Meet River Street Anthology founder Matt Jones at September NDSA gathering!

When: Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 2 p.m.

Where: Kresge Library, 3rd floor, Room 315 or online at

Join the WSU student chapter of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) for a presentation by Matt Jones, the founder of River Street Anthology. The River Street Anthology project is traveling the state “to collect, preserve, and make accessible music covering the gamut of genres, cultures, ages, and genders of Michigan music.”

After the presentation, we’ll discuss plans and projects for the new academic year as well as elect officers.

Free and open to all students, faculty and staff.


SAA/NDSA Fall Mixer

Are you interested in archives or digital content management? Interested in getting involved with a student group that meets your interests and can help you develop as a student? The campus Society of American Archivists (SAA) group and the campus National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) group are excited to invite you to a pizza party/social mixer.
Come find out about the two groups and meet the leaders of those groups. Ask questions about what you can look forward to in the upcoming semesters and what the two groups hope to accomplish in the upcoming school year!
The mixer will be at the Reuther Library, Reuther Conference Room on August 31, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. 

Seeking SLIS students for summer project

Looking for a project to work on this summer? Something that is both interesting and a great addition to your resume? Help National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) create digital preservation plans for three institutions!

What exactly would you have to do? We are looking for volunteers to work on a number of tasks including:

  1. We are looking for individuals to do research on digital preservation plans, file naming conventions, and different uniform policies and procedures.
  2. We are looking for another individual to assist in finding good literature to help in the creation of these plans.
  3. We are looking for individuals who are interested in working directly with three small cultural institutions in order to help them create these plans. These institutions will be confirmed via email this week, and announced next week.

The object of this project is to help these institutions create digital preservation plans, helping not only themselves, but their communities by preserving their invaluable resources. Further, we will be writing a paper, and hopefully presenting at the national NDSA conference in the fall. The research would additionally be used in the colloquium that WSU’s NDSA student chapter hosts in the fall.

We will be holding a meeting next Wednesday, June 28, at 4:00 PM in the Purdy-Kresge Library in Room 315. You can also attend virtually using this link,

If you cannot make the meeting, but are still interested in participating, please email Allie Penn at

Building the ship while sailing it: Evolving workflows at WSUL Digital Collections

From images of the first human-to-human heart transplant performed in the United States to photographs taken for the Detroit News between 1860 and 1980, the Wayne State University Libraries Digital Collections is a treasure trove of digital images, texts, and audio visual materials. At present the 47,000 items in the collection amount to about three terabytes of data, but Graham Hukill, Cole Hudson, Amelia Mowry and others working in concert with staff at the Walter P. Reuther Library and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) expect that to grow to twenty terabytes in the near future.

As the WSUL Digital Collections team anticipates ingesting new digital files from both the Reuther Library and the DPLA, they are looking for new ways to better manage the process and to meet the standards required of a trustworthy digital repository. Not satisfied with the existing solutions, Hukill and company have been testing new workflows and processes. He described where the team began and where they are headed in a candid presentation to the student chapter of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance at WSU School of Library and Information Science on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

In the presentation, Hukill outlined the multistep process required to move an object described in ArchiveSpace through digitization, file preservation, translation to searchable formats, and finally into a user-friendly interface. The team has struggled with how to define content models for different kinds of digital files and with how to represent the relationships between digital files and collections to end users.

For a more complete picture of the processes the team explored, the problems they’ve encountered, and the progress they’ve made, please view the full presentation at: