MEETINGS

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.

There is no membership fee and no charge to attend meetings but we do accept donations for the refreshment kitty. All are welcome! Upcoming meetings are announced (and registration form shared) through the OhioDIG Listserv. For more information on a specific meeting, contact that meeting’s host or the OhioDIG Planning Group members.

General Meeting Agenda
— 10:00-10:30am: coffee & cookie social
— 10:30-11:30am: presentation & discussion
— 11:30-11:45am: break/rearrange room
— 11:45am-1:00pm: brown bag lunch: announcements, all-attendee updates, discussion
— 1:15pm-: optional tours, small group discussions (user groups, birds of a feather)

Always looking for volunteer presenters and hosts! Contact Janet Carleton (carleton -at- ohio.edu).


Upcoming Meetings

January 9, 2019 (Snow date: January 24, 2019) | Topic coming soon!
Speakers: More info coming soon!
Program: More info coming soon!
Host: Penelope Shumaker, State Library of Ohio
Site: State Library of Ohio (274 E 1st Ave, Columbus, OH 43201)
OhioDIG Contacts: More info coming soon!

Past Meetings

2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005

November 14, 2018 | Community Engagement with Digital Collections
Speakers: Aaron O’Donovan& Angela O’Neal, Local History & Genealogy, Columbus Metropolitan Library
Program: If you build it, will they come? What is community engagement and how do you do it? Join the staff of the Columbus Metropolitan Library to learn about community engagement efforts at the library. Attendees will learn about CML’s programs to engage the African American community and a new program to embed librarians in neighborhoods throughout the city. You will also have an opportunity to brainstorm some ideas of your own to take back to your institution.
Host: Angela O’Neal, Columbus Metropolitan Library
Site: Martin Luther King Branch, Columbus Metropolitan Library (1467 E Long St, Columbus, OH 43203)
Tour: NEW Martin Luther King Branch, dedicated in October 2018

September 12, 2018 | Copyright: The Current State & Your Digital Collections | Meeting Notes (PDF)
Speaker: Maria Scheid, Copyright Services Specialist, The Ohio State University
Program: Confused about copyright? Puzzled by public domain? Maria Scheid, Copyright Services Coordinator with The Ohio State University Libraries, shared her expertise on the complex field of copyright in the digital realm. She provided a general overview of copyright law for those working with digital content, along with a particular focus on liability considerations for cultural heritage institutions putting historical materials online for public access. Plus, attendees learned about “what’s new” in the field of copyright as we approach the 1923 public domain expansion in 2019!
Host: Lily Birkhimer, Ohio History Connection
Site: Ohio History Center (800 E 17th Ave, Columbus, OH 43211)

July 11, 2018 | NHPRC Grant Project: Kent State Shootings Archive
Speakers: Haley Antell, Digital Project Archivist, Kent State University; Cara Gilgenbach, Head, Special Collections and Archives, Kent State University; Lae’l Hughes-Watkins, University Archivist, Kent State University; Cindy Kristof, Head, Copyright and Document Services, Kent State University
Program: Members of the Kent State University Libraries NHPRC grant project team provided a panel presentation with time for questions and answers about this project. In particular, the team members touched on the following topics: how they upscaled their digital project workflows to accommodate a large-scale project (having never done anything this large in-house in the past); how copyright and privacy review were integrated into the workflow; outreach efforts including curriculum development, planning for educator workshops, and social media efforts.
Host: Virginia Dressler, Kent State University
Site: University Library, Kent State University (1125 Risman Dr, Kent, OH 44240)
Tours: Kent State University Special Collections and Archives; May 4 Visitor Center; Spark Innovation Studio

