Marketplace of Ideas

2023 RAO Annual Section Meeting (Virtual)
Friday, July 14, 2023 from 4:00-5:30 pm EDT (3pm CDT/2pm MDT/1pm PDT)



Section Business Meeting (15-20 minutes)

  • Welcome and Introductions, Jay-Marie Bravent, RAO chair
  • Announcements
  • Committee Reports and Updates:
    • Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Subcommitte, Randi Beem, TPS co-chair
    • Exhibits and Events (E2) Subcommittee, Jill R. Severn, E2 co-chair
  • Steering Committee Call for Nominations extended
  • Call for Volunteers -

Marketplace of Ideas (60 minutes)

Introducing the ACRL/RBMS Security Guidelines for Special Collections
20-minute Panel, collaboration presentation with RBMS Security Committee

Speakers: Kathleen Monahan (Boston Public Library), Kelli Hansen (University of Missouri Libraries) Moderator: Lindy Smith (UMKC Libraries)

The RBMS Security Committee recently completed a three-year revision of the ACRL/RBMS Security Guidelines for Special Collections. Kelli Hansen and Kathleen Monahan (co-chairs of the RBMS Security Committee) will provide an overview of the largest changes in the revision, and answer questions on how these can apply to your repository.


The Exhibition Doctor is IN: Tips, Tricks, and Solutions from Archival Exhibits Professionals
20-minute Panel

Speakers: Jill Severn (University of Georgia), Holly Robertson (UVA), Jessica Lacher-Feldman (University of Rochester), Amy Schindler (University of Nebraska at Omaha)

Members from the RAO Exhibits and Events Standing Committee with expertise in most aspects of exhibit development, design, installation, and assessment will share tips and tricks and answer audience questions during this session. Physical and virtual exhibits are popular tools of outreach, education, and engagement for G.L.A.M. organizations to connect with the communities they serve or hope to serve. Ensuring that this public interface is accessible, inclusive, and welcoming for a wide range of audiences is essential. This panel of experts will share experiences and ideas for achievin this vital goal.


Civil rights stories through legal and judicial collections
10-minute Lightning Round x2 (20-minutes)

Speakers: Randi Beem (UNC Charlotte), Anu Kasarabada (University of Kentucky)

Legal and judicial papers can be challenging to teach with, but they often contain stories vital to understanding our history and culture. As a part of society, court systems are arenas in which some of our most difficult histories unfold, often shedding light on how power works in the American system of government. In this session, academic archivists Randi Beem and Anu Kasarabada share how they have worked with undergraduate students using case files related to civil rights litigation. The program will focus on how these archivists engage students with legal and judicial papers–a relatively underutilized genre of materials in instruction–to highlight archival silences in the collections and power structures in the law. Beem will describe how she draws on the papers of civil rights attorney Julius Chambers in local history classes, while Anu Kasarabada will discuss how segregation case files from the collections of federal judges fit the needs of political science students.

Marketplace of Ideas Q&A (10-minutes)



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