Travis Wagner

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Travis Wagner

University of South Carolina

Biography

Travis holds a B.A. In History from Augusta State University (GA) and an MLIS from the
University of South Carolina (USC), where he is currently pursing a PhD in Library and Information Sciences. He has also earned a Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies at USC and is still a teaching assistant and lecturer within that program. Travis works as a consultant to multiple Columbia-based community archives, specifically honing in on preserving and digitizing fragile audio-visual materials. His research interests relate to the role that language-based access plays concerning content creation and distribution within moving image archives, giving specific consideration for how this affects context and interpretations of gender within visual information.

Sessions for this user

* Making MLIS Classrooms Open Source: Activism, Service Learning, and Building Digital Community Archives

This presentation explores an ongoing project to incorporate digital repository building for community archives within a master's level library and information sciences classroom. The class taught under the pedagogical methods of service learning highlighted (and continues to highlight) the complex relationship between proprietary technology and archival 'best practices.' By reimagining this relationship, students were able to look at how open source tools and technologies better accomplished their desired outcomes to build a small-scale repository for their community partner, one whose narratives and materials were representative of feminist activism in the American South.
Activism
Travis Wagner, Elise Lewis