I am very much interested in the “democratization” of archives and source materials (Rosenzweig) and how this will affect archives and historical research. Will there be a day when you no longer have to visit an archive in person, but can complete research through online archives? How will this shape the work produced and the archivists job responsibilities as more technical skills are needed… and questions/access will not be handled in face to face interaction but totally online through email, web interface and even Skype-ing? Will the create an environment where we have “no time to think” about structuring and improving, as Levy decries, as those online inquiries made possible by our technical advances take more time out of the work day? Or will the opposite occur? Making everything available and not just the “big name” projects so that those interested in materials in the “long tail” (Anderson) . . . the implications for archives from the experiences of Amazon and Netflix are vast.
About the online assignments, I need to spend more time navigating bibliographic programs. I remember using Zotero previously and really liking it, but evidently I have forgotten how and got frustrated with that. Refworks has been really good to me and I am exploring Endnote more. I need to spend more time exporting these to each other as I was not able to negotiate that well.