To the Community and Beyond: Engaging Users to Interact with Participatory Archives

Abstract

How do archives look beyond their institutional borders and virtual presence to reach those with stories and treasures to share? With participatory archives, social media tools, and outreach programs, archives can both safeguard heritage and empower communities to share their history. This session presents five distinct approaches to technology and outreach that capture heritage too often overlooked or poorly served by traditional acquisitions and dissemination. Using a variety of tools, the presenters have fostered a historical sensibility in their communities and afforded individuals and groups the means to document, share, and connect their histories in new ways. Panelists will offer brief project overviews with an audience question-and-answer period to follow.

Crowd of demonstrators

Crowd of demonstrators from the University on the Square: Documenting Egypt’s 21st Century Revolution digital collection. Image courtesy of Tom Misenti and the American University in Cairo Rare Books and Special Collections Library.

Source

Carolyn Runyon, Liza Posas, Noah Lestra, Natalie Milbrodt, Jamie Seemiller, and Kate Theimer, “To the
Community and Beyond: Engaging Users to Interact with Participatory Archives” (panel discussion at the annual
meeting for the Society of American Archivists, San Diego, California, August 9, 2012).

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