October 1 is #AskAnArchivist day, an event sponsored by the Society of American Archivists (SAA) in which archivists from around the country answer questions on Twitter about their collections, the work they do, or the purpose of archives in general.
To learn more about the event, see the SAA press release or web page.
Several institutions and individuals in North Carolina are taking part, including the State Archives’ WebArchivist account. If you don’t have a Twitter account or you’ve missed this year’s #AskAnArchivist day, you can always ask us questions through our email account: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This announcement came to us from Solveig De Sutter, Director of Education, Society of American Archivists:
The Society of American Archivists has developed a face-to-face workshop, Archives Overview, especially for individuals who are near and dear to the hearts of SHRABs nationwide: historical society volunteers, local history librarians, town clerks, and others who may be the hands-on caretakers of records of enduring value. These “accidental archivists” often are committed and passionate, but may not have a full understanding of the nature of archives work. SAA was asked to bring this workshop to the Durham Academy in Durham, NC, on March 10, 2011.
Archives Overview provides a practical, one-day introduction to archival principles and practices. And it’s designed to provide a foundation on which further training and learning can be based.