The Curse of Oak Island

The Curse of Oak Island

Carleen Dekarski Using archives

Archives and treasure? It has to be many people’s dream to go on an adventurous trip to a far away land in search of secret treasure? No? Just me? Surely not. The Curse of Oak Island follows the life long dream of Rick and Marty Lagina as they search to …

The art of context

The art of context

Carleen Dekarski In the news

I recently visited a friend who was keen to show me a collection of newspaper clippings. The clippings were not particularly old, 2001. They were nicely framed up and covered the historical accounts of a bombing raid during World War 1. The papers were a special edition memorial about a particular …

Secrets and Treasures

Secrets and Treasures – book review

Carleen Dekarski In the news

I recently picked up the book “Secrets & Treasures” by Ray Waru. Published in 2012 it tells the stories of NZ through the objects held by Archives New Zealand. Archives New Zealand manages over 6,000,000 records dating from the beginning of British Government to present day. They are the official guardians …

The art of community transcription

The art of community transcription

Carleen Dekarski Using archives

Must first “rodeo” – a Transcribe-a-thon While on holiday in Sydney I had an opportunity to be a part of a community transcribing event at the State Library NSW. Aptly named a “Transcribe-a-thon”. Over 8000 pages of letters, diaries, sketches and journals in the Sir Joseph Banks collection have been …

Sharing skills to spread the message

Sharing skills to spread the message

Carleen Dekarski Theory in action

Recently our local Museum and the council Archive conducted some free workshops. I presented on caring for your paper treasures titled “Treasures from the garage”.  Often in my role as an Archivist I come across people that have interesting collections of “stuff” but no idea how to care for them. …

ICA Conference 2016 Seoul

ICA Conference 2016 Seoul

Carleen Dekarski Managing archives

Another interesting and experience filled excursion to the International Council of Archives conference completed. This year it was held in Seoul, South Korea. It is an opportunity to visit a country I had never ventured to before, but more importantly, it is a rare opportunity for Archivists to gather in …

The art of preservation

The art of preservation

Carleen Dekarski Managing archives

You have put a large amount of work into collecting, appraising, accessioning, arranging and describing your archives. Now it is time to ensure that going forward the records remain in the best condition they can for the future. Preservation and conservation are quite different. We are looking to preserve our …

This week - ākina te reo

This week – ākina te reo

Carleen Dekarski In the news

Another exciting Māori Language Week. The theme this year is ākina te reo (behind you all the way) which is about using te reo Māori in a way that supports and inspires others. Today I started my Advanced Beginners class at work with a great group and we also have waiata (singing) …

Where's my house gone?

Where’s my house gone?

Carleen Dekarski Theory in action

My most recent archive request was to determine where a customer used to live nearly 80 years ago.  The customer had a house number (that no longer existed) and a general location. The house had long since gone and the property had been subdivided to a point that it was going to take …