Digital Archives & The American College of Surgeons

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Posted by Lucidea on 5/21/2018

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient by setting high standards for surgical education and practice. The College Archives, located in the headquarters building in Chicago, collects and preserves inactive College records of enduring value and makes them available for research to its members and to the general public.

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Topics: Archives Collections Management Software, Digital Archives, Archives

The Intersection of Libraries, Archives & Museums

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 5/16/2018

There’s no one model for libraries, archives and museums to coexist and interact. Each entity can be a stand-alone repository, a mixture of two entities, or contain all three entities. Library, Archive, and Museum (LAM) professionals are trained in organizing and categorizing items in their respective collections. Since this is their specialty they’ve applied the same principles to classify LAM entities separately, due to the LAM's slightly different functions and collection materials.

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Topics: Museums, Special Libraries, Digital Archives, Archives, Collections Management

Copyright Fundamentals for Cultural Heritage Institutions

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Posted by Margot Note on 4/23/2018

Rights management has significant implications for archival collections. If you have documents or images in your possession, you might believe you own the rights to them. However, even though you may physically have the items, the creator of the documents retains the legal copyright, sometimes for much longer than you would assume.

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Topics: Collections Management Software, Digital Archives, Archives

Why Digital Archives Expand Access and Awareness

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Posted by Margot Note on 4/16/2018

I was once the director of an archival collection related to historical buildings around the world. From Babylon to Bauhaus, the collection held just about every amazing world monument you could think of and documented state-of-the-art historic preservation techniques. Here was my challenge: the archives was institutional with no public access, and I was a “lone arranger” in charge of all aspects of archival management at the organization. How could I share these treasures?

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Topics: Digital Archives, Archives

Is Artificial Intelligence All That and a Bag of Chips?

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Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 11/9/2017

There will, no doubt, be certain jobs and industries that will be dramatically impacted by artificial intelligence (AI). However, that can be said about virtually any technological innovation introduced in the past 30 years. A more interesting question might be, “How does the hype surrounding AI affect my career today?”

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Topics: Library Management, Knowledge Management, Knowledge Management Systems, Integrated Library Systems, Museum Collections Management Software, Artificial Intelligence, Archives

Archives Collections Management Applications—the Buy Versus Build Conundrum

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Posted by Lucidea on 2/1/2017

In discussions with our archives clients, we often hear this: “I’m using a system that an old colleague built for me and it doesn’t work well. There’s no documentation, and the guy who built it is no longer with our organization.” Why is this a problem? Let us count the ways.

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Topics: Archives Collections Management Software, Archives

The Arizona State Archives—Fulfilling their Mission to Increase Public Access

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Posted by Lucidea on 1/17/2017

The Arizona State Archives collects and preserves permanent public records, historical manuscripts, photographs and other materials that contribute to the understanding of Arizona history. With six professionals overseeing their many collections of government materials, private manuscript collections, oral histories and photos, documenting everything and making it accessible is a huge challenge. With CuadraSTAR SKCA (STAR Knowledge Center for Archives), their collections are now more visible and available than ever before.

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Topics: CuadraSTAR SKCA, Archives Collections Management Software, Archives

Build Versus Buy—3 Points to Ponder

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Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 12/16/2016

Software applications are not like houses: it costs a lot more to build an application from scratch than to buy a new one. But why is that?

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Topics: Library Management, Knowledge Management, Archives Collections Management Software, Knowledge Management Systems, Collections Management Software, Integrated Library Systems, Archives

Baylor University Libraries and Archives plus SKCA–Inspiration, Discovery and Impact

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Posted by Lucidea on 12/9/2016

Baylor University is a private Christian university and nationally ranked research institution in Texas with more than 16,000 students, and multiple libraries and archives maintained by approximately 30 staff members. They have achieved significant impact using Star Knowledge Center for Archives (SKCA) to manage their collections.

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Topics: CuadraSTAR SKCA, Archives Collections Management Software, Success Story, Archives

Google’s Mobile-First Indexing Strategy is Critical to Your Organization’s Web Presence

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Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 11/10/2016

Does your organization’s mobile website lack the punch of your desktop version?

“Today, most people are searching on Google using a mobile device. However, our ranking systems still typically look at the desktop version of a page’s content to evaluate its relevance to the user. This can cause issues when the mobile page has less content than the desktop page because our algorithms are not evaluating the actual page that is seen by a mobile searcher.”
Google Webmaster Central Blog, Mobile-first Indexing, November 4th, 2016

As part of its new mobile-first strategy, Google will give preferential search rankings to “mobile-friendly" sites (sites optimized for mobile devices). This change will have a significant impact on search results.

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Topics: Library Management, Knowledge Management, Collections Management Software, Strategy, Archives

The Right Archiving Software Addresses 10 Top Challenges for the Archival Profession [Part 2 of 2]

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Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 8/25/2016
This is the second of a two-part blog post describing how the right archiving software can address H. Thomas Hickerson’s Ten Challenges for the Archival Profession. In Part 1, we covered the first five challenges, on topics such as accommodating documents generated in electronic form, supporting global access, and making holdings more accessible while expanding the audience. Read on for more archiving challenges and technological solutions.
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Topics: Archives

The Right Archiving Software Addresses 10 Top Challenges for the Archival Profession [Part 1 of 2]

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Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 8/23/2016

H. Thomas Hickerson, in his turn of the 21st century address to the Society of American Archivists, described “Ten Challenges for the Archival Profession”. Since his presentation, information technology has achieved significant advancements that empower archivists seeking to address these goals.

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Topics: Archives

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