#critlib 2017-10-23: radical empathy in archival practice

October 23 2017 #critlib chat on Radical Empathy in Archival Practice, informed by the article "From Human Rights to Feminist Ethics: Radical Empathy in the Archives" by Michelle Caswell and Marika Cifor. Moderated by @DinahHandel and @kellywooten. See also https://radical-empathy.tumblr.com/.

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  2. Announcements

  3. Did you know that preparing to host a #critlib chat starts by collaborating with a bunch of smart women & culminates in glitter gifs? pic.twitter.com/sP45QEFawz
  4. @fromADMwithlove It could be interesting to tune into #critlib next Monday, it looks like it will be a good one, and relevant?  http://critlib.org/radical-empathy-in-archival-practice/ 
  5. recovering from spinal surgery; send me healing energy / vibes / & such & i'll see you for the #critlib chat next week xoxo
  6. Tomorrow @ 2 PM EST is radical empathy in archival practice #critlib  http://critlib.org/radical-empathy-in-archival-practice/  Being an archivist not req. for participation!
  7. We’ll be starting our Radical Empathy in Archives #critlib chat soon! 11am PST/ 12pm MST / 1pm CST / 2pm EST  http://critlib.org/radical-empathy-in-archival-practice/ 
  8. Ready for a tea and twitter break this afternoon? Tune in for this chat on Radical Empathy in Archives #critlib  https://twitter.com/DinahHandel/status/922507104203759618 
  9. We’ll be starting our Radical Empathy in Archives #critlib chat soon! 11am PST/ 12pm MST / 1pm CST / 2pm EST  http://critlib.org/radical-empathy-in-archival-practice/ 
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  11. If you can't join the #critlib chat but want to learn more, check out the article that inspired us- lots to offer beyond archives.  https://twitter.com/violetbfox/status/921105299427258369 
  12. Introductions

  13. A reminder to all chatters to answer questions using A and the question number you are answering, ex. A1 for an answer to Q1 #critlib
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  15. Let’s start with a round of introductions! I’m Dinah, I work at the new york public library, and I’m a member of xfr collective. #critlib
  16. @DinahHandel I'm Kelly. I work at @binghamctr with women's & lgbtq history collections at Duke University's @rubensteinlib #critlib
  17. Hey #critlib, I'm Nora Academic librarian from NYC + Interference Archive volunteer.
  18. Hiya, I'm Katy, Coordinator of Technical Services for the Special Collections Research Center at Temple U in Philly. #critlib
  19. hi #critlib I'm Laura, #DH librarian and mostly lurking today while I finish some writing
  20. Hi 🙋‍♂️ I’m Max, academic librarian in Virginia #critlib
  21. Hi #critlib! I'm Liz, a STEM librarian (& former a special collections/ archives worker). Lurking before I teach a class this afternoon. :)
  22. hi #critlib i'm amanda, archivist in seattle and have been looking forward to this chat for weeeeeeeeeks pic.twitter.com/ak99KbVnxS
  23. Hi #critlib, I'm Violet, cataloger-type person at an academic library in the middle of Minnesota.
  24. hi #critlib! i'm rosemary--an accessioning archivist @BeineckeLibrary. i'll be chiming in as a can whilst going from meeting to meeting.
  25. hi #critlib, i'm karina, a queer femme #zinester, #mlis student & library worker in digital systems & stewardship outside of dc.
  26. Jumping into the #critlib discussion of radical empathy in archives when I can..... I'm Erin and I'm a university archivist.
  27. Hi #critlib ! Late & lunching & lurking b/c not an archivist, I’m Maura, college lib director in NYC, glad to be here.
  28. Hi #critlib! Just joining after a meeting; I'm MLIS Program Manager at @UCLAiS, but participating as a person today.
  29. I'm lurking today's #critlib bc I feel like my brain's gonna fall out but y'all are ✊
  30. just lurking on the #critlib chat today --I'm a community college librarian in Seattle, WA.
  31. #critlib joining late--MLIS Candidate at the University of Denver, activist archivist
  32. Q1. Reflect on the 4 relationships discussed in the article (between archivists and records creators, records subjects, users & larger communities) and share your experience with any that resonated with you.

