Affiliation: School of Information and Library Science
This case-study of the UNC Story Archive examines data derived from semi-structured interviews to explore what processes are used by community members who participate in metadata creation about their story and their community. The findings reveal that the keywords and phrases (metadata) selected by UNC Story Archive contributors to describe their archival contribution are a result of an intricate negotiation of relationships, identity, and information seeking practices. The study data illuminates how contributors navigate relationships with the UNC campus as well as with those who are part of the “in group” and the “out group” of the communities each identified with. This results in metadata that reflects desires to ensure that their story is elevated as an important piece of the larger institutional historical discourse and to account for their safety, or to protect their community.