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. …

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 …

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 …

Where do I start with my archive?

Where do I start with my archive?

Carleen Dekarski Theory in action

“I have a bunch of old newspapers, letters, photos, scrapbooks, minute books and just generally “old stuff”, what should I do with it?  Where do I start? Do I need to set up an archive?” First off, just because it is “old stuff” this does not necessarily mean it has …