Brenda Marston, Human Sexuality Collection at Cornell University, Ithaca, USA: Coming full circle: Connecting communities with archival threads in the age of social media

"I know I wouldn't have had as much fun with the American Historical Association conference this winter if it weren't for Facebook."

Brenda Marston is curator at the Human Sexuality Collection at Cornell University, "a successful collaboration between community activists and professional archivists that has grown into a substantial resource for research by serious scholars." In her paper, she shares some of their successful strategies in using social media over the past two years and how it changed the work of the organization. She argues that it "lets us realize some of the dreams of earlier generations who saved and protected objects of LGBT history (and) creates paths for these documents to be present and discussed in everyday lives."

What do you think are the advantages and disadvantages of social media? What works well for you in the land of tweets, foursquare, blogs, and Facebook? 

To read the full article, please click on the following link: Brenda Marston's full paper

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