Alumnus Joshua D. Hager Receives Theodore Calvin Pease Award

April 17, 2014

Josh HagenJoshua D. Hager, (MSIS ’13) recent graduate of  the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), and correspondence assistant at the State Archives of North Carolina, is the recipient of the Theodore Calvin Pease Award given by the Society of American Archivists (SAA). The award will be presented during a ceremony during the Council of State Archivists and SAA Joint Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. in August 10 – 16, 2014.

The award recognizes superior writing achievements by students of archival studies. Dr. Helen R. Tibbo, alumni distinguished professor at the School of Information and Library Science, nominated Hager’s paper “To Like or Not to Like: Understanding and Maximizing the Utility of Archival Outreach on Facebook.” Hager, who is currently employed as the correspondence assistant at the State Archives of North Carolina, conducted a thorough study involving qualitative interviews with twenty-three respondents and carefully coded and analyzed the data to create a clear text that presents a view of how archivists are using social media to engage users. Tibbo noted that the paper “focuses on a topic that is highly relevant to archives today” and is an “innovative study that elucidates best practice.”

"To Like or Not to Like: Understanding and Maximizing the Utility of Archival Outreach on Facebook" is a study that seeks to fill in a gap in the analysis of archival outreach behavior on social media, specifically focusing on Facebook. Based on interviews with 23 archivists across the United States who currently maintain Facebook Pages as well as analytical data, most of the included institutions have had success using Facebook as an outreach tool. They used Facebook in order to conform to expectations, raise the public profile of their institution and share collections.

The paper will be published in The American Archivist Volume 77, Number 2 (Fall/Winter 2014).
Established in 1987, the award is named for the first editor of The American Archivist. The Pease Award includes a certificate and a $100 cash prize. 

Hager joins a number of SILS students who have received the Pease award. They include:

  • 1997: Karen Collins, "Providing Subject Access to Images: A Study of User Queries"
  • 1999: Kathleen Feeney, "Retrieval of Archival Finding Aids Using World Wide Web Search Engines"
  • 2000: Kristin E. Martin, "Analysis of Remote Reference Correspondence at a Large Academic Manuscripts Collection"
  • 2001: James M. Roth, "Serving Up EAD: An Exploratory Study on the Deployment and Utilization of Encoded Archival Description Finding Aids"
  • 2005: Ian Craig Breaden, “Sound Practices: Online Audio Exhibits and the Culture Heritage Archive”
  • 2008: Mary Samouelian, “Embracing Web 2.0: Archives and the Newest Generation of Web Applications”
  • 2012: Pam Mayer, "Like a Box of Chocolates: A Case Study of User-Contributed Content at Footnote
  • 2013: Alex H. Poole, “The Strange Career of Jim Crow Archives”