[Themaintainers] Introductions: Hillel, MIII Information Track co-chair
hillel.arnold at gmail.com
Fri Apr 26 13:54:41 EDT 2019
I'm Hillel Arnold, the last of the three Information Track co-chairs for
MIII. I'm an archivist, musician, technology dabbler and maintainer. My day
job is the Head of Digital Programs at the Rockefeller Archive Center, an
independent research center devoted to the study of philanthropy and it
impacts throughout the world. I lead a small team whose job is to provide
technical leadership and expertise across our organization, so we do a lot
of translation, bridging, training and demystifying.
I stumbled across The Maintainers shortly before the first conference, and
almost immediately started to see connections between maintenance work and
the work of archivists. As I reflected on the conference with my friends
and colleagues, these connections started to take a clearer shape, and I
ended up presenting some of my early thoughts
<https://hillelarnold.com/blog/2016/08/critical-work/> on the topic at the
annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists (the professional
organization for archivists in the US) back in 2016. Since then, The
Maintainers has been a pretty constant part of my life: I was fortunate to
be able to present at MII about Woody Guthrie and the maintenance of folk
have been working with a group of other Information Maintainers to develop
a shared understanding and framing of information maintenance, and am super
excited to be part of the MIII program committee.
Juliana and Chela have done a great job laying out our hopes and vision for
the Information Track at MIII, so I'll plus one all of the things they've
said, while adding that I'm really interested in ways in which the
maintenance framework can help us reframe and revalue labor across
industries and sectors. While each of the tracks represents a particular
center for maintenance work - each with its own context of challenges and
opportunities - I'm also hoping we'll be able to learn from each other
about how to collectively build power which addresses the challenges faced
If you have any questions about the Information Track, please feel free to
respond back on-list or, if you want, reach out to Chela, Juliana or me.
Looking forward to seeing you in DC!
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