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ALA Annual - RBMS, DPIG, and ALA Committee on Diversity sponsored panel: #BlackLivesMatter: Documenting a Digital Protest Movement

ALCTS DPIG is co-sponsoring an exciting panel at ALA Annual this year, along with RBMS and the ALA Committee on Diversity - we hope you can join us. 

Sunday, June 26, 2016 1-2:30 pm
Orange County Convention Center, Room W203
Orlando, FL

This program will focus on the #BlackLivesMatter movement, spurred by police shootings and other incidents across the country. This is a “hybrid” grassroots movement, with robust digital and physical presences. Documenting such movements for both short-term use by students and scholars and long-term preservation is a serious challenge for 21st-century libraries and archives. The program will explore the ways that activists, academics, archivists, and librarians are collecting and providing access to the history unfolding today.


  • Meredith Evans, Director, Carter Presidential Library and Museum (Moderator)
  • Jarrett M. Drake, Digital Archivist, Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, Princeton U.
  • Makiba J. Foster, Subject Librarian for American History, American Culture Studies, Sociology, and Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, Washington U. in St. Louis
  • Bergis Jules, University and Political Papers Archivist, U. of California-Riverside
  • Charlton McIlwain, Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to discuss the #BlackLivesMatter movement and challenges related to preserving its development and providing access to its digital manifestations in special collections libraries and archives.
  • Participants will be able to identify tools and workflows used to capture and preserve born-digital materials from grassroots social protest movements.
  • Participants will be able to describe socially conscious ways of archiving the records from contemporary grassroots movements.