ASIS&T 2014 Annual Meeting 
Seattle, WA | October 31 - November 5, 2014

Barriers and Challenges to Virtual Reunification

Ricardo Punzalan
University of Maryland College of Information Studies, United States of America

Monday, Nov. 3, 8:30am


This paper presents challenges and barriers to virtual reunification as a strategy to represent dispersed ethnographic collections online. The study draws from the case of Dean C. Worcester’s photos of U.S. colonial Philippines currently kept in various archives, libraries and museums. Findings presented are based on two types of qualitative data sources: two years of archival research in various owning repositories as well as semi-structured interviews of heritage administrators and professionals directly responsible for the Worcester photographs. By examining several repositories and analyzing stakeholders’ pre-reunification concerns, the study examines prevailing challenges of virtual reunification as an inter-institutional collaborative endeavor.