Category Archives: Third Thursdays

Recap: Third Thursday and Collecting Women’s March Materials and Women’s Collections in Archives

A summary recap of November’s Third Thursday chat on Twitter is now up on the A&A’s Storify page.  Read through to check out what was brought up during our conversation on collecting materials from the Women’s March and women’s collections in archives.

Thanks to SAA’s Women Archivists and Women’s Collections Sections for teaming up!

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November Twitter Chat: Collecting Women’s March Materials and Women’s Collections in Archives

We are pleased to announce we will be co-hosting a joint Twitter chat with the SAA Women’s Archivists and the Women’s Collections sections about collecting Women’s March materials and women’s collections in archives.

Follow #AppraiseThis or the Section handles @AppraisalSAA @WomenArchivists

Thursday, November 16th – 4:00 pm Pacific/ 5:00 Mountain/ 6:00 Central/ 7:00 Eastern

Questions we’ll be asking are:

  1. @WomenArchivists connected archivists participating in the Women’s Marches across the country and formed the Women’s March on Washington Archives Project. How has the development of appraisal policy for this collective Project differed from working within an institutional environment? What are some of the challenges & positives to working this way?
  2. Where have materials ended up and how were the collecting organizations involved in the process? Did they have certain acquisition requirements? For chat participants w/ workplace experiences collecting March materials, what were the considerations of staff?
  3. What was your approach to appraisal over materials from this large-scale, public protest event? Eg. kinds of records, objects, and ephemera?  A sampling? etc.
  4. How do you handle copyright/permissions when collecting material from a group event?
  5. What were legal or ethical concerns that came up during the appraisal process for these collections? Did they vary across institutions.
  6. Have efforts to collect Women’s March materials led to changes at your workplace re: acquisition and appraisal practices?
  7. Where is the Project at now, 10 months after the March? Or any last thoughts from others to share?

We hope you’ll tune in and tweet along to add to the conversation!

#AppraiseThis

 

Recap: Third Thursday & Faculty Papers

A summary recap of last week’s Third Thursday chat on Twitter is now up on the A&A’s Storify page.  Read through to check out what was brought up during our conversation on appraising faculty papers.

Thanks to the College & University Archives Section crew for teaming up!

#appraisethis

July Twitter Chat: College & University Archives

On Thursday, July 13th we will be co-hosting a joint Twitter chat with the College & University Archives Section team. The C&UA Section has organized a panel presentation focusing on appraising faculty papers for the SAA Annual Meeting in Portland. Over on their blog, The Academic Archivist, a series of articles on this topic is also part of a lead up to the panel.

The Acquisitions & Appraisal Section is pleased to announce this partnership with C&AU for our next Twitter chat and we look forward to tweeting about appraisal practices in academic archives!

Follow #AppraiseThis or the Section handles @AppraisalSAA + @AcademArchivist

Thursday, July 13th  4:00 pm Pacific/ 5:00 Mountain/ 6:00 Central/ 7:00 Eastern

Chat Questions:

  1. How does the appraisal of faculty papers differ from the appraisal of other types of personal archives?
  2. Does your institution’s academic mission affect your appraisal decisions?
  3. What appraisal criteria do you employ for collecting faculty papers?
  4. How do you appraise to ensure a diverse representation of faculty?
  5. What is the value of faculty papers at institutions that are more teaching-focused than research-focused?
  6. How do you handle the potential overlaps/divergence in collecting materials from faculty?

Further Questions to Discuss (just in case there is time):

  • If you train students to process collections, how do you introduce appraisal? Do you have a manual, or use case studies?
  • How does your institution define “papers”? What formats are included? In the born-digital era, is “papers” still a useful description?
  • What groups or local organizations have you worked with in addition to those within the college or university? Do you have tips or recommendations for making those connections in order to document the life of the college?
  • When you discuss your work with faculty and other members of the institution, how do you introduce and describe your appraisal practices?

 

See link to our introductory Twitter chat if you need the catch up. Newcomers are always welcome!

*Note: once again we’ve had to adjust the week of this chat. We will resume our regular Twitter conversations to the third Thursday of the month in the fall.

 

Policy Survey Report & June Chat

Two announcements from the A&A team focused around our recent policy survey project:

1.In the winter of last year, the Best Practices Subcommittee of the A&A Steering Committee gathered survey responses on institutional collection development policy work. A report on the survey is now available on the A&A microsite and contains a summary of results, aggregated data collected from survey answers, as well as anonymized individual responses.

Read the report: Collection Development Policy Survey.

The second phase of this project will be to create a resource package to help guide policy development. Subsequently, the Best Practices Subcommittee team is interested to hear what kinds of information would be useful for this resource.

2. This month, we’ll be dedicating our Third Thursday Twitter online chat to discuss the results of the survey and invite further feedback. Please note, that the date of this chat will be on June 22 (as a special “4th” Thursday) at the regular time, 4:00 PT/ 5:00 MT/   6:00 CT / 7:00 ET. Follow #appraisethis to join the chat.

While the report has been posted, the Twitter chat will frame open questions so folks can participate even if you don’t get the chance to read the document ahead of time! This chat is an opportunity to talk to others about the survey results, talk to the survey creators, and provide any further feedback about collection development policy-making.

If you are unable to join the chat but still want to provide feedback on this project, please contact the Best Practices Subcommittee Co-Chairs, Marcella Huggard (mdwiget@gmail.com) and Julie May (julie.ilene.may@gmail.com).

For further background information on the survey, check out this earlier post.

Recap: Third Thursday with DocNow

Last week we hosted another Third Thursday chat on Twitter with Bergis Jules of DocNow to talk with us about A&A issues of social media.

Catch up on the chat with this Storify summary of the conversation!

Remember, we host Third Thursday chats every other month. Follow #appraisethis. Chat summaries are posted by the following week. Next up is June 15 – topic TBA so stay tuned!

 

DocNow Twitter Chat: Special Time 2 PT/ 5 ET

This month’s A&A Twitter chat is with  Bergis Jules, Community Lead for Documenting the Now. We’ll be talking about appraising social media content and the potential ethical considerations for collecting social media. You are invited to take part in the conversation, either by answering one our chat questions, sharing other thoughts, or posing your own question to the group.

Please note, this chat session has been moved to an earlier time than usual, starting at 2:00 pm Pacific/ 3:00 Mountain/ 4:00 Central/ 5:00 pm Eastern.

Over the hour, we’ll be asking:

  1. Based on the SAA glossary definition, how do you see traditional appraisal practices being used on social media content? #appraisethis
  2. How can our tools help us determine quality of social media content? What tool functionality would be useful to an archivist? #appraisethis
  3. How might the deed of gift (traditional practice) play a role in gaining consent to collect and keep social media content? #appraisethis
  4. How do we decide who owns digital content shared via social media? Is that important or should we just “take it all”? #appraisethis
  5. Is the social media record of an event enough to adequately document that event? Why or Why not? #appraisethis

(We are looking forward to this topic, and, depending on time, we have more questions at the ready!)

New to Twitter? New to our Third Thursdays? Check out an introduction to our chats here. This forum is an informal space so please tweet along with the conversations and let us know if you have any questions or suggestions. We usually introduce ourselves at the start and even a “hello” is most welcome!

Join us on Thursday April 20th at 2 pm PT/ 5pm ET. Follow the hashtag #appraisethis and @AppraisalSAA