AERI 2023 Participants
Dr. Amelia Acker is an Associate Professor of Information in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin where she directs the Critical Data Studies Lab. She holds a PhD and MLIS from University of California, Los Angeles where she was also an archivist. Dr. Acker studies the emergence and standardization of new information objects and data traces from communication networks. Currently, she is researching data cultures, information infrastructures and digital preservation contexts that support cultural memory.
I am an Associate Professor of Teaching at the School of Information at the University of British Columbia. I teach courses in digital libraries, digital collections, information systems, information visualization, data management, analytics, and visualization at the iSchool graduate programs and in the Bachelor of Media Studies.
I was a postdoctoral fellow in visual analytics and interactive science at the School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University. I have a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies (STS) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (USA), a M.Sc. in Information Management Systems and a B.Sc. in Computer Science from Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia). My research is centered in design and evaluation of library, archival, and media studies curriculum. I am co-investigator in InterPARES Trust AI (20212026), a multi-national interdisciplinary project aiming to design, develop, and leverage Artificial Intelligence (AI) to support the ongoing availability and accessibility of trustworthy public records. My current project is focused on the design and development of a curriculum, lesson plans and educational materials for archival students and professionals to be able to at least “leverage” (and possibly “design”) AI to support the ongoing availability and accessibility of trustworthy public records in the areas of archival description and arrangement.
I am a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information. I hold an MA in South Asian Religions from McGill University. My expertise lies in postcolonial family and community archives in South Asia, focused specifically on Sri Lanka. I have spent 2+ years living, working as an archivist, and doing research in Tamil-speaking Sri Lanka and South India. Using case studies such as archives owned by families of the forcibly disappeared in post-war Sri Lanka, my research contributes to furthering the “archival multiverse” by centring an understudied region and its rich histories, and challenging dominant archival theories such as ownership and authenticity. Instead, I offer a way of understanding archives without relying on the archival science developed for different countries and peoples: by bringing in Tamil Sri Lankan ways of being and knowing and emphasizing the desires and politics rooted in self-narratives and community narratives, as oral, object-based, and life stories.
Kaitlyn Bailey is a first-year Master’s in Library and Information Science student at Louisiana State University. She specializes in cultural heritage institutions and the U.S. 19th century. She is currently employed as a graduate assistant with the LSU School of Library and Information Science and works under Drs. Barry and Benoit. in the past she has worked for the Ohio History Connection and the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum. She also received her M.A. in History from LSU in August of 2022. This poster is about a digital collection she made for the LSU Rural Life Museum’s William Bertrand Collection as a part of a digital library course.
Rose Barrowcliffe is Butchulla and a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Macquarie University. Rose’s research examines the representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in archives and her postdoc specifically focusses on embedding Indigenous perspectives in metadata to support discoverability and access of records for Indigenous peoples. In 2021, Rose was appointed the inaugural First Nations Archives Advisor to the Queensland State Archives (QSA). This appointment coincided with the Queensland Government’s Path to Treaty. Rose’s work is helping to guide QSA to promote the use of records for Indigenous self-determination to support the Treaty process and beyond. In addition to this, Rose is an active member of the Indigenous Archives Collective (IAC).
Lindy Baudendistel is a second-year MLIS student, with an archival studies emphasis, at the University of Missouri - Columbia. Originally from Corinth, Texas, she graduated with BAs in English and History from Mizzou. She’s currently employed with the St. Louis County Library as a library associate in the interlibrary loan department, and serves on the Green Team, which promotes sustainability within the SLCL system and throughout its service population. She enjoys hiking, cooking and baking, and reading a good book when she can find the time.
I am a University Assistant (pre-doc) in Archival Science at the Institute of Austrian Historical Research and a lecturer in the Austrian archival education programme at the University of Vienna (courses on Digitalisation, Archival Appraisal & Master’s class). Holding an MSc in Information Management and Preservation from the University of Glasgow and an (soon also) an MA in Auxiliary Sciences of History and Archival Studies from the University of Vienna, I experienced a bilingual a binational archival education. In my doctoral research, I aim to harness this tension by shedding postmodern lights on Austria’s historical archival tradition. My research interests include email archiving, comparative archival studies, and socio-cultural aspects of archiving. In the past, my unfamiliar archival education pathway often led to irritation and misunderstanding. Notwithstanding these hurdles, I enjoy being a wanderer between different archival climate zones. I am fascinated by the fact that normality is just a dynamic parameter when archival thinking floats between different contexts. This is also what I try to teach my students: transform irritation into inspiration.
Edward Benoit, III is Associate Director and Associate Professor in the School of Information Studies at Louisiana State University. He is the coordinator of the archival studies and cultural heritage resource management programs. He received an MA in History, MLIS and PhD in Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His research focuses on participatory and community archives, non-traditional archival materials, climate change, and archival education. He is the founder and director of the Virtual Footlocker Project, which examines the personal archiving habits of the 21st century soldier in an effort to develop new digital capture and preservation technologies to support their needs. Dr. Benoit also directs the IMLS-funded PROTECCT-GLAM project focused on the impacts of climate change on galleries, libraries, archives, and museums.
Gerald Benoît's research intersects the domains of visualization, systems analysis/programming, philosophy of information, and particularly increasing the use of technology for more flexible user-oriented information systems, combining existing standards, work practices, with multilingual, responsive design. His latest research was a linguistic analysis of medical practice, patient care, and public information about covid; previously he has published extensively in visualization, Habermas and the Theory of Communicative Action in libraries, archives, and museums, impact of innovation and systems development. Previously Benoît specialized in rare materials as a librarian, before opportunities lead to teaching data science. He teaches for UC Berkeley’s Data Science MIDS program and SJSU’s iSchool, and is a faculty associate Harvard University, Adams House.
Dr. Sindiso Bhebhe worked as a Principal Archivist at the National Archives of Zimbabwe for more than a decade. He holds a Doctorate in Information Science. He is currently a Post-Doctorate Research Fellow at the University of South Africa in the Department of Information Science. He was part of the multi-national, interdisciplinary research project exploring the issues concerning digital records called the International Research on Permanent Authentic Records in Electronic Systems (InterPARES Trust) between 2013 – 2018. He is also now currently involved in the 2021 – 2026 InterPARES Trust Artificial Intelligence. His research interests are in indigenous archives and oral history.
Lauren Booker (Garigal) is a Research Fellow and PhD student in the Indigenous Archives and Data Stewardship Hub at Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education & Research, University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Lauren has worked across the museums and archives sector on projects supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations to access their cultural and intellectual property held in collecting institutions. This includes working in consultation with the public library network regarding language documentation identification and the use of manuscripts in language revitalisation. Lauren’s work also supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples reclaiming archives, personal information and ICIP through focusing on digitisation and supporting community archives. Lauren has a previously worked as the Collections Officer for Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures (PARADISEC) and has a background in audiovisual digitisation.
Lauren is a strong supporter of post-custodial archives, unconditional repatriation, the Right of Reply, ICIP rights and Indigenous Data Sovereignty. She is currently co-convener of the Australian Society of Archivists ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Special Interest Group’, and an active member of the Indigenous Archives Collective.
Gailyn Lehuanani Bopp is a kanaka maoli woman from Oʻahu in the Hawaiian archipelago, and works at Brigham Young University-Hawaiʻi as University Archivist, and as Assistant Professor of Theatre in the Faculty of Culture, Language, and Performing Arts. Gailyn graduated with her MLISc degree from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in 2016 with emphasis in Archives, and has formally served on various boards and committees of the Association of Hawaiʻi Archivists, the Hawaiʻi Library Association.
My name is Camila Borges (she/her) and I am from Belo Horizonte/Brazil. I have been a doctoral student in Library and Information Sciences at the University of Lund/Sweden since September/2022. My background is multidisciplinary but has always been oriented towards heritage and archival studies. I hold a bachelor’s degree in History from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil), and master’s degrees in Gender and Education (Federal University of Lavras/Brazil) and Gender Studies (University of Gothenburg/Sweden). Besides my academic interest in archives, I did internships in different organisations in Brazil for 3 years, working in various areas (conservation/restoration, research, classification, assistance to visitors). These experiences gave me a great understanding of how it is to work with collections as well as some challenges and issues faced by archives and libraries. The theme of queer archives sparked my interest during my master’s studies in Gender Studies, and I wrote my thesis about the queer archive in Gothenburg. Now, on the PhD level, my research focuses on archival practices within lesbian grassroots archives and their relationship to memory-making, community-building, and activism. I am interested in how remembrance and oblivion come about through practices connected to embodiment and subjectivity, and in how queer archives function both as locus and agents of queer struggles in present times.
