DPOE-N virtual workshop: Reframing Digital Preservation Through an Anti-Racist Lens

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Lauren Sorensen

Dec 3, 2021, 2:08:49 PM12/3/21
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Dear community,

The Digital Preservation Outreach and Education Network (DPOE-N) is excited to announce our winter virtual workshop, titled Reframing Digital Preservation Through An Anti-Racist Lens, co-led and co-developed by Elvia Arroyo-Ramirez and Sofia Leung. The workshop will be held Friday, January 28th, 2022 from 1pm-4pm EST on Zoom. See below for a full workshop description and instructor bios.

Applications to participate are open now until December 20, 2021. Seats are limited, so we encourage you to submit your application soon, and share with your colleagues: http://bit.ly/JanuaryDPOEN

All DPOE-N workshops are free of charge thanks to the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Reframing Digital Preservation Through an Anti-Racist Lens

As digital preservation and curation practices reach operational maturity among cultural heritage institutions, discussion about anti-racism and digital preservation seems to be at its nascent stages. From the systems archivists use to capture content for long-term care, to the ways we provide access to born-digital materials, digital preservation practices when left unchecked can replicate the same harms witnessed in the physical realm. What are some practical ways archivists can apply anti-racist frameworks to digital preservation activities and approaches? 

This three-hour workshop is designed to provide an understanding of how white supremacy underpins library and archive systems and practices and offers an introduction to anti-racist frameworks as groundwork for better practices in digital preservation. Attendees will learn about current projects, related literature, and case studies in the field.

This workshop is ideal for all who acquire, maintain, or provide access to born-digital and digitized archival materials. 


Sofia Leung (she/her) is a first-generation Chinese American librarian, facilitator, and educator and the principal of Do Better, Be Better LLC. Her work attempts to center the experiences and knowledges of Black, Indigenous and People of Color. Sofia is a founding editor at up//root: a we here publication and the co-editor of Knowledge Justice: Disrupting Library and Information Studies Through Critical Race Theory (2021). You can find out more about Sofia at her website: https://www.sofiayleung.com/.

Elvia Arroyo-Ramírez (she/her) is a queer Latinx daughter of immigrants working in the field of archives. She is the co-editor to an upcoming special issue on “Radical Empathy in Archival Practice” in the Journal for Critical Library and Information Science (JCLIS). Her practice and scholarship are grounded in a feminist ethic of care, and works to expose and repair archival practices rooted in systemic biases that perpetuate harm to BIPOC and other marginalized communities. 
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