To scan or not to scan - the art of longevity

To scan or not to scan – the art of longevity

Carleen Dekarski Managing archives

Things to consider when scanning archival documents First off let’s distinguish the difference between digital and digitised. Digital refers to the object being “born” digital in the first instance. For example a photograph taken on a digital camera, a document created in a word processing system. A digital object is a product …

You plan and plan and then

You plan and plan and then….

Carleen Dekarski Managing archives

I have previously completed a post entitled ‘When disaster strikes – Disaster Recovery Planning’ which you can find here. The purpose of the article was to walk you through a live event that I had experienced. Well, I hate to say it, but here is another to peruse. This time …

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 …

Fonds and other stuff

Fonds and other stuff – the art of description

Carleen Dekarski Managing archives

I have to be honest. This article has taken me the longest to write so far. Purely I think due to the layers of archival discipline that can be applied to this art and therefore be complex to easily describe. Ironic? The art of description can be difficult to master …

Keeping your archives safe – environment

Keeping your archives safe – environment

Carleen Dekarski Managing archives

Inadequate storage conditions can undo all your hard work quickly through environmental, building and security issues. Given all the effort that you have put in to getting your archival collection in order ensuring that your archives are protected is imperative. Some of the greatest risks to your archives will come …

Time to add to your archive

Time to add to your archive? Accession it.

Carleen Dekarski Managing archives

Now that you have selected the material in an intake (deposit) to bring into the archive it is now a good time to provide an accession number. In practice, as I often have not had a chance to appraise the material prior the decision to bring it in to the …