  33. Q1: Reflect on the 4 relationships discussed in the article and share your experience with any that resonated with you. #critlib
  34. Q1 As a reminder, those relationships are b/t the archivist and records creators, records subjects, users, & larger communities. #critlib
  35. A1 all 4 relationships resonated w/ me but I was especially struck by the 5th affective responsibility proposed by the #saa17 panel #critlib
  36. @infomartian You are right on target-- I ran out of characters to add that one! #critlib A1
  37. @infomartian Can you say more about the possibilities of envisioning a radical empathy among our colleagues? #critlib A1
  38. @kellywooten esp following greg eow's plenary speech, a lot of us were considering the idea of vulnerability in professional spaces. #critlib A1
  39. @kellywooten that's a huge part of it for me. being open to & supportive of vulnerability in others & feeling empowered to be vulnerable myself #critlib
  40. @kellywooten for example, having an instinctive negative reaction to poor spelling/grammar #critlib A1
  41. @kellywooten or in reference interactions. researcher gatekeeping is gross. a1 #critlib
  42. A1: Thinking about relationship between record subjects/creator & archivist. How do we care for subjects/creators in description? #critlib
  43. A1 Thinking specifically about queer materials & reading creators with terminology we use now as opposed to how they self describe. #critlib
  44. A1: Tension between wanting to locate queer people in history but also don't want to impose identity onto someone's experience. #critlib
  45. A1 thinking about archivist/creator, im struggling with how we acknowledge how they would feel without imposing ourselves? #critlib
  46. Think (creators, subjects, broader communities) often intersect. When they don't...whose perspective gets lost or marginalized? #critlib
  47. A1: I've been thinking about how to connect communities w/the records of their history: + how does a tech services archivist help? #critlib
  48. A1: + also thinking as part of work for #A4BLiP about archivists/subjects; how do we describe people without causing harm? #critlib
  49. @lemurchild I want to imagine a world where tech services folks are also involved in donor relationships and community building. #critlib A1
  50. @lemurchild Maybe include community of subjects in archival description process. #critlib
  51. I've been thinking about @anarchivist's comment about maintaining boundaries in these relationships. #critlib A1
  52. @kellywooten @anarchivist Oh yes. How do we bring our whole selves to our work and to our collegial relationships, yet maintain boundaries? #critlib
  53. A1. In lib cataloging, told to assign subj headings by considering the intent of the author, which privileges that relationship. #critlib https://t.co/pqxlH3fUdH
    A1. In lib cataloging, told to assign subj headings by considering the intent of the author, which privileges that relationship. #critlib pic.twitter.com/pqxlH3fUdH
  54. A1 (cont.) Thinking about what it means to be "user-centered"; grateful to article for recognizing responsibility beyond "users". #critlib
  55. A1: Accessioning = really key element in establishing relationships between creators/donors & future access/discoverability #critlib
  56. A1:new to librarianship/archiving most identify with relationship with larger community.As consumer of archives never thought of it #critlib
  57. A1: Also, the relationship between users & archivists, around access can be in conflict with wanting to care for subjects/creators. #critlib
  58. A1: Some creators/subjects may not want their records made public, but their history might be instructive or beneficial for others. #critlib
  59. #critlib A1 Saw a really great talk by @justbilley abt. changing LCSH for queer people
  60. A1: Baseline description & initial catalog record/subject heading assignment is often only evidence of collex existence #critlib
  61. A1: vital to transmit as much context from donor as possible so it's not lost through iterative descrpt. retain voices of creators. #critlib
  62. A1: I've been thinking a lot about radical empathy in an institutional archives. Where do we non-collecting archivists fit into this discussion? #critlib
  63. @barkivist Oh, interesting! Maybe consideration to who is affected by the institution without necessarily being a part of the institution? #critlib
  64. @violetbfox Yes! This is where I keep going with this. Whose stories are missing in the retention schedule and what can I do about it? It's a challenge bc, for many institutional archivists, they don't have the ability to do much collecting beyond the retention schedule.... #critlib
