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Thursday, August 4

11:00am EDT

111. Archives and Digital Inequality
Archival theorists have emphasized the power of archives to promote social justice and empower marginalized communities. Digital archives are sometimes presented as a tool to document diasporic communities and promote broader access to information. Yet scholars have challenged the ethical implications of models which may disfranchise communities from accessing their own heritage and knowledge. This pop-up session provides a forum to debate digital inequality and archives. How can institutions share authority over the creation of digital records with communities that don't have regular access to information and communication technologies? How can archivists work ethically with communities in developing areas with limited technology infrastructure and capacity? How can we raise awareness of these issues in the profession?

As a resource for the complex discussion, we have begun compiling an annotated collaborative bibliography on Archives and Digital Inequality, available at:https://docs.google.com/document/d/15Pg7Pb9EklNxp9ZCvkSCe5QyyYq78vKXdSI4of3TFo4/edit?usp=sharing 

We especially encourage reading the 2011 article by Peter Johan Lor and J.J. Britz in preparation for the session.

This pop-up session is for anyone who is interested in discussing archives, social justice, and digital inequalities. We especially hope that archivists working in public libraries will join the discussion.  One goal of the pop-up session will be to discuss ways in which we can continue to address these issues within or outside the professional infrastructure provided by the SAA.  

If you need access to a copy of the Lor/Britz article, please contact the session leader.

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Myles Crowley

Reference Associate, MIT Institute Archives & Special Collections
Reference, researcher service, outreach & instruction. Experience: MIT archives, 9+ yrs; MIT news office, admin. & info. mgmt, 20 years. Education: MA , history & archives, Univ. of Mass., Boston.
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Katharina Hering

Digital Project Librarian, German Historical Institute
Katharina Hering (PhD, MLIS) is the Digital Project Librarian at the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC and the senior co-chair of SAA's International Archival Affairs Section.

Thursday August 4, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Room 202 Hilton Atlanta, 255 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

2:00pm EDT

211. Deconstructing Whiteness in Archives: Opportunities for Self-Reflection
This workshop session aims to facilitate a dialogue among conference attendees about the consequences and legacies of whiteness/white supremacy in archives. The session is geared towards white professionals who want to critically examine how dynamics of whiteness affect their work. Anyone interested in contributing constructively may participate. Organizers hope to provide a collaborative and engaging conversation that complements SAA’s ongoing efforts towards cultural competency, diversity, and inclusion. Attendees should be familiar with SAA’s Initiative for Cultural Diversity Competence.

This session is designed to equip participants to critically examine their own experiences around whiteness in archives, engage in meaningful dialogue with colleagues and patrons at their institution, and begin developing strategies to disrupt oppressive and exclusionary practices in their sphere of work. Using the “Story Circle” methodology (https://roadside.org/asset/story-circle-guidelines) developed by Roadside Theater, trained facilitators will lead small groups in a participatory conversation. Following a brief introduction, all attendees will be expected to participate in a Story Circle. It will not be possible to accommodate late arrivals. Participants will be asked to respect strict confidentiality. The session will not be recorded or live-tweeted.

This proposal was inspired in part by dialogue around #ArchivesSoWhite (http://issuesandadvocacy.wordpress.com/2016/04/18/archivessowhite-intro-bibliography) and M. Ramirez’s 2015 article “Being Assumed Not to Be: A Critique of Whiteness as an Archival Imperative” (http://dx.doi.org/10.17723.0360-9081.78.2.339). Reflecting a working definition developed by LIS scholars Bourg, Espinal, Galvan, Hall, Hathcock, and Honma, participants will be asked to engage the concept of “whiteness” as both “the socio-cultural differential of power and privilege that results from categories of race and ethnicity…[and] as a marker for the privilege and power that acts to reinforce itself through hegemonic cultural practice that excludes all who are different.” (Hathcock, 2015

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Samantha Winn

Doctoral Student, University of Arizona iSchool
Sam is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Arizona with Dr. Jamie Lee. From 2014-2020, she worked as Collections Archivist (Associate Professor) for the University Libraries at Virginia Tech. She served as department lead for the International Archives of Women in Archi... Read More →

Thursday August 4, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm EDT
Room 202 Hilton Atlanta, 255 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
Friday, August 5

9:30am EDT

311. Archival Records in the Age of Big Data
The large-scale digitization of analog archives, the emerging diverse forms of born-digital archives, and the new ways in which researchers across disciplines (as well as the public) wish to engage with archival materials, are resulting in disruptions to traditional archival theories and practices. Increasing quantities of ‘big archival data’ present challenges for the practitioners and researchers who work with archival materials, but also offer enhanced possibilities for scholarship through the application of computational methods and tools to this archival problem space, and, more fundamentally, through the integration of ‘computational thinking’ with ‘archival thinking’.

