“Back to the Future” Day One Wrap Up

We’ve just concluded day one of “Back to the Future: Reconciling the Past, Present, and Future in Archives and Special Collections,” and what an excellent day it’s been!

We had great presentations all day long. Ashley Chu gave us a peek into some ambitious digitization projects that Taylor University Archives has been undertaking, and Katharine White provided great insights into the various online exhibit platforms they’ve been experimenting with at the Northern Illinois University Regional History Center.

During session II, Casey E. Davis of Louisiana State University suggested some interesting ways that archivists can better describe resources for users, and Kristen Schuster of Simmons College shared her research into art historical and archival perspectives on provenance.

Dorothy Waugh of Indiana University Bloomington shed some light on born-digital acquisitions in archives and the ethical challenges archivists and librarians face when attempting to maintain privacy and grant access. Brandon Pieczko, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, analyzed the ways in which smaller repositories might preserve vulnerable email records, and Jill J. Johnson, The Colorado Trust, provided a fascinating look at the history of microfilm and its future applications in archives and libraries.

Attendees also enjoyed tours and workshops at IU repositories, including the IU ArchivesMathers Museum of World Cultures, Lilly Library, Kinsey Institute, and Auxiliary Library Facility. (Thanks to all the staff who were willing to share their time and expertise with us!)

We have more excitement scheduled for tomorrow, so don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for updates!



The Society of American Archivists Indiana University Student Chapter seeks to: *provide a forum to address issues in the archival profession in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. *facilitate a meeting place for students with interests in Archives, Special Collections, Manuscripts, or Personal Papers. *raise awareness about archives and their importance in the university and surrounding community.
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