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Black Lives Matter Resources for Archivists

Black Lives Matter Resources for Archivists

The killing of George Floyd has sparked a movement of anti-racist protests across the United States and around the world [1][2]. In light of this Black Lives Matter movement, Canadians have been discussing other forms of institutional racism across our nation. Archives are not disconnected from this issue. White privilege and structural oppression exist in…

Archiving Hate: Racist Materials in Archives

Archiving Hate: Racist Materials in Archives

This post has been adapted into a presentation entitled “Archiving Hate: Legacy Descriptions and Offensive Materials in Archives.” This was presented at the Archives Association of Ontario Institutional Development Committee Symposium in October 2020 There are many issues that come with having racist materials in archival institutions. However, Information Studies and Archival Studies programs rarely…

Playing The Past: Gaming As Public History

Playing The Past: Gaming As Public History

When I first came across the above quote, it made me think back to several successful video games that have been marketed as “historical games,” and really question the accuracy of their¬†historical narratives. As Whitaker explained, many games that are marketed as historical games, even as historical fiction, are disconnected¬†from historical scholarship. As I am…

Internet Archive Collection: George Brown College Archives

Internet Archive Collection: George Brown College Archives

Last summer, I had the opportunity to create a collection on the Internet Archive for the George Brown College Archives to provide online access to recently digitized college newsletters, student newspapers, annual reports, yearbooks, and images. I had been interested in creating a collection on the Internet Archive for a while, so this was a…

“Editing As Activism”: Fighting Bias and Misinformation On Wikipedia

“Editing As Activism”: Fighting Bias and Misinformation On Wikipedia

This post is a “Reflexive Journal” entry written to fulfill the requirements for GLIS 649 Digital Curation. It reflects on our Wikipedia lecture and workshop that took place on January 30, 2018. This course was offered as part of Master of Information Studies (MISt) at McGill University. Before this lecture, It had never occurred to…

Digital Archive Project: Declassified BW Report June 1945

Digital Archive Project: Declassified BW Report June 1945

As I have previously mentioned, I am currently researching, analyzing, and annotating documents for ALPHA Education’s Digital Archive Project as a volunteer. For this project, I was asked to discuss the content and broader historical context of each document.  Annotations are also expected to connect documents to APLHA Education’s mission, which is to foster awareness of Asia’s…

“Place Names Are Powerful”: Counter-Mapping Indigenous Spaces & Place Names

“Place Names Are Powerful”: Counter-Mapping Indigenous Spaces & Place Names

Colonialism & Erasure Walking around the streets of Toronto, it is difficult to see traces of its long Indigenous history. As a direct result of colonialism, Indigenous ways of knowing and naming place were replaced with European knowledge systems. While Indigenous place names convey local knowledge about physical landscapes and their histories as a means for navigation, colonial place…

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