Tonight I presented my poster at the SAA annual meeting. I am a designer, and not an archivist, so feeling like quite an outsider I dived in and got to speak with a variety or archiving industry professionals including archivists, instructors, students, curators, and vendors.
I think the attention-getting nature of my poster really helped draw people in to read what it was I am up to. I made a lot contacts that I hope to keep in touch with over the next few years and possibly collaborate with.
Besides funding, the main pain points or issues I was trying to pull out from people seem to stem around accessibility on the web only, and not so much of the physical object, environment or space in which the access could take place. I got a lot of positive feedback that design was needed or could help attract new users and engage people in more meaningful ways.
I didn’t get a chance to read and speak with every other grad student poster presenter, but to see a gallery of them click here.
Some notes from my presentation:
CAVE @ Brown.
Sharing and collaboration doesn’t typically happen with archives.
Reading rooms are typically sterile.
Security is an issue.
Accessibility with larger objects VS mouse click.
Lots of off site delivery.
Q: What are the big issues for archives?
A: Access and usability. (But what about other than the web?)