Archivists and records managers face digital preservation challenges. No permanent solution to digital preservation; medium-term solutions are safe.
Archivists manage information about their collections with a number of different software solutions, which may have overlapping functionalities.
Archivists can be creative and have fun communicating their holdings’ value; the ways to spread the word are varied
Archivists applaud new technological capabilities that promise new knowledge based on archival materials can be produced in ways previously impossible.
Communicating the importance of records of enduring value benefits archival programs, the profession, users, and society; detailed advocacy tips
Until digital preservation is simplified, archivists must contend with technical, organizational, and cultural roadblocks that impede preservation
Archivists can combine creative and archival practice to fulfill a significant function of cultural heritage: memory and community building.
Artist-driven archives offer further opportunities for audiences, researchers, and even the artists themselves to engage with the work in new ways
Archival collections inspire and inform creativity, allowing users to learn about different eras and view historical objects directly.
Archivists and records managers need executive support, the ability to influence decisions, resources (budget and staff), and stakeholder alliances
The role records play in organizational change isn’t always clear; helping manage records created by change is the domain of information professionals.
Archivists are delighted to help their users discover more about their family history, become engaged in the community, and forge connections.
The evolution of archives from static repositories to dynamic networking institutions drives access and collection management expectations.
Archivists can reuse and repurpose content, to reach new audiences, enabled by these actionable ideas that they can easily implement
Archivists must reach out to internal and external communities; effective community engagement leads to more patrons, monetary donations, job security
Few people understand what archivists do; in a field where so much is misunderstood, showcasing our work and demonstrating its value is needed.
Archivists can enhance online collections by adapting and repurposing content to release the untapped potential of records of enduring value
Privacy issues for archivists and records managers include compromised data, deductive disclosure, and making public data available on the internet
Academic archives fulfill an informational role; many repositories embrace the archive as an essential information center for the academic institution.
Businesses should have archives and archival records to document the company’s history, become more efficient, and provide legal protection.
Archivists bring order to government archives, which reflect democracy in action, allowing citizens access to records that affect their daily lives.
If the connection between the archives department and institutional success is clear, the organization will generally support an archives program.
Improving an organization’s ability to access its information is one of the key contributions information professionals make.
Electronic archival records allow for presentation and retrieval of information in ways that have not been possible in an analog world.
Archival records are both evidence and information containers; organize them by transaction, but facilitate access for their informational value.