Workshops

Open to BMRC Member Institutions


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Collection Diversification and Community Engagement Series

The BMRC is proud to present its Collection Diversification and Community Engagement Series! Thanks to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the BMRC will be hosting four virtual events to discuss the issues that archival repositories face in working with the communities they are responsible for and how to build strong relationships between them. Often, these challenges are a result of long-standing issues with trust between an institution and the community it is in. While revising connections between an institution and the neighborhoods, organizations, and people surrounding it is critical, archival repositories have a unique place in this revision as stewards of historical documentation. For this reason, the BMRC has decided to host this virtual event series on these important topics!

Collection Diversification and Community Engagement Panel

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

See information below about this panel, which has already occurred.

Cultural Diversity Competency Webinar

January 28th, 2021 from 2pm-6pm CST

Helen Wong Smith, Archivist for University Records from University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, will facilitate a half-day webinar for our member institutions on Cultural Diversity Competency. This webinar will help our members understand Cultural Diversity Competency in libraries, museums, and archives, biases related to community engagement and collection diversification, and building relationships with local communities based on empathy. There is no limit on participant registration for staff from our member institutions. Registration link coming soon!

Strategizing for Collection Diversification Workshop and Post Series-Discussion to be announced Winter/Spring 2021!


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.

Featuring:

  • 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