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Lightning talks

Want to share a project, tool, or idea with your colleagues? Propose a lightning talk! Lightning talks are fun, informative, fast-paced 10 minute presentations. (We’ll use a timer so plan accordingly.)

To propose a lightning talk, login, then add a new post.  Make sure to select the category “Lightning Talks 2014″ so that it is listed on this page!  Unconference participants will vote for their favorites, and 5-6 will be accepted.

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Working sessions

This year part of the afternoon will be devoted to 90 minute working sessions. A working session is designed to have an outcome – examples could be creating a policy or learning to use a specific tool.

To suggest a working session, add a topic and brief description by logging in, then writing a new post.  Make sure to select the category “Working Sessions 2014″ so that the suggestion is added to this page!  Unconference participants will vote for their favorites in advance of the meeting.

Lightning talk proposal: staffing — a challenge and possibly a very good opportunity

This has been an idea swimming in my head for awhile, and I feel like there’s maybe a consortial initiative in here somewhere — or maybe not, which is why I’d like to start the ball rolling with an informal lightning talk to test the waters.  (Okay, enough metaphors.)

There are two trends I see that might provide an incredible and possibly overlooked opportunity.  First, the digital library / digital scholarship workload is increasing; many of us are the first in our new-needs positions.  But, at the same time, while the library profession is female-dominated, the IT world within libraries is not.  There have been some significant conversations and even a Library/Technology/Gender summit that recently explored some of the issues and possibilities to rectify this disparity.  While there are many reasons for this imbalance, well beyond the scope of this lightning talk, I wonder if there may be a perfect storm brewing — or a perfect opportunity — for us.  When library staffing is increased through reorganization / realignment, there may be a group of staff (of all genders) that have the potential to be part of the digital library or digital scholarship on campus.  Based on numbers, this group may be disproportionately female.  Thus we may have an opportunity to create a training program that provides a conceptual programming framework, a set of core competencies, and a selection of tools that benefits the digital library while creating new interest in technical work among women.  This training program could also become part of undergraduate programs as well.

I’ve been involved in a similar initiative to create a training program, “Do IT Yourself,” that was part of the METRO library consortium of NYC/Westchester libraries, but the initiative ended for lack of funding.  The goals of the initiative included a training program similar to the “23 Things” model that circulated years ago.  In our case, I think we can form a liberal arts model that would have a significant, meaningful, immediate impact — more staff to help with our increasing workloads — and a long-term one — providing opportunities for others to experience the joys of systems administration, programming, technical / framework development, etc., no matter what gender.

Lightning talk proposal: Yearbook tagging project

I imagine that many here have the same issue as we have at Swarthmore: Good digital objects with less than great metadata. I’d like to describe a project (caveat: in progress) we are working on that involves an interface that allows users to add metadata to digital objects in contentDM, in this case, yearbook candids that have no identifying information. The project attempts to bring together a several disparate threads–for instance, alumni outreach, metadata vetting, active reuse of digitized content, leveraging a small library staff–and in the process poses a number of interesting questions about how digital projects happen in a liberal arts library context.

Working session proposal: social media as born-digital record

We (Mount Holyoke folks) would love to discuss, get feedback on/explore, and hopefully come away with a –framework? ideas on best practices? next steps on collaborating on?– the work involved in capturing social media as born-digital records in the larger context of records management for campus student organizations and activism, engaging students with archives, and thinking of archives as an active, participatory practice.

I realize a working session may not be the best way to approach this topic, as there may not be enough of an “outcome” here–happy to think of it in another way for the event, or maybe use it as a starting point for a conversation afterwards!

 

Working Session Proposal: digital preservation for DH projects

I’d like to develop some ideas and/or gather success stories on how others have implemented digital preservation or at least some preservation-ish practices within a DH project or initiative.  For example: have you been able to work into a DH project a way to manage the output over time, and if so, how did you do that?  Were you brought in after a project was funded? Did you make recommendations on a proposal to help get it funded? Could we come up with a set of basic practices, recommendations, or document resources to help us/faculty/DH practitioners keep thinking about sustainability of their projects beyond “backing it up” and/or running to the library (or IT) when the funding runs out and something needs to be saved or re-done to keep from losing their work?

