How Practicing Professionals can get Hands-on Experience

One of the frequent questions I am asked is about how to keep up to date and where to get hands-on experience with digital archives and digital curation. In June, I was invited to talk at the Lyrasis Town Hall on “How Practicing Professionals can get Hands-on Experience in Digital Curation.” My presentation was focused on models and suggestions for working professionals who cannot take time out from their current job to do an internship or residency.

Learning (while) on the job – Kari R. Smith, June 2014.
Lyrasis_001From the LYRASIS website:

“As the final event in LYRASIS’ NEH-funded Preservation Town Hall series, LYRASIS hosted a town hall meeting showcasing three different models for gaining hands-on experience in digital curation. Three speakers, George Coulbourne (The Library of Congress), Andrea Goethals (Harvard University) and Kari R Smith (Massachusetts Institute for Technology), presented on different education/training opportunities, followed by an open panel discussion with attendees to explore existing models, as well as existing needs.”  Read More…
Video Clip of Smith presentingThe Town Hall was held June 24th, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM ET at Georgia Tech Global Learning Center. This Town Hall meeting was webcast live. Recordings are available on YouTube at: Lyrasis YouTube Channel

Featured Speakers for the Town Hall at Georgia Tech were George Coulbourne: “The National Digital Stewardship Residency Pilot Program – The Year in Review”
Andrea Goethals: “NDSR in Boston ”
Kari R Smith: “Learning [while] on the Job”

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Document Security and Access to Memory

For Preservation Week here at MIT Libraries, the Curation and Preservation Services department hosted several activities.  One of these was a series of three presentations on document security. Michael Halsall, Senior Network and Information Security Analyst at MIT talked of document security in the future, I talked about document security as it relates to access now and into the future, and Jana Dambrogio, MIT Libraries’ Thomas F. Peterson Conservator, talked about document security in the past in the form of letter locking.

Kari R. Smith. Presentation during Preservation Week, 2014 at MIT Libraries.

Kari R. Smith. Presentation during Preservation Week, 2014 at MIT Libraries.

My talk, Benign Neglect No More: How Document Security Affects Access to Memory, was a chance to talk about three central ideas.  The first is document security and how there are several layers of what might be considered to be document security.  The second is the concept of access and the considerations of access to what and by whom.  The third is the concept of memory as information that is stored in digital files and also as the memory of the existence of digital files, storage areas, passwords, etc.

Watch the video of the presentation here [MIT TechTV]:
Kari R. Smith “Benign Neglect No More: How Document Security Affects Access to Memory”. 2014 Preservation Week. MIT Libraries.

Slide from Presentation, How Document Security Affects Access to Memory, Kari R. Smith.

Slide from Presentation, How Document Security Affects Access to Memory, Kari R. Smith.

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We’re Hiring! MIT Library Fellow for Digital Archives

We’re excited to announce our call for applications for a two-year position at the MIT Libraries for a Digital Archives Fellow.

Reporting to the Digital Archivist, the activities of this position will expand and build upon already established foundations of our digital archives program. Work will provide opportunities to collaborate with Curation and Preservation Services; the Office of Scholarly Publishing, Copyright and Licensing; Information Technology and Discovery Services; Digital Library Application Development; Collections Strategy and Management; as well as the Digital Sustainability Lab.

Potential activities include:

  •  Workflow analysis, implementation, and documentation related to digital archives management,building on existing work and addressing gaps;
  • Resource acquisition/ingest and issue resolution around file authentication, access and intellectual property rights restrictions, etc.
  • Assisting with analysis, understanding, and implementation of tools for processing and managing digital archives (ex. ArchivesSpace, Curator’s WorkBench (UNC), BitCurator, Archivematica) and the tools’ interactions with other software and systems.

Read the full position announcement at:

Full consideration given to applicants who apply by May 12, 2014.

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