Archives Basics with a Twist Part Two
Inclusive and Representative Local History
Archives Basics With a Twist is a series of six sessions that places traditional archival best practices within 21st-century challenges and opportunities. The series is intended for smaller cultural organizations. You can attend a single session, several sessions, or all.
The series of six online events includes:
Each session in the six-part series will include interactive aspects through participant questions and comments. Light pre-reading will be suggested but not required. Interwoven throughout the series will be an acknowledgment that archival work as an ongoing process requires important attention to self-care.
This session will answer the following questions: How can we incorporate the values of inclusivity and tolerance into traditional archival techniques for appraising the historical value of records? Would community members assign significance differently than collecting institutions have? An invited guest will describe their experience striving to reduce inevitable bias in the selection and description of archival collections. Participants will be invited to share their strategies for seeking community archives in diverse organizations and marginalized populations.
This event will not be recorded.
Pat Burdick, Assistant Director of Colby College Special Collections, has been working with Colby's rare and unique materials for over 20 years. She received her MLS degree with an archival concentration from Simmons College and continues to serve as an archival consultant and workshop presenter throughout the state of Maine. Before finding her way to the world of archives, she completed a masters program in Mechanical Engineering at Lehigh and Georgia Tech, working as a research engineer at MIT. She lives on North Pond in the Belgrade Lakes area with her covivant, artist Kevin James, and three lovely felines. She is a Master Gardener and helps to maintain the gardens at Skowhegan History House and the Fairview Grange in Smithfield as part of her yearly community service.
Paige Lilly has held several positions in Maine's archives and museums, ranging from the Shaker Library in New Gloucester to the William S. Cohen Papers at University of Maine's Fogler Library in Orono and recently served as curator at the Castine Historical Society (2009-2021). A cofounder of the Society of Maine Archivists, which later merged with MAM, Paige worked with Pat Burdick on a statewide archives training project in the 1990s. She earned a B.A. at Colby College, a master's from the University of Southern Maine in American and New England Studies, and completed the 2013 Seminar for Historical Administration through AASLH. She offers collections consulting services for municipal governments, nonprofits, businesses, and families from her home office in Blue Hill.
Attending an Online Discussion
To participate in this online discussion you will need access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection. We will be using Zoom to host this event as an online videoconference. Once you register, you will immediately be sent instructions for logging in via automatically sent email.
If you do not have access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection, you will still be able to call in on a telephone, but you will unfortunately not be able to see any of the participants or visuals.
Online registration will be open through October 26. Attendance is limited to 25 people; register soon to save your spot!
Just this event: Registration for MAM members is $10. Non-members pay $25.
The whole 6-part series: MAM members can register for all 6 events at once for $90 (a $105 value). Choose this option when registering for the first event in the series.
Members of MAM enjoy discounted registration (MAM members please log in first). If you're not a MAM member, join today!