Community Engagement

Strategies for engaging community members and groups in developing and using web archive collections.

Engaging library patrons and community groups can help the long term viability of your web archiving program

It can be hard for patrons to realize the importance and value of web archives until they’ve had some hands on experience. This is why it’s important to have clear paths for community engagement in collection development, and for promoting the use of your collections. Local history web archiving programs can thrive when community members are part of the process.

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The Community Archivist Program at the Austin History Center

Community Engagement with Digital History Collections

Web Archiving at the Kansas City Public Library

The Community Archivist Program at the Austin History Center

Community Engagement with Digital History

Web Archiving at the Kansas City Public Library

Reading Materials

Community Engagement Case Studies

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Tips for Promoting Projects and Collections

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Suggestions for Longer Publicity Formats

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Promotion Examples

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Crowdsourcing in the 21st Century Library, Museum and Archive.

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Holley, R.Crowdsourcing: How and why should libraries do it? D-Lib Magazine

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Lankes, D. R., Silverstein, J., & Nicholson, S. (2007). Participatory networks: The library as conversation: A technology brief of the Information Institute of Syracuse.

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Santamaria-Wheeler, Lourdes, Jessica Belcoure Marcetti, Rebecca Fitzsimmons, Margarita Vargas-Betancourt, and Sophia Krzys Acord. (2015, July). Community-based Collections.

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Nicole, Elizabeth. Focusing on Local: Librarianship and Public History.

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Owens, T. (2012, May 20). The crowd and the library.

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Schull, Diantha D. “Archives Alive: Democratizing Public Library Archives through Oral History.”

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