OhioDIG, the Ohio digitization interest group for archivists, librarians, and others interested in cultural heritage materials, meets every other month in the central Ohio area for presentations and networking.

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Meetings, 10 AM-1 PM, consist of a 30 minute social, a 1 hour presentation, followed by a brown bag lunch with all-attendee updates and networking.

There is no membership fee and no charge to attend meetings. All are welcome! Upcoming meetings are announced (and registration announced) through the OhioDIG Listserv. For more information on a specific meeting, contact that meeting’s host.

– 10:00-10:30 coffee social (coffee & cookies);
– 10:30-11:30 presentation and discussion on topic;
– 11:30-11:45 break/rearrange room;
– 11:45-1:00 brown bag lunch: announcements, all-attendee updates, discussion;
– 1:15- optional: tours, small group discussions (user groups, birds of a feather)


– MAY 10, 2018 – Topic: Accessibility. Site: Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green.
– JULY 11, 2018 – Topic: May 4 Project. Site: Field Trip: Kent State University, Kent.
– SEPTEMBER 2018 – Topic: TBD. Site: TBD
– NOVEMBER 2018 – Topic: TBD. Site: TBD
– JANUARY 2019 – Topic: TBD. Site: TBD
– MARCH 2019 – Topic: TBD. Site: TBD


– MAY 10, 2018Implementing and Applying Accessibility

  •  Speakers:
  •   Michelle Chronister, associate dean of the University Libraries at Bowling Green State University, will discuss how BGSU is approaching and prioritizing accessibility improvements to their website, which is managed by a distributed group.
  •  Marsha Miles, head, Digital Initiatives and Collections and Barb Loomis, project coordinator will share Cleveland State University’s Michael Schwartz Library workflows for processing files to meet the accessibility standards.
  • Virginia Dressler, digital projects librarian, and Jason Piatt, electronic & information technology manager, Student Accessibility Services, Kent State University, will talk about accessibility and digital projects at KSU and how accessibility has been incorporated into new digital projects. This work began with the implementation of an institutional policy relating to accessibility and digital content, and how this has led to the Digital Projects Librarian to adapt production workflows to meet accessibility requirements. We will talk about the learning curves involved in the process and how the KSU accessibility office has assisted in this endeavor with hands on training and education to library staff.
  • Emily Gattozzi, coordinator of Scholarly Publishing, and Lindy Smith, reference archivist, Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives, Bowling Green State University, have set out to create some guidelines and best practices for making sure digital media is accessible to all users as part of a larger effort to improve the accessibility of all library generated web content. They will talk about the process of making BGSU’s media accessible and suggest some tools and resources to help you do the same.

Registration: Please register by Friday 5/4, 5pm at

    • 10:00-10:30 coffee social (coffee & cookies);
    • 10:30-12:15 presentation and discussion on topic; (Note: extended presentation segment)
    • 12:15-12:30 break;
    • 12:30-1:45 brown bag lunch: announcements, all-attendee updates, discussion;
    • 1:45-2:45 tours (optional) (tours start at 1:45 and 2:15; pick 2)

– Host: Michelle Sweetser, BGSU
– Program: Adam Wanter, OhioDIG planning committee
– Cost: There is no fee for attending, but we will be accepting donations for the refreshment kitty.

  • Food:
  • Coffee & snacks will be offered at the start of the meeting.
  • Lunch will be brown bag or ordering box lunch.
  • You are welcome to bring your own lunch or to purchase grab and go salads, sandwiches, and snacks from the library’s café (very limited selection).
  • We will facilitate the purchase of box lunches for those who are interested at a cost of $13.
  • You must place your lunch order (if you choose) by submitting payment at  and indicating your preference on the form below by Friday, May 4.
  • Menu for box lunch:
  •  TOURS
  • Tours start at 1:45 and 2:15; pick TWO to attend
  • Browne Popular Culture Library: The BPCL, founded in 1969, is the most comprehensive archive of its kind in the United States.  Our focus and mission is to acquire and preserve research materials on American Popular Culture (post 1876) for curricular and research use. Our collection strengths include research materials on popular fiction, popular entertainment, and the graphic arts.
  • Center for Archival Collections: The CAC is an archive and manuscript repository within University Libraries. Our collection strengths include our manuscript collections, the Historical Collection of the Great Lakes, our Rare Books & Special Collections, and the National Student Affairs Archive. We are also the home of the BGSU University Archives, and house local records from the nineteen counties of Northwest Ohio.
  • Collab Lab: The  Lab is a hands-on, creative space for students, faculty, staff and community members to engage in collaborative work. Its goal is to support teams of innovators working together to conceive, create, develop and refine new products and services leveraging the unique talents inherent to the University community which is centered on design thinking. The lab is a 2,000-square-foot facility and includes rapid prototyping tools such as 3-D printers and scanners, video production workspaces, whiteboards.
  • Music Library and Bill Schurk Sounds Archives: The ML/BSSA support curriculum in Music, Popular Culture, and American Culture Studies. With almost a million recordings, the Sound Archives represents the largest collection of popular music recordings in an academic library in North America. Our collections also include books, scores, and video formats covering music studies from multiple angles.

