“Community archives represent unprecedentedly democratic, if always contested, venues for everyday interactive information work” (Poole, 2020) where “information work constitutes the infrastructure for getting things done” (Poole, 2020). This presentation will explore conceptions of work as they relate to information and community as both are formulated in and by localities. It will also consider community and the diverse ways it can be located demographically, linguistically, geospatially, temporally, and imaginatively. How might a local archive enable certain kinds of work, history writing for example, differently for communities located near and far when “near” and “far” can be articulated by demography, language, geography, time, and conceptual imaginaries? How might these different kinds of distance affect access to local archives, where “access” can be considered the ability to make use of an infrastructure to get something done. This presentation will not attempt to answer these questions definitively. Rather, it will use questions such as these to clarify some of the many challenges associated with attempts to make local archives accessible to the world.
Poole, A.H. (2020). The information work of community archives: a systematic literature review. Journal of Documentation, 76(3), 657–687. https://doi.org/10.1108/JD-07-2019-0140.
Wayne de Fremery is Professor of Information Science and Entrepreneurship at Dominican University of California, where he directs the Françoise O Lepage Center for Global Innovation. Wayne also co-directs the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative and is Chair-Elect of the History and Foundations of Information Science Special Interest Group at the Association for Information Science and Technology. Wayne’s current book project, Cats, Carpenters, and Accountants: Bibliographical Foundations of Information Science, is forthcoming from MIT Press.
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