Stakeholders across the information community have poured significant resources into the creation of digitized collections, with varying degrees of success. Since the final resources do get used by both students as well as researchers, what steps are needed to improve and support swift discovery of these resources at the point of need? Are they properly accessible? What technologies were used in creating the digital forms, and how well are they working? Where do “digitize-and-return” projects fit into all this? The speakers at this virtual conference will share case studies from a variety of institutions and organizations.
Confirmed speakers include Julia Corrin, University Archivist, Carnegie Mellon University; Nicole Finzer, Digital Projects and Outreach Librarian, Northwestern University; Mike Furlough, Executive Director, HathiTrust; Edward Galloway, Associate University Librarian for Archives and Special Collections, and Jeff Wisniewski, Director of Communications & Web Services, both of University of Pittsburgh; Jon Shaw, Associate Vice Provost and Deputy University Librarian, University of Pennsylvania; and Karin Wulf, Director and Librarian, John Carter Brown Library and Professor of History, Brown University.
12:00 Noon - 12:15 Welcome
Along Came Google: A History of Library Digitization, by Deanna Marcum and Roger Schonfeld (2021, Princeton University Press
12:15pm - 12:45pm Opening Keynote
12:45 pm - 1:15pm Perspective on Needs and Concerns
1:15 - 1:45 Case Study - Carnegie Mellon University
1:45 pm - 2:30 pm Comfort Break
2:30pm - 3:00pm Case Study - University of Pittsburgh
3:00 - 3:30 Case Study - Northwestern University
3:30pm - 4:00pm Vision Interview with Mike Furlough
Mike Furlough is Executive Director of HathiTrust, an organization that contributes to research and scholarship by collaboratively collecting, preserving, and sharing the scholarly record. HathiTrust stewards more than 17 million digitized books and journals digitized on behalf of nearly 200 supporting member libraries. Furlough leads the strategic development of HathiTrust’s programs and services, including its digital library, access for print disabled users, copyright research, innovative support for text and data mining, and the establishment of a distributed print archive among its members. His career has long taken place at the intersection of emerging technologies and scholarly practices and in the past he has worked in various roles in the libraries at Penn State University Libraries and the University of Virginia.
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