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Thursday, April 18 • 10:30am - 11:30am
Lightning Round: Technology and Metadata Project Showcase

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Presenter: Sarah Rice, Librarian, Forefront

Metadata Cleanup in the Pacific Northwest   
In 2016-2018, the Washington State Library piloted two rounds of grant funding for libraries seeking to bring digital collection metadata in line with regional and DPLA standards. We partnered with the Orbis Cascade Alliance to provide initial consultation, metadata analysis, and targeted trainings. Approximately 20,000 records were remediated over the course of two LSTA grant cycles.
Presenter: Evan Robb, Digital Repository Librarian, Washington State Library

Bridge2Hyku: Progress on a Migration Toolkit    
The Bridge2Hyku Project, an IMLS National Leadership/Project Grant (LG-70-17-0217-17), is nearing the end of its second phase and has produced a multifaceted migration toolkit. We will provide information about our toolkit, including software (CDM Bridge, HyBridge) and our migration guide, and how it will help those considering moves from legacy systems to open source platforms compatible with the DPLA.
Presenter: Todd Crocken, Content Strategist, University of Houston Libraries

LINEAGE: An artificially intelligent visual discovery engine     "
Visual archives are often incredibly well-annotated resources, but unless you know precisely what it is you are after they can be difficult to search and utilize. This talk will present LINEAGE, an artificially intelligent search engine that enables exploration of digitized visual archives in a human-like manner. LINEAGE bridges the gap between institutions and the curious public by creating a visual way to explore collections without presuming prior knowledge. It mimics the way humans look at objects, encouraging serendipitous connections across time periods, location of origin, creator and medium, allowing users to quickly and independently gain perspective.
Presenter: Noya Kohavi, Research Scholar, Brown Institute for Media Innovation, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Aggregating with Eliza and Barb: creating user personas for software development at PA Digital   
In 2018, PA Digital, Pennsylvania’s service hub, received funding to completely redo their Blacklight/Fedora/Solr aggregation system. In this lightning talk, I will discuss how we developed personas that represented various stakeholders, both internal and external, to get the planning process started. With a little help from “Eliza” (the metadataist), “Danni” (the lone arranger at a small, contributing institution), and “Jo” (the developer), we wrote user stories that helped us think strategically about functional requirements and articulate our needs to the development team without getting lost in the weeds. It also added welcome levity to our regular stand-up meetings.
Presenter: Leanne Finnigan, Database Management Librarian, Temple University (PA Digital)

Introducing Pyrepox: A Repox Client for Python   
Pyrepox is a lightweight Repox client written in Python that utilizes the Repox REST API. It is designed to make reading, writing, updating, and deleting data in a Repox instance as easy as possible with Python. Want to harvest a set programmatically? There is a method for that. Want to schedule a future harvest? There is a method for that too. In this lightning talk, I’ll introduce the package and talk about some of the ways we use it for work in the Digital Library of Tennessee.
Presenter: Mark Baggett, Head, Digital Initiatives, University of Tennessee

Process Assessment as a Cultural Shift   
After ten years libraries are recovering from the devastating cuts resulting from the recession. This session is a look back to see forward and plan for continued and future success. Virginia Beach Public Library, Support Services, seized the opportunity to create a new culture and philosophy through collaborative process improvement. The careful examination of long standing practice resulted in some astonishing discoveries, including; redundancy, overlap, bottlenecked workflow, backlogs, ill-defined job descriptions, inefficient budgeting, and collections based on presumption rather than demand and data. VBPL turned it around through thoughtful examination, collaboration, and a cultural shift in practice and process.
Presenter: Clara Hudson, Support Services Administrator, Virginia Beach Public Library

The Illinois Digital Heritage Hub Type Metadata Project: Increasing User Access and Record Visibility   
The Illinois Digital Heritage Hub (IDHH) helps contributors shape their metadata to the standards recommended and required by the DPLA. Type metadata, an important field for search, discovery, and user-interactivity within the DPLA had room for improvement. This lightning talk will present a not-overly-technical overview of the process for gathering and analyzing contributor’s type metadata, issues identified in the analysis of the metadata, and ways that contributors, the IDHH, and the DPLA work together to improved metadata quality.
Presenter: Joshua Lynch, Visiting Metadata Services Specialist, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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Bradley Daigle

Strategic and Content Expert/Chair NDSA Leadership, University of Virginia
University of Virginia

Katie McCormick

Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives, Florida State University


Mark Patrick Baggett

Head, Digital Initiatives, University of Tennessee
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Todd Crocken

Content Strategist, University of Houston
After a decade of corporate and agency web development and content strategy, Todd has re-entered the academic fold.  Todd has a Masters of World History from George Mason University and his BA in history from University of Houston.
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Sarah Rice

Librarian, Forefront

Evan Robb

Digital Repository Librarian, Washington State Library
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Noya Kohavi

founder, LINEAGE
Technologist and independent consultant. I develop Lineage, a visual discovery engine for visual collections, and a member of the Cultural Futures track at NEW INC, the New Museum incubator at the intersection of art, design and technology. 
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Leanne Finnigan

Database Management Librarian, Temple University
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Clara Hudson

Support Services Administrator, Virginia Beach Public Library
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Joshua Lynch

Visiting Metadata Services Specialist, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Thursday April 18, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am CDT
Pritzker Auditorium 400 S State Street, Chicago, IL 60605