The social media head of the National Archives has led to them posting a lot of videos online. I watch as many as I get a chance to. Some of them are really fascinating. Some are kind of odd, but there’s something there for everybody. One of my favorite recent finds was this video which was really put up for internal use. It’s a presentation by a consultant on organizing your digital records which is something I think everybody can use. The presenter is Donna Read, CRM, CDIA+, Senior Records Analyst at National Archives & Records Administration. Learn more about her here:
As a librarian, I think her suggestions and organizational schema is very impressive and one that everyone could adopt for their own business and personal life. I’m also really impressed that she acknowledges the important work done by secretaries in the pre-computer era. A lot of truly useful and valuable work done by women up to the 1980s was discounted mostly because it was done by women and wasn’t at all glamorous, but the numbers she cites on the amount worktime lost to misplaced files and the amount of money lost to unnecessary preservation of materials, it really makes me wonder if those computer working saving studies were really set up to take the full picture into account and if the loss of institutional knowledge really wasn’t more of a loss to society than we realize.
Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+,LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently acting President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.