With this post, the College & University Archives section launches its new blog, The Academic Archivist. Why a blog? To be honest, it’s something we’ve been talking about for a number of years. One of the primary reasons for switching to a blog format is our desire to get relevant content to you in a more timely fashion rather than saving it for one push in a semiannual or quarterly fashion. We believe the blog format affords great flexibility in managing the workflow for production and provides increased opportunities for integration with social media and interaction amongst our members.
For those of you with concerns about the section’s ability to maintain a blog for the long-term, let us allay those for you: our SAA microsite will continue to serve as our repository for meeting minutes, reports, and other official documents.
We envision the blog as a place where you can come to find links to information and resources related to college and university archives, where you can find original content written by your peers, where you can learn about section leaders, and where you can find answers to questions you might have. In the weeks and months to come, we hope to nurture this blog, providing a steady and reliable source of information for the section.
Ultimately, however, we want this blog to be responsive to the needs of the section members, to grow in directions that are needed and valuable to our members. We welcome guest posts, including case studies; reports on webinars or conferences with relevant content; reviews of books, articles, or other blog posts related to college and university archives topics; and more. What would you like to see here? What areas of college and university archivy do you want to read more about? We want to hear from you! Submit your ideas and suggestions using the form below.