Guest Editorial

Guest Editorial

Ania Dymarz & Monica Rettig, Organizers of the Housing Memory Conference 

This third issue of the Faculty of Information Quarterly houses the work of a diverse and engaged community that came together at the Housing Memory conference at the Faculty of Information this past March. While the conference was initially conceived to foster conversation and community among the graduate students at the Faculty of Information, it soon grew to encompass the broader iSchool movement in Toronto and beyond. The momentum and energy behind the conference has culminated in this exciting issue of FI/Q.

The theme of the conference was meant to bring together and showcase the diversity of work done by graduate students in the iSchool community. Intentionally broad, the theme, “housing memory,” allowed for an exploration of memory and its manifestations in forms such as archives, libraries, museums, information systems, texts, and material or digital artifacts. This broad area of inquiry considered the implications of the institutionalization of memory, and engaged issues such as policy, practice, politics, history and technology. Please read on to investigate the diversity and depth of the research fostered at the Housing Memory conference.

The esteemed Geoffrey Bowker (find information about the keynote at http://housing-memory.ischool.utoronto.ca/?q=keynote) of Santa Clara University delivered a stimulating keynote address on the topic of "Memory Practices and the Imagined Future Self," and provoked discussion on issues such as the forgetful nature of archives, and the privileged nature of the product over the process in shared memory (podcast available at http://podcasts.ischool.utoronto.ca).

We would like to thank the Faculty of Information for the overwhelming support shown to this student initiative, as well as the associations that helped make the event a success: the Master of Information Student Council at the University of Toronto, the Graduate Students' Union at the University of Toronto, the Toronto Chapter of the Special Libraries Association, the Ontario Library Association, the Toronto Chapter of the Canadian Association of Special Libraries and Information Services, and the Ontario Chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America.

In addition, we would like to extend our thanks to the round table participants, Jennifer Carter, Costis Dallas, Matt Ratto, and Scott Weir for contributing to the conversation. The round table entitled: “Housing Memory: The Architecture of Practice” tied together the major themes of the conference while introducing some interesting connections between architecture (broadly defined), and memory institutions. The conference would not have been possible without the enthusiasm of Cheryl Meszaros and Jennifer Carter, and the hard work of volunteer Laura Shtern and many more. Finally, we would like to thank the Faculty of Information Quarterly for collaborating with us on the publishing of the conference proceedings. By capitalizing on inherent synergies in iSchool projects, we are better able to support research and cultivate community.

We hope that the publication of the conference proceedings marks not only the end of a project but the beginning of a longer and stronger discussion among the graduate students at the Faculty of Information and beyond. It is now up to you, the reader, to carry the discussion further.

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