January 24, 2022

Journal Article: “Citizen Web Archivists: Applying Web Archiving as a Pedagogical Tool”

The article linked below was recently published by the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship. Note: The full text of this article is behind the T&F paywall.


Citizen Web Archivists: Applying Web Archiving as a Pedagogical Tool


Kayla Harris
University of Dayton

Christina A. Beis
University of Dayton

Stephanie Shreffler
University of Dayton


Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship
Volume 33, 2021 – Issue 4
DOI: 10.1080/1941126X.2021.1988463


Librarians and archivists preserve information on the Internet through web archiving, but undergraduate students may not have considered that information on the Internet is not always permanent. The asynchronous program, Citizen Web Archiving: Preserving Websites for the Common Good, taught 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.

The results suggest further opportunities for involving undergraduate students with web archiving initiatives at institutions, and using web archiving as a pedagogical tool.

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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.