Archives 6/16/2017

Project STAND Minutes

(Kick-Off @ Ohio State University)

June 16, 2017

10:30-2:30 p.m.


Present: Tamar Chute, Helen Conger, Ken Grossi, Vic Fleischer (Skype), Lae’l Hughes-Watkins, Bergis Jules (Skype), Michelle Sweetser, Eira Tansey, Chris Wydman (Skype)

Absent: Robert Luckett

  1. Meeting began with Hughes-Watkins providing a brief presentation: Reviewing philosophy behind STAND, project description (agreement in national approach not just Ohio) reviewed data collected from surveys, specifically highlighting themes, ethical concerns, digitization readiness of collections, and bulk dates of collections.
  2. Bergis Jules, invited University and Political Papers Archivist at UC Riverside, provided insights to strengths of project and concrete suggestions on how to move forward (e.g choosing fiduciary, communications, acquire funding for national survey). Jules was invited due to success with various projects including BMRC, DocNow, DC Africana Archives.
  3. Tansey asked if there could be intersection between work with DocNow and STAND, she also asked current state of DOCNow
  4. Jules provided an overview of DOCNow milestones, changes in goals, and agreed there was an intersection between projects.
  5. Bergis ended call at conclusion of Q&A
  6. Hughes-Watkins did an overview of website created by web committee
  7. Tansey gave a tutorial on the back-end of wordpress site
  8. Conger announced that Case Western University will fund the wordpress site @ $300. Project STAND is currently utilizing the free wordpress option.
  9. Group began discussing additional outcomes: including instruction, participating institutions having access to ArchiviIT with a group subscription, looking at targeting Digital Humanities work, workshops with other institutions, creating an activist toolkit in archives.
  10. Tansey highlighted the need for a mechanism for reaching out to 21st century activists,
  11. Chute mentioned OSU’s Polar Express Project as a model example for curricula development and partnering with K-12.
  12. Conger mentioned establishing a conference where there could be student interns, whether activists or not, who would use some of these records in their research. Then there might be a conference where they could report on the results of their research.
  13. Hughes-Watkins suggested a student advisory board, to gain student input on the development of this project and consultation working with student groups
  14. Group completed questionnaires, forms for committee assignments, and feasible meeting times
  15. Group agreed to put minutes online, Chute suggested video recordings for future meetings, similar to DocNow and their livestreaming.
  16. Sweetser agreed to compile information from forms and questionnaires and submit to group by June 30.
  17. Meeting adjourned by 2:30 p.m.