  65. @barkivist @violetbfox A2 It is hard, because RM is heirarchical. Collecting student groups helps, and Alumna/e who aren't powerful #critlib
  66. @gmecagni @violetbfox Also, in most university settings, admin folks are doing their own in-office records management, so we even see gaps from the powerful folks we're tasked with documenting! #critlib
  67. @barkivist I feel like there is a TON of emotional labor and relationship work in institutional archives! #critlib A1
  68. A1: Usually this=outreach and collab for me. Keep coming back to our #resist exhibit pairing student-created contemp photos + uni #critlib  https://twitter.com/barkivist/status/922527822417100800 
  69. @kcrowe Me too, but I also recognize that outreach/collab is really limited due to what I get via retention sched. What I have/get doesn't really reflect the university as a whole. Stories are hidden (or erased). #critlib
  70. @barkivist @violetbfox Like you almost need an external retention schedule for outside (but affected/affecting) people/groups. YES. #critlib
  71. @barkivist @kcrowe Even with those limitations, just intentionally framing the collection as incomplete is helpful. Making missing pieces visible. #critlib
  72. @barkivist The student newspaper gets heavy rotation in instruction as a result - it's one of the few places student voice shows up reliably. #critlib
  73. @kcrowe Over the past two years we've had funding for oral histories as part of our 125th, and we're purposefully interviewing current students (inc group leaders, international students, etc). + #critlib
  74. @kcrowe + We don't have sustained funding for oral history right now. Which stinks because it's the best way I've found to fill gaps and let people tell their own story. #critlib
  75. @barkivist Even if you aren't collecting, the org of records and their access points can be created w/ empathy 4 who the records represent #critlib
  76. A1: I've worked w/police to find out about how they create and manage records, which required openness of a major kind from me. #critlib
  77. Q2. How can we remain emotionally open and vulnerable yet remain grounded? Can we be both affective and effective archivist?

  78. Q2: How can we remain emotionally open and vulnerable yet stay grounded? Can we be both affective and effective archivists? #critlib
  79. A2: Sometimes I'm like, forget being effective, the affective nature of our work is so much more valuable and important! #critlib
  80. but given that we are not exempt from capitalism and assigning material value to our labor, this is really difficult! #critlib
  81. A2 I think we already started reflecting on this question in the conversations about Q1/A1. Bringing whole self vs preserving self #critlib
  82. @DinahHandel this ties in exactly to what you were saying for A1 about balancing user needs and creator/subject needs #critlib
  83. Q2: the definition of effective can vary! good stewardship doesn't always fit w/ effectiveness & productivity under capitalism. #critlib
  84. @DinahHandel I think affective work can lead to effective work. they're not mutually exclusive concepts #critlib
  85. A1 the affective work is slower so can feel less effective (in short term data driven capitalism) but ultimately gets more done imo #critlib
  86. A2: One of the things I value about working in xfr collective is the slowness of our work. #critlib
  87. A2: think the challenge is often to get outside of your own insider perspective. Just thinking of stewardship AS care is important #critlib
  88. A2 As a collector of women's/lgtbtq/feminist history, I can't be effective without considering affect/relationships. #critlib
  89. *but* that has made it hard to differentiate between personal/professional life in social media and friendships #critlib A2
  90. a2 i think this is where listening vs the urge to speak/relate/etc is important. #critlib
  91. A2 It is hard to be emotionally open when you don't have good relationships with your colleagues/ have a toxic working environment. #critlib
  92. @DinahHandel toxic environment can also be from *lack* of emotional boundaries a2 #critlib
  93. I also think the effectiveness of affective work is determined in part by working environment & if you have a supportive team A2 #critlib
  94. A2: incredibly hard to maintain emotional balance when dealing directly w/donors, working w/collex that have difficult materials #critlib
  95. A2: I've never been a manager but if I ever am, I hope to make space for vulnerability in my workplace and with colleagues. #critlib
  96. @lizahar I'm not entirely sure, but I felt like @BarnardArchives made a lot of space for vulnerability when I was a grad fellow! #critlib
