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The 2nd UK AtoM user group meeting

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I was pleased to be able to host the second meeting of the UK AtoM user group here in York at the end of last week. AtoM (or Access to Memory) is the Archival Management System that we use here at the Borthwick Institute and it seems to be increasing in popularity across the UK. We had 18 attendees from across England, Scotland and Wales representing both archives and service providers. It was great to see several new faces and meet people at different stages of their AtoM implementation. We started off with introductions and everyone had the chance to mention one recent AtoM triumph and one current problem or challenge. A good way to start the conversation and perhaps a way of considering future development opportunities and topics for future meetings. Here is a selection of the successes that were mentioned: Establishing a search facility that searches across two AtoM instances Getting senior management to agree to establishing AtoM Getting AtoM up and running Finally ha

Back to the classroom - the Domesday project

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Yesterday I was invited to speak to a local primary school about my job. The purpose of the event was to inspire kids to work in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) and I was faced with an audience of 10 and 11 year old girls. One member of the audience (my daughter) informed me that many of the girls were only there because they had been bribed with cake. This could be a tough gig! On a serious note, there is a huge gender imbalance in STEM careers with women only making up 23% of the workforce in core STEM occupations . In talking to the STEM ambassador who was at this event, it was apparent that recruitment in engineering is quite hard, with not enough boys OR girls choosing to work in this area. This is also true in my area of work and is one of the reasons we are involved in the "Bridging the Digital Gap" project led by The National Archives. They note in a blog post about the project that: "Digital skills are vital to the future