Weekly web archiving roundup: June 24, 2015

Weekly web archiving roundup for the week of June 24, 2015:

  • A New Interface and New Web Archive Content at Loc.gov“, by Abbie Grotke. Recently the Library of Congress launched a significant amount of new Web Archive content on the Library’s Web site, as a part of a continued effort to integrate the Library’s Web Archives into the rest of the loc.gov web presence.
  • Dodge that Memory Hole: Saving Digital News“, by Abbey Potter. Newspapers are some of the most-used collections at libraries. Networked digital technologies have changed how we communicate with each other and have rapidly changed how information is disseminated. These changes have had a drastic effect in the news industry, disrupting delivery mechanisms, upending business models and dispersing  resources across the world wide web.
  • The Archive Is Closed“, by Scott McLemee.  Update on the Twitter archive at the Library of Congress.
  • Data is immortal, but not immune to decay“, by Martin Doyle. Data exists in a dangerous state of near-non existence. Few businesses would risk not having backups in place. With cloud computing becoming commonplace in enterprise, we’ve come to accept that our data will be replicated and stored in duplicate.
  • Facing the Challenge of Web Archives Preservation Collaboratively: The Role and Work of the IIPC Preservation Working Group“, by IIPC Preservation Working Group – DLib Mag. DLib Magazine article on the goals and activities of the IIPC Preservation Working Group (PWG), including as a survey about the current state of preservation in member web archives and a number of collaborative projects which the Preservation Working Group is developing. These resources are designed to help address the preservation and long-term access to the web by sharing ideas and experiences, and by building up databases of information for support of preservation strategies and actions.

Web Archiving Roundtable elections: candidates and bylaws

This year we are electing a Vice Chair, Education Coordinator, Web Liaison, and Social Media Manager.  The Vice Chair is a 2-year term, while the rest are 1-year.  We are also voting on changes to the Roundtable bylaws.  Below the candidate information are the proposed bylaw changes in red.


Vice Chair candidate

John Bence

I am the University Archivist at Emory University and  has served as a social media manager on the steering committee for two years, working closely with the web liaison on integrating the blog and the twitter feed and on identifying content for both. I have been involved in survey of members and two of the roundtable’s online hangouts with web archiving professionals. At work, I will be making the transition from the California Digital Library’s Web Archiving Service to Archive-It and, thus, will be engaged in web archiving in such a away that will make me particularly attune to issues in the field and concerns of the membership. Having seen the group make valuable contributions until now, I would love to help continue our work and make the roundtable an effective group for archivists working in web archiving.


Education Coordinator candidate

Anna Perricci

Summary: Please re-elect me as the education coordinator for the the Web Archiving Roundtable.  I would like to move forward with the work I have done with the Web Archiving Roundtable steering committee over the past two years.  In the near term I have plans for more webinars following the two webinars we held in May, 2015.  As an active member of the International Internet Preservation Consortium Preservation Working Group, a co-founder of the METRO Web Archiving SIG and active member of ARLIS/NA I look forward to continuing to build communication channels and collaborations between these and other groups. Thanks for your consideration!

My current position: In May 2013, I started as a Web Archiving Project Librarian at Columbia University.  A main goal of my role is to foster collaboration and improvements in web archiving.  I work with colleagues to form new collection development models, address technical challenges and implement strategies for the stewardship of web archives.  We are building strong networks of professionals with an interest in web archiving to extend current web archiving models and methods.

Background: While completing my MSI in Archives and Records Management at the University of Michigan with a focus on digital preservation, I also earned a graduate teaching certificate.  At the New York Public Library, I served as a preservation librarian and then was responsible for education, outreach and statistical analysis at ARTstor.  On a volunteer basis I have helped artists and activists in New York City preserve their work in multiple venues including in conjunction with FIGMENT (a participatory art festival) and the Archives Working Group of Occupy Wall Street.


Web Liaison candidates

Melissa Isaacs

I completed my MLS from Emporia State University in 2012; I also hold completed Master’s degrees in American Studies and Museum Studies and am gradually working my way towards SAA’s Digital Archivist certificate. Since 2012 I have served as the Archivist for the Religion in Kansas Project through the Religious Studies department at the University of Kansas. The Religion in Kansas Project began in 2009 as an oral history project, but has since been expanded in scope to include the development of a digital clearinghouse for information on the religious experience in Kansas. In an effort to document the contemporary religious experience in Kansas, I began an initiative to archive the websites of Kansas-based religious organizations. I represent the lone arranger, shoestring-budget contingent who have nevertheless heard the siren call of web archiving and are endeavoring to learn all they can about this area of digital preservation. To the role of web liaison, I bring several years of experience developing and managing the website of the KU Religious Studies department, and the consummate desire to fulfill the information needs of others.


Scott Reed

I have three years experience working in web archiving in the realm of the Archive-It, I have had wide exposure to the field including assisting many members in the round table with their work and collaborating with a variety of institutions around the country. I am also a member of the Society of California Archivists, and have attended a variety of archives related conferences in the US and abroad giving me insight into the challenges and successes in the web archiving field beyond Archive-It. In addition, I have been responsible for the past two years in managing Archive-It’s social media and website presence, including the Archive-It blog. I am very comfortable with web publishing and I think I could serve well in this role. At the end of July, I will be leaving my position at Archive-It to start the graduate program in Information Studies at UCLA where I will continue learning and working in the realm of digital preservation. I hope to stay connected to the web archiving community and the Society of American Archivists, and in addition I intend to engage in broader conversations about the future of capture, access, and preservation of web content. Serving the web archiving community as part of the Web Archiving Round Table would be an excellent opportunity.


