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Short Papers: Education

July 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm UTC+0


Chair: Karen Gracy

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Graduate Archival Education: Opportunities, Challenges, and Future Directions


  • Alex Poole (Drexel University, USA)
  • Jane Zhang (Catholic University of America, USA)
  • Ashley Todd-Diaz (Towson University, USA)

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Drexel University’s College of Computing and Informatics (Alex Poole) in partnership with the Catholic University of America’s Department of Library and Information Science (Jane Zhang) has been awarded an IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program National Forum Grant. The research project, “Exploring New Frontiers in 21st Century Archival Education,” aims to explore the historical trajectory and current state of archival education and to build capacity in master’s level archival curriculum. As part of this research, the project has collected comprehensive curriculum data from existing archival graduate programs and conducted semi-structured interviews of full-time tenure-track archives faculty listed in the Society of American Archivists’ (SAA) Directory of Archival Education ( The former (curriculum data) sheds light on how archival education is currently taught in graduate programs in the context of the SAA Guidelines for A Graduate Programs in Archival Studies (GPAS) curriculum ( The latter (semi-structured interview data) helps explore the perspectives of current archival faculty regarding the biggest challenges facing archival education and potential changes in the archival curriculum in the next decade. The proposed 20-minute paper presentation will discuss findings, which, collectively, reflect the foundations we rely on, obstacles we must overcome, and directions we may move in to develop graduate archival curriculum to meet the needs of the 21st century archival education.

Will this session be recorded for the AERI2021 Youtube channel? Yes

Enacting Solidarity in the Archival Classroom


Maggie Schreiner, New York University

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Live captioning, alt text for images in slideshow. I will employ PowerPoint’s accessibility checker and accessible design best practices (font, colors, size, and more).


Over the course of the Spring 2021 semester, students in a “Community Archives” course in New York University’s Archives and Public History program engaged in a semester-long collaboration with CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities, a grassroots community group that works to build power across diverse poor and working class Asian immigrant and refugee communities in New York City. The course, which is cross-listed between the archives and public history tracks, aims to provide students with a strong theoretical grounding in anti-racist, community-based archival practice while directly engaging in the messiness and ethical complexity of community collaboration.

CAAAV, founded in 1986 as the Community Against Anti-Asian Violence, initially focused on responding to the root causes of violence in 1980s and 1990s, as well as opposing NYPD violence against all People of Color in NYC. Taught during a dramatic and frightening rise in anti-Asian violence, the course used CAAAV’s informal archive to contextualize present-day events within a long history of anti-Asian violence and community responses in NYC and beyond. This presentation will provide a case study on uniting social movement and mutual aid solidarities with archival pedagogy in the classroom to teach students how archives can be impactful tools for liberation, while simultaneously providing direct support to grassroots campaigns for racial and economic justice.

Will this session be recorded for the AERI2021 Youtube channel? Yes


July 16
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm UTC+0
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