On Friday, I am giving a webinar on personal archiving. It's free and open to anyone. (You can register here.) Even if you can't attend live, you should watch the recording once it's ready.
This webinar sprung out of a workshop a professor asked me to teach this past spring semester. Her course focused on global archives but she wanted her students to take away the lesson that they are the archivists of their own lives. That's where I came in.
I talked about the nitty gritty of what to save, why to save it, and how to save it. I also talked about things of particular interest to our specific group of students. The workshop ended with a ton of great questions and I knew this was something that I needed to share outside of that one classroom.
Thus, the webinar was born. I tweaked it based on the questions I received. There is so much advanced content I want to cover that I am considering making a second part to get to it all. (Who wants to dive into metadata with me?)
But you should all come to the first one! (Or at least watch the webinar.) Things don't get saved in libraries or museums unless individuals save the material first. Your history does not have to be famous to be important. Family recipes are worth saving. Family stories are you worth saving. Kids drawings are worth saving. Yearbooks are worth saving. Letters are worth saving. Your Instagram presence is worth saving! The webinar is going to cover it all - the physical and the digital. Plus, I'll share ways you can do it on the cheap.
If you take nothing else away from this, I just want you all to remember to BACKUP ALL YOUR PICTURES THAT ARE ON YOUR PHONE!