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Thursday, August 4 • 2:00pm - 3:15pm
207 - Why Do We Have That? Successes in Documenting the Distasteful

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Panelists share their strategies for exhibiting, articulating, and rationalizing collection development decisions for materials that some might find shocking or distasteful. Case studies include collections of anti-Semitic literature and materials from civil rights conflicts; papers documenting violent behavior and the prison system; and death- and mourning-related materials in a university setting. They also discuss strategies for incorporating collections into an elevator speech or classroom environment in a way that won't offend alumni or administrators.

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Benn Joseph

Head of University Archives & Special Collections, Illinois Institute of Technology
MSLS (2006), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Professional Experience: Head, University Archives & Special Collections, Paul V. Galvin Library, Illinois Institute of Technology, June 2015 - present. Manuscript Librarian, Northwestern University, June 2009 - June 2015. Project... Read More →


Joanna Black

Managing Archivist, The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society
Joanna Black is the Managing Archivist at the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco, where she previously served as the Project Archivist. While receiving a B.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, Joanna's internship with SFSU's Poetry Center and American... Read More →
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Amanda Lanthorne

University Archivist, San Diego State University
Amanda Lanthorne holds a BA in History, an MA in Middle Eastern Studies, and an MLIS. She works as the University Archivist at San Diego State University where she team curates exhibits, manages archival processing, and provides instruction and reference services.
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Susanna Leberman

Archivist, Hunstville-Madison County Public Library
Susanna Leberman is the Archivist at the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, where she is responsible for maintaining the archival collection, creating digital collections, writing grants, assisting patrons with research projects, and giving public history presentations and... Read More →

Thursday August 4, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm EDT
Room 204/205 Hilton Atlanta, 255 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303