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Cultural Heritage Archives:
Networks, Innovation & Collaboration

Symposium: September 26-27, 2013
Montpelier Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress [map]
101 Independence Ave. SE
Washington, DC


Thursday, September 26

8:30-9:00 Coffee and Registration


Welcome and Introductions
[Webcast of Introduction, Keynote I, and Session I Also on YouTube]

  • Betsy Peterson (Director, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress)
  • Roberta Shaffer (Associate Librarian for Library Services, Library of Congress)

Keynote I

  • Danna C. Bell (Educational Resources Specialist, Library of Congress; President, Society of American Archivists): "Building Bridges and Finding Connections"


Session I: Users of Cultural Heritage Archival Materials
The role of an archive is conceived most frequently as preserving documentation of activities and events, sometimes for contemporary uses but more often with an eye to the future. This session will focus on issues surrounding relationships between archives and communities of users in terms of interaction and outreach.

Session Chair:

  • Jennifer R. O'Neal (University of Oregon Libraries): "Awakening Ideas: Engagement and Collaboration between Cultural Heritage Collections and Users"


  • Noel Lobley (Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, UK): "Sound Archives, Communities, and Collaboration"
  • Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin (Department of Theater and Dance, University of Colorado Boulder) and Deborah Hollis (Archives and Special Collections, University of Colorado Boulder): "Performing the Archives: Connecting Undergraduates to Archival Collections"
  • Anna Briggs (Université Paris Diderot, France): "The 'Record' Project: The Sound of the Sea and the Silence of Film"
  • Maryna Chernyavska (University of Alberta, Canada): "Свій до свого по своє, or Givers, Users, and Research Subjects of the Ukrainian Folklore Archives at the U of A"
  • Dreanna Belden and Kathleen Murray (University of North Texas Libraries, Denton Texas): "Where Do Users Find Value?"
11:45-1:00 Lunch


Session II: Archival Description
[Webcast of Session II Also on YouTube]
With the rise and increasing sophistication of search capabilities and information technologies in the digital age, as well as new user behaviors, archives are challenged to rethink older modes of collection description. This session will explore successful and not-so-successful case studies and solutions for providing access to cultural heritage materials.

Session Chair:

  • Steven M. Weiss (Southern Folklife Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill): "Writ Large: Description and Discovery in the Southern Folklife Collection"


  • Tim Thompson and Matt Carruthers (University of Miami Libraries): "Experimenting Locally with Encoded Archival Context - Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families (EAC-CPF): Moving toward Linked Archival Metadata?"
  • Bradley J. Daigle (University of Virginia): "Genie in a Bottle? The Users' Wishes for Stewarded Archival Data"
  • Rachel Menyuk (National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution): "Community Input through Social Media in NMAI Archive Center"
  • Colby Maddox (Old Town School of Folk Music): "Old Town School Call Numbers: What's in a Name?"
  • Ivey Glendon (University of Virginia Library): "Metadata
    Creation and Training for the WSLS-TV News Film Collection, 1951-1971"
  • Nicole Topich (Center for American Political Studies, Harvard University): "Digital Archive of Massachusetts Anti-Slavery and Anti-Segregation Petitions"


Marketplace of Ideas I: Programmatic Presentations (no webcast)
Poster sessions and other continuous presentations during coffee hour.

  • Jane Anderson (University of Massachusetts-Amherst) and Kimberly Christen (Washington State University) [unable to attend]: "Local Contexts: Traditional Knowledge Licenses and Labels"
  • Alice Apley (Documentary Educational Resources): "Forging Archival Collaborations and Alliances: Documentary Educational Resources (DER) and Archiving Educational
  • Cynthia L. Boeke (Norwick Center for Digital Services, Southern Methodist University): "Who is Using Online Special Collections?: The CUL Digital Collections Case Study"
  • Eric Cartier and Laura Schnitker (University of Maryland Libraries): "Saving College
  • Stephanie Christensen (National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution): "Encounter with the Harrington Collection"
  • Andy Kolovos (Vermont Folklife Center): "The National Folklore Archive Initiative: An Overview"


Session III: Preservation and Digital Stewardship
[Webcast of Session III Also on YouTube]
Cultural heritage documentation exists in complex states of being—be these states digital, physical, electronic, material, analog, acoustic, visual, aural, tactile, textual, or any combination thereof. A single method for preservation of our multifarious collections seems implausible, or even naïve. This session looks to the field of cultural heritage archives for broad or specific views on active preservation and/or digital stewardship programs.

Session Chair:

  • Michael J. Giarlo (Pennsylvania State University): "Building the Worlds in Which We Remember"


  • Ahmed Samir Habib (Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt): "Digitization Approaches for Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Collections"
  • Alan R. Burdette (Archives of Traditional Music, Indiana University): "IMPAC -- The Archives of Traditional Music and a Collaborative Indiana University Strategy for Saving Its Media Holdings"
  • Janel Quirante ('Ulu'ulu, the Henry Ku'ualoha Giugni Moving Image Archive, University of Hawai'i - West O'ahu): "Preserving Hawai'i's Moving Image History through Digital Archiving: A Case Study"
  • Gulnara Aitpaeva (Aigine Cultural Research Center, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic): "Placing the Epic 'Manas' into the Contemporary World through Digitization"
  • Carl Fleischhauer (Library of Congress): "The Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative: An Update"
  • Maurice Mengel (University of Cologne, Germany): "Essay Concerning the Digital Revolution and the State of Digitization: How Ethnomusicology Archives Have to Do More with Less"

Friday, September 27

8:30-9:00 Coffee and registration


Welcome and Introductions
[Webcast of Keynote II and Session IV Also on YouTube]

  • Catherine Hiebert Kerst (American Folklife Center, Library of Congress)

Keynote II

  • Sita Reddy (Smithsonian Institution): "Whose Heritage? Reorienting the Botanical Archive in the 21st Century"


Session IV: Forging Archival Collaborations and Alliances
No matter what their size or location, archives face the same preservation and access issues. But smaller ones do not have the advantage of economies of scale. And archives are often located within larger academic or governmental institutions that may shape their policies (as well as budgets). As a result, similar materials housed in different archives may experience different levels or processes of preservation. They may also be afforded different types or levels of access.

