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September 29, 2017

LSTA Grant 2017-2018: What's Ahead!

What's ahead for the Alliance's 2017-2018 project, Extending Digital Collections Support for the Northwest, funded by the Oregon State Library's LSTA Program?
The project:
  • Continues support for contract staff to develop or modify documentation, deliver workshops, and provide direct support for Alliance members and non-members.
  • Extends workshops and direct support to non-Alliance members at cultural heritage institutions in Oregon and Washington by continuing a productive collaboration with the Washington State Library, and adding the Oregon Heritage Commission.
  • Creates data essential for the development of a DPLA hub for the region. However, the project does not extend hub services to non-Alliance members. That decision, by no means a foregone conclusion, will be considered by Council during strategic planning with the aid of the data that this project will produce. In the near term,the Alliance's application to become a hub for members only is under consideration.
The outcomes we'll produce:
  • Complete a needs assessment of Alliance members to determine needs for additional digital collections documentation and training.
  • Develop additional documentation, or revise existing documentation, to meet identified needs.
  • Develop additional workshops, and revise existing workshops, to meet identified needs.
  • Offer direct support (individual or institutional consultation on particular challenges) as needed.
  • Increase number of digital objects remediated and in the harvester from Alliance institutions by 50,000.
  • Increase the number of digital objects remediated and ready for aggregation from non-Alliance institutions to 10,000.
  • Produce data essential to the development of a DPLA hub for the region. Specifically:
    • Comparative number of hours required to customize and deliver workshops to Alliance members and to non-Alliance members;
    • Comparative number of hours of direct support required by Alliance members and non-Alliance members.
    • Census of cultural heritage institutions with digital collections described in Dublin Core in an open/harvestable system in Oregon and Washington, and how many digital objects these institutions hold in totum. Add to existing inventory of Alliance digital collections to create an aggregate number of digital objects in the region.
    Alliance Members with digital collections in a harvestable system will need to:
    • Respond to the needs assessment survey in October so that the Metadata Analyst, Workshop Instructor, and Program Manager can support your work!
    • Keep remediating digital collections and contributing them to the Alliance harvester. The target for this year's grant is to add 50,000 additional digital objects to the harvester. We made progress on this goal already in our first three months, adding over 3,000 new objects to the harvester.
The following people will support Alliance members' work on the project:
  • Robin Fay has joined us as the project's Metadata Analyst. Robin has over ten years of metadata and cataloguing experience with print and digital objects in academic libraries. She’ll review and (as needed) revise our existing digital collections documentation and provide one-on-one support for Alliance members and non-members. Robin comes with stellar recommendations, and we're so pleased to have her! She will work from her Atlanta-area office.
  • Leigh Grinstead is the project's Workshop Instructor. Leigh is a Digital Services Consultant at LYRASIS. She has broad experience in libraries, archives, and museums and conducts in-person and online training in all areas of digital collections. I had the pleasure of joining her on a consulting project with the Texas Archives Research Online last year. She is eager to revised (as needed) our existing digital collections workshops and present them to both Alliance members and non-members! She will work from her Denver office.
  • The Dublin Core Best Practices Standing Group of the ULC Team will focus their near-term work on facilitating conversations about rights statements, particularly free-text rights statements. The ULC Team will open recruitment for this group next week.
  • The ULC Program Manager will serve as project manager; take the lead on the initial and end-of-project assessments; and work with the Normalization Rules Standing Group, the IT Manager, the Discovery and User Experience Team, and Systems on Primo-related matters.
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