  97. (not to harp on the 5th affective responsibility...) A2 #critlib
  98. A2: I think it's important to realize that how open you can be can change, and to be flexible and forgiving of yourself and others. #critlib
  99. #critlib A2 I'm in the same boat as @kellywooten -- almost no differential between life and work at the momen
  100. A2: I have a lot of privilege in being able to share my political and emotional views with superior, others don't have this. #critlib
  101. A1: We have sev archival collx where multi living srcs hv id'd creators as queer but subjs didn't in life, so it's not in collx rec #critlib  https://twitter.com/DinahHandel/status/922525468733173761 
  102. sorry #critlib i'm recovering from spinal surgery & my pain is at a 10+ LOL so i'll just be listening/liking/rt'ing today xoxo
  103. A2: meeting people & seeing evidence of lives lived can instill a sense of responsibility that's doesn't equate to efficient work #critlib
  104. Jumping in: Cathleen, curator of a women's special collection. As worker and as a supervisor, I always think "we're human first." #critlib
  105. A2: another challenge is navigating interactions where empathy & respect aren't reciprocated #critlib
  106. A2: I hope so. My main concern is I don't forget that my work is thru inst lens, and how that makes me complicit in oppression. #critlib  https://twitter.com/DinahHandel/status/922526788575571968 
  107. @kcrowe #critlib I think RADICAL empathy starts w/being transparent about pwr relations. If you can't/won't share pwr it's sympathy not empathy
  108. Joining late! I think a lot of this has to do with outreach and empathizing with donors w/out removing ourselves from our duties #critlib  https://twitter.com/dinahhandel/status/922526788575571968 
  109. A2 building communities of mutual support so crucial to staying grounded-thru workplaces, prof orgs, other groups of memory workers #critlib
  110. @lizahar yes!!! I am eternally grateful to my community of information workers for keeping me grounded and on-point. #critlib
  111. #critlib A2:when performing outreach, particularly w/ activist archiving, vulnerability 4 me is stepping back&not dominating the convo 1/2
  112. #critlib A2:its hard to leave behind authority but empathy that comes w/ recognizing standpoint is crucial 4 accuracy and community use 2/2
  113. A2: I recently learned the tech/UX term "thanatosensitivity," in which death/dying is openly a part of design. Archives need this! #critlib
  114. @snowdenbecker woah, awesome! I wonder if there are any resources on this that we can share... #critlib
  115. @DinahHandel This paper introduced concept:  http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1520349 . DM me if you want a PDF & I'll leverage my access privilege for you! ;-) #critlib
  116. #critlib A2: vulnerability also means being ok w/ being wrong and told so. It's adjusting to a role of facilitation through not knowing.
  117. Q3. When do the tenets of our profession complicate or uplift our capacity to be radically empathetic?

  118. Q3: When do the tenets of our profession complicate or uplift our capacity to be radically empathetic? #critlib
  119. Have to jump out to teach. Will catch up with this thread tomorrow. #critlib
  120. ...but have to withhold open judgment while maintaining relationships with record creators who have answers I need to make change. #critlib
  121. A3: Really curious about the discussion around MPLP that happened at #ddhr on Friday. Can anyone who was there summarize? #critlib
  122. A3 I sometimes catch myself being less empathetic than I could be for the very reason that I'm "supposed to be" a "professional" #critlib
  123. kind of in between/around answers but: I'm thinking about how backlogs might hinder relationship-building in spec coll & archives #critlib
  124. also staff turnover--like, how can these relationships be sustained when work moves slowly or people w/institutional memory leave? #critlib
  125. @lizsetto ooh yes, interesting. levels of processing to make colls. look "good" for donors vs which colls. get left behind + #critlib
  126. @lizsetto + prioritization & what values/bias are reflected there, how that affects relationships w donors & potential donors #critlib
  127. Q3 This isn't necessarily a tenet but there is tension between conservation/security and open access to collections by the public #critlib
  128. A3: When we allow "neutrality" to pretend to erase our biases. We must acknowledge the perspectives we bring. #critlib
  129. and my own internalized notions of what that means. something I'm working on A3 #critlib
