DOCUMENTING STUDENT ACTIVISM NOW
Host Institution: AUC Woodruff Library, Exhibition Hall
City: Atlanta, Georgia
Date: February 21, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m to 5:00 p.m.
Meredith Evans is a manager of cultural institutions, a historian, archivist and librarian by trade and the 74th President of the Society of American Archivists. She is currently employed as the director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, administered by the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Dr. Evans is the first African American woman to direct a presidential library. She has a proven record of working with others and seeking and stewarding collections that foster diversity and inclusion such as the Papers of Richard T. Gibson at George Washington University, the LGBT History Collection at UNC Charlotte and Documenting Ferguson at Washington University in St. Louis. She deeply believes in supporting community collaborations to increase the number of collections that serve as evidence for written history and has written on the role and value of libraries and archives as advocacy organizations that support and document social change. Evans earned a master’s degree in library science from Clark Atlanta University, a master’s degree in public history from North Carolina State University and a doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Bergis Jules (@bergisjules) is the Director of Equity Initiatives at Shift Design Inc and the Project Director for Documenting the Now, a project which seeks to develop tools and practices that support the ethical collection, use, and access to archival content generated from the web and social media. The work of Documenting the Now was initially developed in 2014 to support archiving of the protests and activism that took place in Ferguson, Missouri after the murder of Michael Brown, and as those activities played out on social media. Jules’ work also involves helping community-based archives, especially those documenting the lives of marginalized people, to build capacity and achieve long-term sustainability.
Holly Smith is the College Archivist at Spelman College. She received a B.A. in History and Black Studies from William and Mary, an M.A. in History from Yale University, and an M.S. in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archival Management from Simmons College. She is passionate about community archives and archival advocacy related to collections for historically marginalized communities.
Edward Summers, DocNow Technical Lead
Ed has been working for two decades helping bridge the worlds of libraries and archives with the World Wide Web. During that time Ed has worked in academia, start-ups, corporations and the government. He is interested in the role of open source software, community development and open access to enable digital curation. Ed has a MS in Library and Information Science and a BA in English and American Literature from Rutgers University. He is also a PhD student in the UMD iSchool where he studies web archiving practices.
Description: The first forum in this four-part series will begin with a dialogue that assesses the significance of documenting student activists within contemporary movements of social injustice impacting marginalized communities and with those directly engaging in this work—student activists. The first symposium will be composed of three panels, primarily student leaders from various intersectionalities, who will provide the context into why they have taken on activist labor and the challenges surrounding this role in academic structures. The forum will also include information professionals from academia, traditional libraries, and community archives, who will underscore issues of privacy, preservation, access, and sustainability in documenting student activism. Each forum will conclude with two-paper presentations and a review of Project STAND’s initiatives meant to democratize archives in academic spaces.
Cost: Free and Open to the Public (Space is limited)
A limited number of travel grants will be available!!
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