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 workshop on June 13, 2014.

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

    1. 1. Celebrating Our Towns (and Gowns) Digital Collections and Collaborations Martina Soden, Scranton Public Library Kristen Yarmey, University of Scranton
    2. 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. 3. www.scranton.edu/library/digitalcollections University of Scranton Special Collections digitization • Local history books • Mining reports • Plotkin Collection • Zaner-Bloser • Medieval Manuscripts
    4. 4. www.scranton.edu/library/digitalcollections University of Scranton University Archives digitization • Yearbooks • Aquinas student newspaper • Course catalogs • Commencement programs • Newspaper clippings
    5. 5. University of Scranton Born digital projects • Theses • University publications • PR Photographs • Terry Connors CDs
    6. 6. University of Scranton Web Archiving
    7. 7. 1.85 TB and growing!  University of Scranton Digital Preservation
    8. 8. About the LVDA Launched November 2011 ‒ 9 Live Collections ‒ Over 5000 Images ‒ Library-Hosted CONTENTdm ‒ Five Community Partners
    9. 9. Our Partners Lackawanna Historical Society University of Scranton Weinberg Library Steamtown National Historic Site Anthracite Heritage Museum Times-Tribune Newspaper Library
    10. 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. 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. 12. Out of the Wildness-The 1st Project First time working with the partners and borrowing materials.
    13. 13. Civil War Project (2011)
    14. 14. UofS students dig through LHS archives Image courtesy of The Scranton Times-Tribune
    15. 15. UofS students digitize and transcribe
    16. 16. Publication in LVDA!
    17. 17. Hurricane Diane First project funded in house but still using the partners for materials.
    18. 18. The Story of the Community Medical Center ‒ This was a collection we never expected. ‒ Worked with LHS and CMC on the collection.
    19. 19. Celebrating our Towns: Lackawanna County Centennial Books and Community Histories ‒ Our newest collection. ‒ Over 30 rare centennial books from Lackawanna County.
    20. 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. 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. 22. Thank you! Questions? msoden@albright.edu kristen.yarmey@scranton.edu