Everything went wonderfully smoothly at the Archivist Toolkit Workshop held in 204 today. I felt very proud to be part of an organization that could provide the impetus, the setting, the technology, the food and every other kind of support to host a learning event that addressed the needs of our own Special Collections and Archives staff and those of similarly placed professionals in other institutions throughout the state (and from even farther afield).
The Workshop provided a common baseline of knowledge for all in the Special Collections and Archives department and connected us with others in the profession with whom we can turn with our questions and quandries. Since, as a tool, Archivists’ Toolkit anticipates and addresses the range of functions each in our department performs, the Workshop created an experience that allowed us to see how our work inter-relates. It provided a framework for connection and coordination of individual activities (from accession to description) around shared goals (researcher satisfaction).
The heavy lifting for this successful event was carried by Audra Eagle, with significant assistance from Rebecca Petersen. Those of us who had the luxury of turning up and soaking it all in are tremendously grateful.