Community Webs Symposium

San Francisco, CA | May 23, 2023

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Internet Archive Headquarters, San Francisco, CA

The Community Programs team at the Internet Archive welcomes Community Webs members and invited guests to join us on May 23, 2023 at Internet Archive Headquarters in San Francisco, California. This event will bring program members together for a day of presentations, discussion, and networking.

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:


Internet Archive Headquarters

300 Funston Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94118


Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Time: Registration: 9:30am / Main event: 10am – 4:30pm


9:30am – Registration / Coffee & Tea*

10:00am – Welcome and Introductions

10:30am – Internet Archive / Community Programs Updates: Catherine Falls & Jefferson Bailey

11:00am – Morning Keynote Presentation: Rick Prelinger, Co-Founder of the Prelinger Archive and Archivist, Writer, Filmmaker, and Educator

11:30am – Short break

11:40am – Community Webs Presentations:

  • Katherine Crowe, Special Collections Librarian, Alexandria Library (Alexandria, Virginia)
  • Janet Bailey, Manager, Technical Services, Abilene Public Library (Abilene, Texas)
  • Dylan Gaffney, Information Services Associate for Local History & Special Collections, Forbes Library (Northampton, Massachussetts)

12:20pm – Lunch* and Tour of Internet Archive HQ (optional)

1:20pm –  Afternoon Keynote Presentation: Christine Kim, OAC/Calisphere Service and Outreach Manager, California Digital Library

1:50pm – Workshop: Intro to Archives Research Compute Hub (ARCH), Vault &

3:20pm – Short break

3:35pm – Breakout Discussions

4:15pm – Wrap up & All-Group Discussion

4:30pm – End

*Meals/Refreshments: Lunch, coffee and light snacks will be provided during the symposium.

Cost: Free. We will have grant-funded travel stipends of at least $800USD 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.

Registration: Click here to Register

Hotels / Accommodation:

The following hotels are relatively close to Internet Archive Headquarters. We also recommend visitors search on AirBnB or another vacation rental site for nearby accommodation.

Getting There & Parking:

For details on how to get to Internet Archive Headquarters, visit the Contact Us page of

There are free, 2-hour street parking spots on Funston and the surrounding streets as well as metered parking on Clement. For a map of all-day, paid lots in the area: Parking Map

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. Please reach out to us at if you have any concerns or questions.

This event is made possible with generous support from the Mellon Foundation.