The SAA Committee on Public Awareness (COPA) is excited to be joining this year’s purveyors of hot topics and cool demonstrations at the Reference, Access, and Outreach (RAO) Section Marketplace of Ideas at the 2016 Annual Meeting. In the spirit of trying new avenues for outreach, we are not only encouraging attendees to live tweet with #ArchivesAWARE, but are also experimenting in LIVE BLOGGING–RIGHT NOW.
We are asking groups of Marketplace shoppers some outreach-related questions to get discussions going, and below are some of the responses we are getting LIVE:
1. What was the best new outreach initiative you’ve tried? If not new, what is your go-to for archival outreach?
- Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia. Outreach resides with the Museum. Tumblr blog for Library. Has 13,000 followers to date. Have a big following among tattoo artists, who like illustrations. Interact with them through Tumblr. Also have a First Friday program with pop-up exhibits.
- Temple University. Cookbooks, do a potluck with older recipes. People come in and find recipes from a selection of cookbooks.
- Stanford. History of Information class. Students had to make recipes.
- Go to. Tufts – Alumni events around commencement..Bring a button maker featuring Jumbo the elephant. Flooded with activity. New series of Tufts traditions.
2. How do you measure success for outreach activities? What are your benchmarks?
3. That being said, what have been some of your outreach fails?
4. Who do you consider an outreach superstar (not just archives!)