Conversation Starters: Welcome to the Digital Revolution. Where Are Your Libraries?

Monday, June 25, 2012 - 9:15am to 10:00am
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The digital revolution allows library users to access materials and create and collaborate as never before. But how is a digital library created? Julie Judkins, Digital Librarian and Coordinator of the University of Michigan Medical School’s American Influenza Epidemic of 1918: A Digital Encyclopedia, and Krystal Thomas, Dickinson State University’s Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library Coordinator, will share their experiences creating large-scale digital archives from scratch and will offer advice to institutions interested in building their own digital library.

Topics covered will include:
* Questions to ask during initial planning
* Ideal materials for a digitization project
* Resources required
* Copyright concerns and how to tackle them
* Ensuring the longevity of the digital collection
* Tips on collaborating with project partners
* Advice on user testing
* How to promote your finished project
* Successful project examples for inspiration and guidance

A note from the presenters: As practitioners involved with digital projects, we feel a discussion on the use and value of digital libraries is valuable for librarians across many disciplines. Our discussion on digital libraries will offer colleagues the valuable opportunity to discuss how to start a digital library project, issues they have encountered, and the opportunity to seek the advice of their peers. We hope our discussion on the future of digital libraries is inspiring and helpful to institutions just starting to investigate digital libraries, as well as those already embarked on projects of their own. We welcome all interested librarians to bring their questions about digital library projects to this facilitated discussion.

- Julie Judkins, Digital Librarian, Center for the History of Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School
- Krystal Thomas, Digital Library Coordinator and Archivist, Theodore Roosevelt Center, Dickinson State University

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Judkins and Thomas_Welcome to the Digital Revolution.pdf - Uploaded by Julie Judkins (Jun 25, 2012 - 245.65 KB
Fukunaga, Judkins and Thomas_Guide to Creating a Digital Archive.doc - Uploaded by Julie Judkins (Jun 18, 2012 - 194.5 KB
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case study about the American Influenza Encyclopedia, written for the open source version of Writing History in the Digital Age

Follow the American Influenza Encyclopedia on Twitter: @1918FluArchive

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TR Center website

If you're interested in digital libraries, please consider attending Julie's poster session "Nothing to Sneeze At: Lessons Learned While Creating an Interdisciplinary Digital Repository about the 1918 American Influenza Epidemic" (Saturday, June 23, 2012 - 11:00am to 12:30pm, Exhibit Hall Poster Area Table 3)

We look forward to seeing you in Anaheim!

I'm attaching a handout ("Guide to Creating a Digital Archive") that compliments our presentation. 

A PDF of our presentation slides is attached.