February in Review

I set myself some goals at the start of February: To worry less To start looking for and applying for some paid archive work To read and explore more about digital curation To engage more with the archives and records community on social media To keep blogging In the first few weeks of February I … Continue reading February in Review

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Volunteering at the University of Northampton Part 3: the Avenue Ducts Collection

In Parts 1 and 2, I blogged about my experiences working with the College of Education and the Northamptonshire Grammar School collections. The project that I am currently working on is the Avenue Ducts collection. The Avenue Ducts collection is a recent accession of material relating to the University of Northampton and it's previous iterations, Nene College of … Continue reading Volunteering at the University of Northampton Part 3: the Avenue Ducts Collection

How I Started – Geoffrey Yeo

Geoffrey Yeo’s ‘How I Started’ post from the Archives & Records Association’s Section for New Professionals blog.

Off the Record

The Careers Officer asked me if I was sure that I wouldn’t regret the choice I was about to make. I was in my final year as an undergraduate; I had just told her that I wanted to decide between archives and archaeology as a career, and she clearly thought I was crazy. ‘Have you thought about joining the Civil Service?’ she said. ‘Or perhaps you could consider the law. Why not think about becoming a solicitor?’. She evidently saw it as her job to steer wayward students into safe and reliable career options. But it was the mid-1970s, and I knew this wasn’t what I wanted. Like many readers of this blog, I wanted to work with the ‘raw materials’ of history. Eventually she saw that dissuasion was hopeless, and tried another tack. ‘Well, if you really won’t consider anything else, then I would advise you to choose archives…

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‘How I Started’, Part 2: My Path to Becoming a New Professional

In Part 1, I had a look at the 'How I Started' series of articles in the Archive & Record Association (UK)'s Section for New Professionals e-magazine, Off the Record. Each article is written by a different information professional, from different areas of the world, and with different educational backgrounds and experiences. In Part 2, I … Continue reading ‘How I Started’, Part 2: My Path to Becoming a New Professional

The Teams Archive Collections: Regional Conferences

The Teams Archive Collections is a new series of blog posts for 2017. This series explores the different collections held by the Archive, and sheds some light on the life of Teams. For those who don't already know, I am solely responsible for the creation of the Teams of Our Lady Transatlantic Super-Regional Archive, a … Continue reading The Teams Archive Collections: Regional Conferences

‘How I Started’, Part 1: learning from the Archives & Records Association (UK)’s Section for New Professionals e-magazine

I'd known about the Archive & Records Association (UK) for a while before I joined as a student member, and upon joining, I came across the Section for New Professionals, and their e-magazine, Off the Record. 'How I Started', a series of articles from the e-magazine, looks at the early career experiences of a range of information professionals. To … Continue reading ‘How I Started’, Part 1: learning from the Archives & Records Association (UK)’s Section for New Professionals e-magazine

Using XML for Encoded Archival Description

The latest practical class for the Introduction to Digital Curation module saw us having a go at using XML to create an Encoded Archival Description (EAD) collection level description. What is XML? XML stands for eXtensible Markup Language. It's a metalanguage describing information, XML focusses on what the information is, but it doesn't actually do anything. … Continue reading Using XML for Encoded Archival Description