Gracen Brilmyer (they/them) is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information Studies at McGill University and the Director of the Disability Archives Lab. Their research lies at the intersection of feminist disability studies and archival studies, where they investigate the ways in which disabled people use, experience, and understand themselves through archives as well as how to tell histories of disability when there is little or no archival evidence. Their writing on disability, archival methodologies, and the history of science has been featured in publications such as The Journal of Feminist Scholarship, First Monday, and Archival Science. For more visit: disabilityarchiveslab.com
Robert Browning is a MLIS student at Wayne State University's School Of Information Sciences. He specializes in the Archival Administration track in the program with a focus on oral history, processing and metadata. He has a great interest in working to preserve and make the lesser recognized parts of history accessible to wider population, which his oral history project is just one example demonstrating this. He currently works as a Sicko Fellow with the Detroit Sound Conservancy to help reveal and highlight the lesser known aspects of Detroit’s rich musical heritage. He has also participated in and/or led Wayne State’s student NDSA and SAA organizations collaborating with fellow students in developing group projects, guide students in navigating career choices and provide opportunities to network those currently in the field. Prior to joining the program in 2020, he lived, taught and studied in China for eleven years with much of his time there spent in the cities of Wuhan and Nanjing.
Gillian A. Brownlee is a student of the Doctor of Design in Cultural Preservation program at Louisiana State University. In her research, Brownlee explores the potential for collaboration between memory institutions. Currently a library associate, Brownlee holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Linguistics from Louisiana State University and a M.A. in interdisciplinary studies from Texas Tech University.
Sarah A. Buchanan is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies (iSchool) at the University of Missouri. She studies cultural heritage from museum and archival studies perspectives, and draws on previous experience as a museum archivist. She is founding faculty advisor for Mizzou’s SAA student chapter, and advises the American Archive of Public Broadcasting Preservation Fellowship at Mizzou with KOPN Community Radio. She teaches honors undergraduate, and graduate students in the MLIS program and its Archival Studies emphasis.
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Ia K.G. Bull is a 1st year Ph.D. student at the University of Maryland iSchool and a member of Natchez Nation and Squirrel Ridge Gaduwagi Indigenous communities. Their preferred research methods are Indigenous-Standpoint Theory (Nakata 2007), Constructivist Grounded Theory (Charmaz 2014), Yarning (Wilson 2008), and Decolonizing Methodologies (Smith 2021). They are currently working with Dr. Diana Marsh on the Indigenize SNAC project as a Research Assistant. They are also a lead developer of the Natchez Indigital community archive project. Ia finished their MLIS with a focus in Archive Management from the University of Oklahoma Fall 2020 and BA in Cherokee Language Revitalization at Northeastern State University in 2018, all as a Gates Millennium Scholar. They have worked at the Gilcrease Museum Helmerich Center for American Research (HCAR) Library/Archive and Digitization Departments, collaborated on the Mapping Tahlequah History project, and interned at the Cherokee Heritage Center Archive, and American Philosophical Society. Their long-term research goal regards assessing the affordances of Information Institutions, especially archives, for assisting Indigenous language and cultural revitalization efforts. Other research goals include evaluating Indigenizing scholarship and self-determination by promoting Indigenous Ontologies in the academy and understanding the efficacy of multi-medium storytelling, especially Table-Top Roleplaying Games, for education through the embodiment of marginalized identities.
Mimi Byun is a second-year PhD student in Information Science at the University of North Texas. Her current position is as a research assistant for the IMLS-funded project of an oral history webinar series and related research. Her other position is as an academic data library intern at Southern Methodist University. She holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in English and is also a current HASTAC scholar in digital humanities. Research interests include bibliometrics, network science, creating speculative media for ethical AI education, and interdisciplinary research as a framework to solve for Sustainable Developmental Goals (SDGs).
Kirsten L. Campbell is a current student in the Doctor of Design in Cultural Preservation program and the Graduate Certificate in Archival Studies programs at Louisiana State University (LSU). She has received an AA in Liberal Arts from Baton Rouge Community College, a BIS in Interdisciplinary Studies from Southern University and A&M College, and an MA in Art History from LSU. Her research focuses on the sociology and history of African American art and culture, African and African American visual and material culture, photography as a vehicle for memory and preservation. Her current research focuses on archiving, especially in her hometown, Baton Rouge, and how it is an important part of cultural heritage preservation that is often overlooked.
Itza A. Carbajal is a non-native born in New Orleans, and Texas raised doctoral student pursuing a PhD in Information Science at the University of Washington Information School focusing on children and their records. Previously, she worked as the Latin American Metadata Librarian at the LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Special Collections focusing on post-custodial archival projects throughout Latin America. Carbajal received her Master of Science in Information Studies at the University of Texas at Austin School of Information. Before that, she obtained a dual-degree Bachelor of Arts in History and English with a concentration on creative writing and legal studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Carbajal’s doctoral research analyzes how records embody childhood trauma as well as how archival records may provide release or relief from traumatic memories. By working with already vulnerable populations such as foster care youth within the context of disasters, Carbajal’s dissertation hopes to better understand how, if, and when records assist youth in crisis. Carbajal also works on the intersection of youth archival education and environmental issues specifically through the useof memory and future making. Her philosophy as a researcher centers on facilitating self-determination through self-documentation and storytelling, the role of records in shaping collective memories, the use of archives and metadata as centers of power, memory preservation and retrieval, and the use of digital archives as a response to the historic erasure of marginalized and neglected populations.
Daena Jean Carrillo graduated in 2019 from Louisiana State Universities School of Library and Information Sciences (SLIS) receiving a Master of Library and Information Sciences (MLIS) degree and the Graduate Certificate in Archival Studies (CARST). She has worked on projects with the Breman Museum in Atlanta Georgia and as a project archivist with the Atlanta History Museum.
Daena is currently pursing dual doctoral degrees at Louisiana State University. These include a Doctor of Design in Cultural Preservation with a concentration in Archival Studies, along with a PhD in Environmental Sciences. Her area of focus is the preservation of ecological knowledge, utilizing a community-based archival framework. Daena’s research interests center themselves around climate change response and issues in coastal Louisiana. Recently she was awarded the Gustaf W. McIlhenny Foundation grant which supports initiatives centered around community, conservation, and education.
Daena has collaborated on various research projects such as PROTECCT-GLAM (Providing Risk of The Environment’s Changing Climate Threats for Galleries, Libraries, Archives & Museums), Virtual Footlocker Project, and LSU National Academies of Sciences Gulf Renaissance Scholars Program. Daena has worked on coastal restoration projects with Restore or Retreat and Audubon Louisiana. She is passionate about engaging in coastal field work and helping to facilitate archival preservation filling historical gaps and accessibility to information.
Forget Chaterera-Zambuko is an Assistant Professor in Records Management and Archival Science at Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi and Research Fellow in the Department of Information Science at the University of south Africa. She previously lectured at the National University of Science & Technology and Midlands State University in Zimbabwe, from 2009 to 2015 and from 2015 to 2020 respectively. She is a rated researcher by the National Research Foundation of South Africa and an editor for Archives and Records Journal. She is also an editorial board member for the Southern Africa’s Journal on Communication and Information Science and the South African Society of Archivists Journal. Forget Chaterera-Zambuko facilitated ICA virtual training programmes on archival pedagogies and digital curation. She is a member of the Archival Repatriation Committee for the Society of American Archivists. Her research interests include the repatriation of displaced documentary heritage, access to archives and the application of emerging technologies in records and archives management.
Caitlin Christian-Lamb is an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in the School of Information Studies at Louisiana State University. She is also a doctoral candidate in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland. Her dissertation focuses on social and reparative justice initiatives in academic archival settings, particularly in terms of gaps between published theory and practice, universities as racialized organizations, and the role of the individual archivist within a larger organization. Caitlin holds a MLIS concentrating in archival management and a MA in history from Simmons College and a BA in history from Purchase College, State University of New York and previously worked as an instructor of record at the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies, as the Digital Archivist of Davidson College, as a Project Producer for the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and as a Research Associate on the Massachusetts Historical Society’s Adams Papers Editorial Project.
Lydia Curliss (she/her) is a 2nd year PhD student at the University of Maryland’s iSchool. She is a member of the Hassanamisco Nipmuc Band. Prior to starting her PhD she worked as a librarian at Brown University and received her MLS/MIS from Indiana University in 2018, and her BA from Oberlin College in 2013 (in Geology). She is currently a recipient of the ALA Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship. She has been involved in various projects focused on Indigenous collections, communities, and access, including the Stolen Relations Project at Brown University and Reclaiming Heritage (a project funded by the Omohundro Institute, in conjunction with the American Antiquarian Society). Her current research interest is focused on the processes of relationship building and collaborations between Native & Indigenous communities and Archival institutions (and other similar Cultural Heritage Institutions). She is interested in employing Indigenous feminist methodologies and knowledge frameworks to the ways and modes in which we understand archival collections and materials and how to create policies and institutional changes that promote these principles. Her scholarship, teaching, and research is grounded in applying and utilizing her own experiences as well as drawing from Indigenous knowledge to develop methods and understandings of archival spaces. This also includes considering what the future of Archives looks like, how we can act in more sustainable ways, and how we think about the ethics of care, especially taking into account a healing centered approach to this work.
