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Discussion Group #9: Creative Uses of Archival Collections

  • Monday, September 19, 2011
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Mina Rees Library, CUNY Graduate Center
Join us for the ninth in our series of informal, focused discussion groups led by ART membership. On Monday September 19, 2011, archivists will gather to talk about creative uses of archival collections.

Discussion will focus on ways in which we promote the use of our archival collections, and what we have learned from the ways in which the material ultimately gets used.
We’ll discuss topics like the following:
• how your collections have been used/applied by researchers and other end users
• how your collections have supported your institution’s needs in unexpected ways
• how your collections have converged with digital humanities scholars and researchers and their work
• new uses you’ve found for your collections via web dissemination, new media, and/or digital storytelling efforts
In this discussion we will be free to explore our own successes and missteps without criticism or judgment. We will compare approaches, ask questions, offer suggestions, wonder aloud. So, for instance, come armed with questions and be prepared for productive feedback regarding parts of your collection that you feel are underutilized. We guarantee that you will leave the session armed with at least one new tip, idea, or approach. Above all: Come ready to talk!

PLEASE NOTE: This session is for those archivists who have hands-on experience with promotion of archival collections. Attendance is limited to 15 participants. Advanced registration is required. Qualified attendees will be admitted on a first-come first-served basis and will be notified prior to the date of the session.

Date: Monday, September 19, 2011
Time: 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Location: Mina Rees Library, CUNY Graduate Center
Register: To register, email Janine St. Germain at janine@winthropstgermain.com by Friday, September 16, 2011

Further information with directions will be included with admission confirmation.

Cost: Free to all ART members.

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Discussion Groups in General
Our goal is to create a space where archivists can engage in focused conversation around a specific problem derived from archival work and to explore the strategies archivists employ in their everyday practice. The size of each group will be small, to encourage discussion among all attendees. Unless noted otherwise, each session will be designed for archivists at similar levels of experience.
Participants will come away from discussions with fresh approaches to practical challenges.

This program is intended to address topics generated by ART members, to take on topics that address the immediate needs of working archivists. In fact, this discussion topic was suggested by ART members, and these members will lead the discussion.
In order for this program to continue to flourish, we need to hear from you! Please send us your ideas for future discussion topics. Or, even better, if you would like to lead a discussion, let us know. Send comments, questions and suggestions to Wendy Scheir (scheirw@newschool.edu) and Maria LaCalle (Maria.LaCalle@jdcny.org).
We look forward to hearing from you!

questions? communications@nycarchivists.org

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