This page is a continuing work in progress and will serve as a growing list of resources to consult, including readings, case studies, workflows, position statements, and organizational policies on the topic of providing responsible access to digital collections.

Have you come across any great resources you’d like to share? Please feel free to share them with us--we'd appreciate adding suggested readings to this list!

Ethics and Access Statements

Resources for Archivists, Catalogers, and Librarians

Anti-Racist Resources

Protocols for Native American Archives Resources

Ethical Documentation and Access Resources

Inclusive and Reparative Description Resources

Case Studies, Reports, and Webinars

On Anti-Racist Practices

On Protocols for Native American Archives

On Ethical Documentation and Access

On Inclusive and Reparative Description

Organized Community Efforts and Further Resources:

  • Archives For Black Lives in Philadelphia (A4BLiP) is a loose association of archivists, librarians, and allied professionals in the area responding to the issues raised by the Black Lives Matter movement. This group maintains a running list of resources.
  • The Blackivists is a collective of trained Black archivists who prioritize Black cultural heritage preservation and memory work. They provide professional expertise on cultural heritage archiving and preservation practices to document historically underdocumented communities. Their vision: By helping individuals and organizations inventory, document, and preserve all aspects of humanity, we aim to empower people to use the past to speculate on or create through direct action radical, liberatory and inclusive futures for us all.
  • Digital Library Federation (DLF) Cultural Assessment Working Group is comprised of volunteers from government, library, archives and museum institutions, who work to raise awareness of cultural bias, and strive for diversity, equity and inclusivity in digital collection practice to create more inclusive cultures and to mitigate collection bias. This group maintains a running of readings and resources.
  • Documenting the Now responds to the public's use of social media for chronicling historically significant events as well as demand from scholars, students, and archivists, among others, seeking a user-friendly means of collecting and preserving this type of digital content. Documenting the Now has a strong commitment to prioritizing ethical practices when working with social media content, especially in terms of collection and long-term preservation. This team is building a variety of tools to help archivists, activists and researchers work with social media data.
  • Local Contexts is an initiative to support Native, First Nations, Aboriginal, Inuit, Metis and Indigenous communities in the management of their intellectual property and cultural heritage specifically within the digital environment. A range of educational resources are available, including the Traditional Knowledge (TK) Labels, protocols, ethical guidelines and memorandums of understanding.
  • Native Land Digital is a Canadian not-for-profit organization. Native Land Digital is Indigenous-led, with an Indigenous Executive Director and Board of Directors who oversee and direct the organization.
  • Project STAND (Student Activism Now Documented) was established to initially bring together academic institutions across the state of Ohio and discuss ways to share information about the collections and materials related to student activism on their campuses, with a primary focus on marginalized student identities (African American, LGBTQ, Chicano/a, differently abled, Asian Americans, indigenous populations etc.)
  • WITNESS trains and equips activists and citizens around the world to use video in their fight for human rights. WITNESS develops guides and toolkits appropriate for both individuals and organizations that are new to video, as well as experienced video advocacy activists who want to improve their existing skills. Visit the WITNESS Library to download free resources for video activists, trainers and their allies.

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