We Have Never Been Neutral: Search, Discovery, and the Politics of Access
The event featured Dr. Kimberly Christen, Director of the Digital Technology and Culture Program, the Director of Digital Projects for Native American Programs, and the co-Director of the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation at Washington State University. In her presentation, Dr. Christen addressed the concept that library and archive practices are neutral and non-biased, traced the often violent histories of collecting and the construction of the public domain, unpacked their connections to the foundations of libraries and archives, and opened a space to provide a framework for ethical engagements and reciprocal practices through culturally responsive tools and engagements. The event was held at OCLC’s global headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, and live-streamed to virtual attendees.
About Kimberly Christen
Dr. Kimberly Christen is the Director of the Digital Technology and Culture Program, the Director of Digital Projects for Native American Programs, and the co-Director of the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation at Washington State University. She is the founder of Mukurtu CMS an open source community digital archive platform designed to meet the needs of Indigenous communities and the co-Director of the Sustainable Heritage Network, a global community providing educational resources for stewarding digital heritage and the Local Contexts initiative, an educational platform to support the management of intellectual property specifically using Traditional Knowledge Labels. More of her work can be found at her website: www.kimchristen.com and you can follow her on Twitter @Mukurtu.
About the Distinguished Seminar Series
OCLC Research established the Distinguished Seminar Series in 1978 to encourage the sharing of thought leadership around topics that effect the ever-evolving world of librarianship and information sharing. As a program of the OCLC Research Library Partnership, we invite distinguished professionals to our headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, to give presentations on topics of current interest. Speakers may discuss recently completed or early-stage research that they have undertaken or report other types of professional activity. Some topics align closely with our current research directions, while others represent areas of interest to the library and information science community that are not formally being studied by our researchers.