  130. A3: I'm wondering what we lose when we use MPLP? Another tension of prioritizing access over richer description/organization? #critlib
  131. @DinahHandel A3. (As a not-archivist:) MPLP shifts work burden from archivists to user. Up to users to research context & do extra searching. #critlib
  132. @DinahHandel Shifting burden can be okay if you're upfront about it--do archivists publicly note when MPLP has been used? #critlib
  133. @violetbfox Good question! An institution might have that documented, but unlikely to be known outside the "field"... #critlib
  134. A3: when those in positions of power demand our empathy (often at the expense of marginalized folx) #critlib
  135. thinking on Q3 wrt recent discussion abt volunteer labor in archives. how do we advocate for our professional expertise while... #critlib
  136. A3: statistics, $$$, deadlines, presenting veneer of "neutrality" --> these things can hamper meaningful empathetic interactions #critlib
  137. A3 being in school, there's lots of focus on access, but radical empathy = knowing when complete/open access isn't the right call #critlib
  138. OK I have to go teach now--can't wait to catch up on this convo later. :) #critlib
  139. A3: Also thinking about how we place high monetary value on objects, which requires security measures & hinders access by users. #critlib
  140. Obviously materials are valuable, but having increased security presence, required ID, etc. can make archives unappealing to visit. #critlib
  141. @DinahHandel I was comparing the requirement to show photo IDs to unfair voter ID laws-- who are we keeping out? #critlib
  142. A3: How do we use our powers of description to bring records creators voices to the center? How can we promote materials broadly? #critlib
  143. A3 Problematic unempathetic habits of our field: 1. Unpaid internships #critlib
  144. [It is hard not to say YES! and heart all the comments on this #critlib while moderating]
  145. A3: The labor of archives is frequently rendered invisible and that can create the columbusing delusion by some users #critlib
  146. "columbusing delusion" = when researchers "discover" something in a "dusty archive" that we always knew was there? love it #critlib  https://twitter.com/TheGnarrator/status/922531412984647680 
  147. A3: 2/ Barriers to access--- IDs, collections behind paywalls a.la. @DinahHandel #critlib
  148. A3: Recently I've been pondering the emphasis of records creators/collectors as the primary name being lifted up. #critlib
  149. ...who gets to be a collection creator/collector? Who has that privilege? #critlib A3
  150. A3: I wrote about archiving sex workers’ lives last year, in which I contradict the ACA’s code of ethics  http://microformed.net/deciding-when-to-put-yourself-out-there/  #critlib
  151. A3: I try to speak to every donor as if I'm talking to myself, asking about donation of my family papers. 1/2 #critlib  https://twitter.com/kellywooten/status/922529305032146953 
  152. Also, you are often in convo w folks facing mortality, in pain, which can affect ability to have "reasonable" conversations. 2/2 #critlib
  153. A3: It think a lot of it comes down to interpretation and practice of the tenets, and the environment we archive in 1/2 #critlib
  154. A3: But the domination we grant/the profession grants us complicates the relationship w/ record creators/donors + w/ materials 2/2 #critlib
  155. Q4. How do we create a radically empathetic 5th relationship between archivists? What might that look like?

  156. Q4: How do we create a radically empathetic 5th relationship between archivists? What might that look like? #critlib
  157. A4 Radical empathy for our colleagues looks like: information/resource sharing, reallocating resources to retain diverse staff #critlib
  158. A4: Make salaries publicly available. For all levels of staff. Also always, always include salary range in job postings. #critlib
  159. A4: if anyone is interested in organizing nyc-based radical empathy in archival practice meet up group lmk! #critlib
  160. @lizahar i would also love something like a radical empathy/archives slack--somewhere where conversations can grow & develop across distance #critlib
  161. @widelight @lizahar This sounds like a great idea! We also have the radical empathy tumblr to promote folk's work/ideas:  https://radical-empathy.tumblr.com/  #critlib
  162. A4: We've already touched on this a bit, but recognizing the humanity and wholeness of the people you work with is necessary. #critlib
  163. #critlib A4. Understanding/acknowledging the root of problems: discussion re: paying folks is valid but at essence about power/priorities.
