Why and how to archive your university’s website: an overview for absolute beginners

This post is a revised version of a briefing I wrote for colleagues a few months ago.  My research included asking members of the archives-nra mailing list whether and how their organisation was archiving its corporate website.  It emerged that few organisations are actively doing this, but many archivists would like to know more.  So … Continue reading Why and how to archive your university’s website: an overview for absolute beginners

What does ‘Archiving in the public interest’ mean? GDPR musings

GDPR is just a few days away!  And the deluge of emails from long-forgotten mailing lists shows no signs of stopping ... There's no need to panic though.  Very few organisations are likely to be fully compliant by the 25 May.  The Information Commissioner's Office after all emphasises that the 25 May is the start … Continue reading What does ‘Archiving in the public interest’ mean? GDPR musings

What difference will Twitter’s 280 character limit make?

Twitter's unique selling point in the crowded world of social media was its 140 character limit.  This encouraged tweeters to be creative and concise.  However in November 2017 Twitter doubled that limit to 280 characters. Why?  Twitter researchers observed that users struggled to fit thoughts into the 140 limit, spending time editing tweets or abandoning … Continue reading What difference will Twitter’s 280 character limit make?

Why I’m applying for HEA Fellowship

This year I am embarking on a journey towards Higher Education Academy Fellowship.  This award is given to academics and other higher education workers who can demonstrate professional commitment to learning and teaching. Why should librarians apply for HEA fellowship? To become better teachers (and learners)!  It's so easy, given the constraints of time-slots and … Continue reading Why I’m applying for HEA Fellowship