Community Webs + Archive-It Symposium, Chattanooga, TN

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The Community Programs team at the Internet Archive invites Community Webs members and Archive-It partners to join us on September 13th, 2022, in Chattanooga, TN. This event will bring together folks from web archiving institutions for a day of presentations, workshops, discussion, and networking. It will be a space where attendees can hear about developments from Internet Archive staff and share their knowledge, experiences, and questions with one another. 

Community Webs is a community history web archiving program that launched in 2017. The program is designed to advance the capacity for community-focused memory institutions to build web archives documenting local history, with an emphasis on communities that have been traditionally underrepresented in the historic record.

Event Details:


The Edney Innovation Center (Accelerator Space – 5th Floor)

1100 Market Street

Chattanooga, TN 37402


Date: September 13th, 2022 (to coincide with the Association for Rural & Small Libraries Conference)

Time: Registration: 9:30am / Main event: 10am – 5pm


9:30am – Registration / Coffee / Light breakfast

10:00am – Welcome and Introductions

10:30am – Internet Archive / Community Webs Program Updates

11:00am – Demos: Access and Use of Web Archives

11:30am – Break

11:45am – All-Group Discussion

12:15pm – Lunch (provided)

1:15pm –  Keynote Presentation: Maigen Sullivan, Co-Founder & Director of Research & Development, Invisible Histories Project, “Invisible Histories: Preserving LGBTQ History in the Deep South”

1:45pm – Hands-On Workshop

3:15pm – Break

3:30pm – Breakout Discussion Groups / Office Hours

4:30pm – Upcoming Work / Summary

4:45pm – Wrap up

Keynote Speaker: Maigen Sullivan is the co-founder and Director of Research & Development for the Invisible Histories Project, a nonprofit based in Birmingham, AL that locates, preserves, and researches LGBTQ history in the Deep South. Maigen earned her BA in History and her MA in Women’s Studies from The University of Alabama. She earned her Doctorate in Educational Studies of Diverse Populations from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  Maigen was named a 2020 National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME) Emerging Scholar. She was recognized by the Society of American Archivists Innovator of the Year award in 2020 and the Marvin Yeoman Whiting Award given by the Society of Alabama Archivists in 2021. Maigen is also an adjunct faculty in Women’s & Gender Studies at UAB.

Cost: Free. We will have grant-funded travel stipends of at least $400USD available to all US Community Webs members who attend the symposium. US Community Webs members are also welcome to use their annual stipends to cover costs associated with the event and we may have additional funding for those who need a little extra.

We may also have funding available for non-Community Webs members to help cover the costs associated with travel to Tennessee, or to support presenting. If you are not a Community Webs member and your attendance would be contingent on receiving travel funding, please reach out to us directly at or include this information on your registration form (see below).

Registration: Click here to Register.

Hotels / Accommodation:

The following hotels are close to the Symposium venue. Hotels marked with an asterisk (*) are hotels that are associated with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries Conference; if you are attending ARSL, you may be able to obtain discounted rates at these hotels. For more information on ARSL Conference hotels, see here

Parking Near the Edney Innovation Center:

There are a number of parking garages in downtown Chattanooga. Edney staff recommend the parking garage behind Warehouse Row. Most other parking in the area is metered street parking.

COVID Protocols:

We can’t wait to see you all in person. To help ensure the safety of all our attendees, we encourage everyone to wear masks for the duration of the event.

We will update this page with any venue-specific COVID requirements, should they change before the event. Please reach out to us at if you have any concerns or questions.

This event is made possible with generous support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Mellon Foundation.