The Twenty-First-Century Historian and Digital Archives

Friday, January 3, 2014: 10:50 AM
Columbia Hall 2 (Washington Hilton)
Joshua Sternfeld, independent scholar
Using digital historiography as a framework for discussion, Joshua Sternfeld will propose a vision of the historian’s relationship with archives and archivists in the digital age.  He will explore how historians, in collaboration with information professionals, can actively partake in the construction and use of digital archives throughout the lifecycle of historical data, including the creation or ingestion of archival materials, their description, deaccessioning, and the development of learning resources and digital access tools to promote continued use of archives for research and educational programming.  In all of these pursuits, historians must learn to integrate critical theory with a broadened understanding of the principles and practices of the information fields.