MARAC 2019 Spring - Morgantown, WV 11-13 April

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    Labor Union Organizing in the Archives
    (2019-04-13) Bhatia, Sharmila; Delinger, Kevin; Eidson, Jennifer
    Unions are organized to advocate for workers' rights in the workplace, whether that be in a factory, an academic library, or a federal archives. Panelists spoke about their perspectives on unions in libraries and archives and the union history of their organizations. What is it like to be a union member during a time when there are actions to undermine national and international unions? How does this impact the ability of the union to effectively negotiate with management? Organizing efforts in the Bakers Union, a key labor collection at the University of Maryland, will be highlighted as an interesting example from the 1970s, before the Reagan administration, to show the differences in the labor situation when compared to now.
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    Student Workers and Special Collections: A Symbiotic Relationship?
    (2019-06-11) Romans, Laura; McKittrick, Allison
    Many special collections utilize student labor, and in many cases, tight funding and resources dictate that the students provide what the profession often considers high-level skills, including providing reference services and processing collections. Consequently, professional staff invest significant amounts of time and energy to provide students with the training and support necessary to carry out these tasks successfully, even if the student only stays for a semester or two. Based on their experiences as student workers and now as managers, the presenters of this session will explore the essentialness of student labor and consider both the concerns and opportunities that arise as a result.
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    Drawing the Circle Wider: Employing Individuals on the Autism Spectrum in the Archives
    (2019-04-13) Beland, Matthew Robert
    Presentation by Matthew Beland for "Archivists, Love, and Communities" at MARAC Morgantown, April 2019. This presentation discusses the disability of autism in relation to the archives and addresses several questions: What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? How do people with ASD work in other workplaces? What can we expect when archives employ people with ASD? Examples of other workplaces that employ people “on the spectrum” and literature discussing the same are provided.
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    From PPG Works #8 to the Work of Processing: Harnessing Personal Experience and Lifelong Glassworkers to Enhance Description of PPG Industries Photographs
    (2019-04-12) Green, Sierra
    As an archivist with the Heinz History Center's Detre Library and Archives, Sierra Green was afforded the opportunity to process the PPG Industries Records, a collection pertaining to the history of the glass industry in Western Pennsylvania and throughout the United States. For over 38 years, her father has been an industrial glassworker. As a college student during summer breaks, Sierra worked alongside her father as a glassworker. Serendipitously, this archival collection originated from the very same company for which her father has worked for most of his life. What follows in this presentation are her reflections from this experience as well as applicable strategies to partner with industry workers in order to enhance collection description.
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    Working Collections: Preserving Memory, Enhancing Heritage
    (2019) Ward, Sandi; Ward, Sandi
    Presentation by Sandi Ward for "Working Collections: Preserving Memory, Enhancing Heritage" at MARAC Morgantown, April 2019. The CR/10 Project (CR/10) is a video oral history project created by the East Asian Library, University Library System, University of Pittsburgh. CR/10 aims to preserve memories and impressions from people who experienced China's Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, which lasted from 1966-1976. The collection also includes interviews with members of China's post-Cultural Revolution generations, who reflect on the circumstances under which they did, or did not, learn about the Cultural Revolution. Interviewees are given approximately 10 minutes to express their memories of or thoughts about the 10 years of China's Cultural Revolution. This presentation discussed the motivations of the project, its workflow and technical details, and its reception by researchers, faculty, and the public.