Tuesday, August 6 • 9:00am - 10:15am
804 - Means of Production and Selection: Capitalist Frameworks in Archival Contexts

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As access to resources becomes increasingly competitive, more and more often decisions at the administrative and curatorial level are being made based on capitalist frameworks. To what extent does the impact or return on investment of the material that we choose to invest in---relationships, systems, processing, or digital collections--influence our selection? Is this adverse to the values of democracy and advocacy that archives espouse?

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Jamie A. Lee: Archival Legibility: Community Archives Deploying Storytelling for Long-Term Sustainability
Margarita Vargas-Betancourt: Contesting the Capitalist Framework of Libraries to Provide Bilingual Access

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Elizabeth Cruces

Hispanic Collections Archivist, University of Houston
Elizabeth Lisa Cruces is the Hispanic Collections Archivist and Curator at University of Houston. Her research interest include power and oppression in archives, memory making, community archives, zines, and the application fronterizmo in archives.

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Margarita Vargas-Betancourt

Latin American and Caribbean Special Collections Librarian, University of Florida
Margarita processes Latin American manuscripts and serves as liaison to faculty and students. She uses her background on diversity to identify and highlight the hidden voices in archival collections and to serve and empower Latino students.
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Jamie A. Lee

Assistant Professor, University of Arizona
Jamie A. Lee inquires into critical archival theory and methodologies, storytelling, and bodies. She is a documentary filmmaker, archivist, and scholar committed to decolonizing methodologies/asset-driven approaches to community projects.
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David A. Bliss

Digital Processing Archivist, University of Texas at Austin
David A Bliss is the Digital Processing Archivist at LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections at the University of Texas at Austin. His work is focused on digital preservation and post-custodial digitization projects in Latin America.
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Sarah Carlson

University of Texas at Austin
Sarah is a graduate student in American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She is interested in the social economy of managing cultural heritage institutions. She is a Graduate Research Associate at the Harry Ransom Center.

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