Web Archiving: Issues and Challenges
More organizations are archiving web content than ever before, helping us record and understand the world today. Our panelists will discuss their work with archived web content, including collection development, preservation, and accessibility.
When: Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018
5:30 pm: Registration and Refreshments
6:15 pm: Meeting and Program
Location: 476 Fifth Avenue<https://www.google.com/maps?q=476+Fifth+Avenue&entry=gmail&source=g> (at 42nd Street)
The New York Public Library - Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Margaret Liebman Berger Forum, Room 227
Collaborative Web Archiving: Ivy Plus Libraries Web Collecting Program
By Samantha Abrams
Web archiving brings new challenges and opportunities into archival spaces, all while the depth and ephemerality of the web demands collaborative archival approaches. This presentation focuses on working together - institutionally and otherwise - to capture the live web efficiently and comprehensively within Ivy Plus Libraries (a partnership between thirteen leading academic research libraries). First established as a pilot program in 2014, the now-permanent Ivy Plus Libraries Web Collecting Program is a collaborative collection development effort to build curated, thematic collections of freely available, but at-risk, web content in order to support research at participating Libraries and beyond. With sustainability and collection building as central themes, this presentation will discuss experiences with outreach, collection policy development, and maintenance of shared collections. What are the challenges associated with this collaborative approach, and what can we learn about web archiving by working together?
Samantha Abrams is the Web Resources Collection Librarian for Ivy Plus Libraries, stationed at Columbia University. Before Columbia, Samantha worked at StoryCorps, where she managed the organization's digital and physical assets, including born-digital audio and photos, physical paperwork, and electronic databases. Samantha has additional experience working in public libraries, publishing, and as a corporate archivist for the fast-casual restaurant chain Culver's. She holds a Master's degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing from the University of Iowa.
The Elusive Art of Capturing Elusive Art: NYARC's Art-Focused Web Archives
By Deborah Kempe
Beginning with a pilot project with Archive-It in 2007, the New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC), consisting of the libraries and archives of The Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and The Frick Collection, has been curating collections of web-based resources that reflect our libraries' focus on art research. A series of grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation made it possible to establish an ongoing web archiving program devoted to capturing, preserving, and providing public access to web collections that correspond to the strengths of the print collections at each research library, as well as to NYARC project websites and the institutional websites of the three museums.
As anyone involved with the still-nascent practice of web archiving knows, the issues and challenges are numerous, even limitless. Although significant challenges remain for collecting and preserving web resources, there has been steady progress in meeting them collaboratively, from local levels on up to international efforts.
Deborah Kempe is Chief of Collections Management & Access at The Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection. Her previous positions were at the Avery Art & Architectural Library of Columbia University and the libraries of New York University, the New-York Historical Society, and the University of Arkansas. She holds a BA with honors in Art History and a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Missouri.
An active participant in international library consortia, she serves as a member of the advisory groups for Art Discovery Group Catalogue, The Digital Cicognara Library, Artifex Press, and the Getty Research Portal. She is a director of NYARC (New York Art Resources Consortium) and served as the Principal Investigator for a series of grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that were instrumental in building a pioneering web archiving program for born-digital art resources.
Why do we do it? Understanding the Research Value of Web Archives
By Pamela Graham
Libraries, museums and archives have been building web archives for more than a decade. While the commitment to preserve and steward information is a widely shared mission, why does this work matter to researchers? This talk explores the research value, current and potential, of web archives to research and learning. What do we know about web archive users and their needs? How do our decisions about what to collect, methods of collecting, description, metadata and access matter to the downstream use of the archived web? These questions will be explored through reviewing the development of the Human Rights Web Archive, a thematic collection of human rights information collected at Columbia University Libraries, through its Center for Human Rights Documentation & Research.
Pamela Graham is the Director of Humanities & Global Studies and Director of the Center for Human Rights Documentation & Research at Columbia University Libraries. She previously served as the Latin American & Iberian Studies Librarian at Columbia and at Duke University. She was a member of the steering group guiding the implementation of three successive Mellon Foundation grants to develop the Web Resources Collection Program. Graham has worked on the development of HRWA and has been interested in issues of collection development and researcher use of web archives.
Current Members $15.00
Event + new or renewed membership $30.00
Event + new or renewed student $20.00
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