Previously School of Library & Information Studies
Friday Afternoon Seminar: Schedule.
296a-1 Seminar: Information Access, Spring 2017.
Fridays 3-5. 107 South Hall. Presentation
FRIDAY AFTERNOON SEMINAR ON INFORMATION ACCESS.
South Hall 107, Fridays 3-5 pm. Everyone interested is welcome!
Apr 28: Cathy MARSHALL: Personal Digital Archives: From Accumulation
During an individual’s lifetime, the content and organization of
a personal digital archive depends largely on whatever personal
information management regimens the collection’s owner(s) have adopted.
Some aspects, for example, outward-facing parts of the collection held
as social media, may be extensively curated; other portions may be subject
to policies imposed by storage providers and surrogate stewards of the
data (e.g. in the case of governmental, financial, and medical records).
Still other portions (e.g. local and cloud storage) may show patterns
of long-term accumulation and benign neglect. What do these diverse
policies and practices mean for personal collections as historical
legacy? I use my experience with personal papers held in research
library collections to investigate four issues that will play a
major role in shaping tomorrow’s personal digital archives:
(1) ephemerality, permanence, and privacy concerns; (2)
self-representation and reliability; (3) historical, biographical,
and genealogical utility; and (4) copyright, ownership, and access policies.
Cathy Marshall is a San Francisco-based
adjunct professor at the Texas A&M University Center for the Study
of Digital Libraries and sometime volunteer at the Internet
Archive. See www.csdl.tamu.edu/~marshall.
The Seminar will resume in the Fall Semester.