Coming in August: “Risky Business” focuses on difficult library materials and situations

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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
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Fore more information or other questions, please contact Elaina Norlin or John Burger