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Tuesday, August 6 • 10:30am - 11:30am
908 - A Welcome Place: Transforming and Creating Archival Public Spaces to Boost Inclusivity

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Transformations don't always have to be big and showy to make a large impact. Small adjustments in space planning, service models, use of technology, and inter-departmental relationships can all significantly change the way archives interact with their communities and users. In this session, archivists from a variety of institutions share their recent experiences in creating and transforming their archives in a myriad of ways to improve the user experience.

Matt Francis: Taking a Step Back: Letting Students Lead Our Public Space Renovation
Hope Bibens: Access for All: The Senator Tom Harkin Papers and Persons with Disabilities in the Archives
Alexis Braun Marks: From Boardroom to Classroom: Making the Most of the Relationships to Transform the Space You Have
Ann Merryman: Out of the Seventies: Transforming USC Upstate Archives to Meet 21st Century Needs
Sarah Ponichtera: Opening up Virtual Space: Making Archival Digital Exhibits Accessible to People with Disabilities
Kate Wilson: "I Thought This Was a Storage Closet": Radically Transforming Public Spaces with Limited Resources


Matt Francis

Archivist, Ohio Northern University
Matt Francis is the Archivist at Ohio Northern University and has a M.A. in public history.

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Alexis Braun-Marks

University Archivist, Eastern Michigan University
Alexis Braun Marks has been the University Archivist at Eastern Michigan University since 2011, prior to that she was the archivist at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. She holds an MLIS from UW Madison.
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Ann Merryman

Coordinator of Archives and Special Collections, University of South Carolina Upstate
Ann Merryman joined the University of South Carolina Upstate as the Coordinator for Archives and Special Collections in 2014; she holds an MLIS from the University of South Carolina and a BA in Business and Economics from Benedictine University.
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Kate Wilson

Special Collections Librarian and College Archivist, Saint Mary?s College of California
Kate Wilson, Special Collections Librarian and College Archivist, at Saint Mary?s College of California, will share her experience creating an inclusive service forward reading room with limited resources.

Hope Bibens

University & Political Papers Archivist, Drake University
Hope Bibens is University & Political Papers Archivist and is currently processing the papers of Senator Tom Harkin.
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Sarah Ponichtera

Assistant Dean of Special Collections, Seton Hall University
Sarah Ponichtera is Assistant Dean of Special Collections & the Gallery at Seton Hall University.

Tuesday August 6, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am CDT
Lone Star B, [Level 3]