What happens when large research university libraries engage in community outreach around archives and community memory? What should other university libraries know before embarking on community-driven archives projects? What should communities be aware of when they are approached to participate in these types of partnerships? Is it possible to generate and sustain more dynamic relationships… Continue reading Exploring the Nuance of Community-Driven Archives: A Conversation with Archives Practitioners Jimmy Zavala and Nancy Godoy
The success of partnerships between communities and institutions often depends on the level of compatibility between the partners on issues of power and equity.
As digital technology has become more accessible, archival practitioners have promoted “history harvests” or “community scan days” as opportunities for archives and libraries to preserve digital copies of historical items while community members retain their original copies.
Are you wondering if partnering with a larger institution might be a good way to support your community archive? Strategic partnership can support you and your project as you grow. The first step towards a successful partnership is to identify what you are looking for in a partner institution.
Who are you? What do you care about? How do your materials tell a story that no one else can tell? These are the questions at the heart of collection development work.
A guide for determining what is and what is not appropriate for your collection
Not everyone is able to or wants to be responsible for the long-term care of archival materials, but many still wonder, “Who can I trust to be the steward of my important historical records?” The answer is different for everyone.
One of the most lasting things you can do is contribute your own historical materials to repository such as an archive, special collections library, historical society, or museum.