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Tell Us How UC It: Thinking Critically through a Living Archive for Student Activism

  • Author(s): Garcia-Spitz, Cristela
  • et al.
Creative Commons 'BY-SA' version 4.0 license
Abstract

As questions, conversations, and debates surrounding social justice come to the surface on college campuses around the country, what role do libraries play? This presentation discusses a project called “Tell Us How UC It: A Living Archive” which took root in the sentiments of students on the University of California, San Diego campus.At the heart of the project was the belief that libraries, in their capacity as providers of information, can present a narrative in the hopes of informing their community, starting conversations, and inspiring student action. The concept of a living archive and other details of the project is covered, along with other critical perspectives and techniques such as tactical urbanism as a way to document and archive student voices. 

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