Works in Progress Webinar: This wasn’t for you yesterday, but it will be tomorrow—Digitization policy to counteract histories of exclusion

Join us as we explore the intersection of digitization policy and anti-racist action, using LSU Libraries’ experience as a lens to explore the state of the field.

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S.L. Ziegler Digitization Selection Criteria as Anti-Racist Action, Code4Lib Journal, Issue 45, 2019-08-09 

DLF Cultural Assessment Working Group's Selection and Digitization Bibliography

Louisiana Digital Library:

Case Western Reserve University

Alabama Department of Archives and History, Statement of Recommitment
Center for Primary Research and Training, UCLA Library Special Collections

Introduction to Conscious Editing Series – Sunshine State Digital Network 

Bringing Black History to Light, Harvard Magazine, July 2020

Anti-Racist Description Resources, from the Archives for Black Lives in Philadelphia Project


S. L. Ziegler, Head of Digital Programs and Services, Louisiana State University Libraries
Jennifer V. Mitchell, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian, Washington & Lee University School of Law


Choices we make about what to digitize and put in digital libraries affect possible research agendas, shape the public’s perception of what our institutions hold, and show what our institutions value. Increasingly, archives and special collections are making these decisions with diversity and inclusion goals in mind. Many of us who write policy are asking: who is being represented in our collections and how; and how can we modify our digitization policies to create a more inclusive digital collection? 

In 2018, LSU Libraries Special Collections began the process of reviewing its digitization priority policies and practices in light of its strategic goal of increasing and celebrating the diversity of its collections. As part of the process, we acknowledge our own institution’s history of suppressing diversity and promoting exclusion. By examining past restriction policies, we ground our digitization policies in our own local context, and exploring how we can use digitization to counteract histories of exclusion.  

Since we began this project the world has changed. We explore how we’ve advanced the project beyond LSU, and we close by elevating and celebrating related projects by colleagues across the country. 

This webinar will be of interest to administrators, curators, collection managers, and anyone working to steward, administer, and provide access to archives, and special and distinctive collections.

Works in Progress: An OCLC Research Occasional Webinar Series

Live webinar sessions are exclusively for OCLC Research Library Partners, but the recordings are publicly available to all.

Works in Progress: An OCLC Research Occasional Webinar Series to talk about work happening in OCLC Research – we'd like to present our work informally and get feedback from you, our Partners. We'd also like this to be a venue for Partner institutions. What are you working on that everyone should know about? What input would help you move forward? Let us know!


01 October 2020


11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]

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Online via WebEx

Live webinar sessions are exclusively for OCLC Research Library Partners, but the recordings are publicly available to all.