Technology in Archives Panel

On February 18 the IUB SAA and ALA student chapters jointly hosted a “Technology in Archives” panel. We invited three professionals to sit in and discuss their experiences and opinions:

  • Carol Choksy – Adjunct Professor, Records Manager, and CEO of IRAD Strategic Consulting, Inc.
  • Julie Hardesty – Metadata Analyst/Librarian, Digital Library Program, Indiana University
  • Phil Bantin – Direct of the Office of the University Archives at Indiana University, Bloomington

The session began with an introduction from each panelist. Carol and Julie spoke about their educational and technological backgrounds, as well as gave some general advice regarding technology.

Phil decided to begin his introduction with a reflection on a recent study about technology requirements in archives jobs, including archives, archives and records saa_technologyPanel_20140218_03management (ARM), and something Phil called “hybrids”, a combination of archives and information management.

Once the introduction section was over, Cara, our lovely moderator, proceeded to pick each panelist’s brain with questions taken from ILS students. Topics included:

  • born digital strategiessaa_technologyPanel_20140218_02
  • various metadata standards (EAD, METS, PREMIS)
  • content management systems vs document management systems
  • challenges of technology in small institutional archives

The panel ended up being very enlightening and interesting. If you weren’t there, you surely missed out!

A big thank you to all three of the panelists for taking time out of their schedules to share their experiences with us. Also, thank you to Cara for being a great moderator.

If you’re in town this weekend, be sure to join us for this year’s SAA-SC Wikipedia-Edit-A-Thon. And don’t forget, registration for the 2014 SAA-IU annual conference ends tomorrow (02/21)!



The Society of American Archivists Indiana University Student Chapter seeks to: *provide a forum to address issues in the archival profession in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. *facilitate a meeting place for students with interests in Archives, Special Collections, Manuscripts, or Personal Papers. *raise awareness about archives and their importance in the university and surrounding community.
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