All together in solidarity:Community Based Archiving LACUNY Dialogues 1/23/12 Cynthia Tobar
What is Community Based Archiving?• When communities take it upon themselves to collect, organize, advocate, and provide access to their own histories. (Amber Billey, 2011)• Community led.
Why is there a need for Community Based Archiving?• Archives as arsenals of history, of law, arsenals of democratic accountability• Provides a corrective action in support of justice by documenting under-served communities• Citizen archivists. Co-creating with those affected communities ensures that there is equal representation of the needs, interests and perspectives of all citizens.
“Giving a Voice to the Voiceless”• “Seek opportunities to preserve records of those often overlooked by their collecting strategies and recognize the broader concept of provenance for an entire community” (300, and 301-302)• Consider going beyond our “custodial role to fill in the gaps, to ensure that documentation is created where it is missing” (303)• Recognize the value of “oral transmission” by both recognizing the “primacy of oral tradition in some cultures,” and seeking to add to the completeness of the archival record by proactively creating oral histories (303-306) Kate Theimer, Comment on Theimer, "Chapter 6: Capturing the voices of the “voiceless populations,” pp. 298- 309," Reading "Archives Power"(blog), 2 22, 2010, http://readingarchivespower.wordpress.com/2010/02/22/capturing- the-voices-of-the-voiceless-populations-pp-298-309/.
WRI Digital Oral History Project• Running on open-source content management software (Expression Engine)• Images and audio files are donated by current and former WRI leaders to archive• Records are cataloged according to Dublin Core metadata standards and digitally archived according to professional archival standards
What can be done to ensure archives areincluding in their collections the materialsnecessary to document people or organizationswho have traditionally been under-represented?How can professional librarians and archivistsbecome involved?