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Sunday, August 4 • 4:30pm - 5:30pm
405 - America Contacts Congress: The Project to Save Congressional Correspondence Data [GOV]

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Constituent correspondence with the U.S. Congress captures the interactions between Americans and their elected representatives. Congress manages correspondence with proprietary systems, and data exported from these systems poses challenges to repositories across the country. No repository has processed these large data sets in a replicable way, and data is at risk of disappearing. The America Contacts Congress project, funded by a LYRASIS Catalyst Fund grant, provides a roadmap for preserving and providing access to this unique resource.

Moderator: Danielle Emerling

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Danielle Emerling

Assistant Curator, Congressional and Political Papers Archivist, West Virginia University
Danielle Emerling is Assistant Curator, Congressional and Political Papers Archivist at the West Virginia University Libraries. She serves as treasurer for the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress and has served as Chair of the SAA Congressional Papers Section.

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John Caldwell

Coord. of Political Papers and Electronic Records, University of Delaware Library, Museum & Press
John Caldwell is the Coordinator of Political Papers and Electronic Records at the University of Delaware.
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M. Alison White

Deputy Senate Archivist for Digital Collections, U.S. Senate Historical Office
Alison White has been with the U.S. Senate Historical Office since 2009 focusing on electronic records and digital preservation. Before that she spent 6 years at the University of Virginia Law Library as Archivist and Curator of Special Collections.

Nathan Gerth

Head of Digital Services, University of Nevada, Reno

Brandon Pieczko

Processing and Digital Archivist, University of Georgia

Sunday August 4, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm CDT
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