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Jennifer Douglas

Assistant Professor, iSchool@SLAIS, University of British Columbia

I am an Assistant Professor at the iSchool@SLAIS, where I teach classes on the archival system and profession, archival arrangement and description, and personal archives.

I earned my PhD from the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, where I focused on foundational archival concepts (provenance, the fonds, original order) and their application to personal archives.

My dissertation, entitled “Archiving Authors: Rethinking the Analysis and Representation of Personal Archives,” won the 2013 iSchools Dissertation Award. In 2014, my article “What We Talk About When We Talk About Original Order in Writers’ Archives,” based on my dissertation research, won the 2014 W. Kaye Lamb prize from Archivaria, for the article that most advanced archival thinking in Canada.

My research focuses broadly on how and why individuals and communities make and keep archives and how archivists understand and represent individual and community intentions and choices through archival arrangement and description.

I’ve published articles on the principles of provenance and respect for original order, on personal recordkeeping, and on writers’ archives. My current research focuses on the role of personal recordkeeping in grieving; on online grief communities as aspirational archives; on the ethical issues associated with researching and archiving intimate and vulnerable online communities; and on how conceptualizing relationships between archives, recordkeeping and grieving might inform archival descriptive theory and practices.

From 2016 to 2019, I am the General Editor of Archivaria.