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Planning Warehouse 13

  1. 1. Deborah Brackstone, AMUM, Art Museum, University of Memphis Kay Cunningham, Plough Library, Christian Brothers University
  2. 2. http://www.paulrwilliamsproject.org /
  3. 3. <ul><li>AMUM, the University of Memphis' Art Museum, created an educational website devoted to the work of African-American architect Paul Revere Williams, the &quot;architect to the stars.&quot; With the assistance of libraries and archives from across the country, AMUM assembled a comprehensive bibliography, verified and collected images of Williams' works, and enhanced the images with background text to create a research tool useful for K-12 students, college architecture majors, researchers, or the general public. The presenters describe the development of the project, giving particular attention to the collaboration between art historians, archivists, librarians, and the public. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Who was Paul Revere Williams? </li></ul><ul><li>Why make a website in his honor? </li></ul>Paul R. Williams Portrait, 1951 Herald Examiner Collection/Los Angeles Public Library
  5. 5. Basic Magnesium Plant, Las Vegas, NV Photographer: Fritz Henle, 1942 Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA-OWI Collection, LC-USW3-053849-E Roosevelt Naval Base, 1996 Photographer: William B. Dewey. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division: Historic American Buildings Survey, HABS CAL, 19-LONGB, 3-9
  6. 6. <ul><li>Accessible for all levels </li></ul><ul><ul><li>K-12, architecture majors, researchers, general public </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Attractive, professional design </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy navigation, professional technical support </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Achieve high rankings in search results </li></ul><ul><li>Accurate content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Verifiable, research-based </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Incorporate appropriate new technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate new information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Moderated postings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Point for questions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Disseminate known information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Moderated blog </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Easy navigation </li></ul><ul><li>Accessible by any browser </li></ul><ul><li>Uniform, professional design </li></ul><ul><li>Broadly useful </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Many ages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Many interests </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Interesting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Visuals </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Technologically up-t0-date </li></ul>
  8. 8. Langston Terrace, Washington, D.C. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Theodor Horydczak Collection, ca. 1920 - ca. 1950. Roosevelt Naval Base, 1945 Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division: Historic American Buildings Survey, HABS CAL, 19-LONGB, 3-10.
  9. 9. <ul><li>Select collection management software </li></ul><ul><li>Identify material </li></ul><ul><li>Verify material </li></ul><ul><li>Order material </li></ul><ul><li>Input material </li></ul><ul><li>Edit for currency </li></ul><ul><li>Update website (quarterly) </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>RefWorks* </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows the collection and classification of references to articles, books, and other research resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be edited to include customized as well as standard information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Generates bibliographies with ease </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>*One of many options for citation management. Requires subscription and registration. For more details see http://www.refworks.com </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. An example of a reference in RefWorks Editing screen for the same reference
  12. 14. <ul><li>Working well with other institutions </li></ul>Paul R. Williams at Hollyhock House with a model of LA Junior Arts Center, 1965 Photographer: Harry Chase Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive, Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA
  13. 15. <ul><li>University of Memphis Libraries’ Special Collections and Reference Department </li></ul><ul><li>Library of Congress </li></ul><ul><li>Los Angeles Public Library </li></ul><ul><li>Getty Library </li></ul><ul><li>University of Southern California Library </li></ul><ul><li>OAC: Online Archive of California </li></ul><ul><li>University of California at Los Angeles Library </li></ul><ul><li>State Library of California (picture catalog) </li></ul><ul><li>Office of Historic Resources, City of Los Angeles </li></ul><ul><li>Neon Museum, Las Vegas </li></ul><ul><li>And many more </li></ul>See: http://www.paulrwilliamsproject.org/resources/archives/ for detailed listing
  14. 16. <ul><li>What happens when YOU are the Us being contacted? </li></ul><ul><li>At 2:10 a.m? </li></ul>http://www.paulrwilliamsproject.org/contact_us/
  15. 17. http://www.paulrwilliamsproject.org/news/ http://blog.paulrwilliamsproject.org/
  16. 19. <ul><li>Tells you if your page is being used </li></ul><ul><li>How it’s being used </li></ul><ul><li>What section of the page that’s being used </li></ul><ul><li>Categories of who’s using it </li></ul><ul><li>Where they are </li></ul><ul><li>What kind of browser/computer/search strategy they’re using </li></ul><ul><li>Where they’re navigating from </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Google? Wikipedia? One of your own pages? </li></ul></ul>
  17. 20. <ul><li>Expand your horizons </li></ul><ul><li>Get out of your comfort zone </li></ul><ul><li>Understand the changing needs of potential clients </li></ul><ul><li>Think of new applications for old tools </li></ul><ul><li>Be able to explain your technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Be open to meeting with people </li></ul><ul><li>Be willing to be a hand-holder </li></ul><ul><li>Make connections </li></ul>
  18. 21. <ul><li>Not everyone is on the same page as you are </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural literacy is dead </li></ul><ul><li>Common knowledge is a thing of the past </li></ul><ul><li>BUT </li></ul><ul><li>Being approachable makes friends for the research process </li></ul>Image created using http://www.wordle.net / .
  19. 22. Betty Ford and Cary Grant on the Beverly Wilshire Hotel mirrored staircase, 1976 Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive, Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA Contact: Deborah Brackstone AMUM, University of Memphis [email_address] Kay Cunningham Plough Library, Christian Brothers University [email_address]  This presentation will be available at http://www.slideshare.net

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