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In the wake of recent events at the University of Virginia surrounding the ousting, and later reinstatement, of President Teresa Sullivan, the University Library, including the University Archives, in the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, scrambled to collect picket signs, gather tweets and Facebook postings, and bring together other materials documenting the events on Grounds, even as they were unfolding. In the light of this event and others like the Occupy Movements, Arab Spring, and 9/11, this discussion will explore questions of how institutions document, save, and preserve materials pertaining to current events, especially when those events are born through social networking sites. Gretchen Gueguen, Digital Archivist at the University of Virginia, will discuss her work to capture digital material from social media and websites during the Sullivan episode. A wide-ranging discussion with all audience members will follow to uncover questions of how to approach such events and what the role of the Archives or Special Collection might be in creating and managing such records.
Speaker: Gretchen Gueguen, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia
Moderator: Nicole Bouché, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia