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Wednesday, May 16 • 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Session 2 A | Cultural Heritage Collections

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Valuing Cultural Heritage Content: Findings from the Measuring Reuse Project
Santi Thompson, Liz Woolcott, Caroline Muglia, Ayla Stein, Elizabeth Kelly, Genya O'Gara
Developing a Framework for Measuring Reuse of Digital Objects, an IMLS-funded project (LG-73-17-0002-17) by the Digital Library Federation Assessment Interest Group (DLF-AIG), is conducting a needs assessment of the digital library community to determine features of a future assessment toolkit that goes beyond use and traditional library metrics, and focuses on transformation. Drawing upon data from two community surveys (with hundreds of survey responses), six focus group sessions (with over twenty participants total), and critical feedback from an active advisory board, this presentation will outline functional requirements and use cases, which will serve as the building blocks that will drive the future development of an assessment toolkit.

Exploring Indigenous Perspectives in a Digital Language Archive

J. Ryan Sullivant
Since 2000, the Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America (AILLA) at the University of Texas has grown into a large repository of media in and about 333 of the approximately 750 Indigenous languages spoken south of the US-Mexico border (Simons and Fennig, 2017). AILLA is but one example of a digital language archive whose collections are primarily audio and video media of people speaking, singing or praying in their Indigenous languages. These collections can offer a wealth of ethnographic, historical, and personal information about these people's’ lives, histories, and cultures. Beyond containing the voices of thousands of Indigenous people, digital language archives also contain collections that were collected by Indigenous people gathering recordings about their own languages and cultures. Since a collection reflects and projects an image of the people described in it, if Indigenous people make the decisions about what kinds of events to record, what questions to ask during oral history interviews, etc, then they are able to better have their perspectives represented in the archives without an additional and potentially distorting lens (Christen, 2007; Lonetree, 2012).

Poetry in the Code: Processing J. M. Coetzee’s Born-Digital Materials
Abby Adams
Before he embarked on a career as a scholar and writer, the South African-born author J. M. Coetzee was a computer programmer in the early years of the industry’s development, a subject which has been largely ignored by researchers to date. Held at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, Coetzee’s analog materials, processed in 2013, are frequently consulted by researchers. In fall of 2017, his born-digital files were made accessible. This hybrid collection represents an important use case, stretching as it does across sixty years of digital innovation, due to the profound implications it has for our understanding of Coetzee’s academic and literary career. 


Jes Neal

Trinity University

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Chance Adams

Digital Archivist, Harry Ransom Center
Abby Adams is the Digital Archivist at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin where her primary focus is to lead the stewardship of born digital archival materials and collaborate with staff to develop access methods for born digital materials at the Center... Read More →
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Elizabeth Kelly

Digital Programs Coordinator, Loyola University New Orleans
Elizabeth Kelly, Digital Programs Coordinator at Loyola University New Orleans, manages digitization activities for Special Collections & Archives and is also responsible for collecting, maintaining, and assessing usage data for the library’s digitized collections. Kelly publishes... Read More →
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Ayla Stein Kenfield

Repository Services Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ayla Stein Kenfield is the Repository Services Librarian and Associate Professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Library. She earned her M.S. in Information at the University of Michigan and her B.A. in East Asian Studies at the University of Arizona.
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Caroline Muglia

Co-Associate Dean for Collections, University of Southern California
Caroline Muglia is the Co-Associate Dean for Collections at University of Southern California (USC). In this capacity, she also manages collection assessment and resource sharing initiatives at the Libraries.
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Genya O'Gara

VIVA Deputy Director, George Mason University/VIVA
Genya O’Gara is the Associate Director of VIVA, the academic library consortium of Virginia, which represents 72 higher education institutions within the Commonwealth. She received her MSLS from UNC-Chapel Hill, and her BA from the Evergreen State College.
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Santi Thompson

Head, Digital Research Services, University of Houston
Santi Thompson is the Head of Digital Research Services at the University of Houston (UH) Libraries. In this role, he develops policies and workflows for the digital components of scholarly communications, including digital research support and digital repositories. Santi publishes... Read More →

Wednesday May 16, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm CDT
Big Tex 1.102