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Thursday, July 27 • 9:00am - 10:15am
107 - Document, protect, and mitigate: New perspectives on the role of archives and the natural environment

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Man-made threats to the environment are pushing the earth into an uncertain future. What role do archives play in shaping, documenting, and even degrading nature? Panelists explore how archival practices shaped colonial land claims; how archives inform research to mitigate climate change; the effects of climate change on Hawaiʻi and other coastal environs; and the carbon impact of digital preservation activities. Discussion is welcome on ways in which we can better promote documenting and protecting the earth.

Goldman: It's Not Easy Being Green: Digital Archives and Environmental Sustainability
Moore: I Speak for the Trees: Environmental History, Ecological Science, and Archival Records
Tansey: This Land Is Your Land (*Some Terms and Conditions May Apply): Records and the American Landscape
Wong Smith: The Ice Caps Are Melting : Efforts of Island and Coastal Communities to Preserve Cultural Resources

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Mark Wolfe

Curator of Digital Collections, University at Albany
Mark Wolfe was the Project Coordinator on the U.S. InterPARES Project from 2003 to 2006. Since 2007, he has worked as a Curator of Digital Collections at the University at Albany. While I will talk about bits and bytes, I'm most excited to talk about sustainability in the archival... Read More →


Ben Goldman

Archivist for Curatorial Services and Strategy, Pennsylvania State Special Collections Library
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Erik Moore

Head, University Archives & Co-Director, University Digital Conservancy, University of Minnesota
Erik Moore is the University Archivist for the University of Minnesota. He is also Co-Director of the University Digital Conservancy, Minnesota's institutional repository. He has degrees in Library & Information Sciences and Historical Studies.
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Helen Wong Smith

Archivist for University Records, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
Helen Wong Smith, MLIS, CA, FSAA has served diverse populations in private, academic, and government collections serving diverse populations for 35+ years. While on Council she introduced Cultural Diversity Competency training to SAA and was made a Fellow in 2016.
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Eira Tansey

Digital Archivist/Records Manager, University of Cincinnati
Eira Tansey is the digital archivist and records manager at the University of Cincinnati's Archives and Rare Books Library. She has previously written about Cincinnati's public libraries, the visibility and compensation of archivists' labor, and the effects of climate change on archival... Read More →

Thursday July 27, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am PDT
C123 Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK, Jr. Blvd, Portland, OR 97232