Bridging the Past and Present Online History, Democracy and Civic Engagement in Libraries and Archives
September 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT
This panel will examine historically-focused online civic engagement programming and voting rights initiatives within libraries and archives. It will explore the innovative ways in which these institutions promote civic literacy by facilitating access to and promoting dialogue around historical information. By bringing together historians and librarians it will seek to answer the following questions: How can libraries and archives serve as hubs for practicing democracy? How can we utilize our historical collections to promote civic literacy? Can our efforts to facilitate engagement with our historical collections promote democratic participation in our society? After presentations by our panels, there will be a brief discussion among participants about issues and topics raised.