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Celebrating Our Towns (and Gowns): Digital Collections and Collaborations

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Presentation and discussion session about collaboration on digital collections, given with Martina Soden (Scranton Public Library) at the Pennsylvania Library Association Northeast Chapter spring …

Presentation and discussion session about collaboration on digital collections, given with Martina Soden (Scranton Public Library) at the Pennsylvania Library Association Northeast Chapter spring workshop on June 13, 2014.

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  • Finished project – Live November 2011
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    e.g. Hurricane Diane, Centennial Books, Cookbooks…
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    • 1. Celebrating Our Towns (and Gowns) Digital Collections and Collaborations Martina Soden, Scranton Public Library Kristen Yarmey, University of Scranton
    • 2. 60 minutes of digital collections fun! • Who we are, who you are • Intro to UofS Digital Collections • Intro to Lackawanna Valley Digital Archives • Civil War Collaboration • Other LVDA collaborative projects • Discussion! :D
    • 3. www.scranton.edu/library/digitalcollections University of Scranton Special Collections digitization • Local history books • Mining reports • Plotkin Collection • Zaner-Bloser • Medieval Manuscripts
    • 4. www.scranton.edu/library/digitalcollections University of Scranton University Archives digitization • Yearbooks • Aquinas student newspaper • Course catalogs • Commencement programs • Newspaper clippings
    • 5. University of Scranton Born digital projects • Theses • University publications • PR Photographs • Terry Connors CDs
    • 6. University of Scranton Web Archiving
    • 7. 1.85 TB and growing!  University of Scranton Digital Preservation
    • 8. About the LVDA Launched November 2011 ‒ 9 Live Collections ‒ Over 5000 Images ‒ Library-Hosted CONTENTdm ‒ Five Community Partners
    • 9. Our Partners Lackawanna Historical Society University of Scranton Weinberg Library Steamtown National Historic Site Anthracite Heritage Museum Times-Tribune Newspaper Library
    • 10. ‒ Community Needs – Lots of Hidden Historical Gems – Diverse Access Tools – Preservation vs. Access – Access Hours to Physical Facilities Limited --Libraries and Digitization ‒ Libraries Believe in Access ‒ Libraries Embrace Technology ‒ (Subjective Comment): Libraries Are Better-Funded.
    • 11. LVDA Collections ‒ Celebrating Our Towns: Lackawanna County Centennial Books and Community Histories ‒ The Story of the Community Medical Center ‒ Natural Disasters in NePA: Hurricane Diane ‒ Friends of the Scranton Public Library Poetry Series ‒ From Lace Makers to Coal Miners: Life in the Lackawanna Valley 1866-1920
    • 12. Out of the Wildness-The 1st Project First time working with the partners and borrowing materials.
    • 13. Civil War Project (2011)
    • 14. UofS students dig through LHS archives Image courtesy of The Scranton Times-Tribune
    • 15. UofS students digitize and transcribe
    • 16. Publication in LVDA!
    • 17. Hurricane Diane First project funded in house but still using the partners for materials.
    • 18. The Story of the Community Medical Center ‒ This was a collection we never expected. ‒ Worked with LHS and CMC on the collection.
    • 19. Celebrating our Towns: Lackawanna County Centennial Books and Community Histories ‒ Our newest collection. ‒ Over 30 rare centennial books from Lackawanna County.
    • 20. Cookbook Project ‒ We have another project that we are waiting to hear if this will be funded. ‒ Cookbooks from churches and other local organizations. ‒ Exciting project that focuses on ethnic and cultural connections. ‒ Plan to scan and digitize at least 30 books using material from Valley Community Library and staff.
    • 21. Discussion Seeds • Are you currently working on digital collections, or do you have plans to start? • What kinds of collaborative projects would you & your patrons be interested in? • What might your library/community be able to contribute to a project? • What help/resources/training would you need? • How can we share/promote local history resources? • How do we continue the conversation?
    • 22. Thank you! Questions? msoden@albright.edu kristen.yarmey@scranton.edu