Event: Society of American Archivists (SAA) 2018 Annual Meeting – Washington D.C. – August 12-18, 2018
Attendee: Martha Chapin – Librarian 1, Rochester Public Library
How does attending this event relate to your current role in your library?
SAA 2018 provided professional development for my new role with Rochester Public Library’s digital archives. Sessions I attended supported my work on our library’s digital collections of city directories, yearbooks, library and local history. I also learned about updates from the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration as well as successes and pitfalls from organizations of all sizes including other public libraries that can be applied to my work in Rochester.
What was your favorite session you attended and why?
My favorite session was “True Confessions: Paying Off the Technical Debt of Early Digital Projects”. The panel discussed case studies from their institutions including decisions to pull the plug on legacy projects or start over. This was pertinent to my new responsibilities working with Rochester’s digital collection.
What’s one (1) idea that you gained from the event that you plan to implement now that you’re back?
An idea that I can implement now that I am back is to add documentation of decisions that were made before I started. This will help me understand processes/procedures in place. Documenting any new decisions or progress I make going forward will also save the future me (and future librarians working on Rochester’s digital collections) time and prevent having to start over.