Bringing Archives to the Communities They Serve: Three Takes from the Association of Canadian Archivists conference

By Hilary Barlow At the Association of Canadian Archivists annual conference this past summer, three information professionals came together to present on the topic of culturally competent outreach and processing. The session, "Archives of the Marginalized: Working with Communities of Origin to Develop Appropriate Descriptive Records," covered vastly different collections, but the initiatives had more … Continue reading Bringing Archives to the Communities They Serve: Three Takes from the Association of Canadian Archivists conference

Inclusive Processing of Indigenous Collections at SAA/COSA 2019

By Carli Lowe When it comes to processing collections representing marginalized peoples, archivists must cultivate an understanding of the power of their role without letting that awareness immobilize their work. The session “Beyond Familiar Terms – Repairing Indigenous Collections through Inclusive Processing” at the Society of American Archivists annual conference sought to address this struggle. … Continue reading Inclusive Processing of Indigenous Collections at SAA/COSA 2019

Human Rights Archives section 2019 election candidates

The 2019 election for the Human Rights Archives section of the Society of American Archivists has the following candidates running for these positions: 1 incoming co-chair position serving 2 years  4 steering committee member positions ech serving a 1 year term Ballots will be managed by SAA and distributed in mid-June to all SAA registered members. … Continue reading Human Rights Archives section 2019 election candidates

Today’s Political Challenges in Historical Context at the Organization of American Historians Conference

By Eira Tansey The Organization of American Historians (OAH) recently held its annual meeting in Philadelphia. I attended for the first time, since I was part of a panel on librarians, archivists, and historians speaking about “historical surprise” and the invisible labor of archivists and librarians in facilitating the work of historians. This was only … Continue reading Today’s Political Challenges in Historical Context at the Organization of American Historians Conference

Asylum Records Go Digital at the Society of North Carolina Archivists Conference

By Anna Smith “The Asylum, Actualized: Utilizing Public Records and Digital Humanities Tools to Illuminate the History of Mental Health Treatment in America,” presented at the Society of North Carolina Archivists (SNCA) 2019 Conference, described a current project of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Community Histories Workshop (CHW). The speakers walked the audience through the development of the … Continue reading Asylum Records Go Digital at the Society of North Carolina Archivists Conference

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