Community-Driven Approaches to Neighborhood History, from Analog to Digital


A PLA 2022 Virtual Conference On-Demand Session

PLA 2022 Virtual Conference logo. The Boston Research Center, a public-academic partnership between the Boston Public Library and Northeastern University Library, supports community-driven history to bring underrepresented stories to a larger audience. This partnership enables both institutions to deepen relationships with community groups by partnering on neighborhood history projects. In this interactive session, learn how public and academic libraries can empower community members to add their lived experiences to the historical record, creating a more inclusive history.

Originally presented as part of the PLA 2022 Virtual Conference on March 24, 2022.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this on-demand webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify opportunities for authentically collaborative community partnerships focused on local history;
  • Apply inclusive and collaborative design principles to oral history projects in public libraries; and
  • Design inclusive projects that incorporate multiple modes of creation and delivery.


Dory Klein is the Community History and Digitization Specialist at the Boston Public Library. In this role, Dory works with organizational partners and individuals in Boston neighborhoods to co-design and develop projects that bring Boston’s deep neighborhood and community histories to light. Previously, she was the librarian and archivist at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Virginia, and she also served as the map librarian at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the BPL.

Amanda Rust is the Associate Director for Services in the Digital Scholarship Group at Northeastern University Library. Prior to that she held various positions at Bunker Hill Community College, Harvard University, and the University of Florida. Her work focuses on infrastructure for digital humanities and community archives, and she has presented or written on topics like website design, post-custodial archives, special collections and Wikipedia, digital humanities, and, most recently, inclusive information systems.

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This on-demand webinar is closed captioned in English (United States).

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This webinar is presented by the Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

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