ArchivesNext is a great blog to follow to keep up with how archives are adapting to and adopting newer technologies and making their digital presence known. Put together by archivist Kate Theimer, the blog is very accessible and invites users to join in the conversation. In addition to the blog, Theimer links to a Flickr group for archives involved in digitization, encouraging collaboration and conversation in the profession. Theimer, in her statement about the purpose of the blog, states that she wants to create a space for discussion that is open to those with both basic and advanced skills and knowledge of Web 2.0 tools.
Aside from the informative blog posts, Theimer has a section devoted to archives that are involved with ‘Web 2.0’ technologies. She lists institutions and their programs by type of technology they use and provides links to the projects. The list seems to be expanding, and the blog also links to “Archives 2.0” wiki, where there is a more extensive listing of projects and allows users to become members and edit the pages. I think this is a great way of showcasing the projects of these institutions both for their content and for their use of technologies. Perhaps these projects can provide a reference point for institutions interested in starting a project of their own.
I think Theimer does a great job with this blog; creating a space for people interested in archives and web 2.0 to collaborate and to gain knowledge about what kinds of projects are currently in place.