May 10, 2018 | Implementing and Applying Accessibility
Speakers: Michelle Chronister, Associate Dean, University Libraries, Bowling Green State University; Virginia Dressler, Digital Projects Librarian, Kent State University; Emily Gattozzi, Coordinator,Scholarly Publishing, Bowling Green State University; Barb Loomis, Project Coordinator, Cleveland State University; Marsha Miles, Head, Digital Initiatives and Collections, Cleveland State University; Jason Piatt, Electronic & Information Technology Manager, Student Accessibility Services, Kent State University; Lindy Smith, Reference Archivist, Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives, Bowling Green State University
Program:
— Michelle discussed how BGSU is approaching and prioritizing accessibility improvements to their website, which is managed by a distributed group. (Slides (PDF))
— Marsha and Barb shared Cleveland State University’s Michael Schwartz Library workflows for processing files to meet the accessibility standards. (Slides (PDF))
— Virginia and Jason talked 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 this has led the Digital Projects Librarian to adapt production workflows to meet accessibility requirements. They talked 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. (Slides (PDF))
— Emily and Lindy 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 talked about the process of making BGSU’s media accessible and suggest some tools and resources to help you do the same. (Slides (PDF))
Host: Michelle Sweetser, Bowling Green State University
Site: William T. Jerome Library, Bowling Green State University (1001 E Wooster St, Bowling Green, OH 43403)
Tours: Browne Popular Culture Library; Center for Archival Collections; CollabLab; Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives

March 6, 2018 | Digitizing AV Collections for Preservation and Access: Case Studies from Across Ohio | Meeting Notes (PDF)
Speakers: Mark Bloom, Senior Archives Associate, University of Akron; Jim DaMico, Curator of Audio-Visual Collections, Cincinnati Museum Center; Tressa Graves, AV Assessment and Processinng Assistant, The Ohio State University; Dave Lewis, Sound Archivist, Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives, Bowling Green State University; Maria Scheid, Copyright Services Specialist, The Ohio State University; Emily Shaw, Head of Preservation & Reformatting, The Ohio State University
Program: Audiovisual collections are rich and often unique resources, but legacy media formats present a range of complex challenges for preservation and accessibility. Panelists working with AV collections in several cultural heritage organizations across the state presented brief case studies to demonstrate how they have approached these challenges locally. There was plenty of time for questions and discussion, including with OSU’s Copyright Services Specialist, Maria Scheid.
Hosts: Lily Birkhimer & Jenni Salamon, Ohio History Connection
Site: Ohio History Center (800 E 17th Ave, Columbus, OH 43211)
Tour: Digital Services (behind-the-scenes area)

January 24, 2018 | Ohio Digital Network (DPLA in Ohio) | Meeting Notes (PDF)
Speakers: Jen Johnson, Ohio Digital Network Coordinator/Library Consultant, State Library of Ohio; Peter Kukla, Software Development Specialist, State Library of Ohio; Missy Lodge, Associate State Librarian for Library Development, State Library of Ohio; Penelope Shumaker, Metadata Librarian, State Library of Ohio
Program: Presentation included a background of the DPLA project, starting with the planning stages, a picture of where it stands now, information on how and why to submit metadata for harvest, a glossary of terms, and technical information on the project including an overview of REPOX. Attendees were asked to bring any and all questions. Presenters wanted to know what training folks need, what hurdles they’re facing, and how State Library of Ohio staff can help clear some of those barriers to participation. See the Ohio Digital Network blog for more information. https://ohiodigitalnetwork.wordpress.com/.
Host: Shannon Kupfer, State Library of Ohio
Site: State Library of Ohio (274 E 1st Ave, Columbus, OH 43201)
Tour: State Library of Ohio Digitization Center

November 15, 2017 | Project Management Systems and Suggestions | Meeting Notes (PDF)
Speakers: Janet Carleton, Digital Initiatives Coordinator, Ohio University; Katrina Marshall, Digital Services Manager, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County; Marsha Miles, Digital Initiatives Librarian, Cleveland State University; Megan Mitchell, Digital Initiatives Librarian, Oberlin College; Rachel Senese, Cleveland Digital Public Library Coordinator, Cleveland Public Library
Program: We discussed different types of project management software, what went into selection and customization, and showcasing how each software suite works.
— Janet: 5PM
— Katrina: Google Spreadsheets
— Marsha: Microsoft SharePoint
— Megan: Asana
— Rachel: Access/Microsoft Planner
Host: Angela O’Neal, Columbus Metropolitan Library
Site: Main Library, Columbus Metropolitan Library (96 S Grant Ave, Columbus, OH 43215)

