The Second Graded Piece of Coursework: Something to Celebrate

December was a pretty important month for my MA in Archives and Records Management. My first piece of coursework was graded with a merit (two marks off a distinction), and I handed in my second piece of coursework. Our grades and feedback for the second piece of coursework were returned today, and I this time I actually … Continue reading The Second Graded Piece of Coursework: Something to Celebrate

Sharing Some Articles on Digital Preservation and Technology Innovation

Hayley Kilmurry: 'Digital Preservation: What I Know Now'. Hayley Kilmurry's article reports on a Digital Preservation Coalition event called 'What I wish I knew before I started', where a group of leading practitioners and archivists, records managers, and librarians discussed the challenges of keeping digital collections. Having just started the Introduction to Digital Curation Module … Continue reading Sharing Some Articles on Digital Preservation and Technology Innovation

‘The Extent of our Care: Archives, Memory and Information Rights’

Earlier on this week, the Archival Accountability Gap conference was held at Northumbria University, supported by the British Records Association. Elizabeth Denham, the new UK Information Commissioner, gave the keynote speech, discussing how archivists and information managers play a critical role in government accountability. I had not heard about the conference until I saw some live Tweets from … Continue reading ‘The Extent of our Care: Archives, Memory and Information Rights’

Practical Digital Preservation: In-House Solutions to Digital Preservation for Small Institutions

I’m only two weeks into my Digital Preservation module at UCL, and although I’m still getting used to the terminology and acronyms, this blog from Tyler McNally from the University of Manitoba provides a great example of a digital preservation workflow for a small archives service.


By Tyler McNally

This post is the tenth post in our series on processing digital materials.

Many archives don’t have the resources to install software or subscribe to a service such as Archivematica, but still have a mandate to collect and preserve born-digital records. Below is a digital-preservation workflow created by Tyler McNally at the University of Manitoba. If you have a similar workflow at your institution, include it in the comments. 


Recently I completed an internship at the University of Manitoba’s College of Medicine Archives, working with Medical Archivist Jordan Bass. A large part of my work during this internship dealt with building digital infrastructure for the archive to utilize in working on digital preservation. As a small operation, the archive does not have the resources to really pursue any kind of paid or difficult to use system.

Originally, our plan was to use the open-source, self-install version of Archivematica, but certain…

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Living the Postgraduate Life

A term and a bit into my MA in Archives and Records Management, It's time to think about student life so far... Commuter life Commuting. The start of the student day. The worst bit is getting up at 6am, especially when it's dark, miserable, cold, and takes at least 20 minutes to de-ice the car. Living quite a … Continue reading Living the Postgraduate Life

The Cost(s) of Being an Archivist

In one of her blog posts, Kirsty Fife considers the costs of being and archivist, and how we might think about diversifying our workforce.

Kirsty Fife

If you’ve been to an archives conference recently, you’ll have heard all about the importance of diversity and inclusion in archive services, the records we collect, and the archive profession as a whole. The need for representative services and collections is talked about extensively, and for good reasons – however, often these terms are banded about like buzzwords with not enough transformative change happening to enable us to work towards these goals.

I’m a working class, white, queer, able bodied, cisgendered woman. I have intersections of identities that lead me to experience oppression on a daily basis, and others which mean that I benefit from a level of systematic privilege. I started working in archives six years ago as a nearly full time Photographic Assistant at a national museum, and I’m now a qualified Archivist currently more than two years post-qualification. As I graduated about two years ago now, I…

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‘The Pact that Proves the Value of of New Professionals’

This is a fab post by Annelie de Villiers about being a new professional and saying yes to opportunities. This is definitely worth a read, and there are some great tips for making the most of being a new archive professional. Being a new archival professional is terrifying. You are scared of stepping on toes, … Continue reading ‘The Pact that Proves the Value of of New Professionals’