On June 19, CCNMTL Associate Director Peter B. Kaufman participated in an Andrew Mellon Foundation-supported symposium on the financial and sustainability issues surrounding educational video archives in the digital age.
Kaufman joined Brandeis University librarian and Hathi Trust Research Center Director John Unsworth, University of Illinois professor Jerome McDonough, and a dozen other scholars and librarians to examine the case study of Chicago’s Historymakers archive, and its approximately 9,000 hours of recorded interviews.
The discussion centered on new strategies for distributing and promoting the funded work represented in this archive and the drafting of lessons and best practices for similar archives worldwide. Kaufman advocated for expanding the connections between the archive and the public, and for mapping the connections within the archive through linked open data. One example of mapping such internal connections was Pratt University’s own Linkedjazz initiative.
This year the symposium convened in Chicago, IL. HistoryMakers is online at thehistorymakers.com.