September 28, 2017 | In Collaboration: Faculty Experiences Building Digital Humanities Projects with Librarians | Meeting Notes (PDF)
Speakers: Theresa Culley, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cincinnati; Joshua Leavitt, PhD candidate, Department of English, The Ohio State University; David Staley, Associate Professor, Department of History, The Ohio State University; Robyn Warhol, Distinguished Professor, and Colleen Morrissey, PhD candidate, Department of English, The Ohio State University; Isaac Weiner, Associate Professor, Department of Comparative Studies, The Ohio State University; Gillian Weiss, Associate Professor, and Elise Hagesfeld, PhD candidate, Department of History, Case Western Reserve University
Program: Collaboration characterizes the digital humanities, and given the aims of many Digital Humanities projects, librarians, archivists, and special collections curators often prove invaluable collaborators. This panel presented the faculty perspective of such collaborations. Panelists provided an overview of their projects and discuss their collaborations with library professionals (e.g. when in the project lifecycle faculty made contact, what specifically they consulted about, what invaluable contributions the library/library staff made, what they learned about library resources/librarians’ skillsets as a result).
— Theresa: Scientific Colonialism Project
— Joshua: Dime Novel Detectives
— David: Reframing Public Housing
— Robyn and Colleen: Reading Like a Victorian
— Isaac: The American Religious Sounds Project
— Gillian and Elise: The Jewish View @ CWRU
Host: E. Leigh Bonds, The Ohio State University
Site: 18th Ave Library, The Ohio State University (175 W 18th Ave, Columbus, OH 43210)
Tours: Research Commons, a collaborative hub for faculty, postdoc, and graduate researchers that houses workshops, consultations, meeting spaces, and specialized technology

July 12, 2017 | Ohio University Archives, Civil War letters, Book Beat interviews, Facebook Live, and more! | Meeting Notes (PDF)
Speakers: Karmen Beecroft, Digital Projects Librarian, Ohio University; Damon DeBorde, Head, Metadata Services, Ohio University; Bill Kimok, University Archivist and Records Manager, Ohio University; Stacey Lavender, Digital Projects Librarian for Arts & Archives, Ohio University
Program:
— Karmen discussed 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 highlighted digital production workflows, metadata conundrums, and historical insights gained from such a holistic corpus of perspectives.
— Damon shared details of the metadata work for the Don Swaim Collection, an audio collection dating from the 1980s and early 1990s. We looked 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 demonstrated 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 discussed 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.
Host: Janet Carleton, Ohio University
Site: Alden Library, Ohio University (30 Park Pl, Athens, OH 45701)
Tours:
— July 11, 3-4pm: Living Letters: A Special Delivery from Ohio’s Frontier and Front Lines (Ohio University’s Alden Library)
— July 11 & July 12, 5-7pm: Happy Hour at Little Fish Brewing Co.
— July 12 (following OhioDIG): Digital Initiatives; Mahn Center for Archives & Special Collections; Southeast Ohio History Center (formerly Athens County Historical Society)
— July 13, 10-11:30am: Kennedy Museum of Art

May 4, 2017 | Digital Storytelling, Oral History, and Accessibility | Meeting Notes (PDF)
Speakers: Will Davis, Manager, New Media Incubator, Wright State University; Seth Gordon, Director, Veteran and Military Center, Wright State University; Jocelyn Robinson, Fellow, WYSO Digital Archives; Jane Wildermuth, Head, Digital Initiatives and Repository Services, Wright State University
Program:
— Will presented on digital storytelling. He talked 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 presented on the Veterans Voices Project, which was born out of an oral history class and has veterans encouraging other veterans to share their stories.
— Jane showed how materials from the WYSO series and the oral histories are added to Wright State University’s institutional repository, CORE Scholar.
— Jocelyn presented on how Rediscovered Radio is making over 200 hours of broadcasts from the 1960s-1970s accessible by providing the user with context and commentary.
Host: Jane Wildermuth, Wright State University
Site: Paul Laurence Dunbar Library, Wright State University (3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435)
Tours: Digital Services/Special Collections & Archives; New Media Incubator/Student Technology Assistance Center (3D printing, podcast room, e-learning studio)