LOCATION: William T. Jerome Library, Pallister Conference Room, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio
– Directions & Parking: Driving directions and a map showing parking adjacent to the Jerome Library are available on our LibGuide at
– Parking: if you plan to be on campus for less than four hours, hourly parking is available in the first two rows of Lot N closest to the library. The pay and display machine takes cash, coin, or credit card. Alternately, you can purchase a $2 parking pass in advance. Passes will be distributed to you by a staff member at the pay and display kiosk at the south end of Lot N. Please purchase by Friday, May 4. Link to pre-purchase:

Hampton Inn, 142 Campbell Hill Rd., Bowling Green
Best Western Falcon Plaza, 1450 E. Wooster St., Bowling Green
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, 1544 E. Wooster St., Bowling Green

– JULY 11, 2018 – Topic: May 4 Project. Site: Field Trip: Kent State University, Kent.

Always looking for volunteer presenters and hosts!
Contact Janet Carleton carleton -at-


– SEPTEMBER 28, 2017 Topic: Digital Humanities. Site: OSU Libraries Research Commons, Columbus

– NOVEMBER 15, 2017 Topic: Project management tips & tricks. Site: Columbus Metro Library (Main), Columbus

JULY 12, 2017
Summer Field Trip to Athens (includes activities on 11th & 13th)
Program 10:30-11:30: “Ohio University Archives, Civil War letters, Book Beat interviews, Facebook Live, and more!”
Karmen Beecroft, digital projects librarian for Digital Initiatives, will discuss her largest in-house digitization project to date: 1000+ letters and 8 diaries from 16 Civil War-era collections held by OU’s Mahn Center for Archives & Special Collections. She will highlight digital production workflows, metadata conundrums, and historical insights gained from such a holistic corpus of perspectives.
Damon DeBorde, head of Metadata Services, will share details of the metadata work for the Don Swaim Collection, an audio collection dating from the 1980s and early 1990s. We’ll take a look at some of the challenges of wrangling metadata for hundreds of Book Beat interviews and authors (e.g., Updike, Doctorow, Blume, Atwood, Ginsburg, Bradbury, Morrison) and the increased level of collaboration with Digital Initiatives.
Bill Kimok, university archivist and records manager, will demonstrate how he uses digitized materials from University Archives collections to instruct students, staff, and alumni about themes in Ohio University history, and to promote further use of those materials as the basis for their research projects.
Stacey Lavender, digital projects librarian for Arts & Archives, will discuss the creation of “Highlights” pages on the Libraries’ website as a way to promote and provide additional context for digitized materials, and using Facebook Live as a tool for publicizing those pages.
Tours/Events: Because this meeting is a summer field trip, and off the beaten path, there are options for those coming the night before on Tuesday or staying over to Thursday. Scroll down to the bottom of the meeting info for the long list.
Host/Program: Janet Carleton, Ohio University Libraries
Cost: There is no fee for attending. (Refreshments will be provided by the Libraries so no need for our usual donation basket.)
Site: Ohio University Libraries Alden Library, Friends of the Library Room, 3rd floor, 30 Park Place, Athens, 45701
Directions/Parking: Pay parking is available at Baker University Center via Bobcat Lane.
Lodging: The Ohio University Inn & Conference Center
ATHENS OPTIONAL TOURS/EVENTS – sign up when registering
Event 1: TUES 3-4pm: Living Letters: A Special Delivery from Ohio’s Frontiers and Front Lines OU’s Alden Library, 4th fl.
Pilot for larger launch of digitized Civil Wars collection planned for September. Event 2: TUES/WEDS 5-7pm: Happy Hour @ Little Fish Brewing Co. Little Fish Brewing Co., 8675 Armitage Road, Athens. Tour 1: WEDS 1:15-1:30pm: Digital Initiatives OU’s Alden Library, 3rd floor. Tour 2: WEDS 1:30-3pm: Mahn Center for Archives & Special Collections OU’s Alden Library, 5th floor. Tour rare books, manuscripts, and university archives. Tour 3: WEDS 3:15-4pm: Southeast Ohio Regional Library Depository/OU’s Library Annex, 205 Columbus Rd.  Tour 4: WEDS 4:15-5:45pm: Southeast Ohio History Center, 24 W. State St. Walking distance from Alden Library. Formerly known as the Athens County Historical Society and Museum. Tour 5: THUR 10-11:30am: Kennedy Museum of Art, Lin Hall, 100 Ridges Circle. Tour the Kennedy, located in the 1874 main building of the former Athens Asylum at The Ridges.

