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Tuesday, December 12 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Facing Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation: The Research Library's Role and Georgetown University's Experience

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Georgetown University is undergoing an extensive review of its early connections to American slavery, confronting its past and investigating ways to use its resources to address contemporary issues stemming from slavery. As part of this review, Georgetown University Library spent the past year investigating how to help the University become a world leader in the study of slavery, memory, and reconciliation, ultimately convening a Steering Committee that completed its work in September 2017. The Library Steering Committee's report recommends as its highest priority digitizing the Maryland Province Archives, portions of which chronicle how, why and when the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus sold slaves in 1838. The Jesuits used proceeds from that sale to sustain operations at Georgetown College, the University's predecessor founded in 1789. In this briefing, we will discuss Georgetown's process and then foster a broader dialogue about ways research libraries can leverage their mission and expertise to facilitate the creation of digital collections while simultaneously opening engagement with social, cultural, and racial issues that affect our institutions.


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K. Matthew Dames

Associate University Librarian, Georgetown University Library
K. Matthew Dames is the Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources and Services for Georgetown University Library, where he leads 5 departments, 3 branch libraries, principal and special collections, and nearly 35 information professionals in the Library's largest division... Read More →
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Melissa Levine

Director, U-M Library Copyright Office, University of Michigan

Tuesday December 12, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm