• Topics and Speakers

    Collecting Stories/Digital Concerns

    The digital world offers us many opportunities to get our hands on things—but does it really? This talk discusses issues related to media and concerns about digital space, how its currently being used and what the future holds for preservation and archiving.

    Rob St. Mary has worked as radio news professional in Michigan & Colorado for over 14 years. He has been honored over two-dozen times for his feature and investigative work by statewide and national journalism organizations. Rob currently hosts the “Detours” podcast for the Detroit Free Press – a show created by the daily paper’s arts & entertainment department to capture his unique point of view on his hometown and its scene.

    Rob released of his first book in early September 2015, “The Orbit Magazine Anthology”. The four-year passion project focused on reprinting and telling the stories related to creation of Orbit, Fun, and White Noise magazines, their eclectic staffs, and prankster ringleader “Jerry Vile” Peterson. Follow Rob on Twitter @RobDet

    Audio Preservation on a Budget

    This talk discusses ways to utilize free and low-cost equipment and software to preserve historical audio materials, based on the speaker’s experiences in preserving a never before digitized Martin Luther King Jr. speech and other materials on a limited budget.

    Ryan Strobe is a recent graduate of Wayne State University’s School of Library and Information Science, where received his MLIS and Certificate in Archival Administration. Specializing in preservation and archiving of audiovisual materials, he has worked with a number of local Detroit organizations, including the Detroit Historical Society and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

    Cultural Ethics in Detroit Music

    This talk will focus on audio preservation in Detroit music and the case study will be Ken Collier.

    Carleton Gholz is a leader and activist in Detroit music history preservation, as well as a writer, teacher, and DJ. After completing his PhD in Communication from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011, he returned to Detroit to be the Executive Director of the Detroit Sound Conservancy and President of the Friends of the E. Azalia Hackley Collection at the Detroit Public Library. He has taught at Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Northeastern University in Boston, and at the University of Pittsburgh, as well as five years teaching in and around Detroit as a secondary social studies teacher. He will be teaching a class on the history of American music this coming winter at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. He has published academically in sound and popular music studies. He has been a professional freelance journalist since 1999. He is currently working on his  first book which chronicles the rise of DJ-culture in Detroit. He was born in Port Huron, Michigan.

    Audio Humanities and Archives

    This talk will speak to the reciprocal relationship between audio humanities and archives, traditional stewards of historic records. Using examples from the Walter P. Reuther Library’s audio collections, she will discuss the impact of digital methods for preservation and access. Focus will be on the importance of managing these collections through sustainable practices owing to their potential impact on future research.

    Deborah Rice holds a MLIS and Archival Administration Certificate from Wayne State University. She has been an archivist at the Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University since 2003, serving as Collection Archivist, Technical Services Archivist, and currently Audiovisual Archivist. She has taught on the subjects of visual collections and electronic records at the WSU School of Library and Information Science. Throughout her archival career Ms. Rice has worked closely with audio recordings and serves as Project Manager for the NHPRC funded Oral History Description and Access Project now underway at the Reuther Library.