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SAA2009: Building, Managing and Participating in Online Communities

SAA 2009: Sustainable Archives AUSTIN 09It 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):

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!

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#1 Comment By Russell D. James, CA On December 12, 2008 @ 11:07 am

Awesome! Good for you.

#2 Trackback By blogring.org On December 12, 2008 @ 8:46 pm

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#3 Comment By David On December 13, 2008 @ 12:04 am

It’s nice to see such a panel taking shape. Good job. Good luck!

#4 Comment By Cameron Blevins On December 14, 2008 @ 9:43 pm

The panel looks fascinating – good luck!

#5 Comment By Michele Combs On January 20, 2009 @ 11:40 am

Very cool! I linked from your post to Ann Lally’s article, which bears out our own experiences with adding links from Wikipedia to our manuscript collections. Looking forward to the panel 🙂