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Saturday, August 8 • TBA
S25 - Invisible Minorities and Oral Histories: Considerations on Ethical Access

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Oral histories serve as a crucial resource for documenting and giving voice to traditionally marginalized communities, but online, "Google-able" access renders members of invisible communities permanently visible in ways that can worry narrators and curators alike. In this panel, archivists and oral historians from a diverse range of perspectives will share their stories, struggles, strategies, and tips for those working with oral histories of these groups or who have oral history curation in their future.

Webb: Out in the Age of Google: Access Considerations for LGBTQ+ Oral Histories
Leverich: BDSM/kink/fetish oral histories
Madera: Adventures in Abortion Archiving
Swan: Responsibly Collecting and Providing Access to the Oral Histories of Domestic Violence Survivors
Watson: Private Stories, Public Histories: The Past and Present Protection of Privacy at the Kinsey Institute

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Derek Webb

Head of Archives, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries
I am a west Texan, former lone arranger, ALIer (class of 2017), certified archivist, current archives department head and records manager. I'm also, as it happens, the archivist for MAC! Talk to me about: management issues, oral histories, instruction and active learning, records... Read More →

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Brian M. Watson

Graduate Assistant, University of British Columbia's School of Library Archival and Information Studies

Jessamyn Swan

Community Engagement Archivist, Georgia College & State University
Jessamyn is a white hispanic domestic violence survivor & Community Engagement Archivist at GCSU. She initiates collaborations with communities to document diverse & under-represented histories. She has an M.A. in English & an MLIS from U of Arizona.

Mel Leverich

Archivist & Collections Librarian, Leather Archives & Museum

Melissa Madera

Founder and Director, The Abortion Diary
Melissa Madera, Ph.D. is the founder The Abortion Diary and the host of its podcast. Her own abortion story inspired her to listen to over 300 people's reproductive experiences. She is currently also a Research Fellow for Project SANA at UT Austin.

Saturday August 8, 2020 TBA