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Friday, June 7 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
How to survive your first digitization project: Building expertise through collegiality

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Digitization can be an important and useful way to expose collections, improve access and generate interest. However, this process can be taxing for libraries and researchers with limited skills and resources. Our official job titles are often the tip of the iceberg of what we do, and we may find ourselves involved in projects for which we do not consider ourselves experts. Three librarians from Mount Saint Vincent University will discuss their use of Omeka for three very different collections: a Lesbian Pulp Fiction Collection, a Home Economics Archive, and a collection of woven mathematical artifacts. Despite the differences in the collections, many similar challenges and questions arose. Panellists will provide a brief description of their projects before discussing their experiences of choosing metadata schema and controlled vocabulary, the importance of beta testing, and wrestling with imposter syndrome. Brainstorming, planning and collegial support became essential tools for perseverance and success.
The purpose of this panel is to share our processes, experiences, and mistakes with the audience. We wish to initiate a conversation and share expertise among our colleagues. This session will be of interest to librarians, information managers and library technicians dealing with small collections or working with patrons who are working with a small or niche collection to make it more accessible. Our focus is on digitization by non-experts and what can be done with minimal financial resources.

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Lindsey MacCallum

Scholarly Publishing Librarian, Mount Saint Vincent University
Lindsey MacCallum is the Scholarly Publishing Librarian at Mount Saint Vincent University, as well as the Humanities liaison. Her research interests include examining the use of open source institutional repositories at small academic institutions and exploring the history of home... Read More →
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Katie Puxley

Information Services Specialist, Mount Saint Vincent University
Katie is the Information Services Specialist at the Mount Saint Vincent University Library. In this role, she is co-coordinator of the Research Help & Instruction team, is the liaison of the International Student Center and the library’s Jill-of-all-trades.Katie has always fascinated... Read More →
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Denyse Rodrigues

E-Learning & Library Research Services Librarian, Mount Saint Vincent University
Denyse Rodrigues practices librarianship at Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU). Among her responsibilities are coordinating e-learning and research help library services, liaising with departments in the Social Sciences, teaching a credit-bearing online information literacy course... Read More →

Friday June 7, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm NDT
.B 1002