13 December 2016

Against the Grain Series -- Memory in the Internet Age -- When Archiving Gets Personal—Personal Digital Archiving

Against the Grain Series -- Memory in the Internet Age -- When Archiving Gets Personal—Personal Digital Archiving

I spend a lot of time stumbling around various genealogy Facebook pages, newsletters, blogs and more.  Every so often I come across some useful information in an unexpected place.

The most recent “find” in this category is this very detailed blog post found on Against the Grain (ATG), ATG Newschannel Original: Memory in the Internet Age. Part 3: When Archiving Gets Personal—Personal Digital Archiving.  The post is very far-ranging in what it discusses and concludes by saying …

Personal digital archiving is more than a fad or a trend, but an extension of the efforts that information professionals have worked to develop for centuries. At the same time, this is all happening in a time of transition, with unimagined opportunities and ethical dilemmas. As digital archiving becomes personal, information professionals are drawn into yet another complicated web of possibilities and problems.

This post is actually part of a 3 part series and here are links to Part 1 (ATG Original: Memory in the Internet Age: Part 1: Forgetting & Remembering) and part 2 (ATG Newschannel Original: Memory in the Internet Age: Part 2: A Conversation with Historian Abby Smith Rumsey).

So, what is Against the Grain?  It is self-described by …

For 25 years, Against the Grain (ISSN: 1043-2094) has been the key to the latest news about libraries, publishers, book jobbers, and subscription agents. It presents a unique collection of reports on the issues, literature, and people that impact the world of books and journals.

You can access archives (content more than three years old) using the link above.

Given that so much of where we find invaluable information is via libraries whether material published physically or digitally, insight into the links between publishers and librarians is important to family historians.  This is especially true when many of the University Presses are reported on via ATG and are often a source of scholarly historical and/or family history relevant to genealogists.

Which article in the ATG archives that caught your eye?

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