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Thursday, May 17 • 9:00am - 10:15am
Session 4 A | Cultural Heritage Collections Lightning Round

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Exploring our Collections: The Many Colors of the UNT Digital Library
Pamela Andrews, Marcia McIntosh, Shannon Willis
This 24x7 presentation discusses a combination of outreach initiatives to promote use of digital collection items: #ColorOurCollections and Twitter.

A Platform for Exploration: Bringing Together African American History at umbrasearch.org

Sarah Carlson, Cecily Marcus
Umbra Search African American History (umbrasearch.org) makes African American history more broadly accessible through a freely available widget and search tool, umbrasearch.org; digitization of African American materials across collections; and support of students, educators, artists, and the public through residencies, workshops, and events locally and around the country. This presentation will discuss the development of Umbra Search, including the technology and design, the role of collaborative partnerships, and the importance of outreach to enhance access and encourage use with these rich materials. We will also address the unique challenges of thematic aggregations for culturally specific materials and long term sustainability for digital platforms, as well as opportunities for shifting perspectives of collection building, access, and use.

Beyond the Pages:  Early Printed Books in Digital Collections
Barbara Laufersweiler
For early printed books, somewhere in the middle ground between simple image display and multispectral imaging, between metadata searches and virtual reality experiences, there are practical, low-cost, high-impact practices available for digitization and in digital collections. They create new possibilities for digital library users to engage with those early printed books more fully, opening the books to new scholarship and new engagement. I will present specific examples and recommendations for low-cost, high-impact practices for digitization and digital collections. To the extent such practices are adopted, digital collections can provide a great deal more information about early printed books, opening them more fully to the world in practical, straightforward ways.

Community Webs: Creating Community History Web Archives

Emily Ward, Kyrie Whitsett, Maria Praetzellis
Many public libraries have active local history collections and have traditionally collected print materials that document their communities. Due to the technical challenges of web archiving, the lack of training, educational opportunities, and an active community of public library-based practitioners, very few public libraries are building web archives. This lightening talk will include a presenter from the Internet Archive and a program participant from the East Baton Rouge Parish Library. Together they will review this grant funded program working with 27 public library partners to provide education, training, professional networking, and technical services to enable public libraries to fulfill this vital role.

Digging into Linked Data: Perspectives from the Long Tail
Paromita Biswas, Andrea Leonard
The success of the semantic web depends on widespread participation by organizations in making connections between open, structured datasets. Large libraries are beginning to make such connections – it’s time smaller libraries take the leap. But do these libraries have the resources? This presentation focuses on a collaborative linked data project between two mid-sized academic libraries--Western Carolina University and Appalachian State University. The presentation will highlight the successes and challenges faced by the presenters and will be a useful learning experience for those who are thinking of venturing into creating access for their special collections using linked data tools.

Box of Chocolates: Surfacing Unique Collections in Small-Bite Form
Jenifer Flaxbart
Hear about the approach the University of Texas Libraries (UTL) is undertaking to create small-scale digital exhibitions. Their “Box of Chocolates” approach serves to introduce a tempting variety of content “bonbons” to scholars, to inform their awareness of lesser known collections and inspire or enrich research, while minimizing workflow impacts.
It also provides a practical solution to collections-focused digital project engagement and discovery-related progress, allowing subject liaison librarians to simultaneously gain skills and promote distinctive UTL content, without over-taxing individual liaison, digitization unit, or UTL IT resource capacity.

Piloting Photogrammetry in Digital Libraries
Shannon Willis, Marcia McIntosh
Building on the 3D scanning and model hosting already developed at the University of North Texas Libraries (UNT), members of the Digital Projects Unit (DPU) piloted a technique new to its digitization lab: photogrammetry.  DPU members used special collection holdings at UNT, largely from the Texas Fashion Collection, to test several different methods of photogrammetry. This presentation will focus on these methods for model creation as well as metadata description, uploading, and viewing of the models in the UNT Digital Library.

Buildings of Texas: Supporting Visual Browsing of Geospatial Archival Holdings through Web Mapping
Grace Hansen
Providing access to geospatial archival holdings through visual browsing offers exciting new opportunities for all users. As part of the University of Texas at Austin Libraries' effort to build an infrastructure to support its geospatial data, Hansen is geocoding a dataset representing an archival collection at the Alexander Architectural Archives and creating a web map to provide access to descriptive information. This presentation will discuss both conceptual and technical considerations that went into this project, including the decision to conceptualize the map as a finding aid and the ways in which spatial browsing better supports discovery for geospatial collections.

The Renewed Interest in the Ethnology Teaching Collection
Patrice-Andre Prud'homme
The focus of a collection can change over the course of time. The University Museum at Illinois State University closed its doors in 1991, and many artifacts were relocated. Remaining artifacts would become part of a hands-on teaching collection, now known as the Ethnology Teaching Collection. Through the collaborative partnership between the Sociology and Anthropology department and Milner library, curated objects are being digitized to promote the significant historical and educational enduring value that the collection still exhibits as a teaching tool in contrast to similar objects held in museums.

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Jeremy Moore

Digital Media Specialist, Texas State University
Jeremy Moore holds a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art from the University of North Texas and has been the Digital Media Specialist in the Digital & Web Services department at Texas State University, University Libraries since 2014. With over 20 years’ experience in photography... Read More →

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Pamela Andrews

Repository Librarian for Scholarly Works, University of North Texas
Pamela Andrews received her MA in English with a concentration in Rhetoric and Composition from University of central Florida, and her MS in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University. She currently works as the Repository Librarian for the Scholarly Works collection... Read More →
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Paromita Biswas

Metadata Librarian, Western Carolina University
Paromita Biswas is the Metadata Librarian at Western Carolina University. She heads the Library’s Cataloging Unit and works with both print and digital collections.
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Jenifer Flaxbart

Asst. Dir. of Research Support & Digital Initiatives, University of Texas at Austin
As Assistant Director of Research Support & Digital Initiatives for the UT Libraries, Jenifer leads a Digital Scholarship Team focused on the research lifecycle, from data management planning and research data services to tools for digital research methods, GIS, and scholarly communication... Read More →
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Grace Hansen

Graduate Student, School of Information
Grace Hansen is a graduate student specializing in archives at the University of Texas School of Information and expects to graduate in May 2018. She has worked at the Harry Ransom Center since 2014, where she filled roles as a library assistant, collection assistant, and graduate... Read More →
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Barbara Laufersweiler

Director, Digital Collections & Digitization, University Libraries, University of Oklahoma
Doing digitization of special collections materials at OU since 2012 -- early printed books and manuscripts, maps, and manuscript collections, for OU’s History of Science, Western History, and other collections.
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Andrea Leonard

Metadata Librarian, Appalachian State University
Andrea is the Metadata Librarian at Appalachian State University, working with digital collections. She earned a B.A. from Virginia Tech, an M.L.I.S. from the University of Pittsburgh and, most recently, a second master’s from Appalachian State University. She served as an E-Resources... Read More →
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Marcia McIntosh

Digital Production Librarian, University of North Texas
Marcia McIntosh received her master’s in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Information.  She is the Digital Production Librarian at the University of North Texas where she assists in the coordinating, management, and training necessary to... Read More →
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Patrice-Andre Prud'homme

Director, Digital Curation, Oklahoma State University
In his role as Director of Digital Curation at the Oklahoma State University Library, Patrice-Andre Prud'homme, Ph.D. provides leadership and management in the area of digital preservation, curation, and access. While at Illinois State University, he was involved in digital preservation... Read More →

Thursday May 17, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am CDT
Big Tex 1.102