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Monday, October 1 • 14:30 - 15:00
Starting a university archives in Kyrgyzstan: what we could do better

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The paper will discuss challenges and opportunities for starting a university archives in Kyrgyzstan. Independent, democratic, and post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan is going through multiple transformations involving the country’s cultural identity, social structure and public institutions, all of which have an impact on educational and cultural developments.  The presentation provides an overview of multiple archival projects of the library of the American University of Central Asia, including the virtual museum of prominent statesman Ishak Razzakov, a collection of oral histories, and 3D exhibit of archaeological artifacts.  The projects, initiated and implemented by enthusiastic librarians, are now being revised for improvements to enhance discoverability and accessibility.  The presentation will discuss challenges encountered along the implementation, focusing on knowledge and expertise gaps that constrain the successful archival projects. Also included are implications and suggestions on archival expertise and communities of interests needed by librarians in the context of limited archival practices and professional resources.  Kyrgyzstan’s system of archives was established in the Soviet era and was designated mainly for maintaining government documentation.  Little has changed since then, and there is a significant lack of archival expertise at country’s cultural institutions, especially in maintaining audiovisual materials.   As part of the GLAM network, libraries in Kyrgyzstan can potentially fill this gap if exposed to relevant training, best practices and connected to professional networks.

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Judith Gray

Folklife Specialist, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
Judith Gray is an ethnomusicologist who serves as the coordinator of reference services for the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress. She came to the Library initially as part of the Federal Cylinder Project team, documenting and returning to communities of origin the... Read More →

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Jyldyz Bekbalaeva

Library, American University of Central Asia
Jyldyz Bekbalaeva is Director of the Library at American University of Central Asia, where she manages library services and resources. Jyldyz is currently a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Georgetown University, working on such topics as information literacy, instructional technology... Read More →

Monday October 1, 2018 14:30 - 15:00 GMT
Main Hall / Auditorium Department of Economics, University of Ghana, Legon

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