Is there an archivist in the sim? Literacy as agency in a postpositivist, mixed media virtual theatre archive

Jennifer Roberts-Smith, Kathryn Harvey, Shawn Desouza-Coelho, Teresa M. Dobson, Sandra Gabriele, Alexandra Kovacs, Omar Rodriguez-Arenas, Stanley Ruecker, Stéfan Sinclair

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Abstract

As non-specialist researchers gain increasingly direct online access to digital and digitized theatre archives, archivists can no longer expect to be able to provide essential, post-positivist archival literacy training to individual researchers on a case-by-case basis. Archival literacy training must now be embedded directly into the design archives' online interfaces. In this paper, we make some preliminary suggestions about how the University of Guelph's L. W. Conolly Archive of Canadian Theatre may approach this challenge using the Simulated Environment for Theatre (SET) as a platform for interacting with its holdings. We illustrate our argument with artefacts related to Judith Thompson's White Biting Dog.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)40-45
Number of pages6
JournalCanadian Theatre Review
Volume156
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • archival literacy
  • digital archives
  • theatre archives
  • theatre pedagogy
  • visualization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts

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    Roberts-Smith, J., Harvey, K., Desouza-Coelho, S., Dobson, T. M., Gabriele, S., Kovacs, A., Rodriguez-Arenas, O., Ruecker, S., & Sinclair, S. (2013). Is there an archivist in the sim? Literacy as agency in a postpositivist, mixed media virtual theatre archive. Canadian Theatre Review, 156(1), 40-45. https://doi.org/10.3138/ctr.156.008