  164. A4: Assuming honorable intent is really hard when you see harm happening, but it can frame critical confrontations more effectively #critlib
  165. @snowdenbecker Exactly! Mostly I'm trying to keep in mind that process of transferring such personal content is deeply emotional & factor it in! #critlib
  166. A4 support students & new professionals. reach out, offer guidance. pay your interns. mentor. reach behind you on the ladder. #critlib
  167. A4: I think if you have power somehow, as hiring manager or supervisor, you could work to redistribute that power among colleagues. #critlib
  168. A4 Acknowledge work that goes beyond the shiny and new. Acknowledge the emotional labor that goes into sustaining/maintaining (in addition to creating). #critlib
  169. A4: it looks like open communication between departments, assuming good intentions, addressing misunderstandings calmly #critlib
  170. A4: Making space for the voices of those you work side-by-side with every day, seeing them as human, helping them see you as human #critlib
  171. A4: Don't expect others to be perfect. They will have plenty of weaknesses + they're not going to change. Just like you. And me. 😄 #critlib
  172. What does that actually look like? More shared decision making? Equal prof dev resources? Taking time to be present w/ one another? #critlib
  173. @DinahHandel I wonder if we could have sliding scale professional development funding-- more $ for those who earn less #critlib
  174. A4 listen to colleagues in allied fields (for me that means listening to all of you) & bring it back to your professional community #critlib
  175. A4 Also, acknowledge that working at certain institutions brings a great amount of privilege - in terms of what the archives can do and what you as the archivist can do. #critlib
  176. @barkivist #critlib agreed on acknowledging privilege part, especially because u connect this to naming limits on your actions&what pwr can be shared
  177. A4 I think about how to not abuse the power I have as a supervisor. I advocate for everyone's needs, treat all as people w/ideas. #critlib
  178. A4. Clarity about what we lose when we depend on volunteer work (essentially: clarity about our values) enables worthwhile disc. #critlib
  179. I'm always thinking about how working at a well-resourced place can benefit my colleagues across the state. #critlib  https://twitter.com/barkivist/status/922533312454946816 
  180. @kellywooten yes! One possibility is cost-sharing. If you have the resources, can you shoulder more of the cost of a collaborative project? #critlib
  181. Q5. How can we navigate conflicting responsibilities between affective relationships? Which relationships do we prioritize?

  182. Q5 How can we navigate conflicting responsibilities between affective relationships? Which relationships do we prioritize? #critlib
  183. @kellywooten For me, the prioritization changes over time, depending on whether or not the donor is still living A5 #critlib
  184. A5. Emphasize the relationships that haven't historically been considered. Privilege folks who haven't historically been in convo. #critlib
  185. Random #critlib related thought: I'm worried that newer (especially activist and underrepresented community) orgs don't get collected b/c 1/
  186. they don't fit into the notion of orgs that we are used to collecting. Dispersed, non-centralized, largely digital. #critlib 2/
  187. and yet SO important. How do we change our practice or come up with new practices to do this work? We need to change, not them. #critlib 3/3
  188. @lemurchild I think it's our responsibility to recognize their history as valuable and perform outreach to where they also recognize that #critlib
  189. @lemurchild This is definitely a challenge we experience-- the org's founded in the earlier 2000s still have a paper trail at at least. #critlib
  190. @lemurchild But even the older groups usually use shared 3rd party digital platforms that have their archives locked down #critlib
  191. @lemurchild PLUS they are the gmail generation and their professional/activist work is usually co-mingled with their personal emails. #critlib
  192. @kellywooten A5 I am a lot more careful about protecting living donors, and a lot more protective of access when the donor is deceased #critlib
  193. A5 is difficult. there's no one answer. we'll always be navigating this balance. we have to choose to be attentive to it every day #critlib
