Collections, Programs and Services
Assistant Chief Librarian
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture , New York Public Library
With continued national dialogue around race and gender, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture as a part of the IMLS and Internet Archive grant, Community Webs: Empowering Public Libraries to Create Community History Web Archives, has started to collect and preserve web-based syllabi focused on race and social justice issues. The recent phenomena of the syllabi movement hashtagged on social media with crowdsourced Google Docs and blogged syllabi (e.g. #CharlestonSyllabus, #FergusonSyllabus, #KaepernickSyllabus, #TrumpSyllabus), represents an innovative way to create a more learned society regarding race and social justice. Web-based publishing of syllabi extends the traditional classroom and enables participation for those excluded from formal learning opportunities. As a public research library whose patrons include some that are not formally educated, our role in documenting the online syllabus movement is to expand our collection development activities, preserve syllabi produced in the midst of continued social resistance within our nation, document the pedagogical shift in Black Studies, and ensure that our physical collections are current with regard to the Black Studies titles included in the various syllabi. In this poster attendees will learn more about web archiving, the IMLS and Internet Archive's Community Webs Grant, and ways in which public libraries are working to web archive community history.