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How can ArchivesSpace amplify and support efforts around antiracism and inclusion?

This open call will be devoted to a discussion of ways ArchivesSpace can support and amplify efforts around antiracism and inclusion, and how ArchivesSpace itself can be more inclusive.  We also want to consider how we can incorporate these considerations more organically into our ongoing programming and our users' experience of ArchivesSpace. 

The running list for discussion is at Please feel free to add directly to this list by commenting on the document or share your thoughts, questions, and suggestions during the call.

A copy of the slides used in today’s call can be found at:

We seek to provide a welcoming, inclusive, and safe community experience for everyone and adhere to Code4Lib’s CodeofConduct4Lib. The full text of the code of conduct is available at:

The call was not recorded and the chat log will not be made available.


The purpose of this call and the decisions and actions that will be made following this call is to identify ways ArchivesSpace can support and amplify efforts around antiracism and inclusion, and how ArchivesSpace itself can be more inclusive. The notes below contain the suggestions made both during the open call and via the google document circulated before the call. Some ideas may be fairly simple to implement, others may require consideration cooperation and discussion across the community, including the involvement of the ArchivesSpace Governance Board. This list will evolve over time and there will be many other opportunities to generate ideas and take action.

A fundamental principle of ArchivesSpace is that those who can contribute, whether financially or with their time and talents, do so in order to make what ArchivesSpace makes possible possible for everyone. That core principle is essential to ArchivesSpace being sustainable as a program, application, and community, but there are different ways we as a community can bring people in to broaden the conversation, open up possibilities, and be a force for more good. ArchivesSpace is committed to remaining free to download and use and makes almost all of its resources freely available. ArchivesSpace’s member model supports the continuing development of the application and services and resources that support the community that uses it. Organizations that elect to become ArchivesSpace members receive member benefits including access to the Help Center, listservs and technical support. ArchivesSpace membership ensures that the ArchivesSpace application is sustainable and available to all archives and archivists.

Ideas related to the ArchivesSpace program and community

Ideas related to the ArchivesSpace application

Ideas related to the ArchivesSpace governance

Resources submitted in the chat during the discussion:

0b891e28-e6c7-420d-9ea2-aa51fd8a5336DECIDED063fab4d-205b-4ea5-86d4-89331c622e39The program team will develop and disseminate a survey that allows users to anonymously submit feedback (but not rank or vote) on these ideas.