Title: pending

Publisher: Facet Publishing


Henriette Roued-Cunliffe, Royal School of Library and Information Science, University of Copenhagen (roued@hum.ku.dk)

Andrea Copeland, Department of Library & Information Science, Indiana University (ajapzon@iupui.edu)


This book would provide international perspectives on the complexity of issues surrounding the preservation of local cultural heritage. In particular, the roles of formal cultural heritage institutions as well as community members in the associated processes of creation, organization, access, use and preservation. The Internet as a platform for facilitating human organisation has, particularly through social media platforms, created new challenges for cultural heritage institutions. Challenges include but are not limited to: how to manage copyright, ownership, orphan works, open data access to heritage representations and artifacts, crowdsourcing, cultural heritage amateurs, information as a commodity or information as public domain, sustainable preservation, attitudes towards openness and much more.

This book aims at taking an informative and critical look at how institutions, organisations and community members participate on their own or together to preserve local heritage. We aim for the book to have an international outlook with perspective on this particular topic from different parts of the world. As local communities within any one country will present numerous unique challenges along with the great diversity among communities, cultural heritage practices vary from institution to institution and from one geographic region to another. The scope would allow researchers and practitioners to examine the issue of preserving local heritage from many different perspectives which ultimately yields a richer understanding of any phenomenon under study. Furthermore, one of the main challenges faced by cultural institutions around the world is that with the Internet they are each no longer necessarily the main facilitator of cultural discourse, even in their local context.

We are looking to include a variety of different angles on this topic, including but not limited to case-based essays on:

  • Heritage institutions, organisations and amateur/community groups involved in heritage preservation
  • Particular challenges for heritage preservation (e.g. copyright and licensing, digital and physical preservation, authority and expertise, diversity and conflicting histories, local vs. global)
  • Current methods for participatory heritage preservation (e.g. crowdsourcing, open access and APIs, co-creation and remixing, community-based partnerships, social media)

Scholars and practitioners from across the disciplines (regardless of rank, position, or institutional affiliation) are invited to submit an abstract of about 200-word on this topic by 1 March 2016 to the editors, Henriette Roued-Cunliffe (roued@hum.ku.dk) and Andrea Copeland (ajapzon@iupui.edu). Collaboratively authored submissions are very welcome, particularly submissions which include community members as co-authors.

The editorial team will review all abstracts, and authors of selected abstracts will be invited to submit full essays by 1 June 2016. The team will consult with the authors about the length of their contributions, which will range from 2000 to 5000 words.


Important dates:

1 March 2016: deadline for abstracts

1 June 2016: deadline for full essays

Portable Community Cannery, circa 1915. Flickr Commons: OSU Special Collections & Archives
Portable Community Cannery, circa 1915. Flickr Commons: OSU Special Collections & Archives