Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Primary Sources in the Sciences at SAA

The Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting is coming up next week in Washington, D.C. Our orthodontics digitization work will be one of the projects presented at a Thursday morning session, "Primary Sources in the Sciences: Accessing the Past to Ensure Tomorrow's Discoveries."

We completed our initial scanning priorities for this project in June, and the project was awarded a no-cost extension. Student worker Ashley Ehmig is now editing metadata before we get our next assignment.

I'll be moderating the session, which will include audience discussion of how archives can better support research and teaching in the sciences (rather than in the history of those fields). The other panelists are Christina Fidler of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, who will present the Grinnell Resurvey Project; and Wendy Wasman of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, presenting her work with K-12 education programs. This is a new and exciting area for archivists to discover, and we hope for a lively and productive exchange.