Vellum printing to continue

Vellum printing to continue

Carleen Dekarski In the news

The UK government has decided to continue printing and storing its laws on vellum. What? Had no idea that this was still in action. Fascinating and I agree it is, at the very least, a tried and tested archival material. BBC news – Why is the UK still printing its …

Archiving at the top of the world

Archiving at the top of the world

Carleen Dekarski In the news

Keeper of the Mountains – If you get the opportunity to see this short film about Elizabeth Hawley and her expedition archives I would highly recommend it. A no nonsense lady living on the rooftop of the world keeping the mountaineers in check about their exploits perceived or achieved – …

Spreading the art of archiving to the community

Spreading the art of archiving to the community

Carleen Dekarski Theory in action

It is refreshing to get out of the archive building on occassion and into the community. What I most enjoy is the act of sharing the knowledge we have as Archivists to enable communities to become better stewards (or kaitiaki – guardians) of their collective memories. It also serves to …

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 …

So you said yes – now what?

So you said yes – now what? The art of appraisal

Carleen Dekarski Managing archives

Now you have an Archive Policy which outlines the purpose and collecting policies of the archive, you can appraise any potential material to this framework and decide which will be taken into the archive through the acquisition process. As mentioned previously in “The art of saying no – Acquisition”, in …

The art of saying no

The art of saying no – Acquisition

Carleen Dekarski Managing archives

Acquistion is the process of accepting archive material into your possession (and therefore stewardship of that material). Remembering that when you accept a donation, transfer, purchase or loan to the archive you are now the steward of its ongoing care and all costs attributed to it. This stewardship endures far …

The Art of Archiving

The Art of Archiving

Carleen Dekarski Managing archives

During my time working with archives I have observed that there are many community groups, businesses and individuals that are increasingly understanding the value of the records they hold. However, the value attributed to these records may be relevant to the groups creating them but may not meet the collecting …