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Tuesday, April 24 • 4:00pm - 4:20pm
Documentary opportunities and archival realities: Reconsidering the place of the archivist in the documentation of 21st Century digital lives (ROLES & OPPORTUNITIES)

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At a time when archivists are seeking more diversification and social inclusion within the documentary record, have we given pause to consider who and what really constitutes personal archives?

Digital technologies have cut across the everyday to empower people from all walks of life to more easily record and communicate their daily activities. But in this era of digital self-documentation, and with it an unprecedented potential of capturing documentary heritage created by everyday individuals, do archivists truly have a sense of where the value lies within this new frontier?

This presentation highlights important questions that archivists should be asking themselves when dealing with archival appraisal, acquisition and custody in the digital present. In a discussion covering issues such as the essentializing and epitomizing of complex social phenomena by archivists, the costs of custody-based archival practices, as well as the idea of the personal fonds or collection in the digital age, the presenters ultimately suggest that traditional practices of archiving the lives of individuals in society must change if archivists are to become conscientious facilitators of digital documentary heritage.


Jordan Bass

Coordinator for Research Services and Digital Strategies, University of Manitoba Libraries
Jordan Bass is the Coordinator for Research Services and Digital Strategies at the University of Manitoba Libraries. His research to date has focused on personal digital archives, digital curation workflows as well as research data management.

Gabrielle Prefontaine

Dean of Libraries, University of Winnipeg
Gabrielle Prefontaine is currently the Dean of Libraries at the University of Winnipeg. Gabrielle is also the former Head Archivist of the University of Winnipeg.

Tuesday April 24, 2018 4:00pm - 4:20pm CDT
Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavillion University of Houston M.D. Anderson Library, 4333 University Drive, Houston, TX

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