Symposium to look at preservation education
Faculty members in archives and preservation from institutions in the United States and Canada will come to the School of Information next week to discuss the future of their fields in the digital age.
“At the Nexus of Analog and Digital: A Symposium for Preservation Educators” is a by-invitation event sponsored by the School of Information with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. It will run from June 5-7 on campus.
Associate Professor Paul Conway, who is coordinating the symposium, said the purpose of the symposium is exploring how to teach preservation in ways that acknowledge the heritage of analog preservation techniques and perspectives while pointing toward research and development initiatives in the digital sphere. An emphasis on preserving digital information, some of which is derived from and provides direct reference to original analog sources, could well be the future of preservation education. A focus on digital information also parallels attention within the cultural heritage community on the changing nature of preservation activities in an increasingly digital world.
“Our plenary talks will feature leading faculty whose scholarship engages preservation issues,” Conway said. “Each participant will share a brief position paper on one of the themes of the symposium, drawing on the priorities and activities within their respective academic environments.”
An outcome of the symposium will be an agenda for advancing research and doctoral-level graduate education that does not require a high level of administrative coordination for implementation. Because faculty are relatively autonomous within their school and departmental “boats,” the symposium may foster a shared sense of the value that might be achieved when faculty tend to “row in the same direction with similar pace and purpose.”Explore posts in the same categories: Faculty, Research