To address these challenges, in October 2015, the University of Maryland iSchool launched a major Digital Curation and Innovation Center (DCIC) initiative that brings together archivists and technologists from the US, Canada, and the UK fostering interdisciplinary partnerships using Big Records and Archival Analytics through public / industry / government collaborations (http://dcic.umd.edu/).  This was followed in April 2016 with a Symposium on Archival Records in the Age of Big Data (http://dcicblog.umd.edu/cas/symposium-program/) and will culminate in December 2016 with a “Computational Archival Science” workshop in DC at the IEEE Big Data 2016 conference (http://dcicblog.umd.edu/cas/ieee_big_data_2016_cas-workshop/).

Our pop-up session seeks to harness these latest developments by:

  • Addressing the challenges of big archival data, with a focus on archival records, cultural materials, and humanities research.

  • Exploring the conjunction of emerging digital methods and technologies around big data and their consequences for generating new forms of analysis and historical research engagement with archival material.

This will primarily be illustrated with concrete examples of collaborations and archival challenges.  We wish to engage SAA members to help establish a community of practice to develop collaborative engagement and research.

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Richard Marciano

Professor, University of Maryland
Recipient of the distinguished Emmett Leahy Award for pioneering work in the field of records and information management. Founder of the Advanced Information Collaboratory (AI-C).

Bill Underwood

Principal Research Scientist, Georgia Tech Research Institute

Friday August 5, 2016 9:30am - 10:45am EDT
Room 202 Hilton Atlanta, 255 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

11:00am EDT

411. Practical Options for Incoming Digital Content
Due to the new and complex challenges presented by born-digital materials, many special collections and archives are struggling to develop and institute practical policies and procedures for the intake, selection, processing, and access of digital content.  Key to sifting through the possible options is the need to find out from others what has worked for them, and what has not.  In order to guide our choices at the University of Alabama Libraries, we developed a survey to uncover the selection of practical tools, the development of productive workflows, and recommendations that more experienced digital archivists have to share.  In May we are distributing this survey widely, and in June and July we will sift the results to generate guidelines that are useful for a range of material types, media, and formats.

We will begin the session by sharing the results of our survey, and asking attendees if they have useful tools to demonstrate or practical workflows to share in the areas of intake, selection, processing and access of any form of digital content.  Based on their responses and the interest areas of the attendees, we will divide into small groups around either the stage of workflow or the types of content (or both).  Attendees will be invited to share their own positive and negative experiences, and each small group will be asked to add notes to our shared Google Document, and to then share highlights of their discussion with the larger group. The Google Document will serve as a basis for future reference, and will be organized post-conference for increased usability, and the link shared again on SAA listservs.

The intent of this presentation is to engage participants in sharing useful information and tools, and to expand the capabilities of all participants to better manage their own incoming digital content.

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Alissa Matheny Helms

Digital Access Coordinator, University of Alabama Libraries

Friday August 5, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Room 202 Hilton Atlanta, 255 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
Saturday, August 6

9:00am EDT

611. Improving Finding Aid Visibility: What Are Y’all Doing?
How does your institution make their finding aids accessible? Do you create MARC records for finding aids, making them accessible via your institution’s OPAC, or have you chosen a different route? What workflows do you have in place, and what technical services staff are involved in making the finding aids available?  Please join us for a discussion that will investigate how the greater archival community is making their metadata available.  We hope this will be an inclusive conversation between rare book/mss catalogers and archivists.


Eileen Dewitya

Head of Bibliographic Cataloging, University of North Carolina
Eileen Dewitya is the Head of the Bibliographic Cataloging Section in the Special Collections Technical Services Department at The Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received a B. A. in History from the University... Read More →
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Amelia W. Holmes

Technical Services for Special Collections, University of North Carolina

Saturday August 6, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am EDT
Room 202 Hilton Atlanta, 255 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303