Digital history @ MJCPL
                                    Lessons
                                    learned




      ...
What we've built
               Lemen Photo Collection
                        River to Rail
                      History...
Why bother?
Conserve
Contribute,
Control
Consolidate
Step One
           Examine your collections
What do you have?
           Are your collections historically
               significant? unique? useful?
Prioritize
              When plotting your project
             consider condition and need
Step Two
           Assemble your team!
Who will do the work?
           Research * Metadata* Technology
                      Grants * Coordination
Step Three
                Learn
             the ropes
Start small, then expand
                  Learn and establish best
              practices with finite projects.
Organization
                   File management and
               preservation is mandatory
Best Practices
                 Scan once, use many times.
                        Go high resolution.




               ...
Step Four
            To keep moving forward...
Finances
           It’s hard, but not impossible
Avoid getting stuck
           Don’t forget to budget time as well!
If you scan it will they come?
           You have to promote the collection
                          as well as create i...
Keep notes for the future
               Your next project leader will
           appreciate avoiding the disasters!
Finally...
             A couple plugs...
Tell a story!
                           Use images and words.
                Tell the story behind the images.




     ...
We're heading to Omeka
             Easy to use and expandable
             Dublin Core and taxonomy
             Exhibit ...
Thank You!




Madison-Jefferson County   Janice Barnes
Public Library                genealogy@mjcpl.org
 (812) 265-2744 ...
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  • MJCPL Digital Projects Lessons

    1. 1. Digital history @ MJCPL Lessons learned photos from rivertorail.mjcpl.org and lemen.mjcpl.org
    2. 2. What we've built Lemen Photo Collection River to Rail History Rescue
    3. 3. Why bother? Conserve Contribute, Control Consolidate
    4. 4. Step One Examine your collections
    5. 5. What do you have? Are your collections historically significant? unique? useful?
    6. 6. Prioritize When plotting your project consider condition and need
    7. 7. Step Two Assemble your team!
    8. 8. Who will do the work? Research * Metadata* Technology Grants * Coordination
    9. 9. Step Three Learn the ropes
    10. 10. Start small, then expand Learn and establish best practices with finite projects.
    11. 11. Organization File management and preservation is mandatory
    12. 12. Best Practices Scan once, use many times. Go high resolution. http://www.in.gov/ memories/about.html
    13. 13. Step Four To keep moving forward...
    14. 14. Finances It’s hard, but not impossible
    15. 15. Avoid getting stuck Don’t forget to budget time as well!
    16. 16. If you scan it will they come? You have to promote the collection as well as create it!
    17. 17. Keep notes for the future Your next project leader will appreciate avoiding the disasters!
    18. 18. Finally... A couple plugs...
    19. 19. Tell a story! Use images and words. Tell the story behind the images. buffalohistoryworks.com parisenimages.fr/en digitalhistory.uh.edu
    20. 20. We're heading to Omeka Easy to use and expandable Dublin Core and taxonomy Exhibit builder and RSS
    21. 21. Thank You! Madison-Jefferson County Janice Barnes Public Library genealogy@mjcpl.org (812) 265-2744 Jerry Yarnetsky history.mjcpl.org information@mjcpl.org
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