Bias, Perception, and Archival Praxis

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An interview of Elvia Arroyo-Ramirez, Processing Archivist for Latin American Collections at Princeton University Library, on "how technologies used to work with digital collections can channel bias – bias that is not just a historical legacy but very much a product of the here and now". She outlines the work of digital archivists and discusses its impact.

From the interview: "Record creation, keeping, obstruction, or misrepresentation are all acts of identity and power. Who gets to be remembered and historicized by way of record creation? Who is forgotten or purposefully silenced in history by way of omission or destruction of records? How are records themselves (official records created for governmental purposes in particular) used to communicate misguided notions of holistic representation, truthfulness, neutrality, and objectivity? These are all questions that initially drew me to and continue to keep me in the profession."

Source: Thomas Padilla, "Bias, Perception, and Archival Praxis," dh+lib, September 13, 2017,