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Friday, July 28 • 10:00am - 11:00am
406 - Sympathizing with Sisyphus: Dealing with Inherited or Intransigent Problems in College and University Archives

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Inspired by a Princeton professor's "CV of Failure," this Ignite! session focuses on archival work that went wrong, frustrated us, was inherited and perhaps intractable, or some combination of these. It features inherited long-standing or persistent problems and what was done to address them, reporting out all the tragic variations. Topics include microfilm morass, records management without staff, unreliable legacy data, insatiable social media, haphazard homegrown description systems, recurring backlogs, and building a program from scratch.

Linke: Sympathizing with Sisyphus: Dealing with Inherited or Intransigent Problems in College and University Archives
Betts: The Challenges of Diffuse Records Management
Graham: Closing the Backlog: Using Records Management Reforms and Minimal Processing to Ensure Immediate Access to New Accessions
Mora: Starting (?) a Program at an Established Institution
Nielsen: 2000 Reels of Problematic Microfilm as Sole Copy of University Records
Skene: UAs, PDs, and RPs: Tthe Wilderness of Haphazard Description
Wilk: (Not) Keeping Up with Social Media
Young: Struggling to Keep Behind: Small College Archives with Big Ambitions

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Daniel Linke

University Archivist, Princeton University Library
As head of Princeton's Mudd Manuscript Library, he oversees all of the library?s operations encompassing collection development, public services,technical services, and records management work, which is not difficult due to a great staff.

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Jennifer Betts

University Archivist and Assistant Director of the John Hay Library, Brown University
Jennifer Betts is University Archivist and Assistant Director for the John Hay Library, Brown University. Since arriving at Brown in 2004 her collections management duties have increased, including grant-funded projects and collection surveys. She earned a MLS from the University... Read More →

Nicholas Graham

University Archivist, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Nicholas Graham is the University Archivist at UNC-Chapel Hill. He has also worked at the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, the North Carolina Collection (both at UNC), the Massachusetts Historical Society, and the MIT Institute Archives.
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Teresa Mora

Head, Special Collections & Archives, University of California, Santa Cruz
Teresa Mora is the Head of Special Collections & Archives and Acting University Archivist at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Prior to her appointment at UCSC she worked for 12 years in the Manuscripts Unit of the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley. She has also held professional... Read More →
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Elizabeth Nielsen

University Archivist, Oregon State University
Elizabeth joined the staff of the OSU Archives in 1990 and was appointed University Archivist in 2014. In addition to records management, her primary archival responsibility is oversight of the Center's arrangement and description program.

Elizabeth Skene

Special and Digital Collections Librarian, Western Carolina University
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Jocelyn K. Wilk

University Archivist, Columbia University
Jocelyn Wilk is University Archivist at Columbia University's Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). She has worked with the University Archives collection in various capacities since May 1999 and was appointed University Archivist in November 2015.
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Nanci Young

College Archivist, Smith College
Smith College Archivist for 22 years. Head of Public Services at Mudd Manuscript Library, Princeton University, and manuscripts processor at Manuscripts and Archives at Yale University, prior to time at Smith. Held an NHPRC Archival Fellowship at the NY State Archives in 1989.

Friday July 28, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
A106 Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK, Jr. Blvd, Portland, OR 97232