Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Accidental Archivists: Lessons Learned from a Digital Archive Project

Hi AALL Annual Meeting Attendees,

Thanks to Martin Wisneski, the handout and PowerPoint slides for this TS-SIS sponsored presentation are now available on the TS-SIS website:

This program is scheduled for 1:15pm to 2:15pm on Monday July 23 in Room 206 of the Convention Center. Presenters are Georgia Briscoe, Robert Linz and Karen Selden, all from the William A. Wise Law Library at the University of Colorado Law Library. More details are below.

Hope to see many of you then & there!

Karen (and Georgia and Robert)

Target Audience: Library Managers; Technical Services Librarians; any librarians who are interested in digital archive projects.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will be able to identify and discuss the major issues involved with creating a digital archive.
Participants will be able to develop an action plan for creating a digital archive in their own institutions.


In July 2011, the University of Colorado's William A. Wise Law Library received a large and unexpected donation of print materials when former Dean and prolific scholar David Getches passed away. The library's small staff, which had limited experience with archives or digitization, suddenly became "Accidental Archivists," with a mandated goal to create a digital archive of selected materials from the donation by April 2012. This program traces the development of the project from initiation to completion and provides a practical case study of what to expect when a library undertakes a digitization project for the first time. The presentation will focus on issues such as: establishing digitization processes and obtaining equipment; funding; gathering permissions; planning; staffing; and using outside sources of assistance.

Karen Selden
Catalog Librarian
William A. Wise Law Library, University of Colorado Law School
Boulder, CO

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