Participatory archives: Building on traditions of collaboration, openness, and accessibility at the American University in Cairo
Rare Books and Special Collections Library
The Rare Books and Special Collections Library of the American University in Cairo has a long tradition of embracing collaborative partnerships, openness, and accessibility to create collections using Archives 2.0 principles long before the term was coined. Using participatory and inclusive strategies, the library built collections of national importance, often preserving the historical record of traditionally underrepresented groups. The university and library leveraged these skills to tackle the monumental University on the Square: Documenting Egypt’s 21 st Century Revolution project in response to the 18 days of demonstrations largely centered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square that resulted in the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak. This paper explores the use of participatory models of acquisition to build modern, political archives according to Archives 2.0 principles long established in the Rare Books and Special Collections Library.
Bridging Worlds: Emerging Models and Practices of U.S. Academic Libraries Around the Globe
Raymond Pun, Scott Collard, Justin Parrott
Archives, Egypt, Digital libraries, History, Protests 2011, Libraries, Special collections, Electronic information resources, Revolutions, Arab countries, History, 21st century
(2016).Participatory archives: Building on traditions of collaboration, openness, and accessibility at the American University in Cairo. ACRL. , 91-103
Urgola, Stephen, et al.
Participatory archives: Building on traditions of collaboration, openness, and accessibility at the American University in Cairo. ACRL, 2016.pp. 91-103