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Home Improvement: Building Archives Through Change
The keepers of memory have many homes. Whether your role is as an archivist, community organizer, records manager, researcher, storykeeper,
or data curator, we live in many layered places at once. There are the
institutional homes where we work as stewards and preservers, where we
teach and learn, and where we provide services and consult and collaborate with
our communities. We have professional homes embodied by associations,
academic programs, collaborative networks, and informal meetups. And
this year, much of our work is taking place in our physical homes at
kitchen tables, in home offices, and backyards.
Homes require maintenance if they are to last and continue to meet the needs of those who live in them. They need more than a welcome mat if they are to be truly open to new members. And the idea of home itself needs flexibility when home is not a safe or stable place for everyone. Since this year’s ACA conference will take place virtually from wherever your home may be in June 2021, we ask you to reflect on the improvements we must make to our many homes.
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