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The handout for week eleven of INFO 6800 Archives (Winter 2013).

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  • 1. INFO 6800 Archives – March 18, 2013 Week Eleven – Access, Privacy, and OutreachObjectives 1. Understand practical issues involved with archival reference and access services 2. Explore the role of archives in shaping collective memory 3. Discuss strategies for archival outreach 4. Introduce access, copyright, and privacy legislationActivities: Seminar presentationsRequired ReadingsBrinkhurst, Emma. “Archives and Access: Reaching Out to the Somali Community ofLondon’s King’s Cross.” Ethnomusicology Forum 21.2 (2012): 243-258.DOI:10.1080/17411912.2012.689470.Gafuik, Jo-Ann Munn. “Access-to-Information Legislation: A Critical Analysis.” In Betteroff Forgetting? Essays on Archives, Public Policy, and Collective Memory, edited byCheryl Avery and Mona Holmlund, 39-59. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010.Harris, Valerie A., and Ann C. Weller. “Use of Special Collections as an Opportunity forOutreach in the Academic Library.” Journal Of Library Administration 52, no. 3/4 (April2012): 294-303. DOI:10.1080/01930826.2012.684508.Optional ReadingsTimms, Katherine. “New Partnerships for Old Rivals: The Development of IntegratedAccess Systems for the Holdings of Archives, Libraries, and Museums.” Archivaria 68(Fall 2009):67-95.http://journals.sfu.ca/archivar/index.php/archivaria/article/view/13230/14549. INFO 6800 Archives (Winter 2013) – Week Eleven Seminar | 1
  • 2. Prepare for Discussion 1. What is a reference interview? An exit interview? 2. What knowledge, skills, and abilities do archivists need to provide reference services? How does this change across archival settings? 3. What are some of the different ways archives can provide reference services? 4. What are some common reference questions? How do they vary across archival settings? 5. What are some of the tools archivists use to provide reference services? How do they vary across archival settings? 6. What are some of the privacy issues archivists face and how do they conflict with access and reference services? How does this vary across archival settings? 7. What are some of the ways archivists can protect personal privacy? Do the obligations to protect privacy vary across archival settings? 8. What is archival outreach? Is it a luxury or necessity? 9. What audiences should archivist direct their outreach activities at? How does this vary across archival settings? 10. What are some potential outreach programs? How does this vary across archival settings? 11. What can archivists learn about outreach from libraries and museums? From other sectors? 12. Brinkhurst describes how the British Library has been reaching out to the Somali community in King’s Cross. What are some of the challenges the Library faced building relationships with the community? What are some of the tangible and intangible benefits to this kind of outreach? INFO 6800 Archives (Winter 2013) – Week Eleven Seminar | 2