MAY 4, 2017
Program: Digital Storytelling, Oral History, and Accessibility (Brief notes (PDF))
Will Davis, manager of the New Media Incubator at Wright State University (, will present on digital storytelling. He will talk about how to move beyond your typical oral history to engage your users. Will serves as producer and editor for the WYSO radio series “Veterans Voices.”
Seth Gordon, director of the Veteran and Military Center at Wright State, will present on the Veterans Voices Project ( The project, born out an oral history class, has veterans encouraging other veterans to share their story.
Jane Wildermuth, head of Digital Initiatives and Repository Services at Wright State, will show how materials from the WYSO series and the oral histories are added to Wright State’s institutional repository (
Jocelyn Robinson, WYSO Digital Archives Fellow, will present on how Rediscovered Radio ( is making over 200 hours of broadcasts from the 1960s and 70s accessible by providing the user with context and commentary.
Tours: 1. Digital Services / Special Collections & Archives, 2. New Media Incubator / Student Technology Assistance Center (STAC: 3D printing, podcast room, e-learning studio)
Host/Program: Jane Wildermuth, Wright State University
Site: Wright State University Libraries’ Dunbar Library, Dayton

MARCH 22, 2017
Program: Ohio Grants for Digitization
LSTA: Missy Lodge, associate state librarian for library development at the State Library. Missy’s duties include oversight of the consultant program and the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) in Ohio, She was the program administrator for the Connecting to Collections initiative and is currently on the administrative team for the Ohio Digital Network, Ohio’s DPLA Service Hub. Missy will be sharing information on LSTA grant opportunities available through the State Library for digitization and conservation projects.
Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board: Dan Noonan, OHRAB chair, assistant professor/digital resources archivist at the Ohio State University Libraries. Noonan builds relationships across the OSU campus to connect stakeholders with the University Archives in regards to the management and preservation of university records and digital objects. He has chaired the Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board (OHRAB) the past two years, and will shortly be ending his 9-year tenure on the Board. Today, in his role with OHRAB, he will be addressing what owners of a grant program and grant reviewers are looking for in a good grant proposal. .
Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board: Meghan Hays, OHRAB grant awardee; local history librarian at Shaker Heights Public Library, Shaker Heights. SHPL is a past OHRAB awardee, with Hays as project manager for Digital Preservation of Shaker Heights Architectural Records and Creation of an Online Database
Ohio History Fund: Andy Verhoff, coordinator Ohio History Fund Grant/Local History Services, Ohio History Connection. In a variety of roles over two decades, Andy has collaborated with and led local historians of many backgrounds in all 88 counties in Ohio. Andy has two main responsibilities: 1) managing the Ohio History Fund grant program and 2) working with applicants to fact-check and edit texts of Ohio Historical Markers. As of February, the OHF has made 53 grants in 32 counties totaling $522,000. In Andy’s work with the Ohio Historical Markers program, it has erected more than 270 markers. Andy will describe the History Fund grant program of the Ohio History Connection: what does the History Fund fund, how big are the grants, and how does one apply. He’ll focus on grants for digitization projects and enlist your help to maintain support for the History Fund in 2017.
Ohio Humanities: David Merkowitz, assistant director of Ohio Humanities. Dan manages the major and media grantlines. He will discuss how an organization can apply for support for digitization from Ohio Humanities in the context of a larger public-facing project (online exhibit or documentary video/audio piece).
Tour: Digital Services
Host: Shannon Kupfer, State Library of Ohio
Site: State Library of Ohio, Columbus

January 17, 2017
Program: Reaching Teachers: Successful Digital Outreach to K-12
– Alexandria Halmbacher, Ohio as America coordinator at the Ohio History Connection, will discuss how she has used digitized history content to construct k-12 education resources, specifically in relation to Ohio as America 2.0, a 4th grade online social studies textbook that serves over 23,000 students across the state of Ohio. Halmbacher is a member of the Digital Literacy Task Force and has worked with numerous school districts as well as state and local history organizations to develop and implement k-12 curriculum. She has designed and facilitated educator professional development workshops across the state of Ohio on topics such as blended learning, online textbooks, curriculum development, and using digital resources in the classroom.
– Brandi Young, ILibrarian, INFOhio, will discuss what educators want/expect from digital librarians/archivists in terms of digital collections and educational resources. Brandi is an integration librarian at INFOhio, Ohio’s PreK-12 digital library. She has also worked as a high school English teacher, middle school library media specialist, and elementary school library media specialist.
Tour: We’ll tour the three galleries that make up the Ohio History Connection’s Great Collections Experiment, with one of the head curators on the project. The Great Collections Experiment explores new ways of displaying and sharing more of the amazing, priceless, and sometimes quirky objects in our vast collection! For more information, visit
Host: Jenni Salamon & Lily Birkhimer, Ohio History Connection
Site: 3rd floor, Ohio History Center, 3rd floor, 800 E. 17th Ave. Columbus.