Nazelie Doghramadjian is a doctoral student in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. She holds a B.A. in Humanities from Villanova University and has worked at Data & Society, Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, A Better Tech NYU, and Fellowship at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics. Her research is currently focused on archival practices in the Armenian community and how we see ourselves as knowers in the personal recordkeeping practice.
Charissa Ercolin is a third-year MLIS student at Mizzou. She grew up in Wrangell, Alaska and graduated with a BS in Business Administration from Castleton State College (now Castleton University) in Castleton, Vermont. Charissa enjoys gardening, baking, painting, and exploring with her two littles.
Juliet Erima is a Lecturer in Moi University School of Information Sciences, department of Library, Records Management and Information Studies in Kenya. My academic qualifications include a PhD in Information Studies acquired in 2022 from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa; Master of Science degree in Records and Archives Management and Bachelor of Science degree in Information Sciences, both acquired from Moi University in 2013 and 2007 respectively, and; Diploma in Information Studies (Records and Archives Management option) acquired from the Kenya Polytechnic, Nairobi in 1996. I have been a hands-on practitioner in the field of recordkeeping, having worked as a records officer from 1997 to January 2015. Thereafter I worked as an Assistant Archivist at the University Archive till August 2015 when I joined academia as a Lecturer, a position I hold to date. I have proactively participated in various projects, workshops and conferences locally and internationally. I ‘am also an author and co-author of research works, published and unpublished, in the field of records and archives management. My research interests revolve around digital formats in the areas of records management, archiving, records curation, preservation, risk management, information security and knowledge management. Being an archival educator, I firmly believe that mentorship programs are an effective means of equipping young professionals with requisite skills for recordkeeping and sharing pertinent experiences with colleagues in the field. Further, I believe that collaborations and engagements at international platforms are key drivers for progressive growth and development of the archival profession.
Associate Professor Joanne Evans is an archival and recordkeeping researcher and educator in the Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University. Through an ARC Future Fellowship (2015-18) she has established the interdisciplinary Archives and the Rights of the Child Research Program to address the lifelong identity, memory and accountability needs of childhood out of home care. This involves the exploration of participatory design and research strategies to develop dynamic evidence and memory management frameworks, processes and systems supportive of multiple rights in records and recordkeeping.
My name is James Faulkner I am currently a PhD Candidate at the University of North Texas in the Department of Information Science. My background includes a M.A. and B.A. in History from the University of Houston Clear Lake and a M.S. in Information Science from UNT. My research interest is archives. My dissertation is focused on appraisal practices within special collections at university archives and libraries. I am currently in the data collection phase.
Rebecca D. Frank, PhD is an Assistant Professor at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is also affiliated with the Einstein Center Digital Future in Berlin, Germany. Prior to joining the faculty at UTK, she was the Einstein Center Digital Future Junior Professor for Information Management at the Berlin School of Information Science at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Her research examines the social construction of risk in trustworthy digital repository audit and certification. She also conducts research in the areas of open data, digital preservation, digital curation, and data reuse, focusing on social and ethical barriers that limit or prevent the preservation, sharing, and reuse of digital information. She has a PhD from the University of Michigan School of Information, an MSI from the University of Michigan School of Information with a specialization in Preservation of Information, and a BA inOrganizational Studies from the University of Michigan. Her work has been supported by the German Foundation for Peace Research, the Einstein Centre Digital Future, the InfraLab Berlin, the National Science Foundation (United States), and the Australian Academy of Science.
Jamillah R. Gabriel is the Critical Pedagogy Research Librarian in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University and a sixth-year PhD student in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She holds a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, Master of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University, Bachelor of Arts in Black Studies and Journalism from California State University, Long Beach, and an Associate in Arts in English from Cerritos College. Her professional experience includes 22 years in public and academic libraries as a librarian, archivist, and library paraprofessional. Her research focuses on issues at the nexus of information and race via a critical theorist lens and interrogates how hegemonic information systems and cultural heritage institutions impact Black people and communities. Other research interests include her dissertation study in information behavior where she examines the information needs of Black people, information literacy, data science, critical theory, Black radical thought, archives, and museums. Her published works can be found in the edited volume Deciding Where to Live: Information Studies on Where to Live, and in peer- reviewed journals Information Research, Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, and Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies. Jamillah is also the founder of Call Number, a book subscription box specializing in Black literature and authors, and co-host of LibVoices, a podcast that interviews BIPOC librarians and information professionals about their experiences in LIS.
Currently a second-year international Ph.D. scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), I am originally from India. Understanding how identities are constructed and the tyranny of unitary and homogenous master identities helped me build a critical vocabulary and the conviction to reject any pigeon-holing of my identity and state this openly, if necessary. Previously, my MA and MPhil training in Development Studies sensitizing me to issues of discrimination, marginalization, and well-being to critically understand the linkages of everyday subjectivity and how that informs culturally and politically situate histories of social spaces. I have also collaborated on a Ford Foundation-supported project at the Centre for Development Practice, Delhi, making culturally sensitive films around the Indigenous belt of Eastern India. For the past eight years, I have been involved in scholarly and arts-based community praxis, whereby I have worked with a diverse group of communities in both Urban and Indigenous Spaces. Finally, I believe my diverse range of past academic and field experiences makes me an ideal candidate for the fellowship. On the one hand, I have worked as a research assistant, teaching fellow, and research manager in educational contexts. In addition, I have organized conferences in the past, providing me with critical skill sets about my field of research and academic work at large. On the other, I have been a field practitioner, consistently proving that I strive for the best when presented with an opportunity. I have also won two Emerging scholar awards among other short-term fellowships.
My name is Monica Galassi, and I am an Associate Researcher at the Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education & Research and PhD candidate at the School of International Studies and Education, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FAAS), University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in Australia.
I was trained as a cultural anthropologist and moved from Italy to Australia a decade ago to work in the field of Aboriginal cultural heritage. My research interest, and personal motivation, focus on the rights to access and management of cultural heritage as a critical driver for social justice. I am especially passionate about finding ways to foster culturally safe and community-driven initiatives across the cultural sector through research-led practice. Over the last decade, I have been working on several projects across different organisations in Australia and internationally to support Aboriginal self-determination and sovereignty in libraries and archives. In 2020, I was awarded a Research Excellence Scholarship to undertake a PhD in the field of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander archival records, which are held in Italian cultural organisations.
Francis Garaba (PhD) has worked for the National Archives of Zimbabwe as an archivist and as a Manuscript Librarian at the Lutheran Theological Institute Library, in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. He has also worked at the Midlands State University in Zimbabwe as a lecturer and as a senior lecturer in Archival Studies at the University of Fort Hare, South Africa. Presently he is with the University of KwaZulu-Natal as a senior lecturer in records and archives management. His research interests include records and archives management in national liberation movements, churches, schools, universities and sports associations. My teaching philosophy is premised on the need to have an interactive classroom, between the lecturer and students and amongst the students themselves. I believe that lecturing should not be a one-way communication system and I subscribe to the view that a University should be student centred to facilitate intellectual growth and engagement. The provision of quality teaching and assessment is non-negotiable when it comes to university education. One means of achieving this is through rapport with students to understand their challenges across the broad spectrum of their lives to facilitate foundational grasp of archives and records management concepts, which is my area of strength in terms of expertise. Archives are a record of human experiences over time and thus providing storage, preservation and access to those memories for posterity’s sake need students for the programme to be equipped with archival management expertise.
Deborah A. Garwood completed her doctoral degree in Information Science at Drexel University's College of Computing & Informatics in 2021 under Dr. Alex Poole’s advisement. A qualitative researcher in the interdisciplinary field of information science, Deborah’s research interests include archives, human information behavior, information practice, information work, data curation, data science, and metadata. Deborah holds a Master of Science in Library & Information Science from Drexel University, a Master of Fine Arts from Hunter College, CUNY, and a Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College.
My philosophy as a scholar centers on exploring theory by building tools. My dissertation, a qualitative case study on archivists’ stewardship of history of medicine collections in Philadelphia, demonstrated how focusing sensitizing concepts in LIS research on information practice, information work, and communities of practice aided a theoretical framework for elucidating archivists’ social construction of archival knowledge. As found in the case study, archivists’ human agency and intellectual affect—within the institutional work setting as well as personal and professional life beyond it—lies at the core of archival work as an agent of change. Theory-building with sensitizing concepts renders the theoretical framework a generalizable methodology: a tool archivists and other information professionals may use to focus their perspectives on stewardship as a holistic information practice of embodied, intellectual, and affective information work.
Audrianna is a citizen of the Red Lake Nation which is located in what is now known as Northern Minnesota and has her Masters in Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She is a part of the core research team for the Towards Recognition and University - Tribal Healing (TRUTH) Project which is a collaborative research project that begins to document genocide, erasure, and revisionist narratives on behalf of the University of Minnesota. This research project started from a series of resolutions passed by the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council. She is currently working on revising a finding aid on a collection at the University of Minnesota that focuses heavily on Ojibwe history to better contextualize the contents from an Indigenous perspective.
