In the 2023 One Book, One Profession selection Reference and Access for Archives and Manuscripts,
author Cheryl Oestreicher notes that as more people encounter archives for
scholarly and avocational research, as part of creative pursuits, or to
exercise their rights as citizens to access records, the possibilities for how
collections are used will continually evolve. As a part of this, archivists
will need to revise how we think about what we collect, who our audiences are,
how we serve and engage patrons, and what efforts will make archives more accessible.
In this virtual discussion, panelists Elaine DeNiro (Roswell Historical Society), Marie Force (Delta Flight Museum), Daria Labinsky (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service), Selena Ortega-Chiolero (Chickaloon Village Traditional Council - Nay’dini’aa Na’ Kayax), and moderator Stacie Williams (Publications Editor) joined Cheryl Oestreicher to discuss and build on the ideas in her book. Listen to panelists explore the challenges and successes of providing reference and access services in recent years, the creative ways they’ve connected with new and existing users, and emerging opportunities and trends in this central area of archival practice.
Two resources mentioned in the video are:
- Guide to the Records in the National Archives of the United States Relating to American Indians, compiled by Edward E. Hill (out of print, but HathiTrust offers a free digital copy), and
- “Understanding ChatGPT for Archives and Libraries” webinar presented by From the Page.