NOVEMBER 17, 2016
Program: Working with Interns and Volunteers
– Dawne Dewey, head of Special Collections & Archives, Wright State University Libraries – as supervisor
– Karen Gracy, associate professor & graduate coordinator for admissions, School of Library and Information Science, Kent State University – as internship coordinator
– Danielle Rennick, volunteer coordinator, Ohio History Connection – as lead volunteer coordinator
– Adam Wanter, Digital & Special Collections archivist, MidPointe Library System – as past practicum student.
Host: Janet Carleton, Ohio University Libraries
Site: OhioNET, 1500 W. Lane Ave, Columbus, 43221-3975
Parking: Free, behind the building

SEPTEMBER 29, 2016 (Brief notes (PDF))
Program: Making it count: Possibilities, challenges and current practices in assessing cultural heritage digitization
Speakers: Marcus Ladd, Miami University (SLIDES), Barb Sedlock, Defiance College (SLIDES), Emily Shaw, The Ohio State University (SLIDES).
Synopsis: How can we assess the impact of our digitization activities? How can we assert the value and justify the resources needed to create, preserve and provide access to digitized collections? This session will look at the possibilities, challenges and current practices for assessing the value and impact of digitization and digital collections in libraries, archives, museums and other cultural heritage organizations. Panelists will provide an overview of the methods, metrics and current work in this area, present the aggregate results from the most recent OhioDIG Digital Collections Analytics Survey, and review some of our institutions’ real digitized collections with any eye toward assessment. There will be lots of time for open discussion. If you’d like to get some additional grounding in this topic before the meeting, you might take a look through the Digital Library Federation’s Assessment Interest Group wiki.
Hosts: Angela O’Neal & Aaron O’Donovan, Columbus Metro Library
Site: Columbus Metro Library, Main Library, 96 S. Grant Ave, Columbus, OH 43215
Tour Local History & Genealogy Division. Join the staff of the Local History & Genealogy Division for a tour of the newly-renovated space in Main Library. Visit Main Library’s new Digital Lab with an emphasis on equipment and digitization procedures. The tour will also include an introduction to the local history and genealogy collections and public areas.
Tour Main Library, general. The Main Library recently underwent a $35 million renovation that opened up the space and highlighted views of downtown and the Topiary Park. This general tour of Main Library includes the nonfiction, fiction, teen, children’s and meeting spaces.

JULY 7, 2016
Program: Cleveland Digital Public Library: Digitization and Public Service
Synopsis: Join us as Chatham Ewing presents on the creation of the Cleveland Digital Public Library and how it offers digitization as a public service. Includes tours of CPL’s TechCentral MakerSpace, Special Collections, Folger Shakespeare Library First Folio Exhibit, and on Friday, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library & Archives.
Hosts: Rachel Senese & Chatham Ewing, Cleveland Public Library
Site: The Digital Library, 325 Superior Ave, Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland.

MAY 24, 2016 (Brief notes (PDF))
Program: Digital Scholarship at Denison University
Baptists in Burma, Ben Daigle, associate director of Consortial Library Systems at The Five Colleges of Ohio (SLIDES)
Mapping Oceania, Joanna Grabski, Professor and Chair of Art History & Visual Culture, Denison University
Expanding Archive, Debby Andreadis, Deputy Director of Libraries, Denison University (SLIDES)
Synopsis: Denison University has launched many digital scholarship projects in the last several years under the financial support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in cooperation with the Five Colleges of Ohio. Three projects will be demonstrated and discussed: 1) Mapping Oceania, a showcase of student-selected Oceanic art works from various museums around the world; 2) Expanding Archive, a collection of material relating to the history of LBGT students and the Queer Studies program; and 3) Baptists in Burma, a digitized aggregation of archival materials from across the country that uses Axis Maps to identify content’s geolocation. Will include a tour of the new archives facility.
Hosts: Sasha Griffin & Debby Andreadis, Denison University
Site: Doane Library, Denison University, Granville.

MARCH 9, 2016 (Brief notes (PDF))
Program: “Digital Preservation: Tools & Storage”
Speakers: Deanna Ulvestad, head archivist, Greene County Public Library (Slides–see Meister); Eira Tansey, digital archivist/records manager, University of Cincinnati (SLIDES); Sam Meister, preservation communities manager, Educopia Institute (SLIDES)
Synopsis: Eira will discuss how she is using a grab bag of tools, including some from BitCurator, to analyze and appraise university electronic records. Deanna and Sam will discuss the MetaArchive Cooperative, a member-driven digital preservation network of more than 50 institutions, and describe the innovative organizational strategies and the technical infrastructure of the Cooperative.
Hosts: Lily Birkhimer & Jenni Salamon, Ohio History Connection.
Site: 3rd floor, Ohio History Center, 3rd floor, 800 E. 17th Ave. Columbus.
Parking: Free, on site.

