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This situation provides campus archivists with a quandary regarding what records they should collect regarding campus sexual assault. Additionally, campus archivists are faced with questions on how to best describe records that contain information on sexual assault. These decisions can be especially difficult in a campus environment where the administration, either tacitly or explicitly, downplays the problem of sexual assault on campus. If campus archives are to document campus history, what happens when that history is part of an enduring difficult reality?

Through a systematic investigation of US campus archival finding aids, collection policies, and mission statements, this ongoing study interrogates the role of campus archives and campus archivists. Many questions have arisen through this process: What responsibility do campus archivists have in collecting materials about aspects of campus life that the administration does not wish to highlight? Should the descriptive language in online finding aids explicitly reveal when records include information on difficult topics like sexual assault?

How can we apply archival theory to not only the appraisal of such records, but to their description as well? The purpose of this paper is to explore these questions in order to reach an understanding of how campus archives are responding to the problem of campus sexual assault in the United States. Studies of vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, and burnout have primarily focused on psychiatrists and psychologists, social workers, and other professionals who regularly work with individuals suffering from trauma.

The result of such a focus results in the medicalization of symptoms associated with vicarious trauma and potential responses. Recent scholarship brings attention to a wider range of professionals affected by vicarious trauma, including historians and anthropologists e.

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Conversations around vicarious trauma in the humanities continue to be largely informal e. Following on these exchanges outside the medical field, we differentiate the trauma experienced by records creators and the subjects of records from the affective impact on archivists who work with these records. To date, there have been conference sessions, surveys, and informal conversations about various trauma in the field of archival studies.

While it is clear there is abundant interest, there continues to be a critical gap in our knowledge of the extent and nature of challenges faced by archivists today. In particular, research is needed to address who is most affected by sensitive records, and how the institutional response or lack thereof further excludes already marginalized groups in the archival field. This paper shares the preliminary findings of a survey sent to archivists in North America. We explore the successes and challenges of the survey and present some initial data analysis. Following this, we discuss next steps for research on the affective impact on archivists who work with records documenting trauma, including institutional surveys, workshops, and the development of guidelines for archivists and their constituents.

Working with traumatic records: how should we train, prepare and support record-keepers? There has been growing recognition within the recordkeeping field that exposure to records with traumatising content can impact on the wellbeing of those working directly with records of this kind Laurent and Hart, In the UK, this recognition has led to initial attempts by professional bodies to offer specialised training to record-keepers to help deal with the affective impact, emotional labour, and vicarious trauma that can be associated with particular types of record-related work.

This paper seeks to examine how recordkeeping educators can effectively train, prepare and support students entering the field who may go onto specialise in this area. The paper draws on initial ground work conducted by the author who is thinking through the potential for developing a specialised module on trauma informed recordkeeping to be offered through the Department of Information Studies at UCL to postgraduate students.

The paper examines the pedagogy that might underpin such a module. It will examine various conceptual frameworks for trauma informed recordkeeping practice, including an ethics of care of self and others , and examines how best to theoretically and conceptually ground the teaching to enable students to develop an appropriate mind-set. The paper will also explore the practical skillset that record-keepers need to develop in order to become adept practitioners around records with traumatising content, including the effective management of their own personal wellbeing.

The paper also explores the suitability of various teaching methods to support student development of an appropriate skillset, and examines who should be involved in equipping and teaching our students. The paper also poses questions around the responsibilities we have as a field to develop broader training and peer networks to ensure that record-keepers working in this area remain equipped, supported and sustained in the long term.

This was the first time the topic had been discussed in Australia in a professional forum and received strong support from attendees. This encouraging response has led to Michaela and Nicola writing and speaking widely on the subject since, discussing the need for a community of practice to support individuals, to build capacity and enact trauma informed practices. This panel will discuss the growth of a community of practice around emotional labour and archival practice.

It will cover practitioner and academic partnerships, taboo busting, practice change and how these contribute to a more holistic and trauma informed archival profession. While proposing that the community of practice is the first step to increase awareness and ensure individuals feel immediately supported by colleagues internationally. It will also discuss initiatives to embed these in education and organisations.

The existence of Nairobi as a town dates way back to The tradition was continued by the Mayor of Nairobi until the new constitution of Kenya Governors have carried on the tradition albeit incognito. UNH reminisces and celebrates the Nairobi Heritage. It also attempts to profile and document Nairobi Mayors, a people not to be forgotten. Community cultural records are an important carrier of culture and memory of a nation and a country, carrying the spiritual gene and soul of human civilization.

With the advancement of urbanization and modernization, many community cultural records are at risk of disappearing completely.

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How to effectively collect, rescue and make them available has become a matter of urgency. Based on the analysis of the value, significance and difficulties of the utilization of community cultural records, this paper discusses the necessity and feasibility of using crowdsourcing to enhance the effectiveness of the construction and utilization of community digital cultural records. Finally, problems, shortcomings and improvement countermeasures are discussed.

