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What it means to be responsible for climate-related records: Creating and using climate-related archives

  • April 26, 2021
  • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Webinar
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What it means to be responsible for climate-related records: Creating and using climate-related archives

Monday, April 26, 2021

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time)

Webinar Description:

Climate change has created new levels of precarity for archival holdings throughout the west coast; it is a cumulative result of past actions often taken in the interest of capital, which had large scale impacts on our environment. These actions have a corresponding historical record which can be found in archives throughout the west. Today, climate change disproportionately affects different communities based on intersections of power and privilege in North America. 

Creating and Using Climate-Related Archives will explore what it means to be responsible for climate-related records, those which document both our present and our past. We will discuss how the documentary history of land and water on the west-coast fits into current collecting around climate-related events. How can institutions archive current, community based records of climate-related events, and create connections with historical records? How can records of the past be used to foster resiliency, instigate new visions of the future and create proactive responses to future climate challenges? Might current records of climate-related events and historical records of natural resource extraction be paired together to document the different experiences of climate-affected publics while helping to create accountable systems of energy and resource management?

The cost is $10 for SCA members; $5 for student members; $20 for non-members; and $5 for unemployed or precariously employed individuals. All registrants will receive a link to the webinar recording after the webinar is completed.


Jillian Lohndorf joined the Internet Archive as a Web Archivist in 2016. Previously, she worked in the Archives and Special Collections at DePaul University and Rotary International, and as Web Services Librarian for The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She holds a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Claire Williams (MAS/MLIS) is a Forestry Archivist at the University of British Columbia, Rare Books and Special Collections Library. She is a White settler scholar living and working on the traditional, unceded and ancestral territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tseil-Watuth Peoples. She graduated from UBC’s School of Information with a concentration in the First Nations Curriculum program in May of 2019. While earning her dual degree she worked at UBC’s University Archives, Rare Books and Special Collections Library, and at BC Hydro’s Library and Archives. With four years of combined experience working in libraries and archives in British Columbia, she is familiar with materials in diverse formats and subjects, with a focus in British Columbia’s Labour History and Natural Resource History. Prior to moving to Vancouver, she earned her BA in Literature with a minor in Latin American and Latino Studies, from the University of California, Santa Cruz, located on the traditional territories of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band. She grew up in rural Sonoma County, California, on the traditional territories of the Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo tribes. This land was recently devastated by the Glass Fire, and it is with this loss fresh in her mind that she is interested in the connection between archives, the ongoing climate crisis, emotional labour, histories of land and water, and land reparations/reconciliation.

Who should attend:

Those who work on community preservation, those who work with government or corporate records, especially related to natural resources or energy/utility records, and everything in between!

Registration is open until the webinar begins. Online payment is required.

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