Abby Adams is the Assistant Curator of Digital Collections at Hagley Museum and Library. Prior to Hagley, she worked at the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies at the University of Georgia as Access and Electronic Records Archivist. Adams has served on both SAA’s CPR Electronic Records Task Force and Education Committee. She earned an MA in Public History from Armstrong Atlantic University in Savannah, Georgia and an MLIS from the University of South Carolina. Adams has been a certified archivist since 2007.
ABA: In a few sentences, tell us what you’ll be presenting at ABA.
Abby Adams: I will discuss Hagley’s implementation of Preservica and, if time allows, give a brief overview of Hagley’s accessioning procedures for born digital records and processing procedures prior to ingest in Preservica where/if they differ from those of previous speakers.
ABA: What do you hope audiences will get from your talk?
AA: I would like attendees to gain a general understanding of a new option for managing electronic records and discover some new issues to consider when developing policies, procedures, and workflows for born digital records.
ABA: Which of the following do you prefer: “an archive” or “an archives”?
AA: Since my first archival textbook was the 1993 edition of Keeping Archives, I have always understood “archives” to be the preferred form unless referring to a collection of archival documents created or collected by a single individual or organization.
ABA: On a scale from 1 – 10, (10 being hardest) how easy would it be for other archivists to implement the project you’re presenting here?
AA: 4. A low learning curve is one of the primary reasons Hagley chose to implement Preservica.
ABA: For the first time ever we have a very special bonus question. Here it is: What are your thoughts on the use of “archive” as a verb?
AA: The use of “archive” as a verb should never be used in place of the archival terms “process”, “arrange”, or “describe”. Individuals could employ “archive” as a verb with certain technologies, particularly social media applications like Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, WordPress, etc. http://www.quickmeme.com/meme/360mam/
ABA: Thanks for taking to time to answer these questions, Abby. We look forward to hearing your talk on the 28th!