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Workshop: Teaching About/In Community Archives: Workshopping Strategies for Teaching Equivocal Archival Practices

July 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm UTC+0

WORKSHOP: Teaching About/In Community Archives: Workshopping Strategies for Teaching Equivocal Archival Practices

Register in advance for this meeting:


  • Jane Thaler, University of Pittsburgh
  • Chelsea Gunn, University of Pittsburgh

Accessibility details:

Slides, prompts, any complimentary materials, and the collaborative document will be made publicly available both in advance of and after the workshop. Alt text will be provided for any visual components. Live transcription will be enabled.


As instructors in MLIS programs, we have found that many students begin their studies with a desire for firm guidelines and best practices. At the same time, we have observed steadily growing student interest in community and personal archives, areas which sometimes ask us to productively break the rules of “traditional” archival practice. This liminality can be uncomfortable for students as they attempt to reconcile the perceived tensions between community/personal and professional archival practices. These tensions also reveal themselves when we teach archival practice in community settings. Professional archivists and community archives increasingly work in dialogue with one another. Our reflections on the shifting modalities between archival instruction within and beyond the MLIS classroom have prompted us to critically reexamine how we understand and teach archival theory and practice in both environments. This workshop invites participants to share and reflect on their experiences both teaching personal/community archives to MLIS students and working with/teaching community. How do these pedagogical practices inform each other? What strategies do we use to address these divergences? How does our work with community archives inform that work? Participants of this workshop will collaboratively produce a shared document of practices, resources, challenges, and goals that have informed their approach to teaching community/personal archives. The collaborative document will remain accessible as a shared, ongoing resource after the workshop has ended.

Will this session be recorded for the AERI2021 YouTube channel? No


July 14
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm UTC+0
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