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How We Got Here: Creating Space for Disabled Archival Workers

July 14, 2022 @ 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm UTC+0


Discussing the histories of disability-focused community work in archives, this panel illuminates multiple initiatives surrounding accessibility and archives. Four disabled archivists will discuss efforts to date for advancing disability visibility and accessibility in the archival profession.

Michelle Ganz will describe some of the earliest formal efforts within the Society of American Archivists (SAA) to advance accessibility and disability: a Working Group founded in the early 2010s, which led to the creation of the Best Practices for Working with Archives Employees with Physical Disabilities and Researchers with Disabilities.

Lydia Tang will discuss the experience of revising the Best Practices into the Guidelines for Accessible Archives for People with Disabilities over 10 years later and the formation of SAA’s Accessibility and Disability Section.

Lydia Tang and Michelle Ganz will highlight accomplishments of the section and future planned initiatives, addressing the process of advocating for the value of disability in archival conversations.

Gracen Brilmyer and Veronica Denison will discuss their ongoing research project using interviews with disabled archivists and the ways in which the profession has and continues to shape feelings of belonging for disabled people.

Through this discussion, this panel will show that disability advocacy and research are critical to the future of archival practice.

Presenter Bios

Gracen Brilmyer, McGill University School of Information Studies

Veronica Denison, Kansas State University

Michelle Ganz, Dominican Sisters of Peace

Lydia Tang, LYRASIS


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July 14, 2022
10:00 pm - 11:00 pm UTC+0
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