Technology: benefits and barriers for community archives for
providing wider access to digital content

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017
The Old U.S. Mint
400 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116

Building on the initial Diversifying the Digital forum held in Los Angeles, California in October 2016, this forum will focus on the technological infrastructure needs of community archives. While fully connected to the communities they serve, community archives are often under-resourced and remain disconnected from innovative, well-funded, and technologically-rich digital initiatives. This forum will provide an opportunity to explore the current landscape of technology use by community archives, discuss new innovations in digital collections technology that community archives can take advantage of, and begin to develop a plan for potential implementation of effective actions that can lead to more innovative use of technology for advancing accessibility of digital collections. Topics of discussion include collection building, collections access, interoperability, outreach, and programming.

Presenters for this forum will consist of a mix of community archives practitioners, scholars and archivists, and also leading technologists in libraries and archives with expertise is digital cultural heritage.

Diversifying the Digital Historical Record is a collaborative project, partners of which include the Amistad Research Center, Mukurtu, Shorefront Legacy, South Asian American Digital Project, and the Inland Memories Project of the University of California – Riverside.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The forum will be livestreamed and we will encourage Twitter conversation using the hashtag #DDHR2. The previous forum used the hashtag #DDHR1 and the remaining forums will use the hashtags #DDHR3 and #DDHR4.