How do you manage the expectations of donors, administrators, and the public about collecting and facilitating access to materials with complex creators, content, or histories? Risky Business: The Politics, Pitfalls, and Possibilities of Curatorial Practice in Special Collections will convene important conversations among Special Collections librarians, archivists, and others who work with these challenges on a regular basis to reach community-oriented solutions.
Instead of formal presentations, this unconference will feature in-depth discussions and other interactions around themes of interest to participants. Our opening session will be a conversation led by Holly Smith, College Archivist at Spelman College, focusing on “Creating Beloved Community: Employing Radical Empathy in our Memory Work Practices. Other sessions will be set up with an introduction to the theme followed by discussions in small groups. We’ll also have a large-group conversation to share perspectives with library deans and development officers.
It is hoped this gathering will lead to the development of best practices that can serve as a guide for ASERL libraries into the future.
Event date: August 10-11, 2023
Location: Emory University, Atlanta GA
More info / Travel Info / To register: https://www.aserl.org/event/risky-business-2023/