|Juli McLoone works with Fellows on digital collection|
In particular, McLoone discussed what university archives must take into consideration concerning what level of access to grant the public for special collections and how to decide what materials hold "enduring value." Not all artifacts from personal collections hold equal worth, right? McLoone and Schmidt prompted us on thinking about those issues.
|Tara Schmidt discusses library resources with students|
The first list was longer and easier to create than the second one. Given the recent coverage about the expanded and questionable capabilities of the U.S. intelligence community collecting "big data" and metadata on citizens and perceived threats around the globe, however, I might want to put more thought and consideration into the documents that are produced about people, and what that means.
Today's presentation has me thinking a little more too about my activities as a literary historian of contemporary writers, where I am constantly tracking and then producing documents about my subjects. New media and technologies have certainly expanded the possibilities for following the digital footprints of authors.