Working Session Proposal: Implementing Standards

Have you wished that collections across campus were in sync with each other? Wouldn’t that make them easier to reference and manage?

Many groups of people work on managing digital collections. However, not everyone is talking to one another nor on the same page regarding standards and policies. The working session would focus on implementing standards for all staff through engaging ideas to get everyone on board.

 

Working Session Proposal: (Personal) Digital Archiving Day on Campus

In 2012, I created a new event on campus, Digital Archiving Day.  This event, modeled on the “Personal Digital Archiving Day” outreach programs of LC’s National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP), started out as a simple way to disseminate some best practices on born-digital object creation and preservation to Vassar’s faculty.  An interesting outcome, however, was that the Digital Initiatives team learned about many digital scholarship programs that were natural partnerships with the work that we were doing for our digital repository.  We’ve held PDAD (as it’s come to be known) twice in two years, and have had requests to make it a once-per-semester event and expand to students as well.

A working session on Personal Digital Archiving Day will include: examining the steps we used to create our events, including our marketing approach (both pros and cons); providing insight into the goals that we had for the faculty and the libraries; and the types of projects that came from the event, including a model project plan that we use at Vassar.  The outcome will be the creation of a plan and list of action items that you can use to host your own Personal Digital Archiving Day on your campus.

24 Apr – Quick note – the Library of Congress digital preservation blog, “The Signal,” just reported back on some PDA events and the personal vs. professional aspects that come with digital preservation – a good read overall: http://blogs.loc.gov/digitalpreservation/2014/04/a-report-on-the-personal-digital-archiving-2014-conference/.

Working session ideas: some suggested topics

I’m going to abuse my power by suggesting a couple of topics that came up through an earlier survey, and that are both ideas I’d be interested in exploring more through a working session:

- Discussing/developing best practices for incorporating undergraduate students in digital projects, both production-oriented and digital scholarship. In the first case, how do we make their experiences more meaningful? In the second, how do we successfully incorporate students as collaborators in digital scholarship projects?

-Developing best practices and sharing sample workflows for accessioning, preserving, and providing access to born digital content. (This is big, but I’d be happy to just start with accessioning!)

Lightning Talk Proposal: Resource Space

Resource Space is an open source digital asset management software platform. About two years ago the Mount Holyoke College Digital Assets and Preservation team implemented it to control workflow for the digitization process. Recently the Smith College DAM project installed Resource Space with similar goals. In both cases Resource Space has served as a catalyst for best practices and collaboration in digital production. Sarah Goldstein (MHC) and Elisa Lanzi (SC) will explain how they do it.

Lightning Talk Proposal [Preserving Historic Audio & Video]

Middlebury College is currently up to its eyes and ears in digitized sound and film archives. NEDCC is using a new laser-imaging technology to digitize over 200 Edison wax cylinders from the Helen Hartness Flanders Archive and we’ve uncovered (literally!) dozens of forgotten 16mm films that are being systematically reformatted. Our first batch of films came back in the tune of many hundreds of gigabytes, and the audio is still on its way. Rebekah Irwin, Director of Special Collections & Archives will share some sound and video clips, explain the various file types coming back from our vendors, and describe our current thinking for archive and access solutions.

Lightning Talk Proposal [Trello]

Lightning Talk Title: Workflow? Try Trello!
Presented by: Michelle Fredette

Trello is a free* web-based collaborative application for project management. Amherst College started using Trello this past year to help us keep track of digitization projects and manage our workflow, from digitization through metadata creation to uploading materials for ingest. This talk will discuss our process of choosing a tool for project management, what requirements we had and how Trello meets them, as well as our institution-specific use of Trello and how it has been helpful for us.
*Free for the basic level, which is what Amherst College uses. Trello Business Class is $50 per month or $500 per year.