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DC 2006 Program Session

703. Everyone’s Doing It: What Blogs Mean for Archivists in the 21st Century

Saturday, August 5, 2006
12:30 PM-2:00 PM


Kathleen Burns, Chair
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University

Catherine O’Sullivan
American Civil Liberties Union
“Diaries, Online Diaries, and the Future Loss to Archives, Or Blogs and the Blogging Bloggers Who Blog Them”

Bill Landis
University of California
“Blogs as Personal Electronic Records: Issues in Appraisal, Description, and Preservation”

Jessamyn West
“Capturing Collaborative Information: News, Blogs, Librarians, and You”

Blogs have become increasingly visible as a mainstream mode of expression, employed by everyone from journalists and politicians to writers, academics, and the teenager next door. This session explores the function of blogs in modern society, their anticipated use as documentation, and related appraisal, description, and preservation issues. A portion of the session highlights ideas for ways in which archives themselves might utilize blogs for outreach, service enhancement, and more.


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2006 International Archives & Information Technology Exposition Exhibitor List