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Friday, March 31 • 2:10pm - 3:30pm
Second Chance: Digital Collections and Discovery in the Archives

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: How do you share a collection that is too fragile to touch? How do you document a city that no longer exists? How do libraries develop repository services that their users actually want? And how can you make available artwork that is literally locked up?    


Elliot McNally will discuss creating a digital collection for the visual poetry of Amelia Etlinger, pieces comprised of textiles, found objects, and flower petals. These poems were intended to be read only once, by the recipient, the act of opening them destroying them in what Etlinger considered collaboration.   


Molly Poremski will discuss documenting Polonia, the historically Polish section of Buffalo, NY, using History Pin to map parts of the city that no longer exist or are unrecognizable in their present state. Using a combination of materials from the Polish Collection, she created a digital reconstruction of Polonia where visitors can learn about its history and residents.   


 Kate Thornhill is working with her library’s DAM/IR Task Force on a marketing and communications digital assets management system, taking the opposite of the “if we build they will come” approach, making decisions informed by expertise in repositories assessment and management, digital library systems administration, and digital preservation, as well as stakeholder perspectives from across the OHSU campus.   


Amy Lazet was the project manager for the Digital Image Archive for the Prison Creative Arts Project, which provides incarcerated individuals with instruction in creating fine (and performing) arts. Amy will discuss building a database for and cataloging the visual artworks; establishing metadata standards and vocabulary for outsider art; and navigating intellectual property rights to facilitate scholarship of prisoner art and enhance accessibility for the artists and their families. 



Elliot McNally, Special Collections Librarian, Savannah College of Art and Design—Atlanta

Molly Dahl Poremski, Digital Collections Librarian and Curator of the Polish Collection, University at Buffalo

Kate Thornhill, Repository Community Librarian, Oregon Health and Science University

Amy Lazet, Visual Resources Specialist, College for Creative Studies


Marie Elia, Processing Archivist, University at Buffalo

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Marie Elia

Archivist, University at Buffalo

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Amy Lazet

Visual Resources Specialist, College for Creative Studies

Molly Poremski

Digital Collections Librarian, University at Buffalo
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Kate Thornhill

Repository Librarian, Oregon Health & Science University

Friday March 31, 2017 2:10pm - 3:30pm
Salon A-B

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