, and provides ideas ranging from those that require long-term planning and coordination to those that could be immediately implemented. It also provides students and educators in archives, library, and public history graduate programs a resource for understanding the variety of ways people conduct outreach in the field today and the kinds of strategies archivists are using to attract new users to collections.

About Author

Kate Theimer is the author of the popular blog ArchivesNext and a frequent writer, speaker and commentator on issues related to the future of archives. She is the author of Web 2.0 Tools and Strategies for Archives and Local History Collections and the editor of A Different Kind of Web: New Connections between Archives and Our Users, as well having contributed chapters to Many Happy Returns: Advocacy for Archives and Archivists, The Future of Archives and Recordkeeping, and the Encyclopedia of Archival Science. She has published articles in the American Archivist and the Journal of Digital Humanities. Kate served on the Council of the Society of American Archivists from 2010 to 2013. Before starting her career as an independent writer and editor, she worked in the policy division of the National Archives and Records Administration in College Park, Maryland. She holds an MSI with a specialization in archives and records management from the University of Michigan and an MA in art history from the University of Maryland. Kate Theimer is the 2014 recipient of the Society of American Archivists' Spotlight Award. The Spotlight Award recognizes the contributions of individuals who work for the good of the profession and archives collections-work that does not typically receive public recognition. Since 2011, Theimer has used Facebook, Twitter, and her blog to raise money for Spontaneous Scholarships that help unemployed, underemployed, and underfunded archivists to attend SAA's Annual Meeting. The first year the scholarships were offered Theimer raised $5,504 to assist 18 students and 8 SAA members at the full registration rate; the program continued in 2012 and 2013 resulting in a total of more than $20,000 in donations and almost one hundred archivists assisted over the first three years. Theimer recently launched a campaign to raise funds for the 2014 scholarships.


Introduction 1. The Oregon Archives Crawl: Engaging New Users and Advocates Diana Banning, Mary B. Hansen, Anne LeVant Prahl, Portland Area Archivists 2. Moved by the Spirit: Opportunistic Promotion of the Hamilton Family Seance Collection Shelley Sweeney, University of Manitoba 3. Working Within the Law: Public Programming and Continuing Education Leigh McWhite, University of Mississippi 4. Staying Connected: Engaging Alumni and Students to Digitize the Carl "Pappy" Fehr Choral Music Collection Amy C. Schindler, College of William & Mary 5. "Pin"pointing Success: Assessing the Value of Pinterest and Historypin for Special Collections Outreach Mark Baggett, Rabia Gibbs, Alesha Shumar, University of Tennessee 6. Creating a New Learning Center: Designing a Space to Support Multiple Outreach Goals Dorothy Dougherty, National Archives at New York City 7. "Wikipedia is made of people!": Revelations from Collaborating with the World's Most Popular Encyclopedia Sara Snyder, Archives of American Art 8. 21 Revolutions: New Art from Old Objects Laura Stevens, Glasgow Women's Library 9. Happy Accidents and Unintended Consequences: How We Named Our Tribble Rachael Dreyer, American Heritage Center 10. Navigating Nightingale: Creating an App Out of Archives Geof Browell, King's College London 11. DIY History: Redesigning a Platform for a Transcription Crowdsourcing Initiative Jen Wolfe and Nicole Saylor, University of Iowa 12. Taking Preservation to the People: Educating the Public About Personal Digital Archiving William LeFurgy, Library of Congress About the Editor Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780810890978
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 198
  • ID: 9780810890978
  • weight: 308
  • ISBN10: 0810890976

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