Writing & Scholarship
My writing has taken on many forms, from personal essays to historiography, traditional academic scholarship to technical writing for librarians, technologists, and digital humanities. Below are some of my most recent works, including writing, lectures, and public presentations.
Response to the Unthinkable: Collecting and Archiving Condolence and Temporary Memorial Materials following Public Tragedies
This book chapter of case studies outlines a history of temporary memorials and "grief archive" collections from its earliest history to 2013. It includes a list of essential questions for collection managers and a set of lessons learned and suggested best practices. This chapter has been consulted by many condolence project managers, from UCSB to Charleston to Orlando and Parkland, following mass casualty event.
Maynor, Ashley R. "Response to the Unthinkable: Collecting and Archiving Condolence and Temporary Memorial Materials following Public Tragedies." In Handbook of Research on Disaster Management and Contingency Planning in Modern Libraries, ed. Emy Nelson Decker and Jennifer A. Townes, 582-624 (2016). doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-8624-3.ch025
• “Within the Archives: Our Stories, Ourselves.” Keynote Presentation at “Storytelling, Archives & Resilience” Northeastern University Day of Remembrance for the Boston Marathon Bombing. Boston, Massachusetts. April 2018.
• “Exhibiting Sorrow: Memorial Tributes to Victims & Community Healing in the Wake of Violence.” Co-Presenter at National Council on Public History Annual Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada. April 2018.
• “Documenting Resilience: Condolence Collection Projects in the Wake of Violence.” Panel moderator/commentator at National Council on Public History Annual Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada. April 2018.
• “Documenting Sorrow: Collecting and Archiving Memorial Materials from School Shootings.” Panelist at Society of American Archivists Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. July 2017.
• “Archiving the Aftermath: Curation & Access in American Grief Archives.” Panelist at joint forum coordinated by the Association of College & Research Libraries, American Library Association Conference, Orlando, Florida. June 2016.
RELATED INTERVIEWS & PRESS
- “After A Tragedy Like The Marathon Bombing, What Do We Do With All The Stuff Left Behind?” WBUR. Ally Jarmanning. April 12, 2018. <www.wbur.org/artery/2018/04/12/boston-marathon-memorial-archives>.
- "Virginia Tech Shooting, 10 Years Later, Has Effect on UT Librarian." Knoxville News Sentinel. Rachel Ohm. April 15, 2017. <http://www.knoxnews.com/story/news/education/2017/04/14/virginia-tech-shooting-10-years-later-has-effect-ut-librarian/100428172/>.
- "In the Wake of Tragedy: Librarian and archivist’s web documentary explores makeshift memorials." American Libraries Magazine. George M. Eberhart. December 14, 2015. <http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/2015/12/14/story-of-the-stuff-wake-of-tragedy/>.
- "Redirecting Sympathy After Mass Shootings Toward Those Who Can Effect Change." WNPR - Connecticut Public Radio. Diane Orson. December 14, 2015. <http://wnpr.org/post/redirecting-sympathy-after-mass-shootings-toward-those-who-can-effect-change#stream/0>.
Additional Articles Published in Blogs & Online Formats
On Crisis Response & Archives
Maynor, Ashley R. "Five Ways We Can Do Better to Respond to Crises in Our Communities." History@Work, The National Council on Public History Blog, 05 Feb. 2018. <http://ncph.org/history-at-work/five-ways-we-can-do-better-crises-in-our-communities/>.
Maynor, Ashley R. "Technophobia & Generational Stigma: Embracing & Supporting Next-Gen Librarianship." Library Lost and Found, 22 Dec. 2015. <https://librarylostfound.com/2015/12/22/technophobia-generational-stigma-embracing-supporting-next-gen-librarianship/>.
Maynor, Ashley R. "A 3-Step Introduction to Digital Humanities for Library-Dwellers." Hack Library School, 20 Jan. 2014. <http://hacklibraryschool.com/2014/01/20/a-3-step-introduction-to-digital-humanities-for-library-dwellers/>.
Sustainable & Accessible Interactive Documentary Storytelling Without Heavy Coding: The Story of the Stuff
This "How Did They Make That?" style article shares essential tools and skills for making an accessible interactive web documentary without programming language, including a Q&A about the making of the project.
Maynor, Ashley R. "Sustainable & Accessible Interactive Documentary Storytelling Without Heavy Coding: The Story of the Stuff." DH Commons 2 (2016). <https://dhcommons.org/journal/2016/sustainable-accessible-interactive-documentary-storytelling-without-heavy-coding-story>
- “Sustainable & Accessible Interactive Documentary Storytelling Without Heavy Coding.” Solo presentation at Digital Humanities Summer Institute Colloquium, Victoria, British Columbia. June 2017.
- “The Story of the Stuff: Using Digital Humanities & Interactive Storytelling to Explore Memorialization & Grief in the Information Age.” Presenter at Keystone Digital Humanities Conference, University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. July 2015.
- “Making The Story of the Stuff.” Keynote Presentation: StoryCode, Film Society at Lincoln Center, New York, New York. July 2015.
The Collective Approach: Reinventing Affordable, Useful, and Fun Professional Development
This article outlines how two intrepid librarians set out to redefine the conference format for library professional development and includes enough detail for other individuals to use similar techniques to start their own conference revolution.
Maynor, Ashley R., and Corey S. Halaychik. “The Collective Approach: Reinventing Affordable, Useful, and Fun Professional Development." In the Library with the Lead Pipe (2016): 23 Sept. 2016. <http://www.inthelibrarywiththeleadpipe.org/2016/the-collective/>
- “The Revolution Must Be Librarian-ized.” Keynote Presentation: Library Make’n’Shake, Knight Foundation/American Library Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana. June 2018.
- “Be the Change or: What Happened When Librarians Stopped B*tchin’ and Did Something.” Co-Presenter with Corey Halaychik at Brick & Click Academic Libraries Conference, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Missouri. November 2015.