Ever had a question for an archivist that you have not had the chance to ask?
Today archivists around the country, including archivists at the Ohio History Connection, are taking to Twitter to respond to questions tweeted with the hashtag #AskAnArchivist.
How does it work?
By using the hashtag #AskAnArchivist. The public can ask questions to particular archives by using the archive’s Twitter handle in the tweet (So, if you are asking us a question you will use our handle @OhioHistory and the hashtag #AskAnArchivist.
Why not? Archivists are committed not only to preserving information, but also to sharing it. Ask us anything related to archives, collections, professional standards and training, or anything else that archivists might be able to answer. Examples are:
General: How do you become an archivist?
Practice: How do you recommend scanning photographs?
Collection: Do you have any documents signed by famous people in your collections?
Personal: What is one of the strangest reference questions that you have ever been asked?
Specialized: How can rolled documents be flattened?
Thank you to archivists working in our State Archives, Digital Projects, Manuscripts/Audiovisual and Reference departments who volunteered to answer questions today. Answering questions in 140 characters or less can be fun (and a bit of a challenge) and some questions may require a quick bit of research.
Who will be answering your questions?
Liz Plummer – Genealogy
Lily Birkhimer – Digitization
Connie Conner – State and Local Government Records
Lisa Wood – Historic film and photography
Looking for more information about Twitter and how it works? Click here for an introduction to get you started.
We look forward to answering your questions!
#AskAnArchivist Day is a project of the Society of American Archivists.