Anthropology Discussion Group

ALA Annual Meeting 2018
ANSS Anthropology Discussion Group Meeting Minutes

When: Saturday, June 23, 2018
Time: 10:30 – 11:30 am
Where: Morial Convention Center, Rm 350-351

Rachael Muszkiewicz
Tom Durkin

The Anthropology Librarians Discussion Group held their meeting on Saturday, June 23rd, where we welcomed 15 attendees to our conversation.  We were pleased to invite anthropologist Rachel Sian Breunlin of the University of New Orleans, to speak on The Neighborhood Story Project (, a nonprofit organization that has turned collaborative ethnography into publishing opportunities since 2004.  She detailed the history of the project, and how it grew from working with high school students, to working with various community groups and individuals who have published 16 books.  Rachel also spoke on the huge influence that Hurricane Katrina had on both the Neighborhood Story Project and the city as a whole.  Her interactive talk dove deep into examples of the books, where we were able to hear audio clips, see pictures and hear about the ethnographic methods used.  Attendees were able to look at several of the books as well.  We would encourage any ANSS members who would like to purchase these books for their collections, to do so directly through the Project ( as it allows more money to go directly to the Project.

ACRL ANSS Anthropology Librarians Discussion Group Forum

Midwinter Meeting Discussion

Co-conveners: Tom Durkin and Rachael Muszkiewicz

Date and time: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 11:00am – 12:00pm CST

Forum title: Anthropologist John Hawks Discusses Research and Libraries

Forum recording:

For our virtual Midwinter meeting, the Anthropology Librarians Discussion Group was pleased to invite anthropologist John Hawks to speak about his recent research into human evolution at Rising Star Cave in South Africa. We welcomed thirteen attendees to our forum conversation.

John Hawks is the Vilas-Borghesi Distinguished Achievement Professor in the University of Wisconsin – Madison Department of Anthropology. Since 2013, he has been working with Lee Berger of the University of the Witwatersrand as a member of a team that has recovered more than 1200 hominin specimens from the Rising Star Cave system in the Cradle of Humankind, South Africa. Dr. Hawks is an expert in population dynamics and the process of natural selection on both genes and morphological traits. His research has demonstrated the potential of open science approaches during paleoanthropological fieldwork.

During the forum, Dr. Hawks discussed his use of libraries, their collections and services, and gave his thoughts on Open Access publishing, scholarly blogging, and his experiences with online teaching. He spoke on how making the project available to the public affected both public and academic perceptions of paleoanthropology. The Homo naledi research team published their research in the OA journal eLife, a peer-reviewed open access scientific journal affiliated with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society, and the Wellcome Trust. The 3D scans of the original Homo naledi fossils can be found at  Dr. Hawks has a popular and well-known blog where he discusses issues relevant to his research and publishing. In 2014, he also worked to develop a new massive open online course called “Human Evolution: Past and Future” through Coursera.

Discussions at the end of the presentation focused around open access and its impacts on academia, and the value academic culture places or does not place on citizen science.

Anthropology Discussion Group at ALA Annual 2016, Orlando

Visual Anthropology

Date: Sunday, June 26, 2016
Time: 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Venue: Hilton Orlando, Room Lake Louise

Put this in your schedule!:


  1. Call for meeting recorder
  2. Welcome and Introductions
  3. Speaker – Richard Freeman, PhD
    Assistant University Librarian/Anthropology Subject Specialist
    University of Florida
    Richard Freeman, PhD, Assistant University Librarian/Anthropology Subject Specialist at the University of Florida, will present on visual anthropology – from its founding as a subdiscipline to what it encompasses today. He will also highlight his own work on photography and ethnography. Questions and discussion are encouraged.
  4. Group Discussion
  5. Adjournment

— Posted 6/21/2016 —

Anthropology Convenors:

Niamh H. Wallace, Co-Convener (2015-2017)
Assistant Librarian
University of Arizona

Caroline Reed, Co-Convener (2016 – 2018)
Associate Librarian
New College of Florida