Tomorrow is International Archives Day – 9 June – #IAD15

The day will focus on democracy specifically, but also on the great work that Archives are doing!

Read more here: Follow an Archive

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International Council on Archives 

A reel tape being rewind from the SABC Radio Archives.

Reel tape rewind in #slomo #archives #reels #audio

A video posted by Karen Du Toit (@karentoittoit) on Jun 5, 2015 at 11:00am PDT

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The most frustrating and the most satisfying to work in the Archives

Most frustrating:

To be overwhelmed with requests!

So much so, that I am unable to ingest more material into my specific archive collection!

Most satisfying:

Getting to hear a voice from the past.

In this specific clip that I have shared on Twitter today, a well-known and loved Afrikaans writer has died yesterday. They are busy compiling tribute programmes to be broadcasted on radio.

I get to listen to the whole interview with her that was done in 1990. In this short snippet she says that she is not one for the limelight!

What a privilege!

Being a global librarian is a choice – Jan Holmquist

   
 I love this quote by Jan Holmquist: 

“Global librarian is not a title – it is a choice.”

From: THE GLOBAL LIBRARIAN AT #EDUTECHAU
Jan Holmquist shares his slides from here: EduTech presentation in Brisbane 

Wordless Wednesday #archives #blogjune

GLAM: Karen Du Toit on Working in Audio-Visual Archives

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Guest post for the GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) discussion over at International Librarians Network.

International Librarians Network

AV archives worldwide have a major headache that needs being addressed yesterday already!

“International consensus holds that we have around 15 years in which to preserve our sound collections. By 2030, the scarcity of older equipment, the condition of recorded media and the loss of skills will make their preservation costly, difficult and, in many cases, impossible.”James Knight: National Audit of UK Sound Collections

In the Radio Archives we still work on a daily basis with reel-to-reel-tapes, mini-disc cassettes, audio cassettes, compact discs and acetate records. We have huge backlogs of audio material on these formats that needs to be digitised. We are trying to address the issue by digitising while we are doing requests from these formats. We also had interns digitising some of the material while they were here on internship programmes. It is of course not enough! Some of our formats are degrading faster than the rest, such as the mini-disc cassettes…

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Blogging for the month of June – here we go again #blogjune

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This blog needs a bit of attention, so here goes for the month of June.

I have signed up to flexnib’s form, and also linking up with Fiona at the Bun Toting Librarian.

5 Things I am looking forward to about #blogjune

1. Trying to do a regular blog post on this blog.

2. Reading other people’s blogs.

3. Linking up with global librarians.

4. Thinking about my career as archivist again.

5. Searching for some interesting mobile things to share here!

Happy blogging!