January 16, 2022

Conference Poster: “Citizen Web Archiving: Empowering Undergraduates to Preserve the Internet”

From the University of Dayton Repository.

Poster Title

Citizen Web Archiving: Empowering Undergraduates to Preserve the Internet


Kayla Harris
University of Dayton

Stephanie Shreffler
University of Dayton

Christina A. Beis
University of Dayton

Presented At:
ACRL 2021: Ascending into an Open Future (April 2021)


Increasingly, information that was once available in print is now available only online. There are many efforts by librarians to teach students how to evaluate sources, but in order to do that, the sources need to still exist. While librarians and archivists preserve information from the Internet through web archive collections, undergraduate students of this generation may not have considered that things on the Internet do not necessarily remain there forever, and that preservation requires a proactive approach. Through a co-curricular learning experience, a team of librarians and archivists created a self-guided, asynchronous program, Citizen Web Archiving: Preserving Websites for the Common Good, in order to teach students what web archiving is, why it’s important, the ethics of collecting information on the Internet, and how they could contribute to the historical record by archiving websites they deemed important via the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine.

Direct to Repository Entry and Video Presentation About the Poster

Direct to Poster (2 pages; PDF)

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.