Title Goes Here July 29, 2004
AIMS workshop 23 August 2011
Born-digital materials at the Ransom Center <ul><li>46 hybrid collections containing digital materials </li></ul><ul><li>2...
Lessons Learned #1 <ul><li>Providing two separate finding aids, or one finding aid not linked to the repository database, ...
Example of finding aid for paper materials (David Foster Wallace)
 
Lesson Learned #2 <ul><li>Technology is supposed to help. </li></ul><ul><li>If using a particular system increases your wo...
 
 
Lesson Learned #3a <ul><li>Establishing descriptive standards should be a learning process for staff, not for students and...
Lesson Learned #3b <ul><li>Don't let the peculiarities of a particular repository system dictate the arrangement or descri...
Hybrid inventory <ul><li>Hyperlink to corresponding </li></ul><ul><li>series on Dspace </li></ul><ul><li>“ ER” denoting pr...
Lesson Learned #4 <ul><li>One of the biggest challenges will be to build cataloging practices that privilege and support p...
Disk record, ER database
Thank you! Gabby Redwine [email_address]
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    1. 1. Title Goes Here July 29, 2004
    2. 2. AIMS workshop 23 August 2011
    3. 3. Born-digital materials at the Ransom Center <ul><li>46 hybrid collections containing digital materials </li></ul><ul><li>2,200 removable media of various types (60% 3.5-inch disks) </li></ul><ul><li>8 personal computers </li></ul><ul><li>Partially to fully processed: 8 collections </li></ul><ul><li>Not processed: 38 collections </li></ul><ul><li>Currently available to researchers: 0 </li></ul>
    4. 4. Lessons Learned #1 <ul><li>Providing two separate finding aids, or one finding aid not linked to the repository database, is not helpful. </li></ul><ul><li>Basic digital functionality is expected (e.g., search). </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced functionality and interoperability are desired. </li></ul><ul><li>User feedback is useful, important, and easy to solicit informally. </li></ul><ul><li>Even people who are afraid of technology have valuable insight into how a database, interface, or other system components can be improved. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Example of finding aid for paper materials (David Foster Wallace)
    6. 7. Lesson Learned #2 <ul><li>Technology is supposed to help. </li></ul><ul><li>If using a particular system increases your workload in ways that don't make sense, reevaluate the situation and your options. </li></ul>
    7. 10. Lesson Learned #3a <ul><li>Establishing descriptive standards should be a learning process for staff, not for students and volunteers. </li></ul><ul><li>Once standards are in place, students/volunteers can learn from the choices staff have already made and offer suggestions for improvement. </li></ul><ul><li>Consistency in description and arrangement is vital because metadata needs to be portable between systems (e.g., from DSpace to something else). </li></ul>
    8. 11. Lesson Learned #3b <ul><li>Don't let the peculiarities of a particular repository system dictate the arrangement or descriptive standards of your born-digital materials. </li></ul><ul><li>Metadata needs to be portable, robust, and transcendent. </li></ul>
    9. 12. Hybrid inventory <ul><li>Hyperlink to corresponding </li></ul><ul><li>series on Dspace </li></ul><ul><li>“ ER” denoting presence of </li></ul><ul><li>electronic records </li></ul><ul><li>Dspace structure mostly corresponds to that of finding aid for paper materials </li></ul>
    10. 13. Lesson Learned #4 <ul><li>One of the biggest challenges will be to build cataloging practices that privilege and support paper and digital components equally. </li></ul><ul><li>Obstacles: staff training, equipment, expertise, pressure to finish projects and get finding aids online sooner rather than later. </li></ul>
    11. 14. Disk record, ER database
    12. 15. Thank you! Gabby Redwine [email_address]

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