Panelists to Discuss Role of Archives in Supporting Changing Research Practices

METRO is pleased to co-sponsor the following event with the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York (ART) and Center for Jewish History (CJH). The following announcement is reprinted courtesy of ART.


Archival Leaders Advocate: Annual Seminar at the Center for Jewish History

The Role of Archives in Supporting Changing Research Practices


Thursday, September 12, 2013
6:00-7:30 PM, Panel Discussion
7:30-8:15 PM, Reception


Center for Jewish History, 15 W. 16th Street, New York City

The annual CJH event, Archival Leaders Advocate, features prominent figures in the archives field addressing issues of broad relevance to all archivists. This year’s panel discussion, “The Role of Archives in Supporting Changing Research Practices,” is sponsored by Metropolitan New York Library Council, Center for Jewish History, and the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York.

Ithaka S+R's recent report, “Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Historians,” offers an insightful examination of how, as the executive summary states, "underlying research methods of many historians remain fairly recognizable... but the day to day research practices of all historians have changed fundamentally." The report includes a broad examination of the crucial role of archives and libraries in providing access to historical materials and details how changing methods of research and expectations of access among researchers are creating new challenges and opportunities for the archivists and librarians supporting historical research. The report also features a number of specific recommendations for libraries and archives as they continue to provide access to materials in an era of new record types, access technologies, and research practices.

This panel will discuss the report's findings from the specific perspective of its implications for archives and as a jumping off point for discussing reference and access services in light of increasingly digitized and born-digital collections. Panelists will include Roger Schonfeld, a co-author of the report and Program Director for Libraries, Users, and Scholarly Practices at Ithaka S+R; Kate Theimer, a writer and blogger on archives at ArchivesNext; David Ludden, an interview participant in the Ithaka report and Professor of History at New York University; and Melanie Meyers, Senior Reference Services Librarian for Special Collections at the Center for Jewish History. Jefferson Bailey, Strategic Initiatives Manager at the Metropolitan New York Library Council, will moderate.


Online Registration Required. This event is free and open to the public.  Please register no later than midnight on Wednesday, September 11th.

Please note that an attendee list will be provided to CJH security staff, and you will be required to pass through a security screening. The event will be video-recorded; in attending, you automatically consent to being recorded.

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