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Wednesday, February 7 • 8:30am - 10:00am
Session 1.3 - Juried Panel: Expanding the LIS universe: Implementing archival theory, practice, and pedagogy within the Catholic and social justice traditions.

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Christine M. Angel
Web 2.0: Creating the 21st Century Information Professional Utilizing Pedagogically Driven ICTs
Constructing an active teaching pedagogy demonstrating evidence of student achievement concerning the organization and description of archival documents and visual information resources within an online environment can be challenging. However, students must be provided with practical experience that meets the needs of today’s information environment and also demonstrates how those needs were met to the American Library Association - Committee on Accreditation (ALA-CoA).
During the past five years, students within the DLIS program at St. John’s University have been processing archival documents housed within the Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS-NY). The purpose of this project is to increase access to information resources needed by stakeholders currently engaged in the construction of public policies safeguarding the rights of immigrants, migrants and refugees. The current lack of access to information has resulted in a gap between the policies and the actual needs. Through metadata creation and digitization, DLIS students are increasing access to information needed for creating policy that can effectively respond to recurrent challenges in the field.
 
With an active method of instruction, courses are designed that will “provide students with practical knowledge, activities, assignments, and experiences that they can apply to their futures” (Wingfield & Black, p. 121). One such student project is the construction of a blog post ( www.hiddenheritagecollections.org) on a student-constructed blog participating in several assignments that are scaffold demonstrating what they have learned.  This publicly-available blog allows prospective employers to observe student performance. Demonstrating such performance has led to students obtaining interviews with the CIA and employment at Hasbro and Lord and Taylor.
Wingfield, S. S., & Black, G. S. (2010). Active versus passive course designs: The impact on
student outcomes. Journal of Education for Business, 81(2), 119-123.
doi:10.3200/JOEB.81.2.119-128
 
Youngok Choi
A key endeavor of cultural heritage organizations is to increase access to their collections. As web technologies open up new exposure to materials, cultural heritage organizations have tremendous investments in digitizing rare and unique special collections for preservation and for wider access. Similarly, U.S Catholic archival institutions have focused on digital projects to promote scholarly and public understanding of the records of the documentary and artifactual heritage of American Catholic culture and history as well. However, such efforts of Catholic archives are hindered by many obstacles.  A 2011 Survey of Digitized Rare Catholica among North American Catholic college and university libraries revealed that 67% of such institutions have not digitized their Catholic resources. Most indicated lack of money, staff, and time as major barriers to digitization, and did not have an institutional repository, nor a dedicated digital specialist. Survey findings suggest a need to explore the state of Catholic archives and identify norms to define appropriate action and further research. In response, Dr. Choi conducted a survey providing a snapshot of the nature of Catholic archives. The survey goal was to provide a context and the current status of Catholic archives in adapting to this changing world. Results will guide the professional archival community and educational programs in discussions about collaborative actions and decisions necessary to care for endangered Catholic Church records and heritage.
Dr. Choi’s presentation will address topics of archives’ operation, digital archives, and outreach, describing Catholic archives’ operational elements compared with peer special collections and archives.   
*Martha Loesch, Marta M. Deyrup, Pat Lawton. "Survey of Digitized Rare Catholica: Summary Report of Results" Update: Newsletter of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities Vol. 37 Iss. 4 (2011): http://www.catholicresearch.net/cms/files/2113/7259/7621/Survey_report.pdf
 
Molly Hazelton
Telling their stories: Developing a pedagogical framework for the capturing of oral histories of Catholic sisters.
The contributions of Catholic sisters to the history of our country are profound, from founding hospitals to educating schoolchildren to working with the poor. However, in the narrative of women’s history, their contributions remain largely invisible. Although archives of Catholic sisters’ communities have done an excellent job preserving paper archives, efforts to capture oral histories vary widely.  The need to preserve their stories is pressing, as recent Vatican research indicates the average age of Catholic sisters is in the upper 70’s.    SisterStory, part of a broader initiative at St. Catherine University, funded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, set out to develop an oral history project that could: teach college students how to conduct archivally sound oral histories and preserve the stories of this historically significant group of women.  From 2013- 2017, college students nationwide collected over 180 oral histories of Catholic sisters representing over 20 different communities.
Project Coordinator Molly Hazelton will discuss the development of the oral history project, including incorporation of oral history and archival pedagogy into a nation-wide student project led by a range of community partners, and the challenges with a project of this nature.
Visit www.sisterstory.org to see samples.
 
Cecilia L. Salvatore
Increasingly, religious communities are coming to the end of their historical journey. The need to deal with the valuable records and archives of these communities is pressing and dire. Students at Dominican University’s School of Information Studies participated in the archival processing of records of closed religious communities and congregations. For these students, issues related to record appraisal and to the legal and financial, and the social and cultural systems in which these records were created all come to the fore. To be sure, consideration of legal and financial systems and social and cultural systems in implementing the various archival domains can be unwieldy. The consideration and fate of the Protocols for Native American Archival Materials illustrates this. In this paper, I describe my research of the appraisal and acquisition of and access to the records of religious communities that have come or are coming to the end of their historical journey. The goal of the research is to develop a methodology for taking care of the records and archives of communities that have contributed much to development in society.
 
Mathiesen, Kay. “A Defense of Native Americans’ Rights Over Their Traditional Cultural Expressions.” American Archivist 75, 2 (Fall-Winter 2012): 456-481.


Wednesday February 7, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
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