In theme-based seasons, Material Memory explores the effects of our changing environment—from digital technologies to the climate crisis—on our ability to access the record of our shared humanity, and the critical role that libraries, archives, museums, and other public institutions play in keeping cultural memory alive.
Episode Zero introduces the podcast through a conversation with CLIR President Charles Henry about the threats to our cultural record, what is at stake if it’s lost, and what can be done to protect it.
Season One celebrates the UN-designated Year of Indigenous Languages. In each of six episodes, host Joy Banks speaks with people involved in the work of restoring audio and audiovisual recordings of indigenous languages and their sometimes Herculean efforts to make these recordings accessible to the communities they represent.
Season Two, to be released in spring 2020, will explore the wicked problem of ensuring that born-digital material remains accessible for future generations.
Season Three, to be released in summer 2020, will look at the many ways in which the climate crisis is posing new risks to the survival of our human record.
Season 2 of Archives in Context Now Available
Cosponsored by SAA’s Publications Board, American Archivist Editorial Board, and Committee on Public Awareness, the podcast highlights archival literature and technologies and, most importantly, the people behind them. Listen to the new season via the Archives in Context website, iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify. Season 2 features interviews with:
- Peter Wosh, editor of the Archival Fundamentals Series III
- Laura Millar, author of A Matter of Facts: The Value of Evidence in an Information Age
- Christine Weideman and Mary Caldera, editors of Archival Values: Essays in Honor of Mark A. Greene
- Davia Nelson of The Kitchen Sisters, co-host of The Keepers podcast
- Teresa Brinati, director of publishing for SAA
- Kathleen D. Roe, author of Advocacy and Awareness for Archivists
- Margot Note, author of Creating Family Archives: A Step-by-Step Guide to Saving Your Memories for Future Generations
As a tenured archivist in an academic library, I constantly think about what counts as “scholarship.” Traditionally, that means books and peer-reviewed articles. I strongly believe that while these are extremely valuable, it is necessary to push the boundaries beyond the traditional to include projects that require the same amount, if not more, work to accomplish. The intent of podcasts may not be for scholarly pursuit, but are important nonetheless.
Podcasts are one of those types of projects. Writing, directing, producing, and recording podcasts take a lot of time and skill. Although archivists have been creating podcasts for some time, recently I seem to come across more and more great work done by archivists. Further, at least to my knowledge, I have not yet found a place where podcasts about or created by archivists are compiled into one place.
So I decided to add a page to this site for podcasts. I prefer to not post ones that are reproductions of audio holdings, that are library-focused, or digital humanities projects. I will focus instead on podcasts where there are conversations and interpretations of archivists discussing their work, collections, institutions, researchers, and practices.
I expect that there are many I’m not aware of, so please let me know any suggestions!