Barnard Archivists Presenting at SAA

July 26, 2017

Director of the Barnard Archives & Special Collections Shannon O'Neill and Archives Graduate Fellows Cristina Fontánez Rodríguez and Hannah Sistrunk will present at the Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting this week in Portland, Oregon. 

Shannon chairs a roundtable called Radical Empathy in Archival Practice where one of the luminous participants is former graduate fellow Dinah Handel.  

Responding to Michelle Caswell and Marika Cifor's foundational text From Human Rights to Feminist Ethics: Radical Empathy in Archives, this hybrid lightning talk-facilitated dialogue provides a forum for discussing the ways in which our profession can "center radical empathy and obligations of care." Following brief presentations from speakers, attendees and speakers participate in small-group conversations focused on the application of radical empathy as a theory and practice within their work.

Cristina and Hannah will show a poster about their work in the Barnard Archives, "Low Cost, DIY Scrapbook Digitization."

College Women: Documenting the History of Women in Higher Education is a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) project to make accessible diaries, correspondence, letters, and scrapbooks from the Seven Siblings Colleges. As part of this project Barnard Archives and Special Collections is digitizing and making discoverable 13 scrapbooks of Barnard alums dating from 1892-1913. This poster details the scrapbook digitization effort, including the creation and implementation of overhead digital photography and image quality control workflows to capture these fragile complex objects. The project serves as a use case of ground-up construction of a low-cost, simple copy stand digitization station and associated workflows, which will serve as a broadly applicable template for future projects. A collaborative effort led by two graduate Fellows from Pratt Institute and Queens College, it demonstrates how students were able to create and implement workflows and digitally recreate scrapbooks, employing DIY methods and free instructional resources. Finally, the poster will address how well-planned digitization efforts can support the accessibility and use of the content, which in this case include the presentation of the scrapbooks in the Barnard Archives Islandora repository, and their ingest into the NEH-supported Seven Siblings College Women portal. 

Poster detail