Kate Theimer is the author of the popular blog and Twitter account ArchivesNext and a frequent writer, speaker, and commentator on issues related to the future of archives. She is the editor of the series Innovative Practices in Archives and Special Collections
, in which books on description, management, outreach, and reference and access were published in 2014. She is the author of Web 2.0 Tools and Strategies for Archives and Local History Collections
and the editor of A Different Kind of Web: New Connections between Archives and Our Users
. She has published articles in The American Archivist
and the Journal of Digital Humanities
. Kate served on the Council of the Society of American Archivists from 2010 to 2013. Before starting her career as an independent writer and editor, she worked in the policy division of the National Archives and Records Administration in College Park, Maryland. She holds an MSI with a specialization in archives and records management from the University of Michigan and an MA in art history from the University of Maryland.
The following pieces by Joshua Sternfeld, Katharina Hering, Kate Theimer, and Michael Kramer are based on our session at the American Historical Association (AHA) meeting in 2014, “Digital Historiography and the Archives,” and the series of blog posts based on our presentations that we posted on Michael Kramer’s blog, Issues in Digital History, and cross-posted on AHA Today.
In the original presentation of these papers at the AHA session, I was the final speaker on the panel, and so my talk was framed as a response to and expansion of the points made by the previous speakers.
Approaching the field of digital humanities as an outsider is an interesting experience. It is best compared, I think, to being a tourist in a foreign country for which there are no reliable guidebooks.