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Wednesday, October 2 • 12:00pm - 12:30pm
MPWARA syndrome: Symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

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In conversations with early-career archivists, especially those working in maturing and community-based organizations, or with previously overlooked or neglected formats such as A/V and born-digital materials, one phrase recurs and resounds: "My predecessor wasn’t a real archivist." The stories that accompany this phrase share many characteristics and common features, and provide the basis of an epidemiological profile for what we call MPWARA Syndrome — that is, the unique challenges of working in the wake of archival laborers who are differently informed from those with MLIS degrees or other graduate credentials (and, frequently, acting at cross-purposes with them). Although collections of all kinds pass through this phase as they mature, audiovisual and digital archivists are especially likely to be the first formally trained specialists in their institutions. Presenters will discuss their own experiences with these challenges and provide specific, actionable, critical approaches to teaching and thinking about archival practice that honor emerging and established standards alongside other ways of knowing and doing.

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Snowden Becker

Independent Archives Consultant and Expert
SNOWDEN BECKER has been a leader in the field of media archives and preservation for nearly twenty years. She is a co-founder of the international Home Movie Day event and the non-profit Center for Home Movies, which was awarded the SAA Hamer Kegan Award for archival advocacy in 2017... Read More →
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Tre Berney

Director, Digitization and Conservation Services, Cornell University
Tre Berney is the Director of Digitization and Conservation at Cornell University Library where he is responsible for annual digital collections and preservation priorities for Cornell’s Rare and Distinctive Collections. He responsible for the renowned Digital Consulting and Production... Read More →

Wednesday October 2, 2019 12:00pm - 12:30pm BST
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