Lessons from TCART
Following is a report from yesterday's TCART symposium about some things we learned that could be relevant to researchers as well as archivists!
-An archivist from Target Corporation noted that the primary client for corporate or business archives is always the corporation itself. Thus, many times public researchers will be turned away. He said not to despair, however, but try to contact a corporate archives anyway if there's a chance it has useful information for you - there's always a chance that you'll be given access.
-One panel focused on issues of security and privacy in archives. The main lesson I took from this session was that different types of archives (e.g., corporate, academic, public) have different types of access restrictions on their collections. CBI has a few restrictions on some of its collections, for instance, mainly dealing with proprietary issues for corporations. Always check the finding aids for information on restrictions - they will warn you in advance if you will not be allowed to look at the documents.
-Finally, a member of the Digital Collections Unit talked about the University of MInnesota's effort to preserve U of M web sites in our digital conservancy. If you have an interest in institutional history, definitely check out the University Digital Conservancy - it's fascinating.