memory | community | technology

Dr. Tonia Sutherland is assistant professor in the Department of Information and Computer Sciences
at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.



Dr. Tonia Sutherland is assistant professor in the Department of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Prior to joining the faculty at UHM, Sutherland was an assistant professor in the College of Communication and Information Sciences at the University of Alabama. Sutherland holds a PhD and an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Computing and Information (formerly the School of Information Studies), and a BA in history, performance studies, and cultural studies from Hampshire College. Global in scope, Suther­land’s research focuses on entanglements of technology and culture, with particular emphases on critical and liberatory work within the fields of archival studies, digital studies, and science and technology studies (STS).



Archival Studies . Digital Studies . Science and Technology Studies . Community Engagement

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The Initiative for the Study of Underrepresented Cultures and Ethnicities (SOURCE) Hawai’i is a research and community engagement laboratory at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. Spearheaded by Dr. Tonia Sutherland and housed in the Department of Information and Computer Sciences, SOURCE Hawai'i is dedicated to conducting critical research and community engagement projects in the fields of information studies, digital studies, media studies, and science and technology studies, that center underrepresented cultures and ethnicities.



To know is not enough.


Records mean different things, to different people, in different contexts. From textual documents as evidence of corporate or governmental activity to embodied records and collective memory, ideas about records, archives, and memory span nations, societies, cultures, and communities, serving to document humanity’s lived experiences. This course combines practical knowledge about the forms and functions of records, archives, and memory with critical archival theory from a variety of cultural and societal perspectives.


The course combines conceptual frameworks in information studies and information and computer sciences (social networks, information behavior, community informatics, user centered design, etc.) with critical theory and interdisciplinary approaches to community research, service, and other forms of engagement to extend the traditional definitions, scope, extent, representations, and relevance of information-related work in the 21st century.


Archival representation, access, and use are core functions of the archival profession. Archivists are responsible for implementing tools to facilitate access to archival materials, including arrangement, description, and access systems. This course includes topics such as the evolution and principles of descriptive theory and practice, implementation of authority control for archival collections, digital tools for archival representation, and reference and access policies and procedures.


Digital Archives offers students an opportunity to explore the changing nature and form of digital archives from preservation to curation and stewardship. Topics include new media, curation as storytelling, curating/archiving our digital selves, archiving social protests and social movements, understanding what machines can do for us (and what they can’t), and the tools and technologies that both drive and are informed by digital practices.



University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
Hamilton Library 3B
2550 McCarthy Mall
Honolulu, HI 96822

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