I realized while at MARAC at the end of October that I never posted here about the completion and publication of the Interactive Archivist: Case Studies in Utilizing Web 2.0 to Improve the Archival Experience . The brainchild of J. Gordon Daines III and Cory Nimer , this free SAA ePublication  only exists online and brings together ten Web 2.0 archivist-oriented case studies  covering blogs, mashups, tagging, wikis, Facebook and more. It also includes thorough introductions to each of the technologies  covered by case studies, an annotated bibliography  and a link to a living list of resources on Delicious .
My contribution to the collection is titled Spellbound Blog: Using Blogs as a Professional Development Opportunity . I don’t spend much time on this blog talking about blogging, so if you ever wanted to know more about why I blog or are considering starting a blog yourself – my case study might be of interest.
Thank you again to Gordon and Cory for including me as part of their project. I think that it is a great contribution to the cultural heritage community at large. These case studies take a wide range of new technologies and make them accessible through real examples and lessons learned. I don’t know about you, but I believe I learn at least 10x as much from someone’s first hand experience than I would from an abstracted explanation of how one might use a new technology. I hope you find the Interactive Archivist  as rich a resource as I believe you will.
- SAA2009: Building, Managing and Participating in Online Communities 
- University of Maryland: Benefits of Blogging Workshop (May 6, 2009) 
- Ideas for SAA2007: Web Awards, Wikis and Blogs 
- Harnessing The Power of We: Transcription, Acquisition and Tagging