Archives Unconference, NYC, September 6

Here is an interesting event happening September 6, in New York City, at Barnard College (taken from the NYC Archives Unconference website):

The NYC Archives Unconference is a free event open to anyone interested in archives, to be held at Barnard College on Saturday, September 6th, 2014. What’s an unconference? We like THATCamp’s definition:

…an unconference is a highly informal conference. Two differences are particularly notable. First, at an unconference, the program isn’t set beforehand: it’s created on the first day with the help of all the participants rather than beforehand by a program committee. Second, at an unconference, there are no presentations — all participants in an unconference are expected to talk and work with fellow participants in every session.

Some components of the NYC Archives Unconference–a few workshops and other sessions–will be organized ahead of time, to allow us to allocate resources for them. However, the majority of sessions will be proposed, selected, and scheduled by participants–that’s YOU– in the days and weeks leading up to the unconference, and on the day of the unconference itself. We’re so excited to host a day that’s all about archives and features a diversity of voices and ideas.

We are also hoping to make this unconference as accessible as possible, particularly for archives students and new professionals. It is open to anyone interested in archives and is completely free. We are also trying to facilitate travel to and accommodations in New York City for any out-of-towners, and all sessions will be held in ADA-accessible facilities. Moreover, to ensure that the Unconference is a supportive and comfortable space for all participants, the day will be governed by a code of conduct.

The unconference is made possible by our fantastic sponsors–Barnard College; Queens College, City University of New York; the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc.; La Salle University; and AVPreserve–and our tireless planning committee: Alex Duryee, Alexandra Dolan-Mescal, Allie Janvey, Brigette Kamsler, Chris Arena, Dana Gerber, Dan Brenner, Dinah Handel, Erin Allsop, Jenny Ferretti, Jenna Freedman, Kristen Mapes, Leonora Lange, Martha Tenney, Maureen Callahan, Michael Miles, Natalie Pantoja, Nick Pavlik, Rachel Harrison, Rebecca Goldman, Ryan Mendenahll, Sara Howard, Shannon O’Neill, Susan Kline, and Tamar Zeffren. Thank you also to Barnard College’s wonderful events management team. And finally, special thanks to our workshop leaders: Alex Duryee, Kathryn Gronsbell, and Shaun Trujillo!

On this site you can register, submit a session proposal, see the schedule and proposed sessions, see a list of registered participants, get information about travel and accommodations, read the code of conduct, and get updated on news about the unconference.

If you’re so inclined, please RSVP to and share our facebook event page and tweet, using the hashtag #UnArch14!

If you have any questions or concerns not address on this site, please email

Stripped: Where are all the cartoons gonna go?

I'm sure many, if not most, of us remember a time when the only part of a newspaper we were interested in was the funny pages. Actually, it's probably still my favorite section of a print newspaper (if not for crosswords), but I rarely buy newspapers anymore. So in the age of new media and declining print newspaper sales, Stripped, asks "where are all the cartoons gonna go?"

I saw this trailer and I was immediately intrigued. Stripped talks to 90 cartoonists about their unique trade and the direction it's heading towards in this millenium. While the film follows a niche form of media, this is a concern all media makers must have in their mind. Are new media platforms a godsend or a death sentence for already established forms of media? I for one think our time is ripe for potential and we can utilize current technology to make more dynamic and engaging forms of media. Media is simply about communication and the more ways we can communicate the better. But I'm still curious to know what the cartoonists in this film have to say, especially Jim Davis and Bill Watterson (the creators of Garfield and Calvin & Hobbes, respectively). It seems there is no release date yet and they are still raising funds for it (if you'd like to contribute, go to their kickstarter). I will update this post once I find out more. 

The Art of Empathy and the Empathy of Art: Oral History Methods and Applications

Next Sunday (July 21), my colleague Maggie Lemere and I are facilitating an oral history workshop. Make it if you can! And make sure to RSVP. Here is the downloadable flier for the event. 


The Art of Empathy and the Empathy of Art: Oral History Methods and Applications  

Date: SUNDAY July 21, 12pm - 3pm

Space: Asian American Writers Workshop, 112 W 27th St., Suite 600, New York, NY 10001

In this workshop we will examine oral history theory and methodology through the many creative ways in which it has been practiced. Using empathy, power dynamics, and intersubjectivity as thematic lenses, we will begin the workshop by discussing the meaning of oral history; its differences and similarities to journalism, documentary work, therapy/social work, and other fields that use interviewing; and how oral history methodology may be applied within some of these other fields. Next, drawing upon their experience working on various oral history projects in both the US and abroad, facilitators Cindy Choung and Maggie Lemere will take you through the process of designing an oral history: project planning, interview strategies, interpretation and analysis, creative applications, and archiving. 

Please note that if you have a specific project you’re currently working on, we invite you to offer questions and reflections throughout the workshop based on your work; however, having a current project to discuss is not necessary. By the end of the workshop, you will have a solid foundation from which to further plan and develop potential projects using oral history methods. Works by Anna Deavere Smith, George Plimpton, StoryCorps, Voice of Witness, and more will be discussed.

Please feel free to send us questions or potential topics of interest for the workshop via email. If we are not able to incorporate your suggestion into our discussion, we will still offer our support by contacting you directly. We look forward to learning together and further building a community of thoughtful story-keepers and tellers.

We ask for a $15 suggested donation from participants to cover the honorarium for the trainers and a small portion to cover light refreshments and materials. However, no one will be turned away due to lack of funds, and we would certainly appreciate those who can give a little more.

We also ask that you RSVP to confirm your attendance at the workshop. We will try to keep the workshop to no more than 20 people, and slots will be given out to those who RSVP the earliest. Please RSVP to