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Hello from the past and future!

After 15 years hunting around photographic and motion archives, we thought it was time to create a source that allowed professionals to share in the adventure of preservation, technological obsolescence and digitized access.

So, welcome to what we hope will be a source to share the challenges of multi-media preservation and access!

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AMPed was created by librarians and archivists for librarians and archivists. Some posts are written by guest bloggers and might be paid a nominal fee to voice their opinion. Our policy is to do minimal editing to posts, in order to get widespread flavor of what is going on in the industry.

This is a professional blog and as such angry outbursts and use of mean-spirited behavior will not be allowed and such comments will be deleted. Users guilty of this will be removed from access at the will of the editors.


Rachael Clark is recent 2010 MLIS graduate from Wayne State University. She currently works part-time as a reference librarian for Eastern Michigan University and full-time as the manager of Materials Unlimited, a shop specializing in antiques and architectural salvage. During her library practicum at Eastern Michigan University, Rachael developed the metadata schema and catalog for their digital image collection. In 2008, she interned at the Ringling Museum of Art Library, where she successfully began an initiative to include digitized copies of rare books from their collection into museum exhibitions.

Katie Dishman has a M.A. in Public History from Loyola University of Chicago, a M.L.I.S. from Dominican University, and a specialist certificate from Wayne State University. She has been a certified archivist since 1996 and has worked at corporate archives including the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, General Mills, and Anheuser-Busch.

Shari Grantham received her degree in Archival Studies at the University of Liverpool and is a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists. She spent the majority of her career as a manager in the Archives at The Coca-Cola Company and is now consulting in the field.

Mies Martin is currently the Digital Resource Coordinator for the J. Robert Van Pelt and Opie Library. He has a M.L.I.S from Wayne State University and a B. A. from Michigan State University. Since 2000 he’s been at Michigan Technological University. In that time he has collaborated on several projects for the Library, including the Michigan Tech. Archives. He currently manages the online collection of Databases and E-journals for the J. Robert Van Pelt and Opie Library. He’s currently developing an in house tool which will manage electronic resources.

Lisa Rabey is recent graduate of the MLIS and archival administration program at Wayne State University and in addition, has a M.A. in Humanities from Central Michigan University. She spent most of the late ’90s and early ’00s working in Silicon Valley in a variety of capacities from producing and presenting classes and manuals on emerging and user technologies to IT management and network engineering. Lisa has professionally presented on and written about social media and networking as it applies to libraries and archives and is currently working on an independent research project on Michigan public libraries and their online presence. In her spare time, Lisa is currently working on the “Great American Novel”, bakes and knits. She blogs about her adventures at

Kim Schroeder founded Archive Media Partners and is also a graduate of Wayne State University’s Library and Information Science program and also holds a Graduate Certificate in Archival Administration. In 2001, her alma mater recognized her as an Emerging Corporate Leader. Kim has a part-time faculty position at the Wayne State University School of Library and Information Science, focusing on Introduction to Library and Information Science and Digital Libraries and Archives. She is also on the Library Board of Visitors for the Wayne State University Library System. She is supported by a multilingual team of subject experts and information professionals. The team has succeeded in indexing more than 1.5 million images and tens of thousands of hours of footage for clients across the globe.

Karly Szczepkowski recently received her masters in library & information science and a graduate certificate in archival administration from Wayne State University. She works as a business researcher for the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center and is completing an internship at the Detroit Institute of Arts Research Library & Archives. She is also an avid freelancer.

Anita Williams is a recent graduate of Wayne State University’s School of Library & Information Science and credits her entry into the joint worlds of librarianship and archival administration to a lifelong fascination with old photographs and a terminal case of bibliophilism. She hopes one day to contribute to the development of a user-friendly method for the maintenance and organization of family photo collections which is easily passable from generation to generation. In her off time, Anita dabbles in creative writing and is currently working on a play about the haunting of a library’s night shift staff.