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The Future of ArchivesBlogs

Every project has it's day. I've administered ArchivesBlogs for four years now. Originally, I created it to fill a void when blogging was new to the archival profession, and archivists were having to make the case for dedicating staff time to shepherding early social media projects. Four years later, things are much different; I'm less interested in Web 2.0 (professionally speaking), more archivists are blogging, and more repositories are maintaining their own blogs.

Despite the changes in the archival blogosphere and repository administration, archivists still contact me occasionally and remind me of the value of ArchivesBlogs. It's also lead to some interesting debates in the past. I still think it has its place, but I don't want to be the only person shaping its future. I've also been thinking for a while that I want to get out of the aggregation business, and I believe time to put together a succession plan.

The reality is that I don't have the time to rethink what ArchivesBlogs could be, or even give it the care and feeding it needs to keep running. In short, I'm looking for help. No, scratch that.

I'm looking for someone to take over ArchivesBlogs. You certainly won't go it alone - I'll help with the transition period, and it's even possible I'll help with a migration from its WordPress-based install to something slicker or even something simpler. Either way, please let me know if it's something you're interested in helping with. It would arguably be even better if several individuals were interested in helping out. While strong tech skills aren't essential, they'll certainly help, and if you don't have the, already, you'll likely pick some up in the process.

What you'd need to know and/or learn:

  • Running a content management system like WordPress or Drupal
  • Some knowledge of HTML and CSS
  • Basic knowledge of PHP and how to work with a MySQL database
  • Connecting to remote machines using SSH and SFTP

As a reminder, ArchivesBlogs is hosted by, so you wouldn't have to foot the bill for hosting the site personally. is registered through August of 2012, and I'd certainly be willing to contribute several more years' worth of registration fees in the interim.

Please leave me a comment if you're interested or have any ideas. I realize that someone may propose the possibility of SAA hosting ArchivesBlogs. This might be a plausible idea, but would likely require more substantial planning than for which I have time.



  • 💬 Michelle Belden at September 22, 2010, 00:43 UTC:

    I'd be interested in helping take on this task!

    -I've got the HTML and CSS;
    -I've had classes in PHP & MySQL but it hasn't necessarily stuck since I haven't used them afterwards;
    -I have CMS experience, though not with WordPress or Drupal;
    -And again I've done the SSH and SFTP, though it's been a while.

    I'm a quick learner (aren't all we hungry little archivistas) and I'm looking for a way to contribute to the profession. Also I can probably find help from the pool of my former and current coworkers.

    All best,

  • 💬 Gary Collins at October 22, 2010, 14:33 UTC:

    Hi Mark,

    I can't offer any assistance in taking over ArchivesBlogs, but I just wanted to let you know that I've found it a very useful tool. Via this blog and Google Reader I get details on archives, libraries & museums worldwide that helps put the scene in the UK into context. It also gives information on ideas and projects that would have otherwise passed me (and others) by.



  • 💬 Jason Fowler at October 27, 2010, 18:02 UTC:


    I would be interested in talking with you about it. I have an interest in it, and I have someone in mind who might be able to help with managing it. I have a pretty strong background with all of the things that you technologies you mentioned above. You can contact me via email if you haven't found anyone yet.