Please join us on Friday, April 24th, 12:45- 5:00pm, WSU’s Purdy Kresge Library

The Wayne State University National Digital Stewardship Alliance Student Chapter is very pleased to announce its 3nd colloquium, “Putting the Pieces Together: Digital Curation, Preservation, and Metadata”, to be held on April 24th from 1:00 – 5:00 pm in Detroit, Michigan at Wayne State University’s Purdy Kresge Library.  The colloquium will draw together professionals and students to share and discuss information on a variety of topics related to digital preservation.

Who’s invited?
Any interested information professional, whether you're a student; faculty; academic, public, or special collections librarian; archivist; or records information manager.

Can’t make it in person? Plan to attend online! 
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What will you learn about?
Topics include risk assessment, social media management, working with obsolete digital media, personal archiving, ArchiveSpace, metadata issues galore, and much more!

RSVP at as space will be limited! Walk-ins are welcome, but may be standing-room only.

Venue Information:
Wayne State University
Purdy-Kresge Library - 3rd Floor 
5265 Cass Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202
Click here for parking information in WSU structures or surface lots.  There is also limited metered on-street parking available on Cass Avenue and Anthony Wayne Drive.
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**Please allow extra time to arrive as there is construction downtown.

Sign In:
12:45 – 1:00 PM

Welcome & Introductions:
1:00 – 1:15 PM

Presentations and Q&A Session:
1:15 – 3:30 PM
“Data Wrangling: Developing Local Best Practice for Born Digital Metadata”, Tracy Popp and Ayla Stein – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
This presentation discusses challenges in choosing appropriate and interoperable metadata schemas and controlled vocabularies for managing the born digital  collections at UIUC from discrete stages of ingest, acquiring and reformatting obsolete born digital  media and file types, and ingesting content into their Medusa digital preservation repository. Tracy Popp is the Digital Preservation Coordinator at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, where her work focuses on the preservation and access of born digital library collections. Ayla Stein is a Metadata Librarian at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where she works with a variety of stakeholders in the Library on metadata projects.

 “Legacy Finding Aid Import into ArchivesSpace”, Dallas Pillen—Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan
This presentation will discuss the results of a student practicum conducted at the Bentley Historical Library, which involved import testing of legacy Encoded Archival Description (EAD) finding aids into ArchivesSpace. Dallas Pillen is currently a Project Archivist at the Bentley Historical Library, working in the Bentley's Reference and Curation Departments, primarily on the Bentley's implementation of Aeon, ArchivesSpace, and Archivematica.

15 Minute Intermission (Refreshments Served)

"Creating a Catalog and Metadata Standards for the Grosscup Museum of Anthropology’s Archive ", Adam Mosseri--Wayne State University
This lecture will discuss the process of creating universal metadata standards, how they were implemented and utilized when describing objects in PastPerfect 5.0, and what steps were taken to create a catalog for the Grosscup Museum of Anthropology’s archive. Adam Mosseri is an MLIS student at Wayne State University specializing in archival management. He has been working with Wayne State University’s anthropology department for the past two years.

“VIAF as a Resource for Author Nationality”, Emily Peiffer—University of Michigan
The Virtual International Authority File (VIAF) is becoming an increasingly important tool for libraries and is already a widely-used resource for its name authority files. This presentation will aim to discuss both current benefits and opportunities to improve author nationality information in VIAF. Emily Peiffer works in the Electronic Access Unit at the University of Michigan Library, where she makes copyright determinations using the Copyright Review Management System, corrects HathiTrust records, performs cataloging work, and troubleshoots electronic access problems.
Metadata Workshop
3:30-4:00 PM

“Metadata Rehash: Using Legacy MARC Records as the Basis for Metadata for Digitized Books,” Amelia Mowry, Metadata & Discovery Services—Wayne State University
Wayne State University Libraries has digitized a collection of rare juvenile literature to be freely available online. This presentation will describe the process of creating metadata for these books based on the MARC records of the physical books. Amelia Mowry is the Metadata & Discovery Services Librarian at Wayne State University. She is interested in making materials more accessible, especially unusual or under-used resources, such archival collections.

