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 humanists. Below are some of my recent works.
Problem-Solvers & Problem-Makers: The Librarians of the New South (A Multi-Modal Essay)
Despite the recent focus on dispelling librarian stereotypes, the bespeckled, bunned-shushing-spinster persists in the minds of many Southerners (and Americans, for that matter), especially if they had such a librarian in their school or hometown. In this multi-modal essay, I argue for an updated, less reductive vision of who librarians are today through the incredible work they are doing, documented in video and photos.
From saving the audiovisual record of Appalachia to making the Internet of Things accessible for everyone, the librarians you will meet are invariably smart, creative, entrepreneurial, and dedicated to making our South a better place.
Libraries & Librarians in the Aftermath: Our Stories & Ourselves
This autoethnographic essay penned for a special issue on disaster response in libraries weaves personal experience and methodological research into an essay that argues for more flexibility and less rigidity about any role or responsibility of an archive, library, or individual when a tragedy takes place in their community.
Citation: Maynor, Ashley R. "Libraries & Librarians in the Aftermath: Our Stories & Ourselves," Collaborative Librarianship (2019): Vol. 11 : Iss. 1 , Article 10. <https://digitalcommons.du.edu/collaborativelibrarianship/vol11/iss1/10>
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 2015. 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.
Citation: 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
How We Do & Don’t Collaborate at The Library Collective
At the heart of The Library Collective’s efforts is a unique style of collaboration. The following column outlines how the Co-Founders and Co-Directors use and don’t use collaboration to create a professional development environment that embraces creativity, celebrates failure, and doesn’t cost a fortune.
Citation: Halaychik, Corey and Maynor, Ashley. ”What Collaboration Means to Me: How We Do & Don’t Collaborate at The Library Collective.” Collaborative Librarianship (2018): Vol. 10 : Iss. 3 , Article 2. <https://digitalcommons.du.edu/collaborativelibrarianship/vol10/iss3/2>
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.
Citation: 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/>
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.
Citation: 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>
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/>.