Open to BMRC Member Institutions

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Virtual Two-Day Collection Diversification Workshop

March 29th and 30th, 2021 | 9am-4pm CST

Facilitated by Rebecca Hankins, Africana Resources Librarian at Texas A&M University, this workshop on collection diversification will focus on strategizing for building mutually beneficial relationships between archival repositories and the communities they serve. By providing infrastructure for community collections to be properly preserved, our members can play an important part in the management of their community’s legacy through respectful, equitable partnerships and community outreach. While these partnerships may lead to donations of archival collections for some of our members, respecting the community’s priorities and boundaries is always at the center of the BMRC’s mission. By exploring strategies for providing archival resources to communities, from post-custodial agreements to donor education and more, our members will learn how to create strategic plans to ensure they are successfully working towards the BMRC’s vision of being essential to promoting the discovery, preservation, and use of Black historical collections. There is no limit on participant registration for staff from our member institutions.

Note: This workshop will be divided into four sessions, according to the agenda listed. Please plan on attending a morning OR afternoon session each day. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact Tanya Calvin, Community Engagement Archivist, at

To request accommodations for accessibility purposes, please contact Tanya Calvin, Community Engagement Archivist, at

Registration form:

(Day 1) Monday, March 29, 2021

9 am – 9:30 am Introduction / Workshop Goals

9:30 am – 10:15 am Community Outreach/Partnerships

10: 15 am – 10:30 am Break

10:30 am – 12 pm Strategic Planning

1 pm – 1:30 pm Introduction / Workshop Goals

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm Community Outreach/Partnerships

2: 15 pm – 2:30 pm Break

2:30 pm – 4 pm Strategic Planning

(Day 2) Tuesday, March 30, 2021

9 am – 10:15 am Digitization/Preservation

10: 15 am – 10:30 am Break

10:30 – 12 pm Resources and Grants

1 pm – 2:15 pm Digitization/Preservation

2:15 pm - 2:30 pm Break

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm Resources and Grants

A .PDF file of this flyer is available here: Collection Diversification Workshop Flyer

Open to the Public

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Collection Diversification and Community Engagement Panel

November 19th, 2020 from 2pm-3pm CST

This panel has already occurred. A recording, including transcription, will be made available soon on our YouTube page.

This panel featured representatives from some of our very own member institutions who have successfully engaged their communities, built long-lasting relationships with them, and seen the benefits of doing so. From collection strategies to community workshops to exhibition outreach, these panelists have worked hard to ensure that their archives work with, and not against, their community.


  • Dino Robinson, Founder, Shorefront Legacy Center
  • Raquel Flores-Clemons, University Archivist and Director of University Archives, Records Management, & Special Collections, Chicago State University
  • Pam Hackbart-Dean, Head of Special Collections & University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Liesl Olson, Director of Chicago Studies, Newberry Library
  • Alison Hinderliter, Lloyd Lewis Curator of Modern Manuscripts and Archives and Selector for Modern Music, Newberry Library