Museums Association: Sector looks to digital future. “Among a flurry of announcements in the few weeks before the election date was announced came the news that the UK government is providing £19m for a programme that could see ‘museum exhibits viewed in people’s homes, libraries and schools’.”
Vietnam+: Vietnam, Laos ink cooperative MoU on archive. “The national archive agencies of Vietnam and Laos signed a Memorandum of Understanding on bilateral cooperation in 2020 at a ceremony in Hanoi on December 3.”
Irish Examiner: State archives system creaking under pressure of staff and skills shortages – report. “Just four of the 61 State departments and agencies are up to date with their legal obligation to transfer their records to the National Archives (NAI) under the ’30-year-rule’. That’s according to a report of Ireland’s national archives system found that the annual transfer of records under the 30-year rule has been scaled back this year because of a lack of storage space.”
Juneau Empire: Opinion: Gratitude for our libraries, museums and historians. “Thanksgiving has undergone several transitions — from its original expression of gratitude to over-commercialization to, more recently, its repudiation by those believing it represents an insensitive stereotype of Native Americans. Yet, nothing about human history is ever as simple as it appears. Recognition of what we did wrong, as well as what we did right, is part of understanding the nuance and complexity of history.” All you archivists, librarians, teachers, and other keepers of history, reach around and pat yourself on the back. You have a difficult and vital job.
Columbia Journalism Review: Preserving work in a time of vanishing archives. “‘NOTHING DISAPPEARS ON THE INTERNET,’ people like to say, but journalists know that’s not necessarily true. Articles frequently disappear when online publications shutter or restructure. The internet is more like an Etch-a-Sketch than a stone engraving—over time, some marks endure, but the rest are swept from the canvas.”
Casper Star-Tribune: Son of superman editor demands UW return historical archive after Cheney comments. “For years, the University of Wyoming has managed the collection of comic book editor Mort Weisinger, who was the story editor of D.C.’s ‘Superman’ comics for three decades. But after all that time, UW, the home of those collections since 1982, could be losing the archives — because of recent comments by Wyoming’s Congresswoman, Liz Cheney.”
Daily Nexus: A Chicano Center Wants Its Archives Back, but UCSB Won’t Return Them. “When a San Diego-based Chicano art and cultural center — home to swaths of archives and fragments of Chicano history — asked last spring to reclaim donations it made nearly 20 years ago to the UC Santa Barbara Special Research Collections, members of the center learned they wouldn’t be getting them back.”