I am a fifth-year PhD student at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. My research focuses on critical archival studies and community engagement scholarship. My teaching philosophy is influenced by Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed. As Freire puts it, “No one is born fully-formed: it is through self-experience in the world that we become what we are.” In my classroom, I strive to create a space for community inquiry and knowledge co-creation, where everyone, including the instructor and students, are seen as both teachers and learners and shares their live experience. The teachers should be mindful of their authority in a classroom and avoid an authoritarian approach. Meanwhile, the teacher and the students celebrate the diversity in the classroom. The power dynamics do not only come from the teacher-student relationship but also from the lecture.
I teach digital preservation, networked system, and metadata. The preservation theories and practices should be taught and discussed in a social and cultural context. I encourage students to be reflective and have dialogues on the potential harm that preservation and technology can have on unprivileged communities.
As a researcher in critical archival studies, I am committed to conducting research in community-centered manner. I aim to use archives to build mutually beneficial relationships with communities, bring in their lived experience, and recognize and address the underlying structural causes of inequalities. This community engagement process, in turn, will help archival scholars understand archival theories and practices can (or fail to) address structural inequalities and empower communities.
Jeff Hirschy is an Assistant Professor in Library and Information Science at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. There he manages the Archives and Special Collections Certificate and conducts research related to the public history and memory surrounding natural disasters, general Environmental History, archives and social justice, and community archives. Outside the classroom, he enjoys walking, cats, and Star Trek.
James A. Hodges studies the history of computing and software interfaces, with a particular interest in digital archives and preservation. His current book project uses digital forensics to uncover the technical legacy of 1960s counterculture in early multimedia computing. James is currently Assistant Professor at the San José State University School of Information, as well as Senior Book Reviews Editor for Information & Culture, and Junior Fellow in the Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography at University of Virginia’s Rare Book School. He was previously Fred M. Bullard Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin, and he earned a Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 2020. Hodges’ research examines the evidentiary value of digital objects, including algorithmic artifacts ranging from conceptual pseudocode to source code, binary files, and elements of sociotechnical context. By closely attending to both the material construction and socially embedded quality of digital artifacts, he brings increased specificity to the analysis of technical objects and creates actionable frameworks for the developers, users, and organizations tasked with creating and managing algorithmic systems. His previously published research applies this approach to the maintenance of biomedical devices, the attribution of uncredited digital labor, and the preservation of historical software.
Ellen Holt-Werle is the Institutional Archivist in University Archives, part of Archives and Special Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries. She holds an MLIS from Dominican University. Ellen started in this newly-created position in September 2021, after working as a solo archivist at a small liberal arts college for 15 years. As the Institutional Archivist, Ellen focuses on uncovering and increasing access to university collections that tell a fuller picture of university history, especially the voices and experiences of BIPOC students, staff, and faculty, and others excluded from our PWI institutional histories. Her interests include community archives, critical university history and in particular the history of the University of Minnesota Police Department, and colonial legacies of collections across universities and their attendant issues of description, access and use, repatriation, and rematriation.
Cara Howe is the University Archivist and Head of Special Collections and University Archives at Colgate University. She has presented and published on implementing oral history programs, designing archival exhibitions, and managing grief-based collections. Current research interests include archival curriculum development and incorporating primary source literacy instruction as part of a liberal arts core curriculum. Her various professional roles have allowed her to steer all aspects of the archival life-cycle and she has extensive experience with project management and implementation of new workflows and services. Cara is an adjunct professor at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University, where she has reimagined a course on arrangement and description of archival collections. She is a Career Counselor through SAA and member of the Board of Trustees of the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse, NY. Past positions have included: Assistant Archivist for the Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives at Syracuse University and Assistant Director for Archives & Special Collections at Upstate Medical University.
Jessica is a Master’s student in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. She completed her BA Hons in Communication Studies at York University.
Prof Lorette Jacobs is the Chair or the Department of Information Science at Unisa. Her interests range from records management to the use of ICTs in archives and information provision practices, information literacy development, curriculum development and the improvement of teaching and learning practices in higher education with specific reference to cohort supervision at postgraduate level. Her current research relates to transcending research paradigms to encompass an Afro-centric paradigmatic construct and exploring supervision models that are unique to the open distance e-learning environment. She has completed a D Litt Et Phil in Information Science at the University of Johannesburg and a MPhil in Higher Education at the University of Stellenbosch. She is currently involved in the artificial intelligence project of InterPARES part of the International Council on Archives related to the access and use of digital records by ESARBICA citizens. She was instrumental in the development of the Honours in Archives and Records Management at the University of South Africa and specialises in archival diplomatics and digital forensics. She is passionate about research and has graduated more than 20 Masters and PhD students to date. Topics of research related to these students range from ethics in archival practices to improving archives and records management processes and procedures in the judiciary of various African countries. She is the copy editor for the South African Journal of Library and Information Science and the co-editor of the Mousaion.
I am a final year PhD candidate at Monash University. As an animal activist and activist archivist, I have published on the topic of “radical recordkeeping” with my colleagues and supervisors Sue McKemmish and Joanne Evans. My PhD topic is about this concept and its applicability to transforming appraisal practices to be more community-focussed and values driven, as opposed to traditionally bureaucratic and organisationally focussed methods. I have worked with archives in Australia since 2003 and am currently an Associate Director at RMIT University Library. I am an Editorial Board Member of the Archives and Records journal and past Editor of Archives and Manuscripts. I won the poster award at my first AERI and look forward to reporting back to my AERI colleagues on the findings of my research.
Jiaqing Long is a PhD student in the School of Information Resource Management at Renmin University of China. His research interests are on archival study, electronic records management, and digital humanities. He was an intern in Policy, Leagal Affairs, National Archives Administration of China (NAAC) from 2020-2021. He has won the " 2020 China National Student Scholarship" and also published more than 10 papers published in Chinese journal related to archival science. Since 2018, he has written more than 20 tweets as one of the main operators of the ICA WeChat public account (China).
Jesse Johnston is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan School of Information. Johnston has been active in the cultural heritage field as an administrator, librarian, archivist, and civil servant. As senior librarian for digital content at the Library of Congress, he led policy development and training initiatives at the Library's Digital Collections Management unit established in 2018. Prior to that, he served as a senior program officer for preservation and access at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH); he created and coordinated the NEH's first (and only) community archiving program, Common Heritage. From 2012 to 2013, he was an archivist at the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at the Smithsonian Center for Cultural Heritage. He has also been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland iSchool, George Mason University, and Bowling Green State University.
Mason Jones is a 2nd-year Ph.D. student in The University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies. Mason is a member of UMD’s Center for Archival Futures (CAFe) and a graduate assistant in the Recovering and Reusing Archival Data Lab. Mason holds an MA in English literature from Auburn University and an MLIS with a concentration in archives from The University of Alabama. They have worked previously for a number of cultural heritage institutions, including the library within the Government Accountability Office in Washington, DC. His work focuses on archival materiality and digitization in the context of creating accessible and usable digital collections for broader populations. They have an interest in creating and developing new approaches to studying the accessibility of digital archives and physical archival materials.
Doris Jones is a faculty member in the Department of Rhetoric and Composition at The American University in Cairo. Jones is currently examining the intersections between the rhetorical power of archives for purposes of knowledge creation and the ubiquity of digital archives in faculty and students' lives. Her research is guided by the following primary question: How are archival collections and the physical matter of archival holdings contributing to the emergence of archival literacy? Jones believes archival literacy is a core motivation and outcome of humanities and social sciences research. She also believes that a deeper understanding of knowledge creation processes in archives can benefit faculty and students. Jones further acknowledges that archives are much more than passive repositories of old documents, photographs, film and other artifacts, but rather they are active sites of memory for the creation of new knowledge. She collaborated with the documentary film team Mazz Media for the production of the film Stories of the American Puppet, which won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing.
I finished a master’s degree in information science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2023, with coursework focused on archives, digital preservation, and metadata. While a student at UNC I interned at the State Archives of North Carolina and was an Atkins Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Library. Before focusing on archives, my professional career was in philosophy. I earned a PhD in philosophy from Ohio State University. I have been a visiting assistant professor at Oberlin College and a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. My publications in philosophy have focused on theories of well-being and topics in information ethics, especially the ethics of making computer-aided predictions about people. My research in information science combines a philosophical orientation to epistemology and systems of knowledge production with the aim of developing practical policies and workflows. I am especially interested in methods for efficiently creating high quality metadata in service of broad and equitable accessibility. In the long run, I am interested in expanding the overlap—and creating opportunities for mutual enrichment—between archival collections and scholarly research objects.
Kelley Klor is a second-year MLIS student at Mizzou, working toward an emphasis in Archival Studies. Originally from Rolla, Missouri, Kelley graduated from Missouri University of Science and Technology with a Bachelor’s in Biological Science prior to becoming an active-duty military spouse. She serves as the LISGSA Liaison for the Society of American Archivists at University of Missouri student chapter. Kelley is a citizen of Cherokee Nation and has an interest in cultural heritage preservation. She and her family enjoy hiking visiting cultural heritage sites, and volunteerism.
