Cross-Dialogue for Strategies to Sustain Area Studies – Libraries, Archives and Scholarship

Continuing the thoughtful presentations relating to building collections in support of Area Studies scholarship. It’s great to have the perspective of those working in various world areas and with a focus on productive partnerships.

Mary Rader, University of Wisconsin – Madison

David Hirsch, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Judith Eckoff Alspach, Center for Research Libraries

Edward Miner, University of Iowa

Marion Frank-Wilson, Indiana University Bloomington

This roundtable continues to explore issues affecting area studies which are discussed in Part I of this two-part program, “Telling our Story: Positioning African Studies to Thrive within Changing Research and Political Landscapes”.

Whereas the earlier roundtable explored these issues primarily within African Studies, this forum will continue the dialogue with representatives of diverse area studies groups focusing on resources — libraries, archives and access to information.

This roundtable is a call and invitation to scholars who rely on these institutions and resources, to participate in seeking solutions to the challenges of resource attrition and marginalization. Specifically, we will address how to collaborate to advocate for and position area studies libraries and archives for success at the local, national, and international levels.

Rader, Mary and Hirsch, David and Alspach, Judith Eckoff and Miner, Edward and Frank-Wilson, Marion, Telling Our Story Part II: Cross-Dialogue for Strategies to Sustain Area Studies – Libraries, Archives and Scholarship (May 3, 2013). Available at SSRN:

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