2012 Annual Conference
MLA pre-conference • May 8, 2012
DCU Center • Worcester, MA
9:00-9:15 Welcome by Kristi Chadwick, Digital Commonwealth President
9:15-10:15 Opening Keynote
Sustainable Digital Programs
Anne Sauer, Director and University Archivist
Digital Collections and Archives, Tufts University
10:30-11:30 Breakout sessions
Digital Public Library of America
Maura Marx, Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Univeristy
Maura is a former member of the Digital Commonwealth Executive Committee and is Executive Director of the Open Knowledge Commons (OKC), a nonprofit organization that works with libraries to help create the broadest possible public access to knowledge. OKC's efforts have been dedicated to bringing the printed materials in libraries online. This year Maura's work is focused on helping to form a national strategy for a public access digital library.
She received a B.A. in German from the University of Notre Dame, an M.A. in Italian from Middlebury College and an MSLIS from Simmons College.
Kristi Chadwick, Director, Emily Williston Library and President, Digital Commonwealth
Tom Blake, Digital Imaging Manager, Boston Public Library
Danny Pucci, Boston Public Library
Joe Fisher, Database Management Librarian, UMASS Lowell
Trusted Digital Preservation is a huge challenge for any institution, let alone those that lack technical expertise and infrastructure. Archivematica is an open-source software product designed specifically to provide digital preservation services to the underprivileged. DSpace can also provide a relatively easy and inexpensive solution as well. This session will offer an overview of certification requirements for Trusted Digital Repositories, why it’s important and how it’s achieved, followed by examinations of Archivematica and DSpace, covering installation and administration procedures and how well each fulfills essential digital preservation requirements.
11:30-12 Vendor exhibits
12:45-1:30 Digital Commonwealth news, updates and new projects
1:45-2:45 Breakout sessions
Karen Cariani, Director WGBH Media Library and Archives
Tom Blake, Digital Imaging Production Manager, Boston Public Library
The Boston Local Television News Project is a collaboration between WGBH, the Boston Public Library, Northeast Historic Film and Cambridge Community Television and aims to bring to life local news stories produced in and about Boston from the early 1960’s to 2000.
Gregor Trinkaus-Randall, Preservation Specialist, Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
Let's digitize this collection! It's easy, right? Wrong! What is involved in
making a decision as to what collections to digitize and what are the steps and
issues that one needs to address to prepare a collection of documents, photographs,
broadsides, ephemera, etc. to be digitized? This session will provide the
participants with an overview of many of the issues that need to be considered, if
not implemented, to prepare your collections for digitization.
Alexandra Deschamps, Instructional Design/Faculty Support Coordinator, UMASS-Amherst
JC Sawyer, Instructional Design/Faculty Support Coordinator, UMASS-Amherst
Digital stories are short, 3-10 minute videos that incorporate imagery, sound, music, and
spoken word to tell a short narrative. Digital storytelling is popular for telling personal stories they are often compelling and emotionally engaging. Digital stories can also run a spectrum of topics; popular ways to include digital storytelling in the curriculum include assigning students to create instructional videos, reflective pieces, interviews with experts, or narratives collected from a population group of interest. UMASS-Amherst Department of Academic Support staff will show how to use digital storytelling with faculty, student and library resources
3:00-4:00 Breakout sessions
Introduction to Metadata
Dodie Gaudet, Consultant
Introduction to creating metadata for digital objects with Dublin Core.
Dodie is adjunct faculty for Simmons College GSLIS and a library consultant. She previously was the consultant for bibliographic and technical services for CMRLS and a cataloger for Donoghue Group.
Julie Bartlett Nelson, Archivist, Forbes Library, Northampton
Colleen Previte, Archivist, Framingham State University
Becky Plimpton, Director, Joshua Hyde Library
In FY 2011, Digital Commonwealth gave 5 grants to small intuitions with funds provided by the Wilson Foundation. See and hear about the projects produced by Framingham State University, Lincoln Public Library, Joshua Hyde Library in Sturbridge, Sturgis Library in Barnstable, and a joint project of the Meekins Library and Williamsburg Historical Society.
Newspaper Digitization Project
Betsy McKelvey, Digital Collections Librarian