Kwame Kodua-Ntim is a Chartered Librarian of Ghana (CLG), at the University of Cape Coast. I am assigned to the Department of Information Technology and Research Support of the University Library System. l am currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of South Africa. I have a PhD in Information Science (University of South Africa), an MPhil in Information Studies (University of Ghana), an MA in Information Studies (University of Ghana) and a Bachelor of Management Studies (University of Cape Coast).
I believe that encouraging learning is the primary objective of education, and encouraging active learning encourages creativity, problem-solving, and critical thinking. As a result, my teaching philosophy is founded on the conviction that a student who has learned is capable of thinking critically and can use the information they have gained in the classroom to improve their lives and solve problems. I believe learning has taken place when students are capable of thinking outside the box and not just committed to preserving the existing state of affairs (existing knowledge) without improving on it. Therefore, imparting a good understanding of the science of information is fundamental to producing quality information professionals. Successful academic performance, effective workplace performance, and active citizenship in society all depend on information literacy. By assisting students in understanding and appreciating the foundation of information literacy, I make a purposeful effort to encourage a combination of research skills, critical thinking skills, computer technology skills, and communication skills so they can become active members of society.
Nicola Laurent (she/her) is the Senior Project Archivist on the Find & Connect web resource team at the University of Melbourne. Nicola holds a Master of Business Information Systems Professional from Monash University and completed a semester of study at Simmons College, Boston.
Nicola advocates for trauma-informed archival practice, including the creation of resources and networks to support its implementation, and discusses the impact of vicarious trauma on archivists. In 2022, Nicola, with co-author Kirsten Wright, received the W. Kaye Lamb Prize and a Mander Jones Award for their article on trauma-informed archival practice. To further her work in this area, she received International Council on Archives’ Programme Commission funding to undertake the Understanding the international landscape of trauma and archives project.
With Kirsten Wright, she developed A Trauma-Informed Approach to Managing Archives and the Out-of-Home Care Records Toolkit, online training courses for the Australian Society of Archivists. They have also created complimentary workshops for practitioners on Implementing trauma-informed archival practice and Better access to out-of-home care records. Nicola has previously published and presented on topics including trauma-informed archival practice, emotional labour, missing records of children’s institutions, broken links, content rot, interactive timelines, and engaging with community.
Nicola chaired the 2022 AERI Program Committee and was a member of the 2021 AERI Program Committee. Nicola is the International Council on Archives’ New Professionals Programme Coordinator, the President of the Australian Society of Archivists, and co-founder of the Trauma-Informed Archives Community of Practice.
Mr. Lethabo Ledwaba is a PhD candidate and lecturer in the Department of Information Science, University of South Africa (Unisa). He served as a Chairperson and Public Relations Office for the Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) Limpopo Branch. He is a recipient of several honours including CoD Teaching and Learning Excellence Award of the Department of Information Science. His areas of research include information organisation and retrieval, information literacy and LIS education and training.
Jamie A. Lee (they/she) is a scholar, activist, filmmaker, archivist, oral historian, partner, co-parent, neighbor, and friend. They founded and direct the Arizona Queer Archives (www.arizonaqueerarchives.com) where they train community members on facilitating oral history interviews and building collections in and with their own families and communities. With storytelling at the heart of their life's work, Lee also directs the Digital Storytelling & Oral History Lab and co-founded the Critical Archives and Curation Collaborative through which they have collaborated on such storytelling projects as secrets of the agave: a Climate Justice Storytelling Project (www.secretsoftheagave.com), the Climate Alliance Mapping Project, CAMP (www.climatealliancemap.org), and the Stories of Arizona’s Tribal Libraries Oral History Project (with Dr. Sandy Littletree and Knowledge River). Lee’s book, Producing the Archival Body, engages storytelling to re-consider how archives are defined, understood, deployed, and accessed to produce subjects. Arguing that archives and bodies are mutually constitutive and developing a keen focus on the body and embodiment alongside archival theory, Lee introduces new understandings of archival bodies that interrogate how power circulates in archival contexts in order to build critical understandings of how deeply archives shape the production of knowledges and human subjectivities. For more on Lee’s projects, visit www.thestorytellinglab.io.
Dr. Zack Lischer-Katz is currently Assistant Professor in Digital Curation & Preservation at the School of Information, University of Arizona. He is an interdisciplinary information studies researcher who brings phenomenological, historical, and cultural perspectives to research on the archiving and curation of visual media formats and visual knowledge production. He received his PhD in Communication, Information & Library Studies from Rutgers University and his MA in Cinema Studies from New York University.
Ms Matlala Mahlatji is currently working as a Lecturer in the Department of Information Science at the University of South Africa (Unisa). She teaches information organisation modules, and also in the Department. This Practical module involves her to interact with practitioners to gain insight and assess the desirable alignment between theory (what is taught) with the knowledge and skills required in the work environment. Ms Mahlatji is a PhD candidate in Information Science under the following research topic: METADATA SCHEMA OF ORAL HISTORY CONTENT IN IN SOUTH AFRICA. The areas of her research interest include curriculum development and implementation, Policies and Policymaking, Indigenous Knowledge System, Information literacy, and Information Organisation and Retrieval (metadata and description). She is also the coordinator and actively participate on tuition and quality assurance in the Department of Information Science.
Ms Mahlatji is also a reviewer in LIS field and related fields such as public administration. She is also participating in numerous community engagements projects both at local and national level. The projects include reading and information literacy as well as development of school libraries. Ms Mahlatji has published articles in the field of teaching and learning , information access and dissemination; service delivery and knowledge management. She has presented academic papers both nationally and internationally.
Dr. Marsh is an Assistant Professor of Archives and Digital Curation in the College of Information Studies and an affiliate faculty in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Marsh’s research asks how new technologies and decolonizing movements are changing the ways heritage institutions share information with communities and the public. Her work draws on qualitative and ethnographic methods to better understand the discovery and use of archival collections – particularly for the communities represented in them. She explores what might drive the organizational change needed to increase public and community access to collections and provide more ethical models of stewardship in colonial repositories.
Her current research focuses on discovery, use, and access for Native American and Indigenous communities, based on projects undertaken at the American Philosophical Society and the Smithsonian’s National Anthropological Archives. Her recent work has appeared in The American Archivist, Archival Science, Archivaria, and Archival Outlook. Her book, From Extinct Monsters to Deep Time: Conflict, Compromise, and the Making of Smithsonian’s Fossil Halls, was published in 2019 with Berghahn Books.
Allan A. Martell is an assistant professor at the Department of Information and Library Science at Indiana University, Bloomington. In his work, Martell explores how societies negotiate social memories of violence, the role of information curation in shaping such memories, and possible frameworks to promote more critical, nuanced memories. His work has been published in Archivaria and the Memory Studies Journal.
Prof Ngoako Marutha is working as a Professor in the Department of Information Science at the University of South Africa (UNISA). He also serves as a representative of the Unisa Department of Information Science on the International Council on Archives (ICA) and he is an ICA Regular Member of Section on University and Research Institution Archives (ICA/SUV), where he also serve as an executive member for bureau. He is also a regular member for ICA section for Archival education (SAE) and section for the National Assembly. He has recently being appointed ICA New Professionals mentor for year 2023. He is also a member of the South African Society of Archivists and serves on the National Executive Committee as editor-in-chief of the Journal of the South African Society of Archivists. He is also a review editor for the journal Frontiers in Research Metrics and Analytics. He has published several books, chapters and articles in different national and international publications and presented conference papers. His research interest includes knowledge, archives, and records management, especially on patients and hospital records, electronic records, cloud computing, Blockchain technology, enterprise content management, big data management and police case records security. The other field of his interest includes library management and marketing as well as Open Distance electronic learning (ODeL). His professional industry background includes working as an information and records manager as well aslibrarian in several public and private institutions over 13 years. He has been in the academic industry over five years so far. He holds Bachelor of Information studies and Bachelor of Information Studies honour from University of the North (UNIN)-now known as University of Limpopo (UL), Master of Information Science and Doctor of literature and philosophy from University of South Africa (UNISA).
He serves as external examiner for masters and doctoral research studies for over seven universities.
Dr Mashilo Modiba is a senior lecturer at the University of South Africa (UNISA), in the Department of Information Science. He is also a researcher who his research is about the application and adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotic machine in the management and provision of library and information services, including archives and records management. His PhD research title was, “Utilising artificial intelligence technology for the management of records at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in South Africa”. His research interests include: the application of internet of things (IoT), blockchain technology, big data, cloud computing, artificial intelligence and robotic machines in the Library and Information Industry. Dr Mashilo Modiba is an international speaker, presenting papers at both international and national conferences and seminars. He published articles and chapters in accredited international and international journals and book chapters.
