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The Past on Tap
Amanda Hill
Hillbraith Ltd.
Archives Association of Ontario
Deseronto Archives
“Division of Classification and Cataloging, November 17, 1937.”
U.S. National Archives’ Local Identifier: 64-NA-193
http:/...
"…professional archivists need to transform
themselves from elite experts behind institutional
walls to becoming mentors, ...
Support community recordkeepers
"Archivists can also engage interested members
of the community in interactive dialogues with
mainstream archives and thei...
Community involvement
• Go where there are people
School projects
Try not to say ‘no’
Land that supports our feet
Symposium: Blanket exercise
http://www.kairoscanada.org/dignity-rights/indigenous-rights/blank...
Blanket exercise
http://www.kairoscanada.org/dignity-rights/indigenous-rights/blanket-exercise/
(Over)share obsessively
• Get out-of-copyright
images online with
permissive licences
– Let the public do your
work for yo...
Go where people are online, too
• Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr
– Go where people are - online as well as off
• Make col...
Provides evidence of usefulness
Mobilizes
support in times
of trouble
• Response to NADP
cuts on Facebook in
2012
Tell
stories!
“…if we are not helping people understand the
world they live in, and if this is not what
archives is all about, then I do...
“…that backwater, which, though apparently
calm and comfortable, may also be stagnant
with the signs of approaching irrele...
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  1. 1. The Past on Tap Amanda Hill Hillbraith Ltd. Archives Association of Ontario Deseronto Archives
  2. 2. “Division of Classification and Cataloging, November 17, 1937.” U.S. National Archives’ Local Identifier: 64-NA-193 http://www.flickr.com/photos/usnationalarchives/3874691342/
  3. 3. "…professional archivists need to transform themselves from elite experts behind institutional walls to becoming mentors, facilitators, coaches, who work in the community" Terry Cook, 'Evidence, memory, identity, and community: four shifting archival paradigms' Archival Science, June 2013 archivalactivism.wordpress.com
  4. 4. Support community recordkeepers
  5. 5. "Archivists can also engage interested members of the community in interactive dialogues with mainstream archives and their holdings.“ Terry Cook, 'Evidence, memory, identity, and community: four shifting archival paradigms' Archival Science, June 2013
  6. 6. Community involvement • Go where there are people
  7. 7. School projects
  8. 8. Try not to say ‘no’
  9. 9. Land that supports our feet Symposium: Blanket exercise http://www.kairoscanada.org/dignity-rights/indigenous-rights/blanket-exercise/
  10. 10. Blanket exercise http://www.kairoscanada.org/dignity-rights/indigenous-rights/blanket-exercise/
  11. 11. (Over)share obsessively • Get out-of-copyright images online with permissive licences – Let the public do your work for you, online and off – People love to share your content
  12. 12. Go where people are online, too • Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr – Go where people are - online as well as off • Make collections and activities as open as possible
  13. 13. Provides evidence of usefulness
  14. 14. Mobilizes support in times of trouble • Response to NADP cuts on Facebook in 2012
  15. 15. Tell stories!
  16. 16. “…if we are not helping people understand the world they live in, and if this is not what archives is all about, then I do not know what it is we are doing that is all that important.” F. Gerald Ham, 1975 ‘The Archival Edge', American Archivist, January 1975, p.13
  17. 17. “…that backwater, which, though apparently calm and comfortable, may also be stagnant with the signs of approaching irrelevance.” Hugh Taylor, 1993 http://www.flickr.com/photos/deserontoarchives/3699611148/

Slides for a presentation at the New Directions in Active History Conference, held in London, Ontario, October 2-4, 2015.

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