SESSION 605 - Acquiring Organizational Records in a Social Media World: Documentation Strategies in the Facebook Era

Aug 27, 2011
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Event Location: Grand C/D South


Jay Gaidmore (Chair)
Director of Special Collections
The College of William and Mary

Jackie R. Esposito
University Archivist
The Pennsylvania State University
Facebook Me: Documenting Student Organizations Using Social Media

Timothy D. Pyatt
Wake Forest University
Not for the Uninitiated: Documenting Secret Societies

Janet C. Olson, CA
Assistant University Archivist
Northwestern University Library
140 Characters in Search of an Author, or All A-twitter in the NU Archives


Many organizations are using social media, such as Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter, in addition to traditional formats to communicate and document their activities. Archivists must find ways to capture this documentation in order to capture fully the history of any given organization, regardless of its type or affiliation. This session examines how several university archivists are capturing the records of student organizations, including identifying social media content and using social media to reach out to these organizations.


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