October 2020 meeting: Thursday 10/29, 2-3 pm

The votes are in and it looks like Thursday, 10/29 from 2-3 pm is our best option. Again, the topic is rights and rights statements: archival collections can be a blend of published and unpublished materials with clear copyright periods, not so clear copyright periods, orphaned works, and not everything comes in with a deed that covers all eventualities. And of course, other types of rights may apply too that don’t have the force of federal or state law or regulation behind them but that we should not ignore, like cultural rights. And how can we be thinking about creative commons licenses when setting up deeds/transfer/gift documents? What is that rightsstatements.org thing anyhow? What does this all mean for your collection access, use, and duplication requests? Or donor negotiations?

Zoom information will be going out in the listserv emails. If you are not on the AKArchivists, AKMuseums, or AKLA listservs, please contact Arlene using the contact link in the menu on the upper right for details.

October 2020 meeting planning

Let’s talk about rights statements! Copyright, public domain, creative commons licensing, what does this all mean for your collection access, use, and duplication requests? Or donor negotiations? Archival collections can be a blend of published and unpublished materials with clear copyright periods, orphaned works, and not everything comes in with a deed that covers all eventualities. And how can we be thinking about creative commons licenses when setting up deeds/transfer/gift documents? What is that rightsstatements.org thing anyhow?

Freya Anderson of the State Library has agreed to lead the group this month. Please fill out this poll by end of day on Friday, October 9 to get it scheduled.

Links from the September 2020 meeting re NARA

Karen G of the State Archives was kind enough to forward on the links she shared in the meeting plus some additional information. If anybody has any others–either informational or places/orgs to contact to support actions happening in response to the NARA-Seattle move–please add them in the comments.

Washington State Archives: NARA Seattle Closure Information

NARA Seattle: Alaska Digitization project

Following are some organizations who have ongoing advocacy efforts related to the NARA Seattle closure:

As was mentioned in the meeting, one of the best ways to have your voice heard on this subject is to contact our Congressional delegation. NARA and OMB are federal agencies and Congress is responsible for their budgets.

Senator Lisa Murkowski

Senator Dan Sullivan

Representative Don Young

In addition, in a report from Northwest Archivists, Washington Representative Pramila Jayapal is another member of Congress working to delay the process. You may want to contact her office as well.

September 2020 meeting

The votes are in for Tuesday, September 29, from 2-3 pm.

The topic is: the National Archives Seattle branch closure.What does this mean for Alaskan archivists? What will we be able to do to assist researchers? Are there suggestions you might make as to digitization priorities?

Anna Russell of the US Court Law Library has kindly agreed to facilitate the discussion for this meeting. Messages with meeting information will go out to the usual listservs: akarchivists, akmuseums, akla. If you’re not on any of those and are interested in participating, contact me via the link in the menu on this site and I’ll get you that information.

September 2020 meeting planning

This month’s topic: the closure of the National Archives facility in Seattle. What does this mean for Alaskan archivists? What will we be able to do to assist researchers? Are there suggestions you might make as to digitization priorities?

Please fill out the Doodle poll for a meeting time by the end of day on Friday, 9/4/2020. Anna Russell of the US Court Law Library has kindly agreed to lead the discussion for this meeting.

July 9, 2020 2-3 pm

Topic for this meeting: Archives Month is in October. Does anybody have any event ideas? Either for your own institution or something that could be done statewide? Let’s talk about possible joint efforts.

Meeting joining information will be shared on the standard distribution lists (AK Archivists, AKLA, and AKMuseums.) If you’re not subscribed to one of those and want to attend, use the contact link in the menu bar to reach Arlene for Zoom joining instructions.

July 2020 (and beyond) meeting planning

In an unusually early move from me (Arlene), I’ve set up a poll to get the July meeting scheduled. Please fill in options by 5 pm Tuesday June 30.

Topic for this meeting: Archives Month is in October. Does anybody have any event ideas? Either for your own institution or something that could be done statewide?

Further 2020 meeting planning:

August: AKLA Special Libraries and Archives Roundtable meeting

September: What’s happening with the National Archives Seattle branch closure? What information or professional perspective might archivists have on the closure? Thanks to Anna Russell of the US Courts Library in Anchorage for suggesting the topic and being willing to act as moderator for the meeting.

October: Open for suggestions.

November: AKLA Special Libraries and Archives Roundtable meeting

December: Archives systems show and tell. Are you willing to do a demo of your collection description discovery system? Have a digital preservation and access system to share? Interested in seeing what others are doing and how it’s going for them?

 

June 2020 meeting: Monday June 22, 2-3 pm

Again, it’s time for more COVID discussion. How are you all doing? What do you need in terms of support? Have some ideas about working with users and want to see what other folks think? Want some advice from others?

The Zoom information will be going out on the AK Archivists, AKLA, and AK Museums listservs. If you’re not subscribed to one of those, use the contact button on the menu at the top of the page to reach Arlene and get those details.

June 2020 meeting scheduling

Hello all! It’s time to get our June meeting scheduled because there’s not much of June left! Where has the time gone?

For our June meeting, let’s continue with the COVID discussion. How are you all doing? Are you employed? Are you re-opening? Have you developed any tricks for doing distance response to research requests? Are you struggling with aspects of the work and would like the group to offer advice?

But to get it scheduled, please fill out the Doodle poll by end of day on Weds 6/17 as to what dates and times work for you. Thanks!

April 2020 meeting: Thursday April 30, 1-2 pm

Has it felt like forever since we met? Or is that just the whole Covid thing?

Topic-wise, let’s aim for catching up. What are you doing in this rather bizarre time? Are you doing any collecting of materials specific to the pandemic? What services are you offering? Several of our regular attendees are losing work and pay, are there any resources available to individuals?

As it’s not a good idea to post meeting information publicly, I’ll send out meeting details in the email announcements to the AKArchivists, AKMuseums, and AkLA listservs. If you’re not on one of those and need the sign-in information, use the contact link in the menu at the top of the page to get in touch.