I’ve written a couple of blog posts (as a guest blogger) about the personal digital archiving talks I’ve given and about some of our events. So for my first post as an “official” NDIIPP blogger, it seems fitting I write about a recent talk I gave at a meeting of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers.
Earlier this week, I attended a NAPO membership meeting to talk about our personal digital archiving guidance related to managing and preserving digital photographs. I was particularly excited to speak to this group, in part, because I’m fan of organizing…anything. But also because I see many commonalities between this professional community and the librarian and archivist community.
Professional organizers use principles and expertise learned through coursework and experience to enhance the lives of their clients. They design organizing systems and teach organizing or life skills. Generally speaking, as information professionals, librarians and archivists are trained in the organization and management of services or materials. They collect, record and maintain books, files, photographs and other documents for an institution or organization. In a few short words: professional organizers and information professionals turn chaos into order.
Because of the similar nature of the skills required to perform both activities, this opportunity gave me a chance to think about our guidance in a different way: how the small-business community could benefit from our personal digital archiving guidance.
Our guidance is geared toward helping individuals preserve personal digital information. We’ve also marketed our guidance to librarians and archivists through an awareness campaign. It strikes me that the small business community can also use our advice to excellent advantage.
Just as people are creating, sharing and handing down digital memories, individuals who run their own business have a vested or economic interest in ensuring their digital information is kept safe and preserved for as long as necessary. Our guidance can provide a starting point for these individuals who may have not thought about personal digital preservation, and I’m looking forward to exploring more effective ways to deliver our tips to this community.
We are currently working on expanding our guidance with additional resources, and we’ll be updating our web site in the next few weeks with this new information. Stay tuned!