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ACRL Digital Curation Interest Group Meeting ALA Midwinter 2013


The ACRL DCIG will meet on Sunday, January 27, at 1 PM in WEST (Denny/Mercer). It will feature two presentations, followed by a 1/2-hour business meeting.

I. "Transitioning Digital Library Services to Support Data Curation" Speaker: Karen Estlund, Head, Digital Scholarship Center, for the University of Oregon Libraries and Project Director for the Oregon Digital Newspaper Program
Abstract: The University of Oregon Libraries has taken a proactive position in supporting data curation with the creation of a science data librarian position and, later, a social sciences data librarian. In order to support the data management, education, and curation activities of the data librarians, digital library services had taken an active role in providing guidance on metadata, tools, and preservation. This has, in-turn, reshaped how digital library services has envisioned the greater infrastructure for digital collections and preservation. In this presentation, I will discuss our successes, failures, and areas of activities still to be determined.


II. "The Library as Partner in University Data Curation: A Case Study in Collaboration" Speakers: Bethany Latham, Electronic Resources/Documents Librarian, Jacksonville State University, and Jodi Poe, Head of Technical Services, Jacksonville State University.
Abstract: Data curation is a concept with many facets. Curation goes beyond research-generated data, and its principles can support the preservation of institutions’ historical data. Libraries are well positioned to bring relevant expertise to such problems, especially those requiring collaboration, because of their experience as neutral caretakers and information professionals. This article details how one university library partnered with various campus entities, specifically the Office of Alumni Relations and the Photographic Services Department, as well as the Division of University Advancement, to further two data curation projects involving university yearbooks and a historical negative and photograph collection. Collaboration was necessary in order to achieve the desired result: the ongoing management and preservation of these resources for their promotional worth and as tools for scholarly research. These efforts allowed for the digitization, management, and reservation of the original resources, as well as the creation and perpetuation of digital collections that are easily accessible to university stakeholders and the community at large. This crossuniversity effort illustrates how this type of data curation project can build both individual and departmental relationships, increase buy-in for all involved, and establish an infrastructure for the furtherance of future projects.


III. Business meeting

1. Update on membership

2. Role of listserv

3. Upcoming webinars

4. Planning for spring semester and Annual 2013

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