As digital technology has become more accessible, archival practitioners have promoted “history harvests” or “community scan days” as opportunities for archives and libraries to preserve digital copies of historical items while community members retain their original copies.
In an archival context, gift agreements transfer the physical ownership of materials from groups or individuals to an institution. Gift agreements should clearly lay out what the donor can expect from the institution and vice versa.
Who are you? What do you care about? How do your materials tell a story that no one else can tell? These are the questions at the heart of collection development work.
When organizing your digital files, it is important to be consistent in what you name them and the information you collect and save about them. This information is called metadata. Use this tool to create your own metadata system for your digital items.
Before conducting an oral history interview, make sure to create a consent form for you and your interviewee to sign.