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

BLPAC to close

Bad news: the British Library's Preservation Advisory Centre is to close at the end of March.  See the statement on their website. If you've read the Handbook, you'll know how much I value BLPAC's work, especially the really useful free booklets and training courses.  They've also been an important cross-sector advocate for thinking strategically about … Continue reading BLPAC to close

We ALL Hate Mr Clippy: the horrors of paperclips

Anyone caring for archives will know the horrors of rusty staples and paperclips or claggy broken rubber bands, which riddle most modern collections.  In this great blog post, "Why I Hate Mr Clippy", Beth Doyle of Duke University Libraries explains the mischief these fasteners do and shares some tips for dealing with them quickly and … Continue reading We ALL Hate Mr Clippy: the horrors of paperclips

From Ewww to Wow!: funding preservation work

Out of all the things special collections do, I believe the easiest one to raise funds for is preservation (compared to other areas, no fundraising is easy these days!).  It is something that naturally resonates with the public and is popular with many funders - and even small sums of money can make a noticeable … Continue reading From Ewww to Wow!: funding preservation work

Modernising Copyright: the White Paper is published

Important and good news for UK special collections services and their users. The UK government has just published the final part of its response to consultations following the Hargreaves review of intellectual property: Modernising copyright: a modern, robust and flexible framework.  While not addressing underlying problems of copyright, the changes outlined allow a wider range … Continue reading Modernising Copyright: the White Paper is published