Dr Makutla Mojapelo is currently working as a Lecturer in the Department of Information Science at the University of South Africa (Unisa). His work at Unisa is centred around the following key performance areas: teaching and learning, community engagement, academic citizenship and research. Dr Mojapelo completed PhD in Information Science under the following research topic: IMPLEMENTATION OF FREEDOM OF INFORMATION LEGISLATION IN SOUTH AFRICA AND ZIMBABWE. The areas of his research interest include freedom of information, open data, digital data curation, archival advocacy and public programming. Dr Mojapelo is a young academic who has so far published six articles in peer-reviewed journals and one book chapter. He is also serving as a reviewer for local and
international journals. In 2019, he successfully completed the Young Academic Programme (YAP), which was facilitated by UNISA Department of Human Resource Development. The programme gave him an exposure in various aspects of academia and thoroughly prepared him to engage in rigorous academic activities within and outside UNISA. In 2021, he participated in International Council on Archives (ICA) New Professional Programme.
Dr Mojapelo is also participating in numerous community development projects. He is the founder and currently Deputy Chairperson of Molepo Community Development Forum (MCDF). MCDF is a non-profit organisation registered with the National Department of Social Development and is responsible for empowering young people at Ga-Molepo (a rural area outside Polokwane in Limpopo) through programs such as education; sport, art and culture; agriculture; health, just to name few.
Lacy Noel Molina is a doctoral student and research assistant at the College of Information at the University of North Texas. Her research examines oral history and public history practices, and archiving. Lacy holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science and a master's degree in History. Her love for research, archives, history and libraries motivated her to pursue a doctorate. Under the direction of Dr. Annie Kim, Lacy is working on her dissertation which focuses on the ethical implications of community oral histories. As a first generation college student, Lacy is determined to show other Latinas that it is possible for them to earn advanced graduate degrees. Lacy is also a certified 7th-12th grade English, Language Arts, and Reading teacher in the state of Texas. She is a proud supporter of school libraries and public libraries.
Haley Moore is a graduate assistant working with Dr. Edward Benoit on PROTECCT-GLAM, an archives and climate change grant-funded project. As a dual-enrolled MLIS and CARST student at LSU, Haley’s focus found its way to archives and climate change after taking a Direct Independent Study course on the same topic with the California Rare Book School, taught by Eira Tansey.
With an MFA in creative writing (also from LSU), Haley’s background is comprised of editing, copywriting, research, and even ghostwriting. However, her first job as a student worker in a rare book library is what sparked the professional transition to information science, and eventually, archival studies.
Mosako is a renowned artist, archivist, and heritage practitioner who acquired the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts in Education, Bachelor of Arts with Honours with specialisation in Art History, Bachelor of Information Science Honours, Postgraduate Diploma in Heritage and Museum Studies, Master of Historical and Cultural Science in Heritage and Museum Studies, Master of Arts in Fine Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy in Art.
He is a published interdisciplinary author and has showcased his artwork in scores of solo and group exhibitions over a decades-long career. Among the trainings he attended were an article writing and publishing mentorship programme under the direction of Professor Mpho Ngoepe; art education studies under the supervision of Professor Nombeko Mpako; exhibition curatorship under the guidance of Professor Alexander Edward Duffey; art mensuration under the management of Professor Estelle Marais; and art critic practices under the leadership of Professor Allen Crump.
His artistic work is centred on the discourse of social cohesiveness and uses metaphors to represent it. Whereas his archive and heritage studies are concerned with public programming concepts and techniques for making archives accessible to the public, as well as the application of learning theories to facilitate archives museum education content.
Dr Tshepho Mosweu is a Senior lecturer at the Department of Library and Information studies at the University of Botswana where she teaches courses related to archives and records management. Her professional activities include working with the InterPARES Trust 4 Africa Team, most recently InterPARES Trust AI and the International Council on Archives (ICA) Digital Curation programme, Africa Programme. She is the Deputy Editor of the Journal of the South African Society of Archivists. She has published academic papers in peer reviewed journals and book chapters on electronic records, liquid communication, Cloud- Computing , research methods and oral history. Dr Mosweu is the co-editor of the book Cases on Electronic Record Management in the ESARBICA Region published in 2020 by IGI Global.
Erin Mustard is a Master of Information candidate at Rutgers University, concentrating in Archives and Preservation. She holds a BA in English Literature and Humanities from Florida State University and a MA in English Literature from the University of North Florida. She is the Vice-President of the Student College, Academic, and Research Libraries Association, and facilitates CARG, the Critical Archives Reading Group at Rutgers. Her research interests include affective experiences in the archives, community archives, cultural heritage preservation, and an overarching concern for equitable accessibility.
Mpho Ngoepe is a professor and the Director of School of Arts at the University of South Africa (Unisa). Prior to his current position at Unisa, he worked for the United Nations Children’s Fund, Auditor-General South Africa and the National Archives of South Africa. He also served in the national committee of the South African Society of Archivists (2009-2022) and the board of Eastern and Southern Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives (2009-2019). He also served on the advisory council of the National Archives of South Africa in his capacity as the chairperson of Gauteng Provincial Archives (2015-2020). He was the director of the African Team for the multi-national, interdisciplinary research project exploring issues concerning digital records called the International Research on Permanent Authentic Records in Electronic Systems (InterPARES Trust) (2013-2018).
Sarah Nguyễn investigates information infrastructures, memory, trust, and sensemaking after crises among immigrant diaspora. She applies theory into practice using the intersections of information and media infrastructures, information disorder, mis/disinformation, embodied memories, archival sciences, and critical Asian American studies in relation to immigrant community development. Motivated by community-centered participatory methods and feminist practices of care, they build upon historical cultural legacies to uplift those who have been traditionally marginalized in racialized and gendered projects.
Currently, she contributes to the NSF COVID-19 Rapid Response Research with UW’s Center for an Informed Public about the misinformation discourse during elections, and an UW iSchool Strategic Research Fund with the AfterLab about community archives in response to COVID-19.
Previously, Sarah contributed to Alfred P. Sloan grant project, titled Privacy Encryption of Sensitive Data; New York University Bobst Library’s Investigating and Archiving the Scholarly Git Experience; CUNY City Tech's open education resources fellowship; the Andrew Mellon Foundation grant project, titled Preserve This Podcast; and the Mellon grant for the Mark Morris Dance Group Legacy Project. Sarah was a 2021-2022 Dance/USA Fellow Dance Archiving and Preservation for AXIS Dance Company. Her research has been featured in Harvard Kennedy School Misinformation Review, VICE, BuzzFeed News, KUOW Public Radio, NPR, Saigon Broadcasting Television Network, DC Public Library Full Service Radio, John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight, and InDance magazine. Sarah is a doctoral student at the University of Washington’s Information School, where they also earned a Master in Library and Information Science.
Melissa Nolas is a Reader in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London where she directs the Childhood Publics Research Programme. The programme has been supported through funding from the European Research Council (ERC-PoC-874454, 2020-2021; ERC-StG-335514, 2014-2019) and the Sociological Review Foundation (2023). The programme looks at children’s encounters, experience and engagement with public life (broadly defining), foregrounding and supporting children’s multimodal forms of communication through theory (idioms of childhood), methods (photo-stories) and infrastructure (archives). Through this programme Melissa co-founded and co-directs the Children’s Photography Archive, a first of its kind born digital archive for children’s photography https://childphotoarchive.org/. The archive is intended as both an infrastructure for the collection and curation of children’s photography in everyday life as well as from educational, research, and recreational projects; it is also intended as an intervention into discourses of children’s rights, media, heritage, as well as visual ethics in childhood. Over her career, Melissa has published on affect, archives, bodies, childhood, gender, health, memories, participation, publics, photography and sound; she is happiest mucking about with creative and multimodal research methods, and creating publics for research with children through exhibitions and catalogue writing.
I am a dual Master's student in archival studies and library and information studies at the University of British Columbia iSchool, located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the x.m..k..y..m (Musqueam) First Nation. Prior to this, I received a Bachelor of Arts in English and history from Lawrence University on the ancestral homelands of the Menominee and Ho-Chunk People. I was drawn to the archival field in part through a passion for stories and storytelling and a firm belief in the power of archives as sites of holding and sharing stories. As I’ve moved throughout my degree, my research interests have largely centered on ways we represent and construct personal and community identity in and through personal archives, as well as on the applications of AI technologies for archival arrangement and description.
An Associate Professor at Drexel University’s College of Computing and Informatics, Alex H. Poole studies archives and records management, diversity, equity, and inclusion, information work practices, digital curation, and digital humanities. Poole received both the Donald G. Davis Article Award and the Justin Winsor Prize from the American Library Association (ALA) in 2022, the Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research from ALA in 2019, the Bob Williams History Fund Research Paper Award from the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) in both 2018 and 2017, the Arline Custer Memorial Award for Best Article from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) in 2018, and the Theodore Calvin Pease Award from the Society of American Archivists (SAA) in 2013. He also earned runner-up, Best Short Research Paper, at iConference 2021, and third place, Best Short Research Paper, at the ASIS&T annual meeting, 2021. His articles have been published in The Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, Library & Information Science Research, The Journal of Documentation, The Library Quarterly, Digital Humanities Quarterly, The American Archivist, Archival Science, The International Journal of Information Management, The Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, and Information & Culture. He serves on the editorial boards of The Library Quarterly, Information & Culture, and The Electronic Library. Poole’s work has been supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Drexel University Provost’s Office. He was educated at Williams College (BA, Highest Honors in History), Brown University (MA), and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (MSLS) (Beta Phi Mu), and PhD.
Sony Prosper is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Michigan School of Information. His interests are broadly the social, cultural, and historical contexts of archival, museum, and recordkeeping practices, intangible cultural heritage, and technology use, particularly in the U.S. and the Caribbean. His current research focuses on how members and volunteers of grassroots, community, and event-based archives conceptualize archival value and records and how these conceptualizations inform archival programs and practices in the U.S. and archival return and repatriation. Previously, he worked at the University of Virginia Library, where his work included collection development, archival processing, exhibition curation, instruction, and outreach. He holds a Master's in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archives Management from Simmons University (formerly known as Simmons College).
As a dedicated archivist, educator, and collaborator, I have made significant contributions to the profession through leadership, advocacy, and program development. As a practitioner and educator, I have the opportunity to foster interdisciplinary collaborations and offer unique concepts that link technology and collection management. As a collaborator, I explore inclusive and innovative methods to broaden access to information. I have a master's degree in library and information science (MLIS) with a specialization in digital content management, as well as a master's degree in museum science (M.S.) with a specialization in digital asset management. I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in information science at the University of North Texas, with a focus on large-scale digital asset management.
As a Senior Archivist III, I provide leadership and direction for the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center Archive's distinguished repository of manuscripts, photographs, audiovisual, and born-digital assets dating from the late 1800s to the present. My primary professional goal is to advance effective infrastructure and strategies for long-term digital collection management. The ability to continuously align academic instruction with active research has a direct impact on sustainability, which supports integral progress within an academic repository. Participating in the Archival Education & Research Institute helps me achieve personal goals and allows me to share my knowledge with the growing community.
Alexandra Pucciarelli is an archivist based in New York. She is also a PhD student in the Rutgers School of Communication and Information. Alexandra received her BA with concentrations in art history and architectural theory from Sarah Lawrence College; a MA in Sociology at the New School for Social Research, where her work examined the construction of local memory. She earned her MLS at Queens College and her capstone examined descriptive practices of medical anomaly archives.. She earned an MA in Sociology at the New School for Social Research where her work examined the construction of collective memory. Alexandra completed her MLS at Queens College and her capstone examined descriptive practices of medical anomaly archives. Her research examines ethical archival collection practices with special consideration given to disability. She uses autoethnography and discourse analysis to examine phenomena related to spectatorship within information spaces. She is keenly interested in how the affective experience of looking at disquieting objects relates to power relations and how these objects have the metaphorical/actual ability to gaze back and what that says about the viewer. She has written for a variety of publications including Brooklyn Magazine, the Forward and Canvas8 on topics ranging from disability to popular culture to memory.
Dr. Ricardo L. Punzalan, associate professor at the University of Michigan School of Information, is a scholar of archives and digital curation. He studies community access and use of anthropological data in archives, as well as the digitization of ethnographic records held in libraries, archives, and museums. His research has established and shaped practices of virtual reunification and digital repatriation of cultural heritage collections. To do this work, he designs and carries out community-based, participatory research projects, which incorporate the perspectives of cultural heritage stakeholders beyond academic researchers. His scholarship has brought to the fore the critical challenges faced by underserved and Indigenous communities and has created dialogs between communities and cultural institutions. He co- directs “ReConnect/ReCollect: Reparative Connections to Philippine Collections at the University of Michigan,” a project that develops the framework for, and the practice of, reparative work for Philippine collections acquired by the university during the US colonial period. He is currently co-chair of the Archival Repatriation Committee of the Society of American Archivists and on the Board of Trustees of the Library of Congress American Folklife Center.
Yvette Ramírez is a doctoral student in the School of Information at the University of Michigan, where she also received her MSI in Digital Curation and Archives. Her research is inspired by the power of community-centered archives to further explore the complexities of information transmission and memory within Andean and other diasporic Latinx communities of Indigenous descent. With nearly a decade of experience as an arts administrator, oral-historian, and archivist, Yvette has worked alongside community-based and cultural organizations such as The Laundromat Project, PEN America, Make The Road New York, The University of Michigan Library’s Digital Preservation Unit and DanceATL. Yvette is also a co-founding member of the collective Archivistas en Espanglish, a transnational collective of archivists throughout the Americas.
Tam Rayan is a doctoral student in the School of Information at the University of Michigan, specializing in Archives and Digital Curation. They received their MI in Information Studies and MA in Ethnomusicology from the University of Toronto. Their research is focused on how to build transformative archival representations of those in diaspora. Specifically, they are interested in how to better serve and represent the recordkeeping needs of Palestinians with unique intergenerational traumas, impacted by forced migration, displacement, and exile. They are currently a core member of the ACA BIPOC Special Interest Group, a former steering committee member of the SAA Archivists and Archives of Color section, and a former ARL/SAA Mosaic Fellow.
Alexandria Rayburn is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Michigan School of Information, where she also completed her Masters degree. Her research is advised by Dr. Ricky Punzalan and Dr. Andrea Thomer. She studies topics related to computing in museums and Knowledge Infrastructures. She is particularly interested in the maintenance of digital systems within museums and other collections, and the labor practices associated with that maintenance.
Dr. Vanessa Reyes is an Assistant Professor of Instruction for the School of Information at the University of South Florida MLIS program and Editor-in-Chief of the Florida Libraries Journal, and Director-At-Large for Beta Phi Mu International Library and Information Studies Honor Society. She holds a Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from Simmons College, an M.S. in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University and a B.A. in English from Florida International University. Having worked in archives, legislative, university, and public libraries, she became interested in exploring the PIM field when she noticed that researchers' interest were sparked when they used appropriately organized and preserved personal collections for scholarly work. Her current research contributes to the emerging field of personal information management (PIM), quantifying how individual users are organizing, managing, and preserving digital information. Dr. Reyes is finding ways to make a sustainable difference in how our digital heritage is preserved by examining trends of how individual users are managing and preserving their information.
Dr. Ana Roeschley is an Assistant Professor and the Director of Archival Studies in the Department of Information Science at the University of North Texas. Previously, she was Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in the School of Library & Information Science at Louisiana State University. She earned her PhD from the College of Information at the University of North Texas where her dissertation focused on participatory archives. Roeschley’s wider research agenda is focused on the relationships between people and archives in an ever-changing world.
Nampombe Saurombe is an Associate Professor in the Department of Information Science at the University of South Africa, Pretoria. Her qualifications include a Bachelor’s in Library and Information Science (Hons), a Master’s in Information Studies and a PhD in Information Science (Archival Science). She is currently an academic and a researcher, but she started her career many years ago as a community librarian in the North West Province of South Africa. The role of information in our society has been a critical aspect of her academic work and research, with interests in school libraries, information literacy, and information for society's development. Lately, most of her work focuses on the importance of archives and records management in society. As a result of increased interest in her research on archives management in 2017, she was invited to be part of an Expert Group on Research and Outreach Services which forms part of the International Council on Archives (ICA). The ICA is an international body which guides the management of archives and records worldwide. Her work also involves supervising masters and doctoral students at the University of South Africa in Pretoria, South Africa. Mpho Ngoepe is a Professor of Information Science at the University of South Africa. He currently serves as a School Director for the School of Arts, which is part of this university's College of Human Sciences.
My name is Mr. Mahlatse Moses Shekgola, lecturer in the Department of Information Science at the University of South Africa. I am a young, dedicated academic graduated with a Master of Arts (Information Sciences) and currently registered for a PhD in Information Science. Currently, I am serving on a fixed term contract at the Department of Information Science, UNISA as a Junior Lecturer. In the afore-mentioned role, I am teaching Information and Communication Technology for Information Science as well as Electronic Records Management modules via MyUnisa. My research interest is on Archives and Records Management, Archival Studies, Preservation and Conservation of Archival Materials, Archival Principles and Practices, and Archival Information Sources and Services.
In my previous role, as a Postgraduate Research Assistant in the Department of Information Science at the Unisa, I have been able to administer departmental research projects including M&D research workshops, seminars and conferences.
I am capable of conducting research quantitative but mostly, qualitative research approaches. I have presented a research paper in LIS conferences hosted by South African Society of archivists (2022), International Council on archives (2022) University of Zululand (2022 & 2018). Furthermore, from the Community Engagement Project, namely, Storytelling Festival and Heritage Documentation project (CA 5200) since I have published two articles (2018 and 2019) with LIASA.
