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Communicate with IASSIST colleagues via interest groups

After our annual conferences, members often want to continue conversations with IASSIST colleagues on topics of professional interest.  Your Administrative Committee has responded by creating the Interest Group Development Action Group.  Its charge is to identify and help form interest groups so members can continue those conversations. more...

Nancy McGovern Named SAA Fellow

IASSIST member Nancy McGovern was recently inducted as a Fellow by the Society of American Archivists at its August meeting in Austin, Texas.  SAA Fellow is an honor that recognizes outstanding contributions to the archival profession. more...

IASSIST '08 Followup, Part 2: Restricted Data

Regardless of the institutional setting in which we work, more and more of us are having to address researcher access to restricted or confidential datasets.  This post focuses on sessions at Stanford that covered this important topic--or rather, group of topics because there are so many intersecting responsibilities to actually making such access a reality for our users. more...

IASSIST '08 Followup, Part 1: Try Aquifer!

Like everyone else, I've managed to catch up after being out of the office.  But IASSIST was worth every minute!  It was a pretty jampacked week, so I'm just getting around to blogging a few observations.

I allocated too few moments to visiting the poster sessions.  One that intrigued me was the Digital Library Federation's American Social History Online project, or Aquifer.  (Maybe it's the fact that I was a history major.)  Aquifer brings together fascinating resources from over 100 digital collections, all delivered right to your desktop: sheet music from the 19th century; a great photo of Teddy Roosevelt speaking to members of the National Negro Business League;  portraits of the Brooklyn Dodgers (remember them?);  a firsthand travel account of Scandinavia from 1863; U.S. political cartoons that make current caricatures look pretty tame.

Do check out Aquifer:  http://www.dlfaquifer.org/

Pam Baxter IASSIST U.S. Region Secretary

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