Social Media Manager candidates

Rose Chiango

In August I will complete my degree at the University of Pittsburgh in Archives and Information Science, and afterwards, I plan to continue developing my interest in born-digital records, web archives, and the preservation of social media networks.

Having previously served on two non-profit boards, as well as on multiple committees within institutions where I have worked, I am comfortable collaborating in a group and working independently to complete tasks. I managed social media, organized a website redesign, and was chair of the marketing and publicity committee for a community organization. As the co-president of our student chapter of SAA, I would like to continue to be involved in SAA by participating in Steering Committee activities and managing social media for the Web Archiving Roundtable.


Calvin Rydbom

I am vice president of Pursue Posterity, an archiving firm located in Cleveland, Ohio. Web Archiving is part of our profession I feel is quickly growing in relevance. Especially as in a previous life I managed websites for small businesses that no longer exist. I run the social media aspects of Pursue Posterity, and am interested in new and emerging ways to get messages across. I have a M.A. in English from the University of Akron and a M.L.I.S. from Kent State University.




We are also proposing several changes to the Web Archiving Roundtable bylaws.  The bylaws sections containing changes are below, with proposed changes in red.


VI. Governance

The Web Archiving Roundtable Steering Committee is composed of five to six members from the roundtable leadership: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Web Liaison, Education Coordinator, one member from the and the Social Media Managers.  When applicable, a sixth seventh member of the Steering Committee will be appointed from the Best Practices/Toolbox Committee.  The Chair, in consultation with the Vice Chair and the Past Chair, is responsible for appointing members from the Social Media Man agers and Best Practices/Toolbox Committee to serve on the Steering Committee if needed.  The Chair will serve as the head of the Steering Committee.  The Steering Committee directs and coordinates all roundtable activities, including the establishment of annual projects and meetings.

Elected positions of leadership are as follows:

Chair: (1 individual)
● Provides leadership for
o   Elections
o   Reporting
o   Governance
o   Meetings
● Serves as liaison to SAA and other bodies.
● Coordinates session proposals for annual meeting.
● Serves as the head of the Steering Committee.
● Fulfills all responsibilities specified in Section X: Roundtables of the SAA Governance Manual.

Vice Chair: (1 individual)
● Gives support to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of the Chair as assigned.
● Operates as acting Chair in the absence of the Chair.
● Serves as member of the Steering Committee.
● Fulfills all responsibilities specified in Section X: Roundtables of the SAA Governance Manual.

● In consultation with Chair and Vice Chair establishes all Steering Committee meetings.
● Calls for and distributes agenda items for Steering Committee meetings.
● Records meeting minutes and distributes them to the Steering Committee.
● Serves as member of the Steering Committee.

Web Liaison: (1 individual)
● Maintains and updates roundtable website, for both SAA and external sites.
● Serves as member of the Steering Committee.

Education Coordinator: (1 individual)
● Serves as the roundtable’s liaison to SAA Education Committee.
● Arranges informal online meet-ups for members.
● Prepares educational experiences, such as guest speakers, etc.
● Serves as member of the Steering Committee.

Social Media Managers: (1-2 individual[s])
● Coordinates and updates social media feeds utilized by the roundtable.
● Serves as member of the Steering Committee.

Appointed positions of leadership are as follows:

Past Chair:
● Coordinates and calls all meetings for the Best Practices/Toolbox Committee.
● Works as liaison to the Steering Committee on behalf of Best Practices/Toolbox
● Serves on the Steering Committee at the discretion of the current Chair.
● In consultation with the current Chair, sets the yearly agenda for the Best Practices/Toolbox Committee

Best Practices/Toolbox Committee: (3-6 individuals)
● Creates/updates standards and promotes strategies to enhance the quality of web
● Shares links and resources with members, providing up-to-date information regarding Committee.

The Chair will serve for a term of one year to begin immediately following the annual Society of American Archivists’ Meeting.  The Vice Chair will serve for two years, in the first year as Chair elect and in the second year as Chair.  The Past Chair serves for one year immediately following the annual Society of American Archivists’ Meeting of which they chaired.  All other positions appointed or elected shall be required to commit to a term of no more than one year.

VII. Elections and appointments

Membership in the Web Archiving Roundtable is required in order to participate in elections through candidacy or in casting a ballot.

The Chair shall issue a call for nominations, including self-nominations, for the positions of Vice Chair, Secretary, Web Liaison, Education Coordinator, and Social Media Manager (s) every June to all Web Archiving Roundtable members via the roundtable’s established forms of communication. A slate of candidates shall be established by the officers and announced to roundtable members no later than June 15.

Weekly web archiving roundup: June 4, 2015

Weekly web archiving roundup for the week of June 4, 2015:

  • School Board Meetings to Go Live“, by Rita Robinson. The Laguna Beach Unified School District board voted 3-1 Tuesday to stream public meetings online. The board approved $50,000 for equipment and technology for live-stream-webcasting and archiving school board meetings on the district’s website.
  • Are You Doing Enough to Prevent Link Rot?“, by Ernie Smith. Organizations and universities alike have been banding together to prevent important-yet-dated documents from disappearing entirely online.
  • How Broken Hyperlinks Are Screwing Up Science“, by Chris Mills. For most of us, a hyperlink 404ing is a problem fixable with a quick visit to the Wayback Machine (or maybe just taking a walk away from the computer and reflecting on the importance of cat GIFs). But for academics, broken links present a more serious issue.