Gore Matienzo – Question 5
5What radical idea or change would you like archival institutions, archivists and librarians, and/or users of archives to adopt?
Director of Content – Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)
Mark A. Matienzo
Director of Technology – Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)
¶ 1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 Radical sharing: embracing the ideas that we are cultural stewards of the materials in our archives and libraries, and that our main role is to share that material with all who are interested. We are not in the business of gatekeeping. We are in the business of radical sharing. I am not calling on people to violate copyright, but I do think we need to push the envelope of risk in our organizations. Often, archivists and librarians could make a lot more of our material available online than we do, but because of the conservative risk profiles of our institutions, we often do not. I am calling for us to always think about reuse when we put material online: How might what we put up be reused by others?
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 As I indicated in an answer to the first question, I believe that all archives have the possibility to be radical, and that all archives should endeavor to be so. I urge those who use and manage archives to invest in careful reflection on how to make their archives radical, and how to communicate and explain this radicality to others. In addition, I want to propose that they also consider whether identifying as a radical archive is useful, and how they will respond to the process of negotiating a radical identity. Will you be open and work with others who seek to understand and perhaps reinterpret the radical possibilities of your collections, labor, or institutions?