MARA Blog: General


MARA Blog: General


Call for papers — Records Management Journal

Published: April 2, 2016 by Anna Maloney

Message from Pat: You have written so much–especially those of you in 289 right now. The call is for anyone a student “at the time the call was issued” so those of you graduating in May do qualify. See if one of your papers fits into one of the categories listed in this letter. Edit it as necessary. Submit for publication. We would love to have a MARA student in this edition!!! Let me know if you decide to do this.


Save the Date–MARA Colloquia

Published: March 14, 2016 by Anna Maloney

On Wednesday, March 23, from 1-2PM PT MARA will host guest lecturer Sarah Romkey, the Archivematica Program Manager. Ms. Romkey will introduce Archivematica, discuss its use by large and small institutions, and expand on the importance of open-source solutions for digital preservation. This promises to be a very interesting presentation for those interested in emerging technologies and the future of archival management! We hope to see you there.


Wisconsin Open Records Law

Published: February 19, 2016 by Anna Maloney

A few weeks ago, the MARA blog covered the Netflix docuseries Making a Murderer, and the influx of records requests that Manitowoc County, Wisconsin has seen since the series premiered in December 2015. Wisconsin open records laws are now being publicly examined after a state board expanded the definition of “transitory records” to include correspondence (electronic and analog), interim files, and recordings used for training purposes.


Assessing Archives and Records Management Policy in Japan

Published: February 4, 2016 by Anna Maloney

In April of this year, Japan celebrates the fifth anniversary of the Public Records and Archives Management Act. Passed in the 2011, the act implemented a uniform management plan for administrative documents; introduced a records schedule; created requirements for reports on the management practice of government ministries; established a system of inspection and recommendation; and funds external professionals and the promotion of historical public records and archives.


Save the Date — Washington’s Digital Preservation Model

Published: January 27, 2016 by Anna Maloney

Welcome to the spring semester! Our first MARA guest lecturer this year is Debbie Bahn, who will be presenting Washington’s Digital Preservation Model on February 11th from 5:30-6:30 PST. Ms. Bahn is the Electronic Records Archivist for the Washington State Archives and will discuss the development of the institution’s digital repository, which was developed entirely in-house.


The Internet Archive Turns 20

Published: January 28, 2016 by Anna Maloney

In 2016, the Internet Archive celebrates its 20-year anniversary. Created in 1996 to capture and preserve websites and web pages, the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine is the front-end, user interface for these archived sites. This week, Forbes’ Kalev Leetaru looks into the history of this complex data capture and the organization’s Worldwide Web Crawls. The image below, from February 20, 1997, is the first SJSU homepage capture available through the Wayback Machine.


Follow-up Thoughts from Robert Smallwood

Published: November 12, 2015 by Anna Maloney

Those of you who attended asked about job/internship leads and skills to prepare one for positions in Information Governance and related careers.  Robert Smallwood, who spoke on 11/05, wanted me to share the following with those who attended. But I thought all MARA students might be interested:


Interview with UN Chief of Archives and Records Management

Published: September 11, 2015 by Anna Maloney

The Huffington Post recently conducted a fascinating interview with Bridget Sisk, Chief of the United Nations Archives and Records Management Section. In the interview, Bridget discusses the management of the 60,000+ boxes of UN records. My favorite quote:

“I think people usually have this stereotypical view of archives as, sitting in a dusty old basement looking at paper all day, and actually that couldn’t be more further from the truth. We’re very much on the frontline.”


Building a Data Governance Team

Published: August 3, 2015 by Darren Ilett

A post at Enterprise Apps Today discusses how to build a data government team, including tips on understanding data needs, thoughts about how team change over time, and a description of various team structures. Read more at the original post.


NIRMA Conference

Published: June 22, 2015 by Darren Ilett

NIRMA’s Nuclear Information Management Conference is coming up, August 9-12, 2015, in Summerlin, NV.