FEBRUARY 5, 2016 (Was Jan 12 & 21) (Brief notes (PDF))
Program: “Equipment: Book Scanners”
Speakers: Lily Birkhimer, digital projects coordinator, Digital Services Department, Ohio History Connection (Atiz BookdrivePro, Bookeye 4 V1A, Zeutschel OS 12000 A1) (SLIDES); Aaron O’Donovan, digitization & local history librarian, Columbus Metropolitan Library (Atiz BookDrive Pro w/ Canon T3i, Atiz BookDrive Mark 2 w/ Canon T5i, Plustek OpticBook A300) (SLIDES); Megan Mitchell, digital initiatives coordinator, Oberlin College Library (The Internet Archive’s Table Top Scribe)
Synopsis: Many of us are looking to update or newly acquire equipment for book capture. Panelists will discuss their experiences with evaluating and acquiring new book scanning equipment for various use cases. There will be time for questions and for attendees to share their own experiences.
Host: Lily Birkhimer & Jenni Salamon, Ohio History Connection.
Site: 3rd floor, Ohio History Center, 3rd floor, 800 E. 17th Ave. Columbus.

NOV 19, 2015 (Brief notes (PDF))
Program: “Preserve Digital Ohio”
Speakers: Elizabeth Allen, circulation assistant, Bexley Public Library; Jillian Carney, manager of digital services, Ohio History Connection; Shannon Kupfer, digital & tangible media cataloger, State Library of Ohio; Nathan Tallman, digital content strategist, University of Cincinnati
Preserve Digital Ohio is a project led by the speakers. The four came together and applied for the 2015 ILEAD USA Ohio program with the objective to promote outreach and education in digital preservation matters amongst cultural heritage organizations within Ohio, especially small, volunteer-run organizations. The team gave an overview of ILEAD, discussed how the project was developed, demoed the Digital Content Inventory Tool, and took feedback from the audience for future enhancements.
Hosts: Jillian Carney & Lily Birkhimer, Ohio History Connection.
Site: Ohio History Center, 3rd floor, 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus
Tours: Behind the scenes of Digital Services. Attendees had a quick, 10 minute tour of the Digital Services department which included information about the new overhead cameras as well as large-format scanner.

SEPT 9, 2015 (Brief notes (PDF))
Program: “Harnessing the Lifecycle: Planning and Implementing a Strategic Digital Collections Infrastructure at the OSU Libraries” (Slides)
Speakers: Emily Shaw, head, Preservation and Reformatting; Terry Reese, head, Digital Initiatives; Dan Noonan, e-Records/Digital Resources archivist, the Ohio State University Libraries.
Speakers gave an overview of the Ohio State University Libraries’ multi-year effort to plan, develop and implement a robust infrastructure for lifecycle management of their digital collections.
Site: Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St, Westerville, Ohio.
TOURS will be of the public and behind-the-scenes areas of the Local History Center. The Center’s collections include the John R. Kasich Congressional Collection and Anti-Saloon League Museum, along with many other local history resources.

JULY 7, 2015. 10th Anniversary Meeting! (Brief notes (PDF))
Program: Field Trip: “All Things Digitization @ the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County” (Slides)
Speakers: Katrina Marshall, manager, Digital Services and
Stephanie Bricking, metadata librarian, Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County.
Staff at the PLCHC recently completed a large migration of content from a home-grown content management system into CONTENTdm. Speakers discussed why CONTENTdm was selected as their new digital collections management system, the new workflows that have been implemented due to this change, and what challenges they have encountered during the migration process. TOURS were of The Preservation Lab and the PLCHC Digitization Lab & Cincinnati Room.
Hosts: Katrina Marshall & Stephanie Bricking
Site: Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County, Huenefeld Tower Room, 3rd floor, South Building, 800 Vine St, Cincinnati.

MAY 20, 2015 (Brief notes (PDF))
Program: “Project Management for Digitization” (Slides)
Speaker: Laurie Gemmill Arp, director, Digital & Preservation Services, LYRASIS.
The talk provided an overview of project management for digitization projects. We looked at project management throughout the process focusing on: managing the process, concentrating on best practices, execution, and evaluation.
Host: Angela O’Neal, Local History & Genealogy manager, Columbus Metropolitan Public Library
Site: Meeting was held at the Columbus Metro, NEW Whitehall Branch, 4445 E. Broad St, Columbus. Tours were of both the New building, and Old building, which is the temporary location of the Local History & Genealogy library.

