The Importance of Story

I have been reading some Chris Brogan material lately and stumbled onto a thread about the importance of story, http://www.chrisbrogan.com/importance-of-story. Brogan cites author Donald Miller’s “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years.” I haven’t read it yet although I’m half way through Miller’s “Looking For God Knows What.” Archivists seem susceptible to missing the importanceContinue reading “The Importance of Story”

In Defense of Silos

Words I’m not one for management jargon.  I’ve been skimming my share of management books lately.  Most recently, Good to Great (especially the booklet for social sectors).  Good to Great was published in 2001 so I’m behind in the lastest chic management style, but then again, so it seems is our terminology.  Take the termContinue reading “In Defense of Silos”

Isn’t This How is Should Work?

We are continually trying to tweak and improve the SeekingMichigan web site.  To date, we’ve put out over a million records and images online.  We hope to launch an e-commerce module in the next month, and then look at comments, ratings etc.  We have also begun to build out resources like our Michigan County ClerksContinue reading “Isn’t This How is Should Work?”

Springtime in the Archives

I need to catch up with what has occurred at the Archives of Michigan in the last few months. Nothing has been more time consuming than the launch of seekingmichigan.org. We went live yesterday and the site teetered for 3-4 hours before succumbing to high traffic. It illustrated a typical problem with a new website launch. Namely, you don’t know what you are going to get for traffic.

Archives of Michigan Monthly Round Up

We have been steadily moving forward with our launch of Seeking Michigan.  If you have not heard me talk about this, it is a new joint effort with the Library of Michigan.  It appears that we are slated to launch on February 1, 2009.  We will hit you with a news blast nearer that date.Continue reading “Archives of Michigan Monthly Round Up”

Seeking Michigan

The Archives of Michigan is excited to announce that is will be redesigning it’s existing content management site, http://www.archivesofmichigan.org.  This is a joint project with the Library of Michigan.  Plans include expanding content including over 1,000,000 death records, 70,000 land patent records, photographs and maps. We have contracted with Greg Storey and Airbag Industries, Inc. Continue reading “Seeking Michigan”

Leavenworth Photograph Collection Lansing, Michigan

Click Jack Carlos and Band – Large image to view an enlarged version of the image. In the 1920s, Lansing residents danced to jazz bands from Michigan and across the US. These included James C. Dimmick’s Million Dollar Sunny Brook Orchestra, Nate Fry and the Gold Diggers, Wilson’s Serenaders, the Waltz Wizards, the Masqueraders, theContinue reading “Leavenworth Photograph Collection Lansing, Michigan”

Sports Archives on the Web

Here is an interesting article from the NYT on March 17. Dusting Off the Archive for the Web Visitors to the Sports Illustrated Web site will be able to check out the George Steinbrenner cover story from 1993, along with Magic Johnson in 1991 and Casey Stengel and Yogi Berra in 1964. By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑAContinue reading “Sports Archives on the Web”

Encoded Archival Description (EAD) at the Archives of Michigan

Quietly last month we turned the Archives of Michigan EAD site on to a live server.  The initial guide for the Michigan Military Establishment is the result of a National Historical Records and Publications (NHPRC) grant titled “Thank God for Michigan” awarded in 2007.  The grant seeks to uncover time and cost effective methods ofContinue reading “Encoded Archival Description (EAD) at the Archives of Michigan”