March 22, 2017 | Ohio Grants for Digitization
Speakers: Meghan Hays, Local History Librarian, Shaker Heights Public Library; Missy Lodge, Associate State Library for Library Development, State Library of Ohio; David Merkowitz, Assistant Director, Ohio Humanities; Dan Noonan, Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board Chair and Assistant Professor/Digital Resources Archivist, The Ohio State University Libraries; Andy Verhoff, Coordinator, Ohio History Fund Grant/Local History, Ohio History Connection
Program:
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA): Missy shared information on LSTA grant opportunities available through the State Library of Ohio for digitization and conservation projects.
Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board (OHRAB): Dan addressed what owners of a grant program and grant reviewers are looking for in a good grant proposal, and Meghan talked about Shaker Heights Public Library’s OHRAB grant-funded project, Digital Preservation of Shaker Heights Architectural Records and Creation of an Online Database.
Ohio History Fund: Andy described 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 focused on grants for digitization projects and enlisted your help to maintain support for the History Fund in 2017. As of February 2017, the History Fund has made 53 grants in 32 counties totaling $522,000.
Ohio Humanities: David discussed 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).
Host: Shannon Kupfer, State Library of Ohio
Site: State Library of Ohio (274 E 1st Ave, Columbus, OH 43201)
Tour: State Library of Ohio’s Digital Services area

January 17, 2017 | Reaching Teachers: Successful Digital Outreach to K-12
Speakers: Alexandria Halmbacher, Ohio as America Coordinator, Ohio History Connection; Brandi Young, ILibrarian, INFOhio
Program: Alexandria discussed 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. Brandi discussed what educators want/expect from digital librarians/archivists in terms of digital collections and educational resources.
Hosts: Lily Birkhimer & Jenni Salamon, Ohio History Connection
Site: Ohio History Center (800 E 17th Ave, Columbus, OH 43211)
Tour: Ohio History Connection’s Great Collections Experiment Galleries, which explore new ways of displaying and sharing more of the amazing, priceless and sometimes quirky objects in OHC’s vast collection

November 17, 2016 | Working with Interns and Volunteers
Speakers: Dawne Dewey, Head of Special Collections & Archives, Wright State University (as supervisor); Karen Gracy, Associate Professor & Graduate Coordinator for Admissions, School of Library and Information Science, Kent State University (as internship coordinator); Danielle Rennick, Lead Volunteer Coordinator, Ohio History Connection; Adam Wanter, Digital & Special Collections Archivist, MidPointe Library System (as past practicum student)
Host: Janet Carleton, Ohio University
Site: OHIONET (1500 W Lane Ave, Columbus, OH 43221)

September 29, 2016 | Making It Count: Possibilities, Challenges and Current Practices in Assessing Cultural Heritage Digitization | Meeting Notes (PDF)
Speakers: Marcus Ladd, Miami University; Barb Sedlock, Defiance College; Emily Shaw, The Ohio State University
Program: 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 looked 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 provided an overview of the methods, metrics and current work in this area, presented the aggregate results from the most recent OhioDIG Digital Collections Analytics Survey, and reviewed some of our institutions’ real digitized collections with any eye toward assessment. There was time for open discussion. For additional grounding in this topic before the meeting, review the Digital Library Federation’s Assessment Interest Group wiki.
Ohio Digital Collections Analytics 2015 Slides (PDF)
Case Study: One Vendor’s Statistical Report Slides (PDF)
Making it Count: Assessing the Value and Impact of Cultural Heritage Digitization Slides (PDF)
Hosts: Aaron O’Donovan & Angela O’Neal, Columbus Metropolitan Library
Site: Main Library, Columbus Metropolitan Library (96 S Grant Ave, Columbus, OH 43215)
Tours: CML’s Main Library recently underwent a $35 million renovation that opened up the space and highlighted views of downtown and the Topiary Park–see the new Digital Lab, with emphasis on equipment and digitization procedures; local history and genealogy collections; and general tour covering nonfiction, fiction, teen, children’s and meeting spaces

July 7, 2016 | Cleveland Digital Public Library: Digitization and Public Service
Speaker: Chatham Ewing, Cleveland Public Library
Program: Chatham presented on the creation of the Cleveland Digital Public Library and how it offers digitization as a public service.
Hosts: Chatham Ewing & Rachel Senese, Cleveland Public Library
Site: Main Library, Cleveland Public Library (325 Superior Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114)
Tours:
— July 7: Cleveland Public Library’s TechCentral MakerSpace, Special Collections, Folger Shakespeare Library First Folio Exhibit
— July 8: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library & Archives

May 24, 2016 | Digital Scholarship at Denison University | Meeting Notes (PDF)
Speakers: Debby Andreadis, Deputy Director of Libraries, Denison University; Ben Daigle, Associate Director of Consortial Library Systems, The Five Colleges of Ohio; Joanna Grabski, Professor and Chair of Art History & Visual Culture, Denison University
Program: 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 were demonstrated and discussed:
Mapping Oceania, a showcase of student-selected Oceanic art works from various museums around the world (Slides (PDF))
Expanding Archive, a collection of material relating to the history of LBGT students and the Queer Studies program (Slides (PDF))
Baptists in Burma, a digitized aggregation of archival materials from across the country that uses Axis Maps to identify content’s geolocation
Hosts: Debby Andreadis & Sasha Griffin, Denison University
Site: Library, Denison University (400 W Loop, Granville, OH 43023)
Tour: New archives facility

March 9, 2016 | Digital Preservation: Tools & Storage | Meeting Notes (PDF)
Speakers: Sam Meister, Preservation Communities Manager, Educopia Institute; Eira Tansey, Digital Archivist/Records Manager, University of Cincinnati; Deanna Ulvestad, Head Archivist, Greene County Public Library
Program:
— Eira discussed how she is using a grab bag of tools, including some from BitCurator, to analyze and appraise university electronic records (Slides (PDF))
— Deanna and Sam discussed 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 (Slides (PDF))
Hosts: Lily Birkhimer & Jenni Salamon, Ohio History Connection
Site: Ohio History Center (800 E 17th Ave, Columbus, OH 43211)

February 5, 2016 | Equipment: Book Scanners | Meeting Notes (PDF)
Speakers:: Lily Birkhimer, Digital Projects Coordinator, Ohio History Connection; Megan Mitchell, Digital Initiatives Coordinator, Oberlin College Library; Aaron O’Donovan, Digitization & Local History Librarian, Columbus Metropolitan Library
Program: Many of us are looking to update or newly acquire equipment for book capture. Panelists discussed their experiences with evaluating and acquiring new book scanning equipment for various use cases. There was time for questions and for attendees to share their own experiences.
— Ohio History Connection: Atiz BookdrivePro, Bookeye 4 V1A, Zeutschel OS 12000 A1 (Slides (PDF))
— Columbus Metropolitan Library: Atiz BookDrive Pro w/ Canon T3i, Atiz BookDrive Mark 2 w/ Canon T5i, Plustek OpticBook A300 (Slides (PDF))
— Oberlin College: The Internet Archive’s Table Top Scribe
Hosts: Lily Birkhimer & Jenni Salamon, Ohio History Connection
Site: Ohio History Center (800 E 17th Ave, Columbus, OH 43211)

November 19, 2015 | Preserve Digital Ohio | Meeting Notes (PDF)
Speakers:: Elizabeth Allen, Circulation Assistant, Bexley Public Library; Jillian Carney, Manager, Digital Services, Ohio History Connection; Shannon Kupfer, Digital & Tangible Media Cataloger, State Library of Ohio; Nathan Tallman, Digital Content Strategist, University of Cincinnati
Program: 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: Lily Birkhimer & Jillian Carney, Ohio History Connection
Site: Ohio History Center (800 E 17th Ave, Columbus, OH 43211)
Tour: Digital Services (behind-the-scenes area), featuring new overhead cameras and large-format scanner

