Experts to Discuss Social Media in Government at Day-Long Seminar

January 21, 2011 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Pleasants Room, Wilson Library

The School of Information and Library Science (SILS) and School of Government (SOG) at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) will hold a day-long seminar called “Curation of Social Media as a Public Asset” on January 21, 2011 from 9:00-4:30 in the Pleasants Family Room of Wilson Library on the UNC-CH campus. Continental breakfast will be served from 8 am until 9 am in the seminar room and a boxed lunch will be included as well. The seminar will include talks by esteemed professionals in public records management as well as an interactive session related to strategies for engaging in the curation of social media as a public asset.

Speakers will contribute insights based on extensive experience in a variety of professional contexts. They include:
• Martha Anderson, Director of Program Management, National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP), Library of Congress
• Ken Thibodeau, Director of the Center for Advanced Systems and Technologies, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

• LeeAnn Potter, Director of Education and Volunteer Programs, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

• Arian D. Ravanbaksh, Electronic Records Policy Analyst, Office of Modern Records Programs, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
• Kelly Eubank, Electronic Records Archivist, Department of Cultural Resources, North Carolina State Archives
• William Polk, Deputy General Counsel, Office of the Governor, State of North Carolina
• Anne Klinefelter, Associate Professor and Director of the Law Library, School of Law, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
• Christopher (Cal) Lee, Assistant Professor, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
•  Javier Velasco-Martin, Doctoral Student and expert on Self-Disclosure Over Social Media, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Topics for the day will include The Library of Congress’ Twitter Acquisition, NARA’s and the State of North Carolina’s social media policies, legal issues related to curating social media as a public asset, and topics surrounding self-disclosure and strategic policy for public records social media. A session will occur to allow seminar registrants to discuss their questions, concerns, and ideas regarding the curation of social media as a public asset with the speakers.

Archivists, records managers, librarians and other information professionals are often directly charged with ensuring that public information is accessible and meaningful over time. More and more frequently, however, they do so in environments in which public and private information are mutually entangled in the bounds of distributed, online social networks. Public officials and public servants also must increasingly make and enact decisions related to sharing public information via these networked forums; they must be able to develop strategies and policies that ensure that public records are properly maintained while simultaneously managing the risks associated with the intermingling of public and private information that often occurs on social networks. To do this, these information professionals must be equipped to engage in curatorial policy and processes and to understand the history, principles, processes and methods of public administration and archives and records management alike.

The seminar is part of Educating Stewards of Public Information in the 21st Century (ESOPI-21), which is a three-year collaboration between SILS and the SOG at UNC-CH, sponsored by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). ESOPI-21 is based on the belief that the stewardship of public information is a fundamental responsibility of a democratic society. Public information (e.g. agency records, government publications, datasets) serves as evidence of governmental activities, decisions, and responsibilities at the local, county, state, and federal levels. Providing appropriate access to public information promotes accountability, rights of citizens, effective administration of policy, and social memory.

ESOPI-21 is developing educational and professional engagement opportunities to prepare for the stewardship of public information and the integration of policy with information technology solutions and workflows. It is funding graduate-level Fellows, who pursuing dual degrees at SILS and the SOG, and providing internships for the Fellows at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, Archives and Records Section (NC-ARS), UNC-CH’s University Archives, and UNC-CH’s Environmental Finance Center. The project builds on the work and accomplishments of the DigCCurr I & II (Digital Curation Curriculum) projects, which were also funded by the IMLS. ESOPI-21 is also benefiting from the extensive knowledge of experts who compose its Advisory Board.