Dr Amos Shibambu is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Information Science at UNISA that investigated digital curation of records in the cloud storage. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Information Science. He obtained M Tech: Business Information Systems from Tshwane University of Technology that researched on IT infrastructure in the public sector of South Africa. While he teaches Honours modules, he also supervises Masters’ and Doctoral students. He previously held a position of a Manager: Service Management and Support at the Department of Higher Education and Training. This was preceded by the IT Specialist position that he held at the Office of Military Ombud. As a researcher, he has published several research articles in the area of cloud computing and digital curation of records. He regularly peer-reviews research articles for accredited journals. His areas of interest in research areas include IT infrastructure, digital transformation and the elements of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
My name is Philangani Sibiya from the University of South Africa (UNISA), College of Human Sciences in the Department of Information Science. I am a lecturer teaching information organisation courses, specifically, metadata standards in the said department. I believe that when information is properly organized, access to and use of it, will not be a challenge. I hold the following qualifications: PhD Information Science (UNISA), Master of Arts (Information Science) and Bachelor of Arts in Library and Information Science (both from the University of Zululand). My research interests are on digital scholarship, library and information science education and job market, information organisation and retrieval, and indigenous knowledge systems. I am also active in engaged scholarship activities as an academic.
Amanda Sorensen is a third-year PhD student within the University of Maryland College of Information Studies. Prior to starting her PhD, Amanda completed an MA in anthropology with a museum studies focus at the University of British Columbia. She also worked as an Anne Ray Intern at the School for Advanced Research from 2019-2020 and as a Graduate Fellow at the National Museum of Natural History. Amanda’s research examines how software companies have developed museum database systems, attending to the curation of digital collections.
Heather Soyka (she/her) is an Assistant Professor at the Kent State School of Information, teaching in the areas of archival studies and research data management. Her recent research examines capacity building, sharing, community engagement, environmental resilience, and sustainability in the archives and research data fields. She holds a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh iSchool, and has been an active participant in the summer AERI institute since 2010.
Dr. Tonia Sutherland is assistant professor in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA, Sutherland was an assistant professor in the Department of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and in the College of Communication and Information, Sciences at the University of Alabama. Global in scope, Sutherland’s research focuses on entanglements of technology and culture, with particular emphases on critical and liberatory work within the fields of archival studies, digital studies, and science and technology studies. Sutherland’s work critically examines the analog histories of modern information and communication technologies; addresses trends of racialized violence in 21st century digital cultures; and interrogates issues of race, gender, and culture in archival and digital spaces. In her work, Sutherland focuses on various infrastructures–technological, social, human, cultural– addressing important concerns such as gaps and vagaries; issues of equity and inclusivity; and developing more liberatory praxes.
Sutherland is the author of Resurrecting the Black Body: Digital Afterlives in the 21st Century (University of California Press, October 2023). In addition to serving as Co-Director of the Community Archives Lab at UCLA, she is also Co-Director of AfterLab at the University of Washington's iSchool. Sutherland serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for Critical Race and Digital Studies at New York University and is a member of the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry (C2i2)’s Scholar Council.
Dr Kirsten Thorpe (Worimi, Port Stephens) is a Senior Researcher at Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education & Research, University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Kirsten leads the Indigenous Archives and Data Stewardship Hub, which advocates for Indigenous rights in archives and data and develops research and engagement in relation to refiguring libraries and archives to support the culturally appropriate ownership, management and ongoing preservation of Indigenous knowledges. Kirsten has broad interests in research and engagement with Indigenous protocols and decolonising practices in the library and archive fields, and the broader GLAM sector. Kirsten advocates for the 'right of reply' to records and capacity building and support for the development of Living Indigenous Archives on Country. Kirsten thesis titled "Unclasping the White Hand: Reclaiming and Refiguring the Archives to Support Indigenous Wellbeing and Sovereignty" explored Indigenous self-determination and sovereignty over the management of Indigenous knowledges, with a particular focus on engagement with archives. Kirsten has extensive experience working in major collecting institutions across public libraries and archives to support Indigenous engagement and priorities. Kirsten was previously the Manager, Indigenous Services at the State Library of NSW where she led the development of strategies supporting state-wide information services for Indigenous people. This included support for Indigenous priorities and cultural competency across NSW Public Libraries, the launch of the Library’s first Indigenous Collecting Strategy, and projects that supported the documentation, return and revitalisation of Indigenous Australian languages through archival sources. Kirsten is an invited member of the International Council on Archives Expert Group on Indigenous Matters and a co-founder of the Indigenous Archives Collective.
My family are from the Yuin Nation on the New South Wales South Coast, Australia. I am passionate about connecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and Communities with their archival records. I loved working with archives however I have taken a career change to complete my PhD titled, Beyond the animations: A sustainable living digital heritage archive. I am exploring the concepts of sustainable living digital heritage archives with a focus on virtual 3D models and visualisation. I am an assistant lecturer with the Digital Equity and Digital Transformation Group, Department of Human Centred Computing, Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University, Australia. My recent career change will further opportunities for participatory, community generated research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities or groups around archival and recordkeeping concepts.
Ashley Todd-Diaz, Ph.D., is Assistant University Librarian for Special Collections and University Archives at Towson University in Baltimore. Her research interests are libraries and archives as organizations, graduate archival education, and archival literacy. Her dissertation explored the physical and virtual power structures and dynamics surrounding archives and libraries that exist within a parent-child organizational relationship, and how those dynamics are communicated to and perceived by external stakeholders. She has taught as an adjunct for over 10 years in Emporia State University’s School of Library and Information Management and Drexel University’s College of Computing and Informatics. She currently is Vice Chair/Chair- elect of the Society of American Archivists’ (SAA) Archives Management Section and a member of SAA's Committee on Education. She holds a PhD from Emporia State University, an MSIS with a concentration in archives and records management from SUNY Albany, and an MA in English literature from New York University.
Natália Tognoli is Professor at the Fluminense Federal University (UFF- Brazil) Information Science Department, where she researches the relationships between knowledge organization and archival science, focusing on critical studies. She holds a bachelor's degree in archival science, a Master's, and a Ph.D. in Information Science. Her current work focuses on how public archives can promote social justice through knowledge organization systems. Since 2021, she has been president of the ISKO Brazilian Chapter and the Information Science graduation program Chair at UFF.
Pelle Tracey is a third-year PhD candidate at the University of Michigan School of Information. His research explores the intersections of care, bureaucracy, and infrastructure. His current project examines algorithmic decision-making and datafication in homeless services systems, with a particular focus on implications for the future of work. Prior to starting the PhD he worked as a social worker in a variety of roles.
Wang Chunlei Master of Archival Science School of Information Resource Management Renmin University of China member of ICA Chinese Archives Council H er research direction is basic theory of archival science , rural archives.
(个人介绍：王春蕾，中国人民大学信息资源管理学院档案学硕士生， ICA 中国 档案理事会成员，她的研究方向是档 案学基础理论、乡村档案。)
Dr. Anastasia Weigle has a diverse background in archives management in museums, historical societies, and libraries. Anastasia is an assistant professor at the University of Maine at Augusta in the Information and Library Science Program. Her field of interest concerns the internal dialogue between the user and physical materials during information gathering within the context of archives, material culture, and the fine arts. She is a member of Maine Archives and Museums, Maine Library Association, New England Archivists, the College Book Arts Association, College Arts Association, and New England Archivist. She serves on the Caribou Historical Center Whittier Museum board and is the collections curator at the Biddeford Cultural and Heritage Center in Maine. She is an archival consultant and has worked on numerous projects from lead project archivist to digital preservationist. When she is not teaching or consulting, she runs a small independent bookbinding business called INABIND Studio, which provides bookbinding and conservation services. Weigle has published in The Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies and has contributed to the following books: Preserving local writers, genealogy, photographs, newspapers, and related materials (2012, Scarecrow Press), Genealogy and the Librarian: Perspectives on Research, Instruction, Outreach and Management (McFarland, 2018), and Creativity and Personal Growth for Librarians (McFarland, 2019).
Currently preparing my dissertation for submission, I am a doctoral candidate interested in research questions around information culture, records management practices as performative, and the boundaries of personal privacy. I am particularly interested in the nature of records and their philosophical meaning to those about whom they are about, and how this interpretation creates greater continuity in the work of records managers and archivists as cultural storytellers.
I received an MA from the University of Guelph and my MLIS from McGill University. As a doctoral student, I taught in the MLIS program for courses including records management, metadata and analysis, and preservation management. My work as an educator focuses on working with students to develop rubrics and assessments better engage students in active learning beyond the classroom. My research interests include exploring information culture as it relates to records management, while information technology continues to innovate, with a particular focus on internal social dynamics. My current professional role as a Certified Records Manager, sees me at McMaster University, as a privacy and records management specialist at McMaster University. I am focused here on creating a culture of privacy awareness, cultivating greater agency around consent, and understanding from diverse stakeholder groups.
Jing Yao, a Ph.D. student in Archival Science at the School of Information Resource Management, Renmin University of China, a student researcher at the Digital Humanities Research Center of Renmin University of China, and a member of the Archives News Studio. Her research direction is the basic theory of archival science. She has published more than 10 academic papers, participated in China’s National Social Science Foundation Key Project “Research on Chinese Archives Service Capacity Building in the New Era” and other projects as a main member, and participated in academic conferences such as AERI 2021, I Conference 2020, and DHC 2021.