With work from home the new normal, workflows have changed in the library and museum archives. While some work has transferred to the home office quite easily, other tasks have not. That introduces an opportunity for new projects for a library and archives staff always eager to serve the mission of the museum.
International Archives week was inaugurated by the International Council on Archives (ICA) as International Archives Day, June 9, 2004. This year’s theme is Archives Empowering Knowledge Societies, a UNESCO initiative. This global goal is to increase access to, and preservation and sharing of information. Knowledge societies are built on four pillars: freedom of expression, universal access to information and knowledge, respect for cultural and linguistic diversity, and quality education.
On May 31, 2020, the Ingalls Library and Museum Archives in collaboration with the Digital Innovation and Technology Services team unveiled a brand-new library system. After a diligent selection process, we chose WorldShare Management Services (WMS), a product of OCLC, a global library cooperative located in Dublin, Ohio. In doing so, we are not only improving our technology, but joining a worldwide community of over 600 libraries.
How refreshing to see someone wearing a mask for reasons other than avoiding COVID-19: in The Booksellers (Blackletter films, 2019), Adam Weinberger rummages through the potentially dusty collection of a deceased art historian and her husband, looking for treasures. Other cross-overs with the art world include a private library with an eclectic design that’s an homage to M.C.
Working in a museum every day, it can be all too easy to take for granted the incredible collection of art, steps away from our offices. Now as we work at a distance, Ingalls Library and Museum Archives staff reflect on what it means to remain connected, while physically separated, as Director of Ingalls Library Heather Saunders shares: