In the first months on the job this summer, Dean Patty Iannuzzi asked me to write a white paper compiling important questions that need to be addressed to help direct the future of digitization projects at the Libraries. Library staff can access the paper on the Libraries staff website
. As a result of the paper, the Libraries hosted an all-staff professional development event last week.
On Friday, November 17 UNLV Libraries welcomed Roy Tennant from the California Digital Library
and Ann Lally from the University of Washington
to speak at a day-long workshop for library staff, campus collaborators (History department, Fine Arts department, Office of Information Technology), and regional libraries (University of Nevada Reno, Nevada State College).The presenters shared their expertise growing and building successful digital library programs and addressed issues relating to digitization projects in academic libraries. Turnout was high for both the morning session and the afternoon panel discussions, where library staff participated by asking questions and discussing a variety of topics.
Audience questions included:
How do you select and prioritize projects?
How do we set the stage for the creation of sharable metadata?
How can we market digital collections and how can digital collections market the Libraries?
Quotes summing up the themes of the day:
"Only librarians like to search, users like to find!" (Roy Tennant)
"CONTENTdm's greatest strength is its ability to support collaboration." (Ann Lally)
"Digital collections often result in higher physical use of the originals." (Ann Lally)
"Break down information silos and aggregate materials." (Roy Tennant)
The workshop proved to be a great success and the whole library seemed abuzz with renewed enthusiasm. Many library staff expressed enthusiastic comments and shared their personal interest in digitization and WDS hopes to channel this energy into a continuing dialogue and committment to future digital projects.