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the art of conversation

I mention Euan a lot when I post here as he has a habit of saying or writing things that I find interesting. If you've never met him or heard him speak, this video is a pretty good précis of many of his ideas. It's from a TEDx talk he gave in Cambridge last year.

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the fellowship of the ring (binder)

I had a nice surprise this morning when I found my name in the latest Information and Records Management Society (IRMS) Bulletin. Although I feel a little self-conscious about mentioning it here, it gives me the chance to thank the IRMS for electing me an IRMS Fellow and for giving me their ‘Author of the Year’ award for 2016. I'd also like to offer my congratulations to the other new Fellows, award winners and nominees.

a fitting tribute (album)

A fantastic cover version. It’s taken from ‘Day of the Dead’; a tribute album that, for once, is worth your time.

never finished, never cheap

I was lucky enough to hear the brilliant Elizabeth Emmerson speaking yesterday at a conference organised by my colleagues from CAIS with the Forum for Archives and Records Management Education and Research. She used the phrase ‘never finished, never cheap’ to describe the challenge of archival preservation.

It struck me that this could be a description of many aspects of recordkeeping (at least if they're being done as standards and best practice suggest). Perhaps a theme for a future event?

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reflection

The IRMS were nice enough to invite me to speak at two events towards the end of last year. They both focused on explaining the benefits of recordkeeping to our organisations in ways that resonate with them; on how recordkeeping supports core purposes and functions. My short reflection on some of the themes from those events should appear in the March IRMS Bulletin.

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marmite music

Animal Collective have an album coming out later this month. Their new single, Floridada, made me smile, which is reason enough to mention it here. I've a friend who can't stand it. Marmite music indeed.

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