Jodi Carlson Grebinoski, UMD Kathryn A. Martin Library
Thank you very much for the scholarship to assist with the travel cost to Baltimore.
I attended the Library Publishing Forum and ACRL 2017: At the Helm Leading Transformation in Baltimore, Maryland in March. Both the Publishing Forum and the ACRL conference had many great sessions. One that I found surprisingly interesting and useful was the ACRL session Metadata and Digital Humanities: The Newest Form of Library Outreach on Friday, March 24, 2017. The presenters were from three different universities and each panelist presented about metadata and outreach projects.
One example was the Visual Essays that were created by students taking a history class. The students researched an image and wrote an essay about the picture that included information about the person or building, the time when the picture was taken, and about the area where the picture was taken. Think of all the images located in library’s local history departments and university archives that have amazing stories to tell.
Another example was students creating metadata with guidance of a metadata librarian. The library staff worked with a class to create metadata for digital collections. Some lessons learned from the project were: explain basics of metadata; include jargon; explain jargon; have mandatory metadata if needed; use examples, not rules; explain why the students are creating this data and remind them the world is watching. I could see training student workers to add basic metadata and their own metadata to the library digital items to assist users find the resources they are seeking.
Please contact me if you have any questions about this presentation or presentations from either conference.
Jodi C Grebinoski