Friday, May 17, 2013

CFP - Women's Archives Symposium

Call for Speakers:

The Organizing Committee of the Women's Archives Symposium to be held August 13, 2013 in New Orleans is seeking proposals (one paragraph) for our section devoted to the "Impact of Technology on Women's Archives and Collections: Born Digital, Digital Humanities, Digital Initiatives, and Social Media."

We are seeking two or three persons for a moderated panel discussion addressing cutting edge issues of technology as part of women's collections and gender studies. We are looking especially for speakers who have moved beyond "traditional" digitization projects. We would like to hear what you are doing with technology that is cool and worth sharing.

If you are interested, please see suggested topics below, and send a brief paragraph describing your interest and a c.v, to Susan Tucker,
> by June 1, 2013.  To see more information on the symposium, visit


Suggested Topics:

While the following is a broad list, we are particularly seeking participants who can speak to some of the following:

- the power of conventional structured archival metadata or other

data sets cross-walked to new platforms (including the

role of controlled vocabularies, etc. to non-archival communities);

- crowd sourcing, edit-a-thons, and other social opportunities to

engage "the public" in collecting, transcribing, or sharing women's and

gender history;

- innovative tools such as Fusion Tables, Voyant, Scripto, special features of Omeka, Google Refine, Tumblr or other products to inspire ideas about manipulation of data and the application of technology to promote access to, and exploration of, online sources;

- challenges you are experiencing in repository infrastructure and the implementation of digital projects;

- repository/academic/community collaborations supporting projects;

- skill sets required to make things happen digitally;

- issues involved with selecting content;

- problems of limited resources privileging fewer voices in the online world;

- changing descriptive practices to enable new presentations of collections and research in the digital world;

-enhancements and problems with classroom instruction and reference practices found in open access/full text searchability;

- challenges of visual literacy (reading images and non-textual content) or the inability of contemporary students to read cursive handwriting;

- barriers to researching these new presentations of collections and research;

- new partnerships between archivists and academics to build lesson plans and curricula;

- the balance of DH with the repository's other management concerns;

- comparisons of digital projects to traditional outreach through gallery


- visions for new description portals and newly federated collections to discover women's history in this rapidly evolving environment.

Again, send your proposal to Susan Tucker,> by June 1, 2013.