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This paper investigates the development of social memory projects in China. The survey draws an argument on the current narrative trends of those projects and the role of archives has played in the process of cooperation. It turns out that historicalism and no-event has deeply affected the narrative method which have been used in social memory projects, and space has gradually become the core dimension of archival narrative. Project e-ARH. Slovenian archives are holding a crutial role in the educational sphere of Archival science and Records management.

In the framework of all activities given by the law Slovanian archives are perfoming a vast scope of educational programmes and trainings. In this paper the authors are giving the analyses of the educational programme regarding the new challengies in the field of digital era as well as the estimation of the results of cooperation with archival stakeholders. One field of the research represents educational programmes for records creators and service providers.

The other field of the research would represent the evaluation in the field of cooperation with academic sphere. Archives in the information age must be repositioned and its function as a social information service institution should be given full play. The focus of the Archives can be shifted from the Archives themselves to the users of the Archives. This kind of reverse thinking may be the breakthrough for the prosperity of archives in the new era. The archives in the new era should not be cold, but should develop towards the direction of love and temperature. Users of archives can be divided into existing users and potential users.

Obviously, at present, the number of existing users of archives is very limited, such as the tip of the iceberg, and most of them focus on transactional access to solve practical problems, so that the profound values contained in archives, such as cultural values, are not fully developed and excavated. The potential users of archives are the future users of archives, so the diversification of categories and the scale of user groups have great potential for development and breakthrough.

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On the one hand, the increase in the number of users of the archives is a challenge for the archives which are used to being left out in the cold; on the other hand, it will play a reverse role in boosting the service level of the archives. Participation is one of the significant principles for community archives.

A lot of online community archives have been established to gather and preserve community archives and memory. But is it certain that community members will participate in online community archives project?

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That people participate in any social activity is driven by some motivations. The community members will not be exceptional. We chose a class that has 35 undergraduate students to conduct experimental survey, and observed their participation during one semester, and then conducted questionnaire and semi-structured interview at the end of the semester. With a group of volunteers at the Staffordshire Record Office SRO , two researchers from the University of Liverpool investigated records that might reveal histories of flooding, drought and water management.

Collaborative projects with HEIs, such as Flooding and Drought, are becoming more common for the SRO and can attract new volunteers through access to their own channels for advertising such as mailing lists and social media. There is an existing literature on volunteers in archives Ray, ; Lindsay, ; Williams, , much of which focuses on the benefits for the archive or best practice. As a volunteer project run in collaboration between an HEI and an archive, Flooding and Drought provides an opportunity to examine an increasingly common style of archive volunteer project in light of recent work on volunteering and collaboration.

Using data from surveying volunteers at the Staffordshire Record Office, this paper will discuss the appeal for volunteers of these collaborative, thematic projects. By examining the outputs of the Flooding and Drought project, I will also discuss the benefits of this style of project for both a researcher and for an archive service such as profile-raising or attracting new volunteers to the archive.

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While the interests of the archivist and the researcher may be different, the skills and knowledge that the volunteers can bring to the project that are useful for both. By exploring the advantages of collaborative projects for both researchers and archives, I will demonstrate how projects can be designed that benefit the researcher, the archive, and the volunteers. This short paper shows an innovative pedagogical method. The novelty of the innovation is that it establishes a research platform where the teacher and students can cooperate with each other.

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Furthermore, it instructs students to deeply participate in archival research. The innovation is composed of three parts. The first part is establishing an archival news studio as a research material collection center, and forming a long-term mechanism for the teacher and students cooperating in archival frontier research. The research results will eventually form an archival research brand and characteristics.

The third part is establishing social media platform as a release and promotion center of research results, and forming a continuous mode for students to deeply participate in archival frontier research. The innovation has three advantages. Secondly, it can strengthen the frontier features of archival research, and be conducive to the formation of research characteristics and brand.

Thirdly, it can expand the social influence of archival research results and promote the sociality of archival science. Works of book art can operate as documentary objects; the making of book art can serve as a memory practice. Book artists, printers, bookbinders, and papermakers often make the creation of objects as their subject, and in doing so, present a record of material, process, action, and craft. This paper offers a discussion of what can be described as documentary book art, demonstrating how book art, when deployed as a record making process, results in objects that serve as records of their generative contexts.

Reeves From Fiber to Paper. In these works process is recorded and can be read, and in an archival sense, documented. This paper offers a discussion of the documentary function of book art, through the investigation of these specific works and the broader category that they represent. Methodologically, this paper comments on the applicability of archival studies approaches to the examination of book art. Though bibliographic in their origins, these works are materially unique, and express recordness in their capture and communication of the contexts of their construction.

At the heart of the archives are several thousand pages of designs in progress, including sketches and drawings, numerous models of realized and unrealized artworks, and correspondence between artists and the curatorial teams, also bearing a significant collection of ephemeral art and autographs.