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Wednesday, October 17 • 10:30am - 11:25am
#w2a: Project-2-Program: Building Strong, Sustainable, and Adaptable Programs for Coordinated Digital Library Activity

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Project-2-Program: Building Strong, Sustainable, and Adaptable Programs for Coordinated Digital Library Activity
Deirdre Joyce(1), Barbara Laufersweiler(2), Emily Shaw(3), Nabeela Jaffer(4), Jessica Wagner Webster(5), Louisa Trott(6)
1: Syracuse University Libraries, United States of America; 2: The University of Oklahoma Libraries; 3: The Ohio State University Libraries; 4: University of Michigan Library; 5: Baruch College, CUNY; 6: University of Tennessee, Hodges Library
Digital library projects can cross multiple organizational units within a given institution. Framing, organizing, and managing this work programmatically can facilitate economies of scale, establish and maintain clear roles and responsibilities, evaluate and prioritize high-impact work, and advocate for resources. How, then, do we create strong, sustainable digital programs?

At Syracuse University Libraries, the progression from project to program is defined in the liminal space emerging between grassroots, project-oriented efforts and a mandate supporting a more strategically understood digital library program. This presentation focuses on efforts to build a program while recognizing how progress has been anything but linear.

Several years of capacity building to support digital collections at the University of Oklahoma Libraries has brought organizational and platform improvements. The current approach meets project needs, but is not cohesive or scalable. The Digital Collections unit is at a tipping point from project orientation to program perspective.

The digital initiatives program at Baruch College Libraries grew around the decision to take on a large-scale digitization project. Now, as this initial digitization project winds down, we are leveraging the resources developed for the project to build a program infrastructure that supports digital project work in the long term.

Since UT-Knoxville’s Digital Library Program began in 2001, growth, staff turnover, and changes to organizational structure have contributed to a lack of cohesion in recent years. This year, we’ve begun to assess and redefine our work, moving away from project-focused and developing a more consistent programmatic approach.

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Molly Bragg

Head, Digital Collections and Curation Services, Duke University Libraries
Digital Collections : Digitization : Project Management : Poodles

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Deirdre Joyce

Head of the Digital Library Program, Syracuse University Libraries
Deirdre is an archivist and librarian who currently works as the head of the Digital Library Program at Syracuse University. Previously she worked as a metadata librarian at SU before serving as a project manager for New York Heritage Digital Collections and the Empire Archival Discovery... Read More →
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Barbara Laufersweiler

Director, Digital Collections and Digitization, University of Oklahoma Libraries
Digital collections, digitization, and digital preservation of special collections materials at OU since 2012.
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Louisa Trott

University of Tennessee
Louisa Trott graduated from UEA’s moving image archiving program in 2003. She has worked at moving image archives in the UK and US, including the Imperial War Museum and Screen Archive South East. She co-founded the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound, Knoxville. She currently... Read More →
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Jessica Wagner Webster

Digital Initiatives Librarian, Baruch College, CUNY

Wednesday October 17, 2018 10:30am - 11:25am PDT
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