Connecting Collections, People, and Professionals

White board from inaugural meeting of the Puget Sound Special Collections Interest Group

Today marked the first meeting of the Puget Sound Special Collections Interest Group at the Seattle Public Library, which has been convened in an effort to encourage collaboration and communication among the various stakeholders in the local special collections and archives community.  I didn’t take a head count, but about thirty-five or so people made it to what was a very lively meeting.  As you can see, the group came up with a very ambitious and lengthy “to-do” list.  Thanks to Jodee Fenton of SPL and Sean Lanksbury of the Washington State Library for organizing the meeting.

Tomorrow the rest of you can drop by SPL to take in the annual Archives Fair extravaganza.  Happy Archives Month, everyone (there, got it in, just in the nick of time)!


Seattle Archives Fair: Part Two

Seattle Archives Fair 2009

PNW Blog paid a flying visit last Friday to the Archives Fair, which was held for the first time in the dramatic setting provided by SPL’s Central Library.  By all accounts, the event was even better attended than usual this year and deemed a real success.  Kudos to the organizers and all participants!  And come back soon, Hannah!

Seattle Archives Fair

Poster for 2009 Seattle Archives FairAs previously mentioned, the annual Seattle Archives Fair, sponsored by the Seattle Area Archivists, will take place this Friday, October 30th, 2009, on level 10 of the Seattle Public Library’s Central Branch.  Archivists from a wide range of local repositories will available to answer your questions and share information about the holdings of their institutions.

Representing the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections Division at this year’s event will be Hannah Palin, who will focus on our archival moving image collections.   The fair runs from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM.  Directions and additional information is available on the SPL Web site.