Interference Archive is an all-volunteer, collectively run space. Join us!
We operate through a number of working groups. For details about connecting with any of these groups, please email info[at]interferencearchive[dot]org
Administration Working Group
The Admin Working Group handles most of the responsibilities for the archive related to the physical space (cleaning, playing rent, utilities, repairs, etc.), staffing (ensuring that all shifts are covered), finances, general planning around exhibitions and events, and all long-term planning not covered by the other working groups. The Admin Working Group is also a group for other working groups to refer to about policy-related questions that come up in discussions of different projects related to the archive.
Audio Archive Working Group
This working group is responsible for the production of a biweekly podcast, Audio Interference, which features interviews with members of the Interference community, as well as people directly involved in both the social movements represented in our collection and those which grew out of this history. Like all Interference programming, this podcast seeks to make social movement history accessible and provide a context in which to understand the objects in our collection. In addition, this group presents occasional events and looks for ways to incorporate audio/radio into Interference programming. Many different levels of experience are represented in the group, and no experience is necessary to join. We organize occasional skills share or training events in which volunteers can gain new audio recording and editing skills.
Born Digital Working Group
The Born Digital Working Group handles social movement materials that were originally created in digital format, or material for which we don’t have physical copies. The work of the group is split between figuring out how Interference Archive should and/or can collect, preserve, and provide access to digital material, as well as thinking conceptually about trends towards born digital material production in social movements necessitates new workflows for capturing and sharing that material and knowledge. This group is also developing workflows for digitization of materials in the archive so that digital copies can be made available online.
Collections Management Working Group
The Collections Management Working Group is responsible for procedures related to the processing of new donations and the organization of existing materials, both in the physical space of the archive and in the online catalog that we have been building since 2012. In addition, this group considers issues of storage, collecting policies and accessing workflows. This includes archival collections and the library. This working group meets once a month to address collection needs and/or to do hands on cataloging work.
Education Working Group
The Education Working Group has two primary functions. First, it works to build seasonal blocks of educational programming at the archive, including talks, films, and workshops which touch on and reflect the materials and concerns within Interference. In addition, the group organizes and facilitates class visits to the archive from other educational institutions.
Each exhibition at Interference Archive is planned by a working group that comes together roughly 6 to 9 months ahead of the exhibition start date, and works through the duration of the exhibition. These groups range in size and are usually made up of one or two people who originated the idea of the exhibition, plus a number of others who have expressed interest in the topic and want to help out.
This group currently involves 10-15 people who regularly staff the archive from Thursday-Sunday. We are also always looking for me people who have time available to staff the space, which entails orienting people to the collection and/or current exhibition, working on cleaning, sorting, organizing, and cataloging, and general physical space upkeep.