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Saturday, April 27 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Forward Into the Past: Crafting A Digital Future, Curating Our Analog Past

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Lightning Round

Moderator: Mark Bresnan, Head of Bibliographic Records, Frick Art Reference Library

Cataloging the Future: Challenges and Opportunities Associated with Unique Digital Collections - Greta Bahnemann, Metadata Coordinator/Assistant Librarian, Minnesota Digital Library, University of Minnesota

The Blue Mountain Project and the Means of Knowing - Sandra Ludig Brooke, Librarian, Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University

Creating a Resource, part 1: Conception, Context, and Curation of the William J. Hill Texas Artisans and Artists Archive - Margaret Culbertson, Director, Kitty King Powell Library, Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Creating a Resource, part 2: Implementation, Standards, and Framework  of the William J. Hill Texas Artisans and Artists Archive - Marie Wise, Librarian and Project Manager, The William J. Hill Texas Artisans and Artists Archive, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Digitizing the Gilded Age: Building a Digital Collection at the Frick Art Reference Library and Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives - Sean Leahy, Scholarly Resource & Academic Outreach Librarian, Champlain College

Capturing Images of a Forbidden World:  Preliminary Stages of a Project to Digitize the GDR Poster Collection at George Mason University - Melissa McAfee, Special Collections Librarian, Guelph University

What do a Texas watchmaker, a Minnesota forester, a French avant-garde journalist, a New York gallery owner, and an East German poster artist have in common? They are all, in some way, fodder for the digital projects presented in this session. Six speakers will discuss 5 different projects where computing technology is applied to archival and library materials, records of material culture and works of art. They are all somewhere on the continuum from cataloging to cultural history to digital humanities.  Some, like the Minnesota Digital Library’s Minnesota Reflections and the William J. Hill Texas Artisans and Artists Archive, provide access to visual or textual documents relating to artistic or historical activity in a given state.  Documenting the Gilded Age (NYARC) and Uncovering a Forbidden World (George Mason University), leverage existing collections of art or traditional library materials that reside in the collection of a library or a consortium. Still others, such as the Blue Mountain Project (Princeton University), will provide full-text searchable access to selected journals of the avant-garde era. Funding may be from an individual donor, a government, an institution or a non-profit organization. Among the digitized materials are census records, city directories, exhibition catalogs, journal runs, photographs and posters. The presenters will each give a quick overview of their project and may touch on topics such as audience, best practices, cataloging schema or metadata, collaboration, copyright, evaluation, funding, digital and physical preservation, and the place of a given project in the wider world of digital initiatives.

Saturday April 27, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Conference Center 107

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