Poster Session & Appetizers/Refreshments
4:00-5:00 PM

In-Person Poster Presentations:

“Methods for Assessing Risk in Physical Digital Media Collections: The Robert Altman Archive as a Case Study,” Alexa Hagen, Alix Norton, Sarah Breen—University of Michigan
In this presentation, the authors summarize the results of a risk assessment, based on a formula designed by Rob Waller, of digital content in The Altman Physical Digital Media Collection. From these findings, the authors were able to determine the greatest risks to the collection and provide recommendations for long-term preservation and sustainability.     

“Copy That Floppy: An Exercise in Accessing the Obsolete,” Elena Colón-Marrero—University of Michigan
A recently acquired collection of over 100 5.25” floppy disks was found at the Bentley Historical Library. Current removable media and digital processing workflows established at the Bentley function well for small collections. This presentation seeks to determine if the current workflows are feasible for a collection of this size. Elena Colón-Marrero is a first-year graduate student at the University of Michigan’s School of Information studying Archives and Records Management and Preservation of Information. She currently works at the Bentley Historical Library and the William L. Clements Library. 

“Helping Users Overcome Emotional Barriers through UX,” Lauren Schroeder—Wayne State University
User Experience (UX) designers must account for user emotion when developing information retrieval systems. Affective computing is an area of Human-Computer Interaction studying the development of systems that recognize and respond to human emotions. This poster presentation will explore literature on the topic of emotions connected to the information search process, including UX of the computer applications aiding information retrieval, and methods for supporting user emotions. Lauren Schroeder is an MLIS student at Wayne State University.

Distance Poster Presentations:

“Improving Social Media Management with Usable Database Design,” Lissa N. Snyders—University of Maryland
As an intern with the National Library of Medicine, the author redesigned their social media database to increase usability and promote digital preservation by, among other things, utilizing macros and, overall, by making a more efficient design to fit staff workflow needs, which led to fewer data entry errors and improved digital preservation of social media use and metrics. This presentation details her experience.  Lissa Snyders is a second-year MLS Candidate at the University of Maryland interested in emerging technologies, data management, digital stewardship, and maximizing public access to government resources and information. She has held internships with the National Library of Medicine, NOAA’s National Oceanographic Data Center, and the Office of the Federal Register.  

“Forever Jung: Linking Characters and Archetypes across Time,” Jacob Shelby (Indiana University), Tiffany Saulter (University of Delaware), Heidi Tebbe (North Carolina State University), Rachel O’Connor (Indiana University), Elin K. Jacob (Indiana University)
The Archetypes and Characters Ontology (ARCH) represents the attributes of archetypes and narrative characters. It represents both the relationship between the narrative character and the archetype it instantiates and the relationships between archetypes and their occurrences across time and cultures.  This poster presentation discusses the Archetypes and Characters Ontology. Jacob is a team member of the Indiana University Media Digitization Preservation Initiative. Tiffany is a Pauline A. Young President at the University of Delaware. Heidi is an NCSU Libraries Fellow at North Carolina State University. Rachel is a Web Producer at the Indiana University Alumni Association.  Elin is an Associate Professor of LIS at Indiana University.     

“Collaboratively Created Metadata Style Guide by MLIS Students: A Case Study,” Christopher (Chris) Bonadio—Wayne State University
Starting in early 2014, two students, Roxanne Brazell and Christopher (Chris) Bonadio, in the MLIS program, designed a metadata style guide, which lists and defines metadata elements and provides record templates for students adding new records to the archive. The first step involved making a consensus metadata schema based on input from other students and doing an environmental scan of other university digital archives.  Roxanne, who lives in California, and Chris, who lives in Michigan, collaborated using online social media tools. The following poster documents the process of developing the style guide. Chris is an MLIS student at Wayne State University.  

“Personal Archiving Project Management,” Brian Meagher—McGill University
There has been an increase in interest from the general public in creating and maintaining personal archives. Guides have been developed and many different types of software exist to help.  However, not everyone starts their collection from digital holdings. Photographs, printed documents, and audio-visual materials often provide the starting point. For these individuals, there are far fewer published guides for proper management of personal archiving project. This poster presentation hopes to fill that void.  Brian is an MLIS graduate student at McGill University. 

We hope to see you there!  

Best regards,

WSU NDSA Student Chapter

Twitter: @WSUNDSA