Category Archives: Session Proposal

Session: Presenting Stories/Respecting Privacy

Facilitator: Sarah Dziedzic

Description: How to tell an interesting story when you need to omit the juicy stuff?! This session will explore presenting selections from an oral history archive while respecting privacy wishes of individual narrators. Thoughts and experiences on the following topics would be welcome: oral history methods & ethics, curating archival collections, presenting themes of archival collections to the public, ethics of the internet, engaging website design or platforms for archival collections.

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Session: Best Practices in Social Media Outreach for Archives

Title: Best Practices in Social Media Outreach for Archives

Facilitator: Elizabeth Willse

Description: Discussion of using social media for outreach, by archives, libraries and cultural institutions.
Some questions to kick around: What social media platforms have you used? What do you use for your organization? What about your own social media interaction as an archivist? Who handles institutional social media, what do you post, and how often? What do you share from other social media accounts, and how often?

Does it make sense to come up with best practices for us to share?

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Session: Lightning Talks – Teaching Archives

Facilitator: Martha Tenney

Description: I want to talk about experiences of teaching with primary sources. Things that worked and haven’t worked, experiences of working with K-12, undergrads, and graduates, over different disciplines, tips for collaborating with teachers, and critical approaches to pedagogy. I’m imagining this as a quasi-lightning talks session where folks can briefly share their experiences, and then we can have time for q&a and discussion. No pressure to share/present–all are welcome!

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Session: Digital Software for Open-source Archiving

Facilitator: Hadassah Damien

Description: Want to create a digital archive and not sure where to start or what to use? Looking at options to move from outdated or expensive hosted systems into self-hosted open source solutions?

Catalog builder and open-source technologist Hadassah Damien of Openflows will walk you through software decision points as well as the interfaces of two popular open-source catalog/archive softwares: CollectiveAccess and Omeka.

Note: this session cannot be scheduled in the morning, as Hadassah will only attend the unconference in the afternoon.

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Session: Dealing with Video Collections

Facilitator: Rob Schuman

Description: I have been involved with the video industry for most of my career, including working at a video restoration house and running video libraries. For the past 10 years or so I have been centering on Digital Asset Management of moving image collections.
I’d like to propose a session on the special needs of video. Topics could vary, but it can include–storage of both videotape and data, digitization of analog video, the special problems of video metadata, DAM systems for video, or anything else the participants want to talk about.

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Session: “How did you do it?”: bringing archives, DH, and students together

Facilitator: Elizabeth Carron

Description: The Special Collections at Smith College teach a lot of semester-long undergrad classes with capstone exhibits ; I have been approached by several SSC staff and asked about DH projects and how we could up our game so-to-speak. I’d like to break down several “basic” DH projects and hold a discussion for including DH into our curricular activities, needs, privacy concerns, etc. Some of the projects could include:

  • gallery of primary sources
  • mapping project
  • computer-aided text analysis
  • longform, media-rich narrative

Note: BYO laptop if possible; there will also be a screen and a computer that we can use to look at projects together.

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Session: Active Contemporary Collecting

Facilitator: Rachel Appel

Description: I am trying to start actively collecting student life materials for the Bryn Mawr College Archives. Contemporary collecting means accessioning materials during the time the events are occurring or soon after. This is particularly important for the latter half of the 20th century to today because of rapidly changing digital formats and storage as well as the vast Internet. Student life does not usually fall under a records management retention schedule either.

I’m interested in discussing:

  • documentation strategy
  • collecting social media
  • the inevitable born-digital big data
  • appraisal
  • access concerns in general
  • reaching out to alums

Everyone is invited to bring up other issues or ideas as well, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Session: Large-scale preservation of media from LGBT collections

Facilitators: Susan Malsbury and Jonah Volk

Description: The Manuscripts and Archives Division at the New York Public Library has been undertaking a large-scale, grant funded project to digitize the majority of the audio, video, and film recordings in the division’s expansive LBGT collections. The goals for this project are twofold: to provide access to researchers and to ensure the longevity of the recordings through the creation of digital preservation masters. Susan Malsbury (Manuscripts Specialist in the Archives Unit) and Jonah Volk (Media Preservation Coordinator) will be discussing the processing of sound and video recordings, especially the shifting processing methodologies from analog to digital; working with preservation vendors; managing digital files for access and preservation; and integrating digital objects into the existing archival description. Anyone with an interest in LGBT archives, media and/or digital preservation, and hybrid collections is welcome to participate in what we hope turns into an engaged discussion on these emerging topics!

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Workshop: Resume Review

Facilitators: Lisa Norberg and Rebecca Kennison

Description: Lisa Norberg, Dean of the Barnard Library and Academic Information Services, and Rebecca Kennison, Director of the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, Columbia University Libraries/Information Services (and both of K|N Consultants) will conduct one-on-one resume and CV reviews and offer tips on presenting yourself professionally.

Please note: this workshop is first-come, first-serve.