Posted tagged ‘Dodie Gaudet’

Must See Sites for Technical Services

November 10, 2008

On December 4th I’m going to be leading my very first workshop, entitled Must See Sites for Technical Services (a little long for my tastes but whatever).  Thus I’ve been spending a lot of time surveying relevent sites recently in preparation.  I have the beginins of my list up on delicious and I plan to have the list up as a permanent page here soon, I’m hoping to spend my day off tomorrow working on it.

The idea for the workshop and foundation for my list are the work of the great Dodie Gaudet, whose link page can be found here.  Given Dodie’s amazingly comprehensive list I’ve been a bit desperate to find new things to add, and so I’m resorting to my usual tactic of pulling in information from outside the field.  Some of which has obvious relevance (LibraryThing), but a lot that’s a bit outside the box (One Across can be a great help for deciphering handwriting).

I am of course open to any and all further suggestions and welcome additions to my list on delicious.

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Introduction to Library Digitization

October 28, 2008

I’m back from the very successful Introduction to Library Digitization Conference put on by the MLA’s Technical Services Section (OK, that’s enough self-promotion).  We had a great turnout, with a surprisingly diverse audience (still not sure how the University of Vermont even learned we were holding the event), and one of the most well prepared groups of speakers I’ve ever seen at a conference.  

I’ll post more later once the presentation slide get uploaded, but in the meantime:

The day started with an excellent (and practical) introduction to the subject by Gregor Trinkaus-Randall.

His presentation was followed by Mary Piorun and Lisa Palmer from the UMass Medical library, who then showed how to apply the lessons gained from the first session to a specific project.

After a nice lunch Andrew Epstein gave an amazingly comprehensive (for an hour long talk) rundown of US copyright law, including how the law is likely to change, thanks to the Orphan Works act.  Incidentally I’ll be speaking on the subject on Friday and now have to try my best not to copy his talk (I had my notes done last Thursday, I swear) since there are at least three people who will have been at both events.

Finally, there was a panel discussion featuring Leone E. Cole from the Watertown Library, Kathy Foulke from Connecticut History Online, and Dodie Gaudet, Kristi Chadwick & Jeffrey Monseau from the Digital Treasures project.  Honestly, this presentation was a little rough as there was enough information for 3 presentations (more on Digital Treasures Friday) and we ran out of time (sorry Kristi).  But the session was still very informative and I thought it did a lot to show how the attendees could start working on their own projects sooner rather than later.

All in all it was a great event, it’s just a shame that it’s started snowing now (it’s only October!).