Item Open AccessThe University of Regina's Use of Digitization as an Access Tool(2013-05-30) Vajcner, MarkThis paper outlines several digital projects undertaken at Archives and Special Collections at the University of Regina. The focus is on the contextual links, built into each project, and the ability of these links to enhance access to, and understanding of, the digitized archival materials. Item Open AccessSaskatchewan's Visual Arts: Developing a Contextualized Digital Collection(2012-05-04) Vajcner, MarkThis paper discusses a provincially-funded initiative to digitize select archival materials relating to Saskatchewan artists since 1950. The project aims to present materials with as much contextual information as possible allowing clients to use the digital archive as a research collection. Item Open AccessArchives and Social Media(2011-07) Vajcner, MarkThis report examines the growing use of social media by archives through a short literature review and survey of various Canadian archives and archivists. It concludes with a series of recommendations about social media use in archives and a draft social media strategy for the University of Regina. Item Open AccessBuilding the Archives: Collaboration between Artist and Archivist in Collection Development(2011-10-12) Vajcner, MarkThis paper discusses the collaborative process of collection development employed by Archives and Special Collections at the University of Regina. It highlights the acquisition of artists' papers and touches on a recent initiative to build a digital archive of artists’ records. Item Open AccessThe Importance of Context for Digitized Archival Collections(American Association for History and Computing, 2008-04) Vajcner, MarkArchival theory and practice have evolved to ensure the evidential value of records. The context of a record is fundamentally important to this process. While the publication of selected archival documents has always posed problems, this is now greatly amplified in the digital age. This article investigates some of the possible consequences of a loss of context in digital collections and encourages archivists to develop advanced finding aids linking contextual information to digitized materials. Item Open AccessEvidence and Accountability: Digital Archives and Public Policy(2009-05-16) Vajcner, MarkThe traditional perception of archives as the exclusive domain of historians is being challenged. More than ever archives are viewed by the public as sources for evidence of rights and as instruments in the search for accountability. This paper discusses how archives may meet these expectations in the digital world. Item Open AccessTrends in Digitization on the Canadian Prairies: The Saskatchewan Experience(2007-11-12) Vajcner, MarkA brief introduction to digitization activity in Saskatchewan highlighting various collaborative efforts to place archival materials on the internet. Item Open AccessDigitization Efforts in the Saskatchewan Archival Community(2005-02-10) Vajcner, MarkA brief outline of digital collections in various Saskatchewan archives. Tracing development from the first on-line archival descriptions to virtual exhibits and projects such as the Northern Portal and the Prairie Populism project. Item Open AccessThe Possibility of Partnerships in Archiving Electronic Records: A Proposal for the University of Manitoba(1998-05-28) Vajcner, MarkElectronic records pose specific challenges to long-established archival goals. In response archivists are establishing partnerships with stakeholders that have an interest in the long-term preservation of electronic information. This paper examines one such proposed partnership for the University of Manitoba. Item Open AccessContext and Digitization: Towards a New Model for Archives(2008-02) Vajcner, MarkWhile researchers are dependent on the soundness of archival records, most archival research is not based on a method that considers provenance, origins, and context carefully. Researchers may not be aware of the loss of context that is rampant with digitized archival materials and the corresponding loss of evidential and research value. The proposed thesis will examine current digitization strategies, and their shortcomings, by collecting experiences of both digitization practitioners and users. The final research aim is to identify the components necessary in building a digitization project model that is both true to archival principles and that is also an effective resource for archival researchers. Item Open AccessReaching Out from the Other Side of the Reference Desk: A User's Perspective on Evolving Library Services(2008-04-25) Vajcner, MarkAs service delivery models change, and as librarians increasingly reach out to their communities, some users reach back. The last few years have seen profound changes in the academic library environment reflecting seminal changes in academia. Publishing models, research tools, and scholarly communication have all been revolutionized. As libraries adapt, researchers do as well. This paper provides some personal reflections on the changing role of libraries.