Article: Shaking Up Israel’s National Archives (Interview with Israel’s Chief Archivist)
The state archives are home to everything from top-secret government deliberations to countless cultural artifacts to, apparently, footage of pre-state soccer matches. All this and more will soon become daily Internet fodder, as the blog begins releasing much of this hitherto inaccessible information online.
To find out more about these developments, I corresponded with Israel’s Chief Archivist, Yaacov Lozowick. A historian by training, Lozowick previously directed the archives of Yad Vashem for over a decade, while also maintaining a popular blog devoted to Israeli culture, politics, and Judaism. (He also ran a startup which specialized, fittingly, in gathering hard-to-find information for clients.) A year ago, he announced that he would be shuttering his blog to take up the position of chief archivist. Almost as an afterthought, he mused that the position would enable him to get a good sense of “what Israel’s various archives have, and what stories they tell. Perhaps, if I find the time, I’ll set up a blog that reports on interesting documents from our many archives. Perhaps.” Fast-forward to today and that musing has become a reality.
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See Also: Israel’s State Archives & National Library Will Participate in Initiative to Develop National Digital Heritage Plan (November 23, 2011)
See Also: Israel Broadcasting Authority Gives Public Access to Archival Treasures (January 30, 2012)
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Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.