  194. A5: This shifts depending on context. I prioritize students and contingent labor/non-degreed staff diff dependent on diff sitch. #critlib  https://twitter.com/kellywooten/status/922533975096266752 
  195. (by "non-degreed" I don't mean "ppl without degrees" I mean ppl in jobs that don't req degrees and usually don't pay accordingly). #critlib
  196. A5 cont. There will always be folks looking out for the institution's welfare. Aim to be the people who look beyond that. #critlib
  197. #critlib for all of this I think about how we train&require empathy. Empathy&compassion are practiced&learned. Too often treated as natural
  198. And how much of that "natural" empathy gender-coded? (How is this the first gender comment? Or did I miss one?) #critlib  https://twitter.com/poeticdoxa/status/922535338043691014 
  199. @kellywooten #critlib PRECISELY THIS. Gendering compassion and emotional labor obscures that professionals can improve on this as a skill
  200. @kellywooten #critlib diagnosing the problem as empathy being gendered as femme&POC labor is crucial. At same time, solutions can hold evry1 accountable
  201. Realized when trying to describe my male boss, who is (imho) incredibly empathetic, most lang that came to me was feminized. #critlib  https://twitter.com/kellywooten/status/922535585159483397 
  202. #critlib Agreed-digitization can only do so much, and the process of ppl using materials can make them feel suspect/profiled  https://twitter.com/kellywooten/status/922529846286323717 
  203. A5 bottom line is we have to be active in our embrace of radical empathy. not passive or reactive. #critlib
  204. Really late to the conversation & not an archivist but so happy this convo is happening about empathy within the info. profession. #critlib
  205. A5: I have no idea how to prioritize. I think that looking at situations case by case and with nuance/care is the most we can do. #critlib
  206. A3/A5:Good questions to incorporate/examine in LIS education. Programs can be somewhat siloed #critlib
  207. A5 Here in Wabanaki land, working on nourishing relationships with Native ppl so that we can change what stories are heard. #critlib
  208. A5: prioritization is constantly in flux + endlessly complex. i try to lean towards whatever path leads toward access & recognition #critlib
  209. @widelight I think even recognizing that it is possible to have shifting priorities is a big step! There is never a 1-size-fits-all solution. #critlib
  210. Q5: maintaining radical empathy in each of the 5 relationships helps the others too -ime the conflicts are w institutions/funders! #critlib
  211. I just gave a talk abt nabe ass'n records. many now don't even have websites. just facebook groups. #critlib  https://twitter.com/lemurchild/status/922534926246957059 
  212. @violetbfox necessary question. my talk (& thinking) focuses on building relationships w/ these grps so they can tell their own history #critlib
  213. 100% I'm all for application of epistemic equilibrium in archives as both an ideal + as practicable. 1/2 #critlib  https://twitter.com/violetbfox/status/922534629546057728 
  214. 2/2 We need 2 hilite silences in records creation+collection-need to find what is missing and focus on it more than what is present #critlib
  215. #critlib Also empathy in archives means repositioning perspective 2 that of peripheral pops+recognizing geopolitical nature of knowledge1/2
  216. #critlib What we consider 'knowledge' is Euro-centric-need a pluriversal frame of what constitutes knowledge outside of the academy 2/2
  217. Conclusions
  218. What a great chat! Sincere thanks to all for participating! Can anyone volunteer to create a storify for this chat? #critlib
  219. Whew- this flew by! It's time to pitch your related topics, make an announcement, share a hug, whatever. #critlib
  220. thank you all so much for sharing. i'm really eager to read back through everyone's responses. #critlib
  221. #critlib My pitch is for folks to keep having these conversations! I'm always happy to chat! @lizahar slack is a great idea!
  222. @DinahHandel @Wikipedia entry is good too - touches on e-records planning, which is totally archives/archivists' area!  http://bit.ly/2z0UBCF  #critlib
  223. WHAT I just realized it was #critlib chat the minute it was over? Feeling so silly! See you next time.
  224. Great #critlib ! Thx @kellywooten and @DinahHandel for bringing this all about (and all the incredible work you do for the profession)
  225. I'm transitioning back to real life at the reading room desk, so if I missed a comment lmk. Thanks, y'all! Hearts to @DinahHandel #critlib