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Audience and principles

To be successful, the Forum relies heavily on participation from those thinking and working around the topics of practical, technological, and legal and ethical concerns related to discovery, access, and use of archives and special collections. This includes a wide variety of roles across multiple disciplines, job functions, and organizational contexts, such as (but not limited to) the following:

  • Archives, special collections, and other library staff, including archivists, librarians, managers, and administrators, who represent the primary functional stakeholders in front-end systems integration. We invite nominations across organizational contexts (academic libraries, public libraries, museums, community archives, historical societies, grassroots/nonprofits, corporate, consortia, and government archives) and job function or specialization (arrangement and description, public services, metadata management, and digital collections).

  • Technologists, including software developers, user experience designers, product managers, systems architects, and technical leadership. We invite nominations from those who work in archives and libraries or those with related interest and experience. This includes those who work within the context of libraries and archives, as well as those who work for vendors, consortia, or other software and service providers. 

  • Those with interest or expertise in terms of legal and ethical concerns related to archives and special collections, such as intellectual property, inclusive description, cultural sensitivity, risk management, and open access.

To this end, the Forum and project center our activities around four principles: 

  • We believe everyone has something to contribute; not everyone needs to be a self-identified expert.

  • We focus on shared and holistic concerns and recommendations, rather than system- or platform-specific integrations.

  • We enable the adaptability of recommendations across contexts, communities, levels of resourcing.

  • We develop recommendations consciously as an inclusive expression of professional ethics and values.