Free School - Workshop 5: How to Navigate Archives with Missing Info
PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED.
Co-Presented by: Ken Moffatt, Jack Layton Chair, Melanie Panitch, Executive Director, Office of Social Innovation, & Curtis Sassur, Archivist, Ryerson University Library.
Workshop 5: How to Navigate Archives with Missing and/or Incorrect Information
Description: Descriptive metadata is commonly defined as “data about data.” There are different types of metadata, such as administrative metadata that may include such things as the date and source of acquisition. For people using archives, descriptive metadata is what often matters to us most. This includes information about the content and form of the materials. In this talk, Dr. Cheryl Thompson will provide advice on how to navigate archives when descriptive metadata is either missing, incomplete or incorrect. With the aim to provide attendees with tools for navigating around these challenges and for rethinking keyword searches when engaging in archival work on historically marginalized groups such as racial and ethnic minorities, women, LGBTQ, and Indigenous communities.
About the Presenter: Cheryl Thompson is an Assistant Professor in the School of Creative Industries. She is the author of Beauty in a Box: Detangling the Roots of Canada's Black Beauty Culture. Her SSHRC-Insight Development Grant research, “Newspapers, Minstrelsy and Black Performance at the Theatre: Mapping the Spaces of Nation-Building in Toronto,1870s to 1930s,” explores histories of performance in Canada through examinations of visual archives. The knowledge from this project will be mobilized into a resource website that will catalogue photographs, playbills, and newspapers editorials, creating tangible cultural outcomes for increasing access to performance repertoire (e.g., plays, actors, venues).
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