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 …

Archive Process 101

Archive Process 101

Carleen Dekarski Theory in action

If I had to distill the Art of Archiving down to the core steps then my “Archive Process – from Go to Whoa and back around it goes” would be it. Infographics are a great tool to quickly and visually outline a process however they do have some shortcomings. For example, my …

Matariki

Matariki – The legends surrounding Matariki.

Carleen Dekarski In the news

The pre-dawn rising of Puaka (Rigel) and Matariki (Pleiades) during the winter months of May/June signals the start of the new year for Maori. The cluster known as Matariki was an important time for Maori for calculating time and seasons, celebrating the full food storehouses from the harvest, determining future …

International Archives Day 2016

International Archives Day 2016

Carleen Dekarski In the news

International Archives Day 2016 국제 아카이브의 날 2016 Internationale Archiv Day 2016 Journée internationale des Archives 2016 Uluslararası Arşivler Günü 2016 Archives ngày Quốc tế 2016 Mednarodni Arhiv Day 2016 Archiwa międzynarodowe Day 2016 International Archives Day is celebrated every year on June 9 having been inaugurated by the International Council …

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 …

Listening to the past

Listening to the past

Carleen Dekarski In the news

This is a bit of an older article (2014) but it provides some fascinating insight into how archives “make” history. I especially like the statement that with archives you are given “direct access to the voices from past centuries”. Couple this with the point made about the “silence” in the …

Marsden Online archive

Marsden Online archive

Carleen Dekarski In the news

I stumbled across this online archive the other day and 2 hours of reading later thought I had to share this with you. Reverend Samuel Marsden was a key figure in the Church Missionary Society here in New Zealand. I am finding his journals incredibly interesting as a direct line …