October 31, 2020

Radio Interview: Archivists at Harvard University’s Schlesinger Library are Cataloguing Every Tweet, Article and Spreadsheet the #MeToo Movement Has Ever Produced

Read about the #MeToo archiving project underway at the Schlesinger Library and listen to an interview with Schlensinger’s Digital Project Manager and listen to an interview with Amanda Strauss, the

From the CBC’s Day 6 Program:

While conventional wisdom says that everything online lives forever, archivists at Harvard University’s Schlesinger Library aren’t taking any risks.

They’re collecting over 19 million digital fragments from the #MeToo movement — tweets, Facebook comments, Reddit threads, news articles and YouTube videos — for future researchers.

“Just because something is everywhere on the web … doesn’t mean that it’s going to be preserved in perpetuity forever,” said Amanda Strauss, the library’s special projects manager, refuting conventional warnings that things online live forever.

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“The role of archivists and librarians is to preserve this material in perpetuity which means that in 150 years, researchers will be able to access and view and use this content,” Strauss told Day 6 host Brent Bambury.

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Direct to Radio Interview with Amanda Strauss
Report/Interview Segment Begins at 35:05.

Additional Resources

See Also: #MeToo: A Glimpse into the Digital Vault (via Schlesinger Library Newsletter)
From Fall 2018 Issue.

See Also: The Challenge of Preserving the Historical Record of #MeToo (via March 11, 2019; via The New Yorker)

See Also: Schlesinger Library at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute Awarded Grant to Create Comprehensive Digital Media Archive of #metoo (June 25, 2018)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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