New Directions for Digital Collections at Academic Libraries

2:00pm - 3:00pm EST February 26, 2014

This event was originally scheduled for Feb. 13. New registrations welcome.

Digital collections programs have become an established aspect of academic libraries, even those at small colleges. What opportunities exist to further develop these programs in ways that support innovative teaching and scholarship? (Times EST)

Two decades after the advent of the Web, digital collections are a regular part of academic library business. This seminar’s leaders will review some new approaches to digital collections taken by libraries at small colleges. In particular, panelists will discuss collections developed around faculty teaching and research interests, student-created collections and exhibits, library publishing programs, and library support for digital field scholarship. Join Mark Dahl, NITLE fellow and director of the Aubrey R. Watzek Library at Lewis & Clark College, and panelists Mark Christel, director of libraries at the College of Wooster, Anneliese Dehner, digital projects developer at Lewis & Clark, Isaac Gilman, assistant professor and scholarly communications and research services librarian at Pacific University, and Allegra Swift, head of scholarly communications and publishing for the Claremont Colleges Library, as they delve into new directions for digital collections.

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Seminar Leaders

Mark Dahl is director of the Aubrey R. Watzek Library at Lewis & Clark College, and a NITLE fellow. He has presented and written extensively on library technology and digital initiatives. His professional interests include digital initiatives, student engagement with library resources, and the future of the liberal arts college library. As a NITLE fellow, he is writing articles that outline: guidelines to help college libraries move from building digital collections to developing digital initiatives centered around faculty and student scholarship (the topic of this seminar); emerging modes of data services in liberal arts college libraries; and strategies for reconfiguring space in college libraries to meet a number of traditional and emerging academic needs on campus. He holds an undergraduate degree in history and journalism and master’s degrees in history and library/information science.

Mark Christel is director of libraries at the College of Wooster and project director for “Digital Collections: from Projects to Pedagogy and Scholarship,” a collaborative project between the Five Colleges of Ohio, supported by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. A Frye Institute Fellow and Digital.Humanities@Oxford alum, he currently chairs the Center for Research Libraries’ Undergraduate Research Working Group.

Anneliese Dehner is digital projects developer for Lewis & Clark’s Aubrey R. Watzek Library. In this role, she collaborates to build the concepts, infrastructure, and interfaces of academic digital projects. Her recent projects have served as digital archives, platforms for experiential learning, and outreach components for faculty grant-funded research. Among these collaborative projects are Lewis & Clark Digital Collections, The Spiders of Lewis & Clark, and The Rabat Genizah Project. Anneliese likes to tinker with new web tools, design clean and friendly interfaces, and to infuse academia with a little bit of whimsy.

Isaac Gilman is assistant professor and scholarly communications and research services librarian at Pacific University. He manages Pacific University’s institutional repository, CommonKnowledge, and coordinates the University Libraries’ publishing services. He also teaches an undergraduate course in scholarly journal publishing and is co-editor of the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

Allegra Swift is the head of scholarly communications and publishing for the Claremont Colleges Library of the Claremont University Consortium. Before taking on her current position, Allegra was the digital initiatives librarian, responsible for the Claremont Colleges Digital Library and the inception of Scholarship@Claremont. She has expertise in digital library collection building and advocacy, metadata, scholarly communications, institutional repositories, and library publishing. 

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Those interested in library digital collections and their intersection with scholarship and teaching should attend this seminar. Attendance by institutional teams is encouraged; individuals are also welcome to participate.

Please register online by Monday, February 24. Participation in NITLE Shared Academics is open to all active member institutions of the NITLE Network as a benefit of membership and as space allows. No additional registration fee applies.


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