Session Chair:

  • Timothy Lloyd (American Folklore Society): "It's Bigger Than Both Of Us: The Best Argument for Working Together"


  • Peter B. Kaufman (Intelligent Television): "Creativity and Moving Image Archives"
  • Timothy B. Powell (American Philosophical Society): "The Digital Knowledge Sharing Initiative at the American Philosophical Society"
  • Anna Fariello (Hunter Library, Digital Initiatives, West Carolina University): "Hand to Hand: Connecting Digital Humanities to Community"
  • Karen Jefferson (Robert W. Woodruff Library, Atlanta University Center): "HBCU Library Alliance: Historically Black Colleges and Universities Strengthening Archives through Collaboration"
  • Teague Schneiter and Joanne Lammers (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences/Writers'Guild Foundation): "Beyond the Vaults: Creating a Shared Resource through Aggregation of Motion Picture Oral History Collections"
  • John Vallier (University of Washington): "Collaborative Archiving out West: Celebrations and Frustrations"
11:30-1:00 Lunch


Session V: Sharing Resources
[Webcast of Session V Also on YouTube]
Archives today do much to reach out to external audiences for support through crowd-sourcing, targeted participation, on-site volunteerism and internships, among other strategies. This session looks to the field for examples of ongoing collaborations between archives, both successful and unsuccessful.

Session Chair:

  • Melanie J. Meyers (The Center for Jewish History): "'Shared Services' in Archival Settings: Diverse Approaches to Collaboration"


  • Elaine Bradtke (Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, English Folk Dance and Song Society, London, UK): "Bringing It Together and Getting It out There"
  • Cynthia Byrd (Ward Museum, Salisbury University, Maryland): "Developing Archives alongside Educational Materials: Synergy, Accessibility, and Interpretation"
  • Caroline Muglia (North Carolina State University): "Sourcing Participatory Archives: The Lebanese in North Carolina Project"
  • D. A. Sonneborn and Sita Reddy (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Smithsonian Institution): "Sound Returns: Challenged Stories from an Audio Archive"


Marketplace of Ideas II: Cultural Heritage Presentations (No Webcast)
Poster sessions and other continuous presentations during coffee hour

  • Jane Arnold and Catherine Arseneau (Beaton Institute, Cape Breton University, Canada): "Unlocking Memories: Using Emerging and Converging Technologies to Celebrate and Preserve Traditional Music in Archival Audio Holdings"
  • Steven Bingo (Washington State University): "Decentering the Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II"
  • Alexandria Caster and Lizeth Zepeda (Arizona Historical Society Library and Archives, Tucson, Arizona): "Visible Culture, Enduring Memory: Sharing Historic Photos of Arizona's Mexican Heritage with the Digital Generation"
  • Natalia Fernández (Oregon Multicultural Archives, Oregon State University): "Oregon Multicultural Archives: Supporting Communities through Collaboration"
  • Hana Kim (University of Toronto, Canada) and Helen Kim (University of British Columbia, Canada): "Building a Nation-Wide Korean Canadian Heritage Archives in Canada: Issues and Challenges"
  • Elmira Köchümkulova (University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic) "Documenting Kyrgyz Cultural Heritage"
  • Kate Pourshariati (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology): "Native Life in the Philippines (1913), Reconsidered from Inside and Outside"
  • Raymond Pun (New York Public Library): "Reimagining New York's Chinatown: Chatham's Hidden Archives, Labor History, and Community Stories"
  • Bina Sengar (Department of History and AIC, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad, India): "Archiving Rural South Asian Heritage"
  • Diane Thram (International Library of African Music, Rhodes University, South Africa): "Archives, Heritage Activism, and Cultural Vitality: Sustaining African Musical Heritage through Outreach and Education"


Session VI: Education and Training
[Webcast of Session VI and Wrap Up Also on YouTube]
Cultural heritage archivists are often asked to give guidance and offer training for preserving, safeguarding, and providing access to ethnographic materials. This effort involves mastering myriad and often complex areas of study. This session focuses on case studies of archival training models, collaborations, and examples that have worked or have not—to encourage the development of coordinated training for the archival treatment of cultural heritage materials.

Session Chair:

  • Doug Boyd (Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries): "Re-envisioning 'Best Practices': Exploring New Models for Archival Education and Training"


  • Elizabeth Call (Brooklyn Historical Society): "If These Walls Could Talk: Teaching Archival Research through House Histories"
  • Emanuel Valentin (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy): "Intangible Search: Experiences from the Project E.CH.I. Italo-Swiss Ethnographies for the Valorization of Intangible Heritage"
  • Alexia Hudson-Ward (Pennsylvania State University, Abington): "Preserving While We Climb: Educational Approaches to Cultural Heritage Records Management with the Eastern Area of The Links, Incorporated"
  • Shauna Collier, Holly Smith, and Lori Harris (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill): "Intersections between Community, Collaboration, and Education: Project RIGHT Now and the Preservation of African American History"
  • Cecilia L. Salvatore (Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Dominican University, River Forest, Illinois): "Students and Community Archives Staff Together in Education and Training in Cultural Heritage Resources Management"
5:15-5:30 Wrap-Up

  • Nicole Saylor (Head, American Folklife Center archive, Library of Congress)



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