Headed to Portland for the big meeting this weekend? Don’t forget: the LHRT will gather Friday afternoon from 3:30 – 4:30 in the New Hampshire/Vermont rooms. We hope many of you can make it!
We also understand that since all of the RT’s are meeting at the same time, you may wish to be able to attend more than one meeting…no problem! Please feel free to drop by at any time during the hour, and we all look forward to saying hello and talking shop.
This week I got an email from my content management system provider (PastPerfect) about the importance of backing up our data. It was a good reminder, and this morning I executed a complete backup of all of our content – 25 gigabytes worth of images, data, and other media files – and placed that material on a removable hard drive which is stored in a fireproof safe. I imagine 25 gigs, not huge-not small, is a pretty standard number for a small library such as ours that is regularly digitizing materials and creating web content. For my workspace, there is a whole range of content that is saved on the network servers and gets backed up with all of that material. However the CMS lives in a separate zone and those back ups need to be done manually, and it’s on my head to make sure they happen. I’m guessing for many of us, this is the case.
So my challenge to all of you this week is to back up all of your files! And then start working on a plan for doing this on a regular basis. Think about the following questions, and then you’ll have a starting point for creating your backup routine:
Is your data already regularly backed up by your organization?
Do you know if the files on your computer are ALL covered under your regular backup schedule or routine?
Where are all of the locations where you use/keep/store data?
Do you use different computers?
Do you use different storage media (flash drives, cloud storage, etc.)?
When was the last time you completely backed up your data?
When was the last time you created new files? (If you are regularly creating, you should be regularly backing up!)
Who has access to your backups? Have you documented where they can be found, in the case that someone else has to access those materials?
Getting in the habit of regular backups is good practice, and an important part of business if you are creating digital content.
This is a note that this spring is election time for the Local History roundtable! We will have the opportunity to fill out our Steering Committee, *and* we will be electing a new Chair as well.
It has been my honor to serve as Chair since the creation of the LHRT, and I’m confident that whoever next leads this great group will be able to take it even further and expand on what we have built so far.
Please think about it! The time commitment is not burdensome, and I have never had to travel to attend a Board meeting (so don’t let that worry deter you folks who live all over New England).
Hello folks! Summer is hanging on, at least weather-wise, but fall is upon our doorstep. We hope everyone had a successful and busy summer at your organizations, and had some to for rest and relaxation as well!
Next month is a big one for advocacy and outreach opportunities in the local history world. Not only is it American Archives Month but it’s also generally embraced as Family History Month…two great places for Local History to shine! So do you have any plans?
Or maybe even a good old fashioned bricks-and-mortar program at your institution!! (Looking for some freely accessible ideas? Check out the Chapter 13 section on “Public Programming on a Limited Budget” in the AABC’s Manual for Small Archives.)
Whatever you do, feel free to share here or on the NEA LHRT Google List, we’d love to know what you are up to and get other great ideas for advocacy and outreach.
Join the celebration of International Archives Day 2015 and promote your archive service!
All around the world archivists will unite on 9th June 2015 to celebrate the significance and achievements of our profession. Send us a copy of a document drawn from your collections which shows the locality served by your archive service; tell us about the image and, if you wish, provide us with a short message and the web address of your archive. The section for local, municipal and territorial archives of the International Council on Archives has prepared a site to display all the images and messages sent to us
To participate, please send a jpeg image (max 800×800 px) of your chosen document, together with a short description of it in your own language by the 30th May 2015 to: <firstname.lastname@example.org >. If you offered an image in 2014, why not add a second one for 2015 – the website will accommodate a growing number of images over the years to come?