So every month ARC drops through your letter box or arrives on your desk - February's issue came through my door today - and what do you do with it?
Do you read it avidly cover to cover or do you put to one side to be read later? Does later ever come? I tend to file it straight away but then I've generally read it thorough once if not twice as part of the proof-reading and editorial process! If you don't read it why not and if you do what are your favourite parts?
Are the articles pertinent or relevant to you? Would you like to see something else? Should we be doing something else...
Get involved let us know what you think and we'll do our best to include it!
I enjoy reading about what the other interest groups are doing, and it enables us all to keep up to date with progress in different areas of our sector - or at least points us in the right direction if we want to look into something in more detail.
I would really like to see more support for registration scheme candidates, and more registration scheme news in ARC. Maybe I'm looking in the wrong place? Should there be a separate newsletter for this? I've received 2 emails which were great, but that's all. Maybe there needs to be a section of the website for registration scheme discussion...?
A years worth probably hang around the conservation studio before I archive them in the cons. library. It is so much better now it is in colour and themed. I look forward to each new cover picture!
Please keep your thoughts and suggestions coming!
I think ARC is still relevant. It's got such a broad range of topics - it's far more accessible than some other publications, and there's always something new, as well as some old favourites. That breadth is particularly valuable across the membership to my mind. The special editions are always a good read! And the team behind it deserve a medal, frankly!
Also, it gives me a chance to catch up with the broader interests of my profession. I'm not a records manager but, who knows, I might be one day, so ARC's articles on records management keep me at least reasonably informed. The same can be said of other areas of interest. I enjoyed the map special edition a few months back.
I also really like the data standards guide - they're a great summary of each standard with links to the technical documentation if I need more. A great help!
Apart from that, I like contributing to ARC, mainly in the Film, Sound & Photography Section's special issue. It's a good way of keeping people informed about areas in which they may not be familiar.