Lots of archivists out there are partnering with technologists-and becoming technologists themselves. Just look at a few of the poster sessions that were in the exhibit hall at yesterday’s reception at SAA. (And for those of you who are not in San Diego I hope SAA will provide a list of URLs for the presenters) and you will see that there are a lot of interesting and innovative things happening in the profession.
I wonder how we can better support and inspire those who, like so many archivists out there, don’t have access to the resources–or don’t think they do–that will enable them to engage in the interactive/social/participatory aspect of Archives. In an attempt to move the profession forward and keep it relevant, we cannot leave behind those who do not have the access to resources that more fortunate organizations have.
The digital divide will always be with us. It will always be the responsbilitiy of the better resourced organizations to help and support the profession as a whole. And this has been a hallmark of the archives profession for as long as I have been a part of it.
BUT, and this is also a key point, it works both ways. No matter how small your organization–from lone arranger to part time volunteers–you CAN participate in the larger world by creating partnerships with those who are connected and take advantage of those partnerships to fully participate in the profession and make the most of what you have.
As Jon Voss said, “it is all about building a better time machine” and we are the only ones who can do it.