May 26, 2022

Now Available: Season Two of CLIR’s Material Memory Podcast, “Cultural Memory and the Climate Crisis”

From the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR):

CLIR today released the first two episodes of its new podcast season exploring the impact of the climate crisis on communities and their cultural heritage.

In conversations with host Nicole Kang Ferraiolo, seven guests offer perspectives from around the globe on how climate change threatens our records and traditions, the relationship between memory and disaster, and the role of cultural heritage in identity and resilience. The season will take a critical look at the role of information and cultural heritage professionals in responding to the crisis and consider how different approaches to preservation can help or harm affected communities.


Episode one, “Does it Matter? Cultural Memory and the Climate Crisis,” introduces the season with perspectives from each of the guests about the effects of climate change on cultural memory and why, amidst suffering and dislocation from the climate crisis, we should care about records, traditions, and cultural heritage.

In episode two, “Archivists Against the Climate Crisis,” Ferraiolo talks with Eira Tansey, digital archivist and records manager at the University of Cincinnati Libraries, and Ben Goldman, archivist for curatorial services and strategies at the Pennsylvania State University Libraries, about their work to address the current and future impacts of climate change on archival repositories, and what archivists can bring to climate activism.


In celebration of the season’s launch, CLIR will plant one tree for every review received through January 2021, and reviewers will be eligible to win one of two $100 gift cards for reviews submitted by December 2020.

Learn More, Read the Complete “Material Memory Podcast” Season Two Introductory Blog Post

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( 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, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.