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Libraries and Archives in the Anthropocene

Libraries and Archives in the Anthropocene Collection

2017 May
10 videos
Call no.: MS 1010

In May 2017, a group of archivists and librarians convened at the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts for a two-day colloquium on the impact of environmental change on historical memory institutions. The speakers in the Libraries and Archives in the Anthropocene colloquium explored the profound implications of cataclysmic climate change on the missions and practices of cultural heritage institutions, the challenges confronting them, and the opportunities for future efforts and investigations.

This digital collection consists of video recordings of each of the sessions held at the Libraries and Archives in the Anthropocene colloquium. Following the keynote address by Roy Scranton, each day of the colloquium consisted of two or three panels of twenty-minute talks, a round of five-minute lightning talks, and a concluding plenary and discussion.

Background on Libraries and Archives in the Anthropocene

In May 2017, a group of archivists and librarians convened at the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts for a two-day colloquium on the impact of environmental change on historical memory institutions. The speakers in the Libraries and Archives in the Anthropocene colloquium explored the profound implications of cataclysmic climate change on the missions and practices of cultural heritage institutions, the challenges confronting them, and the opportunities for future efforts and investigations. The call for participants laid out the dire conditions that form the background for the colloquium:

As stewards of a culture’s collective knowledge, libraries and archives are facing the realities of cataclysmic environmental change with a dawning awareness of its unique implications for their missions and activities. Some professionals in these fields are focusing new energies on the need for environmentally sustainable practices in their institutions. Some are prioritizing the role of libraries and archives in supporting climate change communication and influencing government policy and public awareness. Others foresee an inevitable unraveling of systems and ponder the role of libraries and archives in a world much different from the one we take for granted. Climate disruption, peak oil, toxic waste, deforestation, soil salinity and agricultural crisis, depletion of groundwater and other natural resources, loss of biodiversity, mass migration, sea level rise, and extreme weather events are all problems that indirectly threaten to overwhelm civilization’s knowledge infrastructures, and present information institutions with unprecedented challenges.

Speakers at the colloquium included a diverse assemblage of archivists, librarians, artists, scientists, and technologists, with Roy Scranton providing the opening keynote address, and plenary discussions featuring Howard Besser, Amy Brunvand, John Burgess, Jill Kubit, Rick Prelinger, Jodi Shaw, and Eira Tansey. The colloquium was organized by Casey E. Davis Kaufman (American Archive of Public Broadcasting at WGBH), Madeleine Charney (Sustainability Studies Librarian at UMass Amherst), and Rory Litwin (former librarian and the founder of Litwin Books, LLC).

Contents of Collection

This digital collection consists of video recordings of each of the sessions held at the Libraries and Archives in the Anthropocene colloquium. Following the keynote address by Roy Scranton, each day of the colloquium consisted of two or three panels of twenty-minute talks, a round of five-minute lightning talks, and a concluding plenary and discussion.

Collection inventory

2017 May 13
00:54:04
Prelinger, Rick: Collecting Strategies for the Anthropocene
2017 May 13
Hoyer, Jen and Nora Almeida: Living Archives
2017 May 13
Kubit, Jill: Dear Tomorrow
2017 May 13
Magier, Aruna P.: Water, Land, and Forests: Documenting India’s Environmental Activism
2017 May 13
Goldman, Ben: Things the Grandchildren Should Know: Archives and the Origin of an Ecocentric Future
2017 May 13
2017 May 13
01:30:31
Burgess, John: Adaptability and Resilience: A Core LIS Value
2017 May 13
Templeton, Billy: School Libraries and the Anthropocene: A Curricular Hail Mary to the Future
2017 May 13
Irons, Ellie and Anne Percoco: Next Epoch Seed Library: An Archive of Weedy Species
2017 May 13
Stoss, Fred: Preparedness Matters: Library Roles in Planning for Disaster
2017 May 13
2017 May 13
00:37:16
Zastrow, Jan: Back to the Future: Everything Old is New Again
2017 May 13
Bonnet, Jennifer: Engaging with the Human Dimensions of Climate Change
2017 May 13
Berger, Monica and John Carey: Open Scholarship and Climate Change: The Imperative for a New Information Ecosystem for the Anthropocene
2017 May 13
Chen, Robert S.: Enabling Interdisciplinary Use of Scientific Data on Human Interactions in the Environment
2017 May 13
Hamalainen, Hannah: Humanitarian Crisis Mapping in the Library
2017 May 13
2017 May 13
00:53:15

Howard Besser, Eira Tansey, Jill Kubit, and John Burgess

2017 May 14
01:41:41
Brunvand, Amy: Re-Localizing the Library: An Environmental Humanities Model
2017 May 14
Shaw, Jodi: Climate Change, Libraries, and Survival Literacy: A Practical Guide
2017 May 14
King, Jennifer Gunther: A Changing Library for Rising Tides
2017 May 14
Berg, Jacob; Angela Galvan; and Eamon Tewell: Academic Libraries and the False Promises of Resiliency
2017 May 14
Demb, Sarah R.: When the Lights Go Out: Digital Information and Existential Risk
2017 May 14
Christenson, Heather: The Large-scale Digital Library and Response to the Anthropocene
2017 May 14
Lamdan, Sarah: Improving Access to Environmental Information and Records
2017 May 14
Montoya, Robert: Documenting Biodiversity: Information, Libraries, and Professional Ethics
2017 May 14
Mickiewicz, Paulina: The Library of 2114
2017 May 14
Macquarie, Charlie: Libraries, Landscapes, Stewardship: The Library of Approximate Location
2017 May 14
Tansey, Eira; Ben Goldman; Tara Mazurczyk; and Nathan Piekielek: Climate Control: Vulnerabilities of American Archives to Rising Seas, Hotter Days and More Powerful Storms
2017 May 14
Wolfe, Mark: Efficiency: Friend or Foe of Sustainability? Exploring the Impact of Jevons Paradox on the Archival Profession
2017 May 14
2017 May 14
01:11:02
Leitao, Carla: Foundation Landscapes of Massive Oblivion
2017 May 14
Highby, Wendy: The Tesseract, The Tesla, and the Anti-Reflexivity Thesis: How Librarians Can Save the World
2017 May 14
Denton, William: GHG.EARTH
2017 May 14
Atkins, Andrea: Libraries and Sustainability in the Former Soviet Union
2017 May 14
Williams, Beth Filar: Integrating Sustainability into the Daily Work Practices: Lessons Learned as a Manager
2017 May 14
Klett, Evi: Supporting Regenerative Practices in Denver: Programming and Networking @DPL
2017 May 14
Cahalan, Sarah Burke: Libraries and Laudato Si’
2017 May 14
Avery, Amanda: Our Dark Materials: A Steampunk Future for Libraries?
2017 May 14
2017 May 14
00:39:39

Rick Prelinger, Jodi Shaw, and Amy Brunvand

Administrative information

Access

The collection is open for research.

Language:

English

Provenance

Gift of Madeleine Charney, 2017.

Digitized content

Videos of the presentations at Libraries and Archives in the Anthropocene were recorded digitally and may be viewed online through SCUA’s digital repository, Credo.

Processing Information

Processed by I. Eliot Wentworth, Aug. 2018.

Copyright and Use (More informationConnect to publication information)

Cite as: Libraries and Archives in the Anthropocene Collection (MS 1010). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Gift of Madeleine Charney, 2017

Subjects

ArchivesClimate changeLibraries

Types of material

Video recordings (Physical artifacts)

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