Dispatch from the 2018 Community Informatics Research Network conference

By Itza A. Carbajal The ever changing nature of today’s information age presents both new and continued challenges for many of society’s most pressing issues. These issues—intertwined with the various technological innovations and proliferation of unified communication systems— obscure questions of identity, memory, accountability, and justice. The Community Informatics Research Network (CIRN) conference held in… Continue reading Dispatch from the 2018 Community Informatics Research Network conference

Promoting Transparency in the Legacy of Slavery at MARAC Fall 2018

By Tabitha Cary Session 8, “Promoting transparency in the legacy of slavery: turning data into people in Maryland’s slave records,” at the October meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) was a well-delivered, inspiring, and thought-provoking presentation. Speakers from the Maryland State Archives and the University of Maryland discussed the partnership between these two… Continue reading Promoting Transparency in the Legacy of Slavery at MARAC Fall 2018

Call for Candidate Nominations (DEADLINE EXTENDED)

It’s that time of the year again, when we need to gather individuals interested in serving the HRA Section as officers. The HRA Steering Committee has openings for FIVE positions. We welcome all members who would like to help guide the Human Rights Archives Section into the future. We encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds and professional… Continue reading Call for Candidate Nominations (DEADLINE EXTENDED)

Decolonizing Archives and Research at the 2018 Northwest Archivists annual meeting

By Steve Duckworth At the first Northwest Archivists meeting to take place on an Indian reservation, there were a number of presentations and activities centered around the rich history and culture of Native Americans. A session from late on the final day was one of the highlights. “The Northern Paiute History Project: Decolonizing Archives and… Continue reading Decolonizing Archives and Research at the 2018 Northwest Archivists annual meeting

Preserving Pennsylvania’s Disability History at MARAC Spring

By London Stever Several of the panels at the Spring 2018 Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference in Hershey, Pennsylvania demonstrated the archival field’s concern with diversity. Among those sessions was “Archives and Advocacy: Preserving Pennsylvania’s Disability History.” Seven professionals from a variety of disciplines weighed in on ways to ensure the stories of people with disabilities are… Continue reading Preserving Pennsylvania’s Disability History at MARAC Spring

De-Centering Whiteness in the Archives at the 2018 Midwest Archives Conference

By Meg Hixon On March 24, 2018, I joined 80 other attendees for “De-Centering Whiteness in the Archives,” a panel presentation at the Midwest Archives Conference in Chicago, Illinois. Five speakers discussed their efforts to amplify the voices of underrepresented populations in archival collections through collecting practices, descriptive practices, and outreach. Heather Fox of the… Continue reading De-Centering Whiteness in the Archives at the 2018 Midwest Archives Conference

Archives with Palestine: Getting the SAA to back BDS

By David Staniunas “Oh I’m not looking to boycott anyone, I’m really just interested in getting better contact information for the National Archives of Palestine,” said the caller. This was a great start to our video chat. “I don’t want to get into the politics,” the caller said. If there’s one archives which demands that you… Continue reading Archives with Palestine: Getting the SAA to back BDS