MARCH 31, 2015 (Brief notes (PDF))
Program: “Update on the DPLA” (Slides)
Speakers: Shannon Kupfer, digital & tangible media cataloger, State Library of Ohio; Katy Klettlinger, library consultant, State Library of Ohio; Jillian Carney, manager of digital services, Ohio History Connection
After years of planning, the Digital Public Library of America was launched in April 2013 and, in the past two years, has grown to become a major force in the effort to provide access to cultural heritage materials in digital formats. DPLA Community Reps Jillian, Katy, and Shannon will talk to you about what the DPLA is and how it works, and then we’ll have a follow-up discussion on Ohio’s future participation in DPLA.
Hosts: Jillian Carney & Jenni Salamon, Ohio History Connection.
Site: Ohio Historical Center

JANUARY 22, 2015 (Brief notes (PDF))
Program: “U.S. Copyright Law and Fair Use”
Speaker: Sandra Aya Enimil, head of the Copyright Resource Center at The Ohio State University Libraries.
Enimil gave information on copyright law in the US and provided insight into fair use. Fair use and other exceptions provided to libraries and archives under the United States Copyright Act were also discussed in depth. Fair use frequently functions as an exemption to the copyright law for educational and socially important purposes such as teaching, research, criticism, commentary, parody, and news reporting. There was also discussion on the history of copyright, using copyright-protected work, and the public domain. Enimil was unable to share her slides with us, but had many resources to offer on Copyright Basics and Fair Use.
Host: Shannon Kupfer, State Library of Ohio.
Site: Board Room, State Library of Ohio, 274 E. First Ave, Columbus.

NOVEMBER 19, 2014 (Brief notes (PDF))
Program: “What Do Users Want: A Discussion”
Speaker: Andrew Schocket, director, American Culture Studies, assoc. professor of history and American culture studies, Bowling Green State University. (Slides
Schocket will report on results gathered from the Scholars’ Dashboard project–a series of three two-day workshops, teaming humanities scholars, librarians, and technologists in innovative application development to optimize use of humanities collections. The workshop produced technical requirements for a Scholars’ Dashboard which might be considered for any online digital humanities repository. White paper and poster.
The second half of the presentation session will allow attendees to discuss their own experiences in reaching out to user communities to solicit feedback, how that data has been used to guide digital programs, and what opportunities remain to learn more about how we can better serve our users.
Hosts: Lily Birkhimer & Jenni Salamon, Ohio Historical Society.
Site: Ohio Historical Center, 3rd Floor Classroom, 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus. Free, onsite parking.

SEPTEMBER 24, 2014 (Brief notes (PDF))
Program: “Basic Considerations for Digital Preservation”
Speaker: Dan Noonan, assistant professor, e-Records/Digital Resources archivist, The Ohio State University Libraries/University Archives. (Slides (PDF))
The process of digitizing our collections is no small feat. As such, we more likely than not will want to preserve these digital surrogates so as not to have to continually redigitize, which can be labor intensive and costly, as well as pose a potential threat to the original artifact. This presentation will address the basic steps archivists, curators, and librarians need to consider to establish an appropriate digital preservation environment.
Host: Shannon Kupfer, State Library of Ohio; Program: Janet Carleton, Ohio University.
Site: State Library of Ohio, Columbus. Free, onsite parking.

JULY 22, 2014 (Brief notes (PDF))
Program: “Equipment: The Foundation for a Digital Hub”
Speakers: Jill Clever, Toledo Lucas County Public Library; Chatham Ewing, digital initiatives & services strategist, Cleveland Public Library; Stephen Hedges, executive director, OPLIN; Katrina Marshall, digital services manager, Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County; Angela O’Neal, Local History & Genealogy manager, Columbus Metropolitan Public Library
The panel discussed equipment concerns for the Digital Hubs Project, a collaboration between the Cleveland Public Library, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library to develop a statewide program for digitizing and accessing materials relative to local and state importance. With funding from IMLS through the LSTA program, the State Library of Ohio and OPLIN, these four hub libraries will also reach out to other libraries with limited digitization capabilities to enhance their own digitization efforts. Phase One of the project involves purchasing specialized equipment for the Hubs and developing service models. In this session, participants will discuss how to select equipment for digitization projects, working with vendors and lessons learned in building a digital lab.
Host/Program: Angela O’Neal.
Site: Columbus Metropolitan Public Library, Main Library, Genealogy, History and Travel division, 96 S. Grant Ave, Columbus.

