It is official – the panel I proposed for SAA 2009 (aka, Sustainable Archives: AUSTIN 2009) was accepted!
Title: Building, Managing and Participating in Online Communities: Avoiding Culture Shock Online
Abstract: As more archival materials move online, archivists must become adept at participating in and managing online communities. This session will discuss real world experiences of this involvement, including putting images into the Flickr Commons and links to archival materials in Wikipedia, as well as guidelines on cultural norms within online communities. We will also discuss choosing between building new communities from scratch vs joining a broader, existing community (such as the Flickr Commons).
I will be serving as session chair and moderator for our group of fabulous panelists (finances and travel plans permitting):
- Deborah Wythe : talking about Flickr Commons  and other Brooklyn Museum  web/community projects (or whatever the latest and greatest projects are afoot at the Brooklyn Museum by the time we hit August 2009)
- Ann Lally : talking about Wikipedia  and blogs (co-author of: Using Wikipedia to Extend Digital Collections )
- Mark Matienzo : talking about NYPL  web/community projects
- Seb Chan : talking about Powerhouse Museum , Flickr Commons and (maybe) blogs
The intention is for this session to begin with very brief presentations showing off the current projects at our panelists’ institutions and follow that up with lots of time for discussion and answering of questions.
We see our target audience as archivists who want to hear about real world experiences of working within existing online communities (such as Wikipedia or Flickr) and building new communities dedicated to cultural heritage materials. The session will target individuals with less experience with Web 2.0 and social media implementations, but the lessons learned should also be of interest to those already in the implementation stages of their own projects.
I will put out a call for questions as we get closer to the conference so that our group can get an idea of what people are interested in learning about specifically, so start making notes now. Hope to see you in Austin!
- SAA09: My Session on Online Communities (Session 101) 
- DH2009: Digital Curiosities and Amateur Collections 
- Video News Archives: Digitization as Good Business 
- A History of Our Own, Representing Communities and Identities on the Web (SAA09: Session 202)