05 December 2016
Archives are so important to genealogists. There are so many, many more than most of us can fathom.
I really enjoy the bi-monthly publication of the Society of American Archives (SAA), Archival Outlook, as it both informs me about what is going on at various archives (that I am not familiar with, D.C. Africana Archives Project) as well as entertains me by talking about archival collections (The Second City improv group out of Chicago, IL).
Most of the articles are visual and typically about 1-3 pages in length; making it an easy publication for quick discoveries.
I also learn about the world of managing archives in terms of staffing, the creating of finding aids, ticketing systems, brochures, professional development, and more. Though you may not view such information as critical for you to know, it does help users better understand how archives operate and when we are armed with that knowledge, we can better use the archives we visit. I don’t read every article and just skimming the titles provides me insight into what are important issues for archives.
Beware – you will find this publication an easy source of distraction. I don’t suggest looking at it when you “should” be working!
What new repository or archival collection did you learn about via this publication?
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