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, Archives Management, Knowledge Management Systems, Integrated Library Systems, Museum Collections Management, Artificial Inteligence

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 Management, Archives Collection Management Software, Archives Management Software

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: Archives Management, Archives Collection Management Software, CuadraSTAR SKCA, Archives Management Software

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

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: Archives Management, Archives Collection Management Software, CuadraSTAR SKCA, Success Story

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, Collections Management, Knowledge Management, Archives Management, Web presence

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 Management

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 Management

Open Source—Pretty Simple or Simply Pretty?

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Posted by Phil Green on 8/19/2016

This is the third in a series of posts on IT and the information Professional. When I chat with information professionals and IT managers about open source software, they often talk about two key concepts:

  • It’s free
  • Bug fixes and enhancements come from the community

While both of these statements are true, they fail to paint the whole picture and hide some pretty ugly truths.

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Topics: Library Management, Knowledge Management, Content Management, Archives Management, IT partnership, Knowledge Management Systems, Collections Management Software, Integrated Library Systems, Museum Collections Management

IT Jujutsu and the Information Professional

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Posted by Phil Green on 8/16/2016

In my last post, I discussed the unfortunate fact that many information professionals find themselves at the bottom of the IT totem pole, and thus they receive underwhelming IT support as they attempt to build and manage world class knowledge/library systems, or special collections.

So what’s an information professional to do? Knowledge and library systems are complex pieces of technology that require IT involvement at some level. Over my career, I have observed that in departments having the best relationship with IT, the information professionals practice what I call "IT Jujutsu."
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Topics: Library Management, Knowledge Management, Content Management, Archives Management, IT partnership

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