Announcing the Hilarys
The two trend articles under consideration at the last Cardigan Continuum London meeting certainly got the discussion going. Quite apart from thoughts about whether or not we recognised the trends identified and whether we could come up with some more, we also talked about the idea of looking for trends in general.
We all saw the value in reflecting on what was going on in the wider world and trying to articulate that. Doing so then enabled us to think about what that meant for our own (archival/records management) interests and aims and how we should respond. From this point we then discussed the difficulty faced in keeping up with developments from both within and (especially) without the field. We commented that there was no UK equivalent of the ArchivesNext blog, in the sense that, although there are several excellent commentators on specific areas (e.g. digital curation, freedom of information etc), there was nothing quite as broad in outlook. Perhaps the archives-nra listserv acts in a similar way, or perhaps there is something else you think does?
And so, this train of thought led eventually to the idea of compiling a list of the most thought-provoking articles, books, ideas, news stories, technologies and so on that we had encountered this year from outside the field. To this end we have decided to seek nominations for our own version of the Oscars – the Hilarys (for want of a better name). These nominations will then act as the list suggested previously and help to draw attention to things you may have missed, but which you probably should be aware of. Please help us by leaving any nominations below. Nominations should take the form of details of whatever you are nominating plus a few words about why you think it should win.
All those attending the next Cardigan Continuum London meeting (date to be confirmed) will be deemed to constitute the awarding committee and get to decide on the shortlist. These will then go to a Twitter vote to decide the winners.
The categories are as follows;
- Most thought-provoking encounter (the idea, article, book, news story, technology or whatever from outside the field of archives and records management that has had the most impact in making you think about what you do in a different way this year)
- Most promising newcomer (a development from outside the field that has occurred in 2013 that you think is most worth keeping an eye on)
So get your thinking caps on and start nominating your favourites. The full list of nominations and the winners will be published here in due course.