Cultural Heritage Archives: Networks, Innovation & Collaboration

A Symposium at the Library of Congress

Sept. 26-27, 2013

The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress will hold a
symposium entitled Cultural Heritage Archives: Networks, Innovation &
Collaboration on Sept. 26-27, 2013.   The symposium is free and open to the

Cultural heritage archives serve as valuable repositories of memory and
knowledge that document the ongoing community-based creativity of
individuals and groups. During the past decade, there has been an
increasing acknowledgement of the value and power of developing such
archives at all levels, from very local and informal collections to large
national and international repositories.

The Cultural Heritage Archives symposium aims to energize the discussion of
ethnographic archival thought and practice by presenting fresh and dynamic
strategies for contemporary archival realities. It will also provide a
forum for new voices to present and discuss emerging archival initiatives
as well as case studies focused on several key topics for a public
audience. The symposium will combine longer presentations by invited
speakers with short papers generated through this call.

Symposium Sessions:

*   Session I: Users of Cultural Heritage Archival Materials

*   Session II: Preservation and Digital Stewardship

*   Session III: Archival Description

*   Session IV: Education and Training

*   Session V: Sharing Resources

*   Session VI: Forging Archival Collaborations and Alliances

For a fuller description of the symposium and the individual sessions, go


Deadline for submission of abstracts: April 22, 2013

Proposals for short presentations (5-7 min.) should be submitted as email
attachments and sent to [log in to unmask] . Please include the information
requested and indicate which of the six symposium sessions would be most
appropriate for your presentation.

Updates about the symposium and other details for this free event can be
viewed at:

NOTE: We may have limited funds to support travel. If your proposal is
accepted, would you like to be considered for a stipend to support travel
to the symposium? If so, please provide a statement of need along with your


Bertram Lyons, CA
Folklife Specialist / Digital Assets Manager
American Folklife Center
Library of Congress
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Consulting Archivist, Project Manager & Dissemination Coordinator
Association for Cultural Equity
Alan Lomax Archive
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