Students in the MARA program and those interested in archives and preservation, electronic records management, information governance, and related fields are highly encouraged to visit this blog often. Managed by MARA Program Coordinator Darra Hofman and written by a current MARA student, this blog will keep you current with the MARA community and what’s happening in the profession.



Around the Web: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to Digitize its Physical Media Assets

Published: June 21, 2017 by Anna Maloney

In May 2017, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation shared some exciting news that is of particular interest to the archives and preservation community: a massive project aimed at the long-term digital preservation of all of the CBC’s and Radio-Canada’s physical media assets. Combined, this includes over 1 million audio, video, and film assets.


MARA Student D’Anderia Dunham Reflects on 20+ Years in RIM

Published: June 7, 2017 by Anna Maloney

D’Anderia Dunham was a 17-year old high school student when she started her career in records administration. Although she was eager to work at the time, her mother was reluctant.

“She didn’t want me to do fast food and she wanted a job that was going to be safe. She wanted me to be able to learn office etiquette—to her that was the most important thing,” said Dunham.


MARA Hosts Presentation on CIP Examination

Published: May 2, 2017 by Anna Maloney

On April 20th, the MARA webcast series featured a presentation by Jesse Wilkins, Director of Research & Development for the International Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM). Wilkins discussed the Certified Information Professional (CIP) designation offered by AIIM, and covered topics included the audience for the certification, the examination development process, and the benefits of the CIP.


ALA Celebrates Preservation Week 2017

Published: April 24, 2017 by Anna Maloney

In addition to celebrating Records and Information Management month during the month of April, archivists and RIM professionals have another cause to communicate: the last week of April is designated as Preservation Week, an event sponsored largely by the American Library Association to raise awareness about collection preservation. 


Current Predictions for Digital Preservation

Published: April 12, 2017 by Anna Maloney

Records and Information Management Month is a great opportunity for records managers and archivists alike to share the value of RIM and to garner excitement for the future. In a March 2017 opinion piece in Information Management, Jon Tilbury, Chief Technology Officer for Preservica, forecasted the following predictions regarding the future of digital preservation:


April is Records and Information Management Month

Published: April 5, 2017 by Anna Maloney

April is a month of many holidays. Today, April 5th, we celebrate National Caramel Day, National Deep Dish Pizza Day, National Go For Broke Day, National Raison and Spice Bar Day, National Read a Road Map Day, National Walking Day, and Childhelp National Day of Hope.


Profile on MARA Student Edward Sumcad

Published: March 29, 2017 by Anna Maloney

For the past two years, I have worked as Dr. Franks’ student research assistant. For the first few months of the fall semester, I spend much of my time working on the jobs analysis, a task which exposes me to the language and trends of archives and records management job postings and from which I have learned one thing: motivated self-starters with a passion and dedication for records management are in high demand.


March 12-18 is Sunshine Week

Published: March 16, 2017 by Anna Maloney

March 12-March 18 is Sunshine Week in the United States, a national celebration of freedom of information, freedom of the press, and open government.