MAY 21, 2014 (Brief notes (PDF))
Program: “What do I do with all this stuff? Audiovisual digitization, practices and procedures”
Speaker: John Walko, Media Archive Manager, SceneSavers (Slides (Google Slides) & Video sample)
John covered: what makes preserving AV materials more challenging, dangers facing AV collections, IDing different formats, inspecting videotapes for suitability for transfer, how to prioritize, how do you know if it’s a good transfer, what types of files to create, and data protection.
Host: Jillian Carney
Site: Westerville Public Library, Westerville, Ohio.

MARCH 31, 2014 (Brief notes (PDF))
Program: “Lessons Learned: In-House Digitization”
Amy McCrory, digital imaging specialist, The Ohio State University. Material Issues: Physical Features, Lighting, and Digital Capture (SLIDES (5.5MB PDF))
Amy discussed image capture, including for the King James Bible exhibit and glass slides.
Marcus Ladd, special collections librarian, Miami University.
This Could Take a While – Reflections after the first year of a student-aided digitization project. (SLIDES (2MB PDF))
The Bowden Postcard Collection contains a “staggering 480,000 postcards, spanning the entire 20th century and the entire globe.” The project already has 1700 postcards online and plans are to continue work for decades to come. An interesting blend of short- and long-term planning are required.
Host: Lily Birkhimer, Ohio Historical Society.
Site: 3rd floor, Ohio History Center, 3rd floor, 800 E. 17th Ave. Columbus.

FEBRUARY 18, 2014 (rescheduled from Jan 29). (Brief notes (PDF))
Program: “Lessons Learned While Migrating”
Alan Boyd, associate director of Libraries, Oberlin College. Many Hands Making Lighter Work: The Five Colleges of Ohio DRC Migration. (Slides (PDF)) Having invested in significant collaborations within the context of the OhioLINK Digital Resource Commons, the Five Colleges of Ohio continue to work together for the future.
Andrew Harris, metadata librarian, Digital Services, Wright State University Libraries. From DSpace to Digital Commons: A Guide to Migrating your Digital Assets. (Slides (PDF)) Andrew will discuss the process of assessing, organizing, and migrating a diverse collection of digital media from our original
DSpace-based institutional repository to our current Digital Commons instance.
Keith Manecke, manager of Cataloging and Registration, Ohio Historical Society. The Long and Winding Migration: Five Lessons Learned at the Ohio Historical Society. (Slides (PDF))
Since 2012, OHS has been migrating library, archives, and museum collections data out of a single integrated library system. The new management system includes separate modules for different types of collections and increased functionality for managing and displaying digital content. Hear about the challenges encountered and the biggest lessons learned during this large-scale migration project.
Host: Shannon Kupfer, State Library of Ohio
Program: Jane Wildermuth, Wright State University
Site: State Library of Ohio, Columbus, OH 43201

NOVEMBER 14, 2013, 10 AM-1 PM
Program: “Newspaper Digitization” (brief notes (PDF))
Speakers: Jenni Salamon & Kevin Latta of the National Digital Newspaper Project in Ohio on The Basics of Newspaper Digitization. (Slides (PDF)). Jenni & Kevin discussed the technical aspects of digitizing newspapers including content selection and current archival standards and best practices.
Laurie Gemmill Arp of the LYRASIS Digitization Collaborative on Working with Vendors on Newspaper Digitization. (Slides (PDF)). Laurie discussed working with vendors and focusing on what you and the vendor need to know to make a productive project.
Host: Jillian Carney & Lily Birkhimer, Ohio Historical Society.
Site: Ohio Historical Center, 3rd Floor Classroom, Columbus.

1ST QUARTER – APRIL 3, 2009.  
Program: Extreme Makeover: A User-Centered Redesign of the Worthington Libraries Web Site.
Speaker: Kara Reuter, Digital Library Manager, @ Worthington Public Library.
Library Web sites must serve a wide variety of audiences who seek to accomplish many different tasks. This presentation will outline the comprehensive, user-centered process used by Worthington Libraries to complete the recent redesign of our Worthington Public Library website.
Host: Susan Allen.
Site: Worthington Public Library, Northwest Library.

3RD QUARTER – JULY 29, 2008, 11:15 AM–1 PM.
Program: Shareable Metadata (link to presentation) and (brief notes (PDF))
Speaker & Host: Melanie Schlosser, Metadata Librarian, Scholarly Resources Integration Department, The Ohio State University.
Site: Ackerman LibraryThe Ohio State University Libraries, 600 Ackerman Rd, Columbus.

