Archiving AK: interview with Sarah Pace

In this episode of Archiving AK, Arlene interviews Sarah Pace, a cataloging librarian with the Alaska Resources Library and Information Service (ARLIS), and more specifically, with the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustees Council.

Here’s links to a few things mentioned in the podcast:

Alaska Resources Library and Information Service, their page includes a search box for the Alaska Library Catalog

The Smithsonian article on ARLIS

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustees Council

American Library Association

Society of American Archivists

Alaska State Archives

 

 

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Archiving AK episode 14a: Interview with Dylan Harris

In this bonus episode of Archiving AK, archivist Veronica Denison interviews researcher Dylan Harris, a Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University. His research topic surrounds climate change and the way we talk about it. In this episode, we discuss his research, experiences in different archives in Alaska and the lower 48, as well as the collections he used.

 

 

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Archiving AK episode 14: National Poetry Month

In this episode of our podcast, Arlene emcees a selection of poetry writings from archival collections in Alaska.

First of all, thank you so much! to the people who volunteered to read poetry for us or who selected materials from their archives to be included in the podcast. Those wonderful people include: Becky Butler, Rose Speranza, and Robyn Russell from the University of Alaska Fairbanks Alaska and Polar Regions Collections and Archives, Sara Piasecki of the Anchorage Museum library and archives, Faith Revell (pronounced like Ravel the composer, not like how Arlene says it in the recording, sorry Faith!) of Valdez, Corrie Whitmore of the University of Alaska Anchorage, the Consortium Library’s own Lorelei Sterling, Jennifer McKay, Matthew Meyer, Dawn Berg, and of course Gwen, Veronica, and Arlene, the archivists here at the Consortium Library.

Below are some links to collections and institutions mentioned in the podcast.

University of Alaska Fairbanks Alaska and Polar Regions Collections and Archives provided selections from Mary Tallmountain, William Wood, and John Haines.

The Anchorage Museum provided selections from Louise Gallop.

The Alaska Moving Image Preservation Association provided the clip from Jay Hammond (more poetry from Governor Hammond can be found at Archives & Special Collections in his papers.)

And from our own holdings, we selected items from:

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Archiving AK episode 10: Anchorage Museum Library and Archives

In this episode of Archiving AK, Arlene interviews Zane Treesh, the head of the Anchorage Museum’s Library and Archives. Zane splits his work between being a librarian and being an archivist for the Anchorage Museum. He talks about the kinds of materials they have, who their users are, and the types of work he does.

Here’s some additional information on a few things mentioned in the podcast.

At minute 5:35: the Steve McCutcheon collection

6:10 Ward Wells collection (online guide coming soon)

7:50 Randy Brandon collection

8:00 Fran Durner collection

8:55 Alaska Railroad/Alaskan Engineering Commission records

9:50 Wien collection

10:20 Herb Hilscher collection (online guide coming soon)

10:50 Vern Brickley collection

11:50 Adak Historical Society collection

12: 53 Boyer photography collection

14:05 Lu Liston collection (online guide coming soon)

16:20 Fourth Avenue Theatre collection (online guide coming soon)

18:45 Alaska Library Catalog (available from the home pages of many libraries in Alaska, including the Anchorage Museum’s library.

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Archiving AK episode 9: the quake

In this episode of Archiving AK, Gwen, Veronica, and Arlene tell their tales of the November 30th 2018 quake here in southcentral Alaska and then get together for a discussion of lessons learned and things observed. It’s a little longer than our standard podcast, but we hope you’ll forgive us for that.

Below are some of the references made during the recording:

1:00 the website for the 1964 Alaska earthquake archives project

1:30 Photographs digitized for the project

15:20 About 130 boxes were on the floor in the archives vault after the quake. Even more were hanging off of shelves.

31:35 Kevin is Kevin Tripp of AMIPA. AMIPA shares our facility with us. Kevin is much taller than everybody else who works in the archives space. It should also be noted that AMIPA sustained far more water damage than we did, due to a wrecked pipe on the floor above that spilled water and glycol in part of their space.

Here’s a few photographs of some of the damage in our space.

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Archiving AK episode 8: Jennifer Stone

In this episode of Archiving AK, archivist Gwen Higgins speaks with Dr. Jennifer Stone, a professor of English at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Jennifer discusses her decision to incorporate archival research into her History of English Language course and what she has learned from having her students use archival sources for their projects. She also talks about her experiences using archives for her own research on language in Alaska.

Thanks for listening! You can find this and other episodes of the podcast right here on our website, on SoundCloud, and now, on iTunes.

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Archiving AK episode 7: Alaska State Archives

In the seventh episode of Archiving AK, archivist Veronica Denison interviews Chris Hieb and Leah Geibel – two archivists at the Alaska State Archives. In the episode Chris and Leah discuss their roles at the State Archives, the types of users they see, the material they have, and some of the difficulties of being an archives in a hard to reach area.

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Archiving AK episode 6: STEM

In episode 6 of Archiving AK, Arlene, Veronica, and Gwen talk about our preparations for participating in UAA’s STEM Day. We look at how science, technology, engineering and math materials appear in our collections and how they can be or have been used by researchers. We also talk about some of the issues that can crop up with describing and providing access to STEM materials, especially with medical research collections.

Here’s links to some of the organizations and items mentioned in the podcast:

Stereoviews and stereoscopes

3:30 Examples of stereoviews and information on stereoviewers

5:20 Carbon paper

5:30 A sample telegram

6:45 Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History podcast

10:00 Charles Sawyer Wilson papers

12:30 Mildred Stratton Wilson papers

14:45 A list of our topic guides

16:00 American Society for Circumpolar Health and International Union for Circumpolar Health

16:25 William Mills papers

16:30 Frank Pauls papers

16:35 Christine Heller papers

16:50 Charles Lucier papers

18:15 HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)

19:15 Society of American Archivists and the American Archivist journal

19:40 SAA’s Privacy and Confidentiality Section

19:45 Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences

22: 45 Anchorage Christmas Bird Count records

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Archiving AK episode 5: Anna the Intern interviews us

In episode 5 of Archiving AK, Anna, our grad intern over the summer, took some time out of her last week with us to interview us for the podcast. The discussion goes into topics like what we hope for/see for the future of the archives profession, what skills and knowledge we would like new professional archivists to have obtained in their archives classes, the role of professional associations in our work and development, and the types of things we wish people knew about our work.

Thanks to Anna for all her accomplishments over the summer, for putting together a fascinating set of questions for us, and ably handling discussion traffic control with three very verbal archivists!

Here’s links to some of the organizations and items mentioned in the podcast:

1:25 UCLA term positions letter

15:15 Newsbank (we use it a lot for access to obituaries and other news items when writing biographical notes for finding aids)

19:25 SAA: Society of American Archivists

21:50 Northwest Archivists

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