Friday, January 09, 2009

American Historical Association, 2009 meeting, New York, NY

What a privilege to attend the AHA convention! It provided some opportunities for professional development, which I hope to chronicle here, and some for personal rewards, which I can talk about elsewhere.

January 3

American Association for History and Computing, Session 1

"Old Stuff, New Tricks: How Archivists are Making Special Collections Even More Special Using Web 2.0 Technologies"

Jean Green, Binghamton University
Mark Matienzo, NYPL
Amy Schindler, College of William and Mary
Jessica Lacher-Feldman, University of Alabama

This was a roundtable discussion with each participant displaying and discussing examples of how his or her library had made use of blogs, micro-blogs, photo- and video-sharing, and social networking.

Blogs expand the display space.

The "Cool at Hoole" blog ( helps market the special collection of the University of Alabama by letting readers know what's new or what's the library has on a topic or person that's in the news.

The blog of the special collections library at SUNY Binghamton highlights certain books or useful websites.

William and Mary special collections launched a blog with a life span. It was only meant to cover the anniversary year of coeducation at W & M.
flickr Commons
- is a public photo collection
- accepts metadata, but is designed for "tagging"
- partners use flickr API to upload batches of photos
- photos must have "no known copyright restrictions"
Hoole has used flickr as an online exhibit tool, W & M uses it to highlight the collection and to make "friends" for the library
"archives on flickr" - group name
Libraries send low-res images to flickr, then may still charge to share high-res copies.

Ditto for YouTube and iTunesU, where institutions may share content.
Will facebook page overtake or replace the library website?

"archivists without a cause" - facebook group
Wikis - use for FAQ's, knowledge management

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