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Untold Stories, Untraveled Paths: Exploring Oral Histories & Micro-Mobility Innovations - Sponsored by the US Northeast Chapter

Join us for an engaging webinar featuring two cutting-edge presentations by doctoral candidates in information science.

Seul Lee: "Preserving Hidden Narratives: Addressing New Challenges in Processing Oral History Materials from Small Communities"

This presentation explores various challenges and considerations for information professionals to navigate the evolving landscape of library and information science, specifically focusing on oral history materials from small communities. Key topics include the preservation of overlooked narratives, challenges in transcription, translation, cataloging, digitalization, and ethical considerations. The goal is to emphasize the importance of safeguarding diverse cultural heritage while protecting the privacy of contributors and processors, thus fostering an inclusive, informed society.

Bradley Hershenson: "Micromobility: Innovations in Urban Transportation"

This talk delves into research on micromobility, including cycling, e-bikes, and e-scooters, and their integration within smart cities. Conducted with the New York City Department of Transportation, the study examines cultural trends and ridership patterns among underrepresented biking populations. It provides recommendations to enhance participation through improved infrastructure, technology integration, and public policy initiatives, highlighting the potential of emerging transportation technologies to transform urban mobility with a focus on equity.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the ethical considerations and privacy issues involved in handling demographic data and personal narratives in oral history projects.
  • Recognize the significance of preserving often-overlooked narratives and explore strategic approaches to overcoming challenges in handling these materials.
  • Explore how geographic information sciences can be applied to study and enhance micromobility solutions in underrepresented biking populations.
  • Investigate solutions for improving urban transportation infrastructure and policy to increase participation and equity.


Seul Lee is a doctoral candidate in Information Studies at UCLA, holding a B.A. in Management Information Systems, an M.A. in Data Science, and a graduate certificate in Digital Humanities. Her research interests involve investigating the intricate landscape of information biases, user-generated content, and the role of digital literacy education in fostering a nuanced and comprehensive understanding of biases behind the presentation of online information. She has participated in different community archival and educational initiatives, collaborating with organizations such as the UCLA East Asian Library, the Digital Library Federation Digital Library Pedagogy Working Group, and the UCLA Initiative for the Study of Hate.

Bradley Hershenson is a doctoral student at the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cyber Security at the University at Albany. His research interests focus on emerging transportation technologies, micromobility and transportation policies, and environmental sustainability.

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