September 9, 2015 | Harnessing the Lifecycle: Planning and Implementing a Strategic Digital Collections Infrastructure at the OSU Libraries | Meeting Notes (PDF)
Speakers: Dan Noonan, E-Records/Digital Resources Archivist, The Ohio State University; Terry Reese, Head, Digital Initiatives, The Ohio State University; Emily Shaw, Head, Preservation and Reformatting, The Ohio State University
Program: 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. (Slides)
Site: Westerville Public Library (126 S State St, Westerville, OH 43081)
Tour:  Westerville Public Library Local History Center (public and behind-the-scenes areas), featuring John R. Kasich Congressional Collection and Anti-Saloon League Museum

July 7, 2015  (10th Anniversary Meeting!) | All Things Digitization at the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County | Meeting Notes (PDF)
Speakers: Stephanie Bricking, Metadata Librarian, Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County; Katrina Marshall, Manager, Digital Services; Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County
Program: 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.
Hosts: Stephanie Bricking & Katrina Marshall, Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County
Site: Main Branch, Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County (800 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202)
Tours: The Preservation Lab; PLCHC Digitization Lab & Cincinnati Room

May 20, 2015 | Project Management for Digitization | Meeting Notes (PDF)
Speaker: Laurie Gemmill Arp, Director, Digital & Preservation Services, LYRASIS
Program: Laurie provided an overview of project management for digitization projects, focusing on managing the process, concentrating on best practices, execution, and evaluation. (Slides (PDF))
Host: Angela O’Neal, Columbus Metropolitan Library
Site: Whitehall Branch, Columbus Metropolitan Library (4445 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43213)
Tours: New Whitehall Branch building; Old Whitehall Branch building (temporary location of Local History & Genealogy library)

March 31, 2015 | Update on the DPLA | Meeting Notes (PDF)
Speakers:: Jillian Carney, Manager, Digital Services, Ohio History Connection; Katy Klettlinger, Library Consultant, State Library of Ohio; Shannon Kupfer, Digital & Tangible Media Cataloger, State Library of Ohio
Program: 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 talked about what the DPLA is and how it works, and then led a follow-up discussion on Ohio’s future participation in DPLA. (Slides (PDF))
Hosts: Jillian Carney & Jenni Salamon, Ohio History Connection
Site: Ohio History Center (800 E 17th Ave, Columbus, OH 43211)

January 22, 2015 | U.S. Copyright Law and Fair Use | Meeting Notes (PDF)
Speaker: Sandra Aya Enimil, Head, Copyright Resource Center, The Ohio State University Libraries
Program: Enimil gave information on copyright law in the U.S. 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: State Library of Ohio (274 E 1st Ave, Columbus, OH 43201)

November 19, 2014 | What Do Users Want: A Discussion | Meeting Notes (PDF)
Speaker: Andrew Schocket, Director, American Culture Studies, Assoc. Professor of History and American Culture Studies, Bowling Green State University
Program: Schocket reported 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 Scholar’s Dashboard which might be considered for any online digital humanities repository. The second half of the presentation session allowed 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. (Slides (PDF), White Paper, Poster)
Hosts: Lily Birkhimer & Jenni Salamon, Ohio History Connection
Site: Ohio History Center (800 E 17th Ave, Columbus, OH 43211)

September 24, 2014 | Basic Considerations for Digital Preservation | Meeting Notes (PDF)
Speaker: Dan Noonan, Assistant Professor, E-Records/Digital Resources Archivist, The Ohio State University Libraries/University Archives
Program: 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 addressed the basic steps archivists, curators, and librarians need to consider to establish an appropriate digital preservation environment. (Slides (PDF))
Host: Shannon Kupfer, State Library of Ohio
Site: State Library of Ohio (274 E 1st Ave, Columbus, OH 43201)

July 22, 2014 | Equipment: The Foundation for a Digital Hub | Meeting Notes (PDF)
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 Library
Program: 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: Angela O’Neal, Columbus Metropolitan Library
Site: Main Library, Columbus Metropolitan Library (96 S Grant Ave, Columbus, OH 43215)

