Suspects Suspec ts The Case of the Puzzling Personal Digital Archiving as an Opportunity for Collaborative Advocacy and Murder Mystery Intrigue Wendy Hagenmaier, Georgia Tech Archives, and Michelle Kirk, Iron Mountain Incorporated Evidence Act I: The Dramatic D matic ti O Opening Imagine you’ve been given a USB drive that was found at the scene of a murder. It’s believed to contain a personal digital archive filled with clues about the crime and the identity of the victim. What’s in the archive? And who created it? And so begins “Find the Person in the Personal Digital Archive: Murder Mystery Edition!”, the centerpiece of a new open access personal digital archiving work-shop curriculum designed by the Society of Georgia Archivists (SGA), the Atlanta Chapter of ARMA International, and the Georgia Library Association (GLA), which information professionals can reuse and remix to teach workshops in their workplaces and communities. themselves as archivists of their own digital records. It covers topics ranging from best practices for creating digital records and rights issues in the digital landscape to strategies for active preservation and the digital afterlife. The workshop is about personal digital archiving, but, at its core, it’s an outreach and advocacy tool: The overarching goal is to advocate for information professionals as essential sources of expertise in assisting individuals (the public, family, students, colleagues, etc.) with their personal archiving needs. How did this idea come about? How does the hands-on mystery activity work? How might you adapt the workshop for use in your own workplace or community? Read on to uncover the clues . . . for clues: archivists, allied info professionals, and the public are all grappling with digital records questions. The solution? SGA’s outreach and advocacy campaign theme will be “Everyday Digital Archives.” Archivists and nonarchivists alike create, use, and preserve digital records in their daily lives, so why can’t digital stewardship feel more “everyday”—more friendly, more doable? Hagenmaier and Assistant Outreach Manager Cathy Miller plan activities focused on demystifying digital stewardship and using personal digital archives as a way to connect with the public about the impor-tance of archives. Programming includes Q&A blog posts with digital archivists, social media outreach, and SGA Annual Meeting discussion sessions used to gather data about digital stewardship challenges Georgia archivists face and the support they need from SGA and the profession. The heart of the campaign is a reusable workshop to be created, facilitated, and promoted collaboratively with other organizations of information professionals. Hagenmaier reaches out and finds partners in crime: Michelle Kirk, eRecords and information governance program manager at Iron Mountain Incorporated, representing ARMA Atlanta, and Oscar Gittemeier, youth services librarian at the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, East Atlanta Branch, representing the Georgia Library Association. With our complementary perspectives combined, we are unstoppable. Together, we create our weapons: the Creative Commons–licensed workshop materials. They include: t A forty-five-minute presentation that combines the insights of records managers, librarians, and archivists on topics such as: o What is a record? July/August 2015 Act II: The Backstory Intended for participants from any background and experience level, the workshop empowers attendees to see Act III: The Sleuth’s Journey Dun dun dun! It’s a dark and stormy night in January 2014. As outreach and advocacy manager for SGA, Wendy Hagenmaier ponders ideas for a themed campaign that would bring SGA members together, offer opportunities for uniting with like-minded organizations, and provide a natural way to connect with users of archives. Time to Images from the fake personal digital archive, which workshop participants analyze sleuth! She looks to uncover murder mystery secrets and best practices for personal digital archiving. 4 A RC HIVA L OU TLO OK
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