2ND QUARTER 2008, No meeting held

1ST QUARTER – MARCH 28, 2008, 11:15 AM–1 PM.
Program: Intro to OhioLINK’s New EAD Finding Aid Creation Tool (Slides (PDF))
Speaker: Cara Gilgenbach, head of Special Collections at Kent State University Libraries, and chair of the OhioLINK EAD Task Force.
Cara will provide a basic demonstration of the newly developed EAD Finding Aid Creation Tool. This tool allows for the creation of EAD finding aids without any knowledge of EAD/xml tagging. She will also briefly show the OhioLINK Finding Aid Repository that will bring together in one location EAD finding aids submitted by Ohio cultural heritage institutions such as colleges, universities, historical societies, public and special libraries, and museums.
Host: Roman Panchysyn, OHIONET.
Site: OHIONET, 1500 W Lane Ave, Columbus.

Program: Moving Image Digitization for the Small Shop (Slides (PDF))
Speakers: Matt and Nikki Swift, NicoletteCinemgraphics; MLIS, Kent State University School of Library and Information Science, Columbus
Host: Angela O’Neal, Ohio Historical Society.
Site: Ohio Historical Center, 1982 Velma Ave, Columbus.

Program: The Ohio State University’s Institutional Repository: How Policy Informs Practice (link to presentation and brief notes (PDF))
Speakers: Maureen Walsh, Metadata Librarian/Assistant Professor & Tschera Connell, Dept. Head/Associate Professor, both from the Scholarly Resources Integration Department, OSU
Host: Tschera Connell.
Site: Ackerman Library, The Ohio State University Libraries, 600 Ackerman Rd, Columbus.

SPRING – MAY 11, 2007
Program: Business Planning and Sustainability for Digital Projects (Brief notes (PDF)), and Resource list (PDF)
Speaker & Host: Laurie Gemmill, OCLC
Site: Kilgour Building, OCLC, 6565 Kilgour Place, Dublin,  43017

RESCHEDULED due to bad weather: WINTER
Tuesday, February 13, 2007.

FALL – NOVEMBER 14, 2006.
Program: Capture and Cataloging of Digitized Ohio Government Documents in the Content Cooperative (Brief notes (PDF), and slides (PDF) from a similar presentation elsewhere (512k))
The State Library is a participant in OCLC’s Content Cooperative Pilot Project, which allows you to upload files from your computer. The State Library is also an original member of OCLC’s Digital Archive, which allows for archiving of documents on the Web. Objects archived either way are available through our online catalog or through Open WorldCat.
Speaker: Kathy Hughes & Nicole Merriman, State Library of Ohio
Host: Kathy Hughes, State Library of Ohio
Site: State Library of Ohio, 274 E. First Ave., Columbus.

SUMMER – AUGUST 8, 2006, 11:15-1 PM.
Program: Outreach Fever: from Blogs to County Fairs (Brief notes (PDF))
Speaker: Bill Barrow, Cleveland Memory
Host: Roman Panchysyn, OHIONET.
Site: OHIONET, 1500 W Lane Ave, Columbus.

SPRING – MAY 9, 2006.
Program: Using Greenstone Open Source Digital Library Software at a Cultural Heritage Institution (slides (PDF) (1.2 MB))
Speaker: Mary Manning & Eric Schnell, Medical Heritage Center
Host: Mary Manning, Archivist, Medical Heritage Center
Site: Medical Heritage Center, Prior Health Sciences Library, The Ohio State University, Columbus.

FEBRUARY 14, 2006.
Program: Digitizing Historic Newspapers (slides (PDF) (1.4 MB); resource list (4 kb PDF); and brief notes (PDF))
Speaker: Phil Sager, Digital Projects Developer, Ohio Historical Society Archives/Library
Host: Angela O’Neal, Digital Projects and Reproduction Services Manager, Ohio Historical Society Archives/Library
Site: Ohio Historical Center, Columbus.

NOVEMBER 14, 2005.
Program: Showcase Worthington Memory (brief notes (PDF))
Speaker: Susan Allen, Digital Library Leader & Stefan Langer, Webmaster, Old Worthington Library
Lunch: Brown bag
Host: Susan Allen, Old Worthington Library
Site: Old Worthington Library, Worthington.

SEPTEMBER 7, 2005.
Program: Access, Preservation, and Interchange: Digital Imaging with JPEG 2000 (slides, Web version and brief notes (PDF))
Speaker: Peter Murray, Assistant Director, Multimedia Systems, OhioLINK, Columbus
Lunch: Available for purchase onsite
Host: Laurie Gemmill, Digital Projects Specialist, OCLC
Site: Kilgour Auditorium, OCLC, Dublin.

JULY 2005.
Program: Inaugural Meeting (as Columbus DIG)
Speaker: Susan Allen, Digital Library Leader, Old Worthington Library;   Laurie Gemmill, Digital Projects Specialist, OCLC; Mary Manning, Archivist, Medical Heritage Center;   Angela O’Neal, Digital Projects Manager, Ohio Historical Society Archives/Library
Host: Laurie Gemmill, Digital Projects Specialist, OCLC
Site: Kilgour Auditorium, OCLC, Dublin.

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