May 21, 2014 | What Do I Do with All this Stuff? Audiovisual Digitization, Practices and Procedures | Meeting Notes (PDF)
Speaker: John Walko, Media Archive Manager, SceneSavers
Program: 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. (Google Slides, Video Sample)
Host: Jillian Carney, Ohio Historical Society
Site: Westerville Public Library (126 S State St, Westerville, OH 43081)

March 31, 2014 | Lessons Learned: In-House Digitization | Meeting Notes (PDF)
Speakers: Amy McCrory, Digital Imaging Specialist, The Ohio State University; Marcus Ladd, Special Collections Librarian, Miami University
Program:
— Amy presented “Material Issues: Physical Features, Lighting, and Digital Capture.” Amy discussed image capture, including for the King James Bible exhibit and glass slides. (Slides (PDF), Blog Posts)
— Marcus presented “This Could Take a While – Reflections After the First Year of a Student-Aided Digitization Project.” 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. (Slides (PDF))
Host: Lily Birkhimer, Ohio Historical Society
Site: Ohio Historical Center (800 E 17th Ave, Columbus, OH 43211)

February 18, 2014 (rescheduled from January 29, 2014) | Lessons Learned While Migrating | Meeting Notes (PDF)
Speakers: Alan Boyd, Associate Director of Libraries, Oberlin College; Andrew Harris, Metadata Librarian, Digital Services, Wright State University; Keith Manecke, Manager of Cataloging and Registration, Ohio Historical Society
Program:
— Alan presented “Many Hands Making Lighter Work: The Five Colleges of Ohio DRC Migration.” 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. (Slides (PDF))
— Andrew presented “From DSpace to Digital Commons: A Guide to Migrating your Digital Assets.” Andrew discussed 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. (Slides (PDF))
— Keith presented “The Long and Winding Migration: Five Lessons Learned at the Ohio Historical Society.” 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. (Slides (PDF))
Host: Shannon Kupfer, State Library of Ohio
Site: State Library of Ohio (274 E 1st Ave, Columbus, OH 43201)

November 14, 2013 | Newspaper Digitization and Working with Vendors | Meeting Notes (PDF)
Speakers: Jenni Salamon & Kevin Latta, National Digital Newspaper Program in Ohio, Ohio Historical Society; Laurie Gemmill Arp, LYRASIS
Program:
— Jenni & Kevin discussed the technical aspects of digitizing newspapers including content selection and current archival standards and best practices.  (Slides (PDF))
— Laurie discussed working with vendors and focusing on what you and the vendor need to know to make a productive project. (Slides (PDF))
Hosts: Lily Birkhimer & Jillian Carney, Ohio Historical Society
Site: Ohio Historical Center (1982 Velma Ave, Columbus, OH 43211)

April 3, 2009 | Extreme Makeover: A User-Centered Redesign of the Worthington Libraries Website
Speaker: Kara Reuter, Digital Library Manager, Worthington Libraries
Program: Library websites must serve a wide variety of audiences who seek to accomplish many different tasks. This presentation outlined the comprehensive, user-centered process used by Worthington Libraries to complete the recent redesign of their Worthington Libraries website.
Host: Susan Allen, Worthington Libraries
Site: Northwest Library, Worthington Libraries (2280 Hard Rd, Columbus, OH 43235)

July 29, 2008 | Shareable Metadata | Meeting Notes (PDF)
Speaker: Melanie Schlosser, Metadata Librarian, Scholarly Resources Integration Department, The Ohio State University
Program: Slides
Host: Melanie Schlosser, The Ohio State University
Site: Ackerman Library, The Ohio State University (600 Ackerman Rd, Columbus, OH 43202)

March 28, 2008 | Intro to OhioLINK’s New EAD Finding Aid Creation Tool
Speaker: Cara Gilgenbach, Head of Special Collections, Kent State University & Chair, OhioLINK EAD Task Force
Program: Cara provided 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 also briefly showed the OhioLINK Finding Aid Repository that brings 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. (Slides (PDF))
Host: Roman Panchysyn, OHIONET
Site: OHIONET (1500 W Lane Ave, Columbus, OH 43221)

