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what’s missing from fashion archives? women of color

One of my favorite blogs out there right now is Of Another Fashion, brought to you by the bloggers of Threadbared.  Of Another Fashion posts vintage and archival photos of stylish women of color in the United States, creating a digital archive that provides a perspective largely missing from mainstream fashion archives and exhibits.  The photos posted are from archives, other online sources, and public submissions.

This blog is particularly inspirational to me for a few reasons.  Foremost, the blog’s purpose is to highlight and share photographs that have a rich yet overlooked history.  Most of the photos’ subjects aren’t of models, but your everyday average woman.  Another key element of the blog is that it actively seeks contributions from the public — not only to post but with the larger goal of creating an actual exhibit.  Many of the photos shared are from family albums, which I think adds a richer narrative to the fashion record.  In the creators’ own words:

In providing a glimpse of women of color’s material cultural histories — a glimpse that no doubt only begins to redress the curatorial and critical absence of minoritized fashion histories — this archive and the forthcoming exhibition commemorates lives and experiences too often considered not important enough to save or to study.

This idea links directly to Rand Jimerson’s point about the power of archives and archivists (which I’ve written about previously).  In determining which histories, experiences, and narratives are preserved in archival institutions (and the context given of those materials), we greatly influence the cultural record and memory.  Archivists have a responsibility to ensure diversity in the archival record, and Of Another Fashion is a great example to look towards.

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2011 in archives, diversity, links, photographs

 

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MARAC Spring 2011: Archival Ethics and the Call of Justice
I missed out on Rand Jimerson’s plenary speech, so I was happy to find this summary from L’Archivista.

I Love the ’90s: Books Edition
The 1990s have cycled back “in” — but will the books?

2011 ALA Conference
The scheduler is up!  I still have no idea what sessions I plan on attending…

Homer Scissorhands
Several of the Smithsonian museums make a cameo in this Simpsons intro.

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2011 in conferences, links

 

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Faculty No Longer
Should academic librarians be considered faculty or staff?  This debate will probably continue on well into the future.

Are you smarter than a curator?
Take a short quiz to see if you know more than a curator from the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries.  For every correct question, 10 cents will be donated to the museum.

Ignite Smithsonian
If you missed out on the livestream of Ignite Smithsonian, here are links to all the presentations.

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2011 in links

 

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resources for creating a conference poster

CC image courtesy of Jared Wong on Flickr

On May 6, I’ll be presenting a graduate poster at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) Spring 2011 Conference in Alexandria, VA. It will be my first poster presentation (!), and I wanted to share some links that have helped me through the design process. Please feel free to comment with any suggestions! After the conference, I’ll be sure to share my final poster design as well as any lessons learned.

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2011 in conferences, library school, links

 

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Why the “Research Paper” Isn’t Working
I completely agree with this blog post on Inside Higher Ed.  There are other (better) ways to teach students how to find reliable information, synthesize it, and demonstrate their analysis.

The Library Card as a Pop Culture Fiend’s Ticket to Geek Paradise
A great post on one person’s rediscovery of the public library.

We shouldn’t just be concerned about information overload — technology overload is also a problem.
 
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Posted by on April 15, 2011 in links