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AERI 2012

Two weeks ago I attended the fourth annual Archival Education and Research Institute (AERI) at UCLA. The conference brings together virtually all the graduate students and professors who research  and study archival science in North America (and many scholars from Australia and Europe). I’ve been fortunate enough to attend all of the past annual institutes and each year I see how the community has grown and changed. It’s so great to see our early doctoral cohort progress!

On Tuesday I participated in a workshop run by Frank Upward entitled “Cloud Computing and the Post-custodial Archive.” Wow. My continuum consciousness was expanded.

In the afternoon I presented during the “Electronic records requirements and new technologies” panel. I gave a talk on framing the question “When is a record?” in mobile computing environments. I presented this framework that I’ve been developing in order to recover the materiality of electronic records back into our theories about them. This work is part of my dissertation research and the basis for a chapter that I am writing for a book edited by Anne Gilliland, Andrew Lau, and Sue McKemmish called Research in the Archival Multiverse.

On Wednesday the formidable Student Programming Committee pulled off an amazing Student Day. Each of the workshops and conference events were programmed and run by doctoral students. Archives Trivia NITE and AERIoke were also absolutely amazing. Special shout out to Michael, Andrew, Dalena, David and Ellen-Rae.

See if you can name the actor; the archive or library; and the title of the film featured in the IMAGE ROUND below.