November 9, 2007 | Moving Image Digitization for the Small Shop
Speakers: Matt and Nikki Swift, NicoletteCinemagraphics & Master of Library and Information Science, Kent State University
Program: Slides (PDF)
Host: Angela O’Neal, Ohio Historical Society
Site: Ohio Historical Center (1982 Velma Ave, Columbus, OH 43211)

September 14, 2007 | The Ohio State University’s Institutional Repository: How Policy Informs Practice | Meeting Notes (PDF)
Speakers: Tschera Connell, Dept. Head/Associate Professor, Scholarly Resources Integration Department, The Ohio State University; Maureen Walsh, Metadata Librarian/Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University
Program: Slides
Host: Tschera Connell, The Ohio State University
Site: Ackerman Library, The Ohio State University (600 Ackerman Rd, Columbus, OH 43202)

May 11, 2007 | Business Planning and Sustainability for Digital Projects | Meeting Notes (PDF)
Speaker: Laurie Gemmill, OCLC
Program: Resource List (PDF)
Host: Laurie Gemmill, OCLC
Site: Kilgour Auditorium, OCLC (6565 Kilgour Pl, Dublin, OH, 43017)

November 14, 2006 | Capture and Cataloging of Digitized Ohio Government Documents in the Content Cooperative | Meeting Notes (PDF)
Speakers: Kathy Hughes, State Library of Ohio; Nicole Merriman, State Library of Ohio
Program: The State Library of Ohio 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 SLO’s online catalog or through Open WorldCat. (Slides (PDF))
Host: Kathy Hughes, State Library of Ohio
Site: State Library of Ohio (274 E 1st Ave, Columbus, OH 43201)

August 8, 2006 | Outreach Fever: From Blogs to County Fairs | Meeting Notes (PDF)
Speaker: Bill Barrow, Cleveland Memory, Cleveland State University
Host: Roman Panchysyn, OHIONET
Site: OHIONET (1500 W Lane Ave, Columbus, OH 43221)

May 9, 2006 | Using Greenstone Open Source Digital Library Software at a Cultural Heritage Institution
Speakers: Mary Manning, Archivist, Medical Heritage Center; Eric Schnell, Medical Heritage Center
Program: Slides (PDF)
Host: Mary Manning, Medical Heritage Center
Site: Medical Heritage Center, Prior Health Sciences Library, The Ohio State University (376 W 10th Ave, Columbus, OH 43210)

February 14, 2006 | Digitizing Historic Newspapers | Meeting Notes (PDF)
Speaker: Phil Sager, Digital Projects Developer, Ohio Historical Society
Program: Slides (PDF), Resource List (PDF)
Host: Angela O’Neal, Ohio Historical Society
Site: Ohio Historical Center (1982 Velma Ave, Columbus, OH 43211)

November 14, 2005 | Worthington Memory Showcase | Meeting Notes (PDF)
Speakers: Susan Allen, Digital Library Leader, Worthington Libraries; Stefan Langer, Webmaster, Worthington Libraries
Host: Susan Allen, Worthington Libraries
Site: Old Worthington Library (820 High St, Worthington, OH 43085)

September 7, 2005 | Access, Preservation, and Interchange: Digital Imaging with JPEG 2000 | Meeting Notes (PDF)
Speaker: Peter Murray, Assistant Director, Multimedia Systems, OhioLINK
Host: Laurie Gemmill, OCLC
Site: Kilgour Auditorium, OCLC (6565 Kilgour Pl, Dublin, OH, 43017)

July 2005 | Inaugural Meeting (as Columbus DIG)
Speakers: Susan Allen, Digital Library Leader, Worthington Libraries; Laurie Gemmill, Digital Projects Specialist, OCLC; Mary Manning, Archivist, Medical Heritage Center; Angela O’Neal, Digital Projects Manager, Ohio Historical Society
Host: Laurie Gemmill, OCLC
Site: Kilgour Auditorium, OCLC (6565 Kilgour Pl, Dublin, OH, 43017)


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