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Diversity in the Archives: Preserving Ephemeral Activist Culture at Temple University

Temple University Libraries is pleased to be hosting a continuing education event around the subject of archiving ephemeral social movements. In particular, this event will focus on the archiving of #ferguson tweets and other social media, which may be of special interest to this group.

We would like to extend an invitation to this free event to the archives, special collections, and digital library community. This event is free, but we request a sign-up so that we can estimate attendance for setup and refreshments.

Looking forward to seeing you at Temple.



Diversity in the Archives: Preserving Ephemeral Activist Culture

Please join Temple University Libraries for a panel on November 17th as we explore issues of diversity in archives and special collections.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
2:00-3:30 p.m.
Paley Library, 1210 Polett Walk, Philadelphia PA 19122
Lecture Hall - Ground Floor

Event sign-up sheet

#Ferguson, #BlackLivesMatter, #SayHerName, #OccupyPhiladelphia are all recent social movements that have significant online presence. How can an archive preserve social media content that is fast-moving and transitory in order to best document the history of a social or counter-culture movement?

Bergis Jules (University of California Riverside Libraries), Meredith Evans (Washington University in St. Louis) and Ed Summers (Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities) will describe their experiences archiving and preserving tweets and social media documenting Ferguson and #BlackLivesMatter. Margery Sly and Justin Hill of Temple Libraries will discuss their experiences collecting and preserving the history of the Occupy Philadelphia movement.

The panelists will discuss the challenges related to the acquisition, preservation, and accessibility of non-traditional records, such as born-digital materials and media-based materials that can easily be altered or lost. Using recent examples, such as the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri and the Occupy Wall Street protests that extended to other cities such as Philadelphia, panelists will use social media and digital initiatives as a prism through which to view archival records and documented history versus lived experiences. The speakers represent diverse archival, cultural, and technical backgrounds, and will share their experience collecting media and film records, human rights and government records, community-created records, and social media records.

Event sign-up sheet

For more information please contact Doreva Belfiore, Digital Projects Librarian, doreva@temple.edu.