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Friday, August 5 • 9:30am - 10:45am
303 - Beyond Measure: Telling the Story of Archival Value

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In responding to the call to measure and demonstrate value, archivists must confront the shifting value propositions of archives and grapple with the practical and conceptual limits of evaluative practices in telling the story of archival value. The presenters explore the "value story" of archives, examining: What are the different values at play in the archives? What values can and cannot be measured? What is the role of storytelling in communicating meaning and impact?

Cline: "No Other Purpose Is Required": Listening to Our Values and Moral Intuition
Meehan: Archival Engagement: Exploring Modes of Storytelling About the Value of Archives
Ferensowicz: "The Things They Carried, The Stories They Tell': Augmenting Appraisal and Description of the Archives of Refugees (Anne Gilliland, co-author)

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John Fleckner

Senior Archivist, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
John Fleckner is an SAA Fellow and Past President. He retired from full-time work as Chair of the Archives Center, National Museum of American History, in 2007. He teaches an introduction to archives in the George Washington University--Smithsonian Institution collaboration in Museum Studies. He is chair of the editorial board of Archival Issues: Journal of the Midwest Archives Conference. His recent article, "F. Gerald Ham: Jeremiah to the... Read More →

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Scott Cline

Director and City Archivist, Seattle Archives and Records Management Program
Scott Cline has been Seattle's City Archivist for 31 years. He is a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists, a former member of SAA Council, and a past president of the Academy of Certified Archivists. His writings explore personal values in the archivist's encounter with his/her professional work. His essays "To the Limit of Our Integrity" and "Dust Clouds of Camels Shall Cover You" each received the SAA Fellows' Ernst Posner Award.
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Rachel Ferensowicz

Recent Graduate, UCLA Graduate School of Information Studies
Rachel Ferensowicz received her M.L.I.S. from University of California, Los Angeles in June 2016, with an emphasis in narrative, myth, and storytelling in archives. She holds her B.A. in Theater and Performance Studies from University of California, Berkeley.

Jennifer Meehan

Associate Director, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University
Jennifer Meehan has been Associate Director of the Rose Library since 2013, and prior to that held positions at Yale University, the Smithsonian Institution, and Virginia Tech. She has written extensively on the theory and practice of archival arrangement and description, and has taught professional workshops on archival processing. Her article "Rethinking Original Order and Personal Records" received the Hugh A. Taylor Prize from the Association... Read More →

Friday August 5, 2016 9:30am - 10:45am
Salon D Hilton Atlanta, 255 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

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