Call for Contributions: What’s Your Set-Up?

bloggERS!, the blog of the Electronic Records Section of SAA, is accepting proposals for blog posts on the theme “What’s Your Set-Up?” These posts will address the question: what equipment do you need to get your job done in digital archives? We’re particularly interested in posts that consist of a detailed description of hardware, software, and other equipment used in your institution’s digital archives workflow (computers, readers, drives, etc.), as well as more general posts about equipment needs in digital archives.

See our call for posts below and email any proposals to ers.mailer.blog@gmail.com.

We look forward to hearing from all of you.

—The bloggERS! editorial subcommittee

Call for Posts

When starting a digital archives program from scratch, archivists can be easily overwhelmed by the range of hardware and software needed to effectively manage and preserve digital media, the variety of options for different equipment types, and where to obtain everything needed. As our practice evolves, so does the required equipment, and archivists are constantly replacing and improving our equipment according to our needs and resources. 

This series hopes to help break down barriers by allowing archivists to learn from their peers at a variety of institutions. We want to hear about the specific equipment you use in your day-to-day workflows, addressing questions such as: what do your workstations consist of? How many do you have? What readers and drives work reliably for your workflows? How did you obtain them? What doesn’t work? What is on your wish list for equipment acquisition?

We welcome posts from staff at institutions with all levels of budgetary resources. 

Other potential topics and themes for posts:

  • Creating a low-cost digital archives workstation
  • Stories of assembling workstations iteratively
  • Strategies for obtaining the necessary equipment, and preferred vendors
  • Working with IT to establish and support digital archives hardware and software
  • Stories of success or failure with advanced equipment such as the FRED Forensic Workstation or the Kryoflux

Writing for bloggERS! “What’s Your Set-Up?” Series

  • We encourage visual representations: Posts can include or largely consist of comics, flowcharts, a series of memes, etc!
  • Written content should be roughly 600-800 words in length
  • Write posts for a wide audience: anyone who stewards, studies, or has an interest in digital archives and electronic records, both within and beyond SAA
  • Align with other editorial guidelines as outlined in the bloggERS! guidelines for writers.

Please let us know if you are interested in contributing by sending an email to ers.mailer.blog@gmail.com!