The digital library of the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame is the foundation of the MGIHOF information architecture and operates as a community platform. It is aligned with the assertion of David Lankes (2011) that “the mission of librarians is to improve society through facilitating knowledge creation in their communities,” and functions in support of the organizational mission of the MGIHOF.
The Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame “serves to preserve and positively perpetuate the authentic indigenous culture of all individuals who masquerade as Mardi Gras Indians. This is achieved through mutually beneficial collaborations with tradition bearers, organizations, individuals and communities to foster greater understanding of this unique historical New Orleans tradition and ensure the future of the rituals, creative art, and sacred significance of Mardi Gras Indians.”
In pursuit of our mission, we collect in six areas:
● all publications of the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame
● all publications that have as their subject or include substantial
discussion of the activities of the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame
● photographs and recordings of Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame events
● photographs, recordings, and interviews of Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame honorees
● photographs and recordings of Mardi Gras Indians and cultural expressions of the tradition created by “mutual use” documentarians affiliated with the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame
● other publications relevant to the educational programs and administration of the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame
Items collected in the digital library of the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame will be maintained in sustainable digital formats using professional digital archives and library standards in service to the cultural record. The content is intended for institutional use, including reference, educational programs, outreach, publication, grant seeking, and grant reporting. Additionally, the content may be used in authorized curated exhibitions of content presented via the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame website and social media channels.
The digital library of the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame exists to facilitate:
● the mission and administration of the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame
● community archival consciousness and collaboration through time on documentation of Mardi Gras Indian culture
● assignment and maintenance of authorized descriptive and administrative metadata, including content rights of all creators
● ethical sharing of content documenting the tradition within the greater Mardi Gras Indian community, with the New Orleans cultural community, and with national and international audiences
● educating the public about the Mardi Gras Indian culture and the work of the Mardi Gras Hall of Fame, as well as about the initiative to establish a public record for the work of documentarians of the culture
Individuals who contribute original file content to the digital library of the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame agree to allow the MGIHOF to preserve, catalog, and re-use information derived from the contributed files in administration, educational and cultural programs, publications, and outreach. In return, the Mardi Gras Hall of Fame agrees to preserve the digital file, maintain its authorized description and other metadata, and properly credit creators whenever information derived from the file is reproduced or cited in print or electronic publications of the MGIHOF.
The Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame makes no claim of exclusive use rights to contributed original content. Creators may choose to make content available under U.S. copyright, or under a Creative Commons license (See: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/). We strongly encourage creators contributing original files to our digital library to consider sharing content under Creative Commons.