February 2013 Meeting Minutes

In Person: Camille Chidsey, Kimberly Schroeder, Kelly Kietur, Kevin Barton, Bradley Woodruff

Online: Ann Schultz, Courtney Whitmore, Aubrey Maynard, Laura Gentry, Margaret Diaz, Zorian Sasyk, and Kristin Johnson

Kickstarter:  We are finalizing the launch of our Kickstarter campaign and are waiting on a few more details regarding the financial transfer of funds.  We will be posting to numerous listservs and a SLIS blog post.  The key to a successful Kickstarter is personalized social media promotion to your network.  We also have a new Twitter account: www.twitter.com/wsundsa   We will let you know when the Kickstarter is live, and we are looking at a 30 day window to raise the funds.

NDSA LinkedIn group:  NDSA Outreach group has formed a members only LinkedIn group  to reach another audience.  Search NDSA in LinkedIn, and Kim, who is the administrator, will approve your request.

Converge and Ingest– We want to make it an annual event and are looking at October.   Since it was successful, we discussed ways to make it better and what speakers we would like to recruit.

Digital Preservation NDIPP/NDSA National Conference:  July 21st-23rd in Washington D.C.  We should be thinking about what we would like to present (proposals, posters, and PSAs).   It is a very friendly event and a great resume builder.  SLIS is trying to raise money for students to attend conferences, but we all should plan to fund our own travel.

Preservation Week , April 21st-April 27th:   We can use our posters and presentations from Converge and Ingest as a SLIS blog post and on the website.  There will be a working page setup on our WordPress blog to suggest different ideas.  There is a meeting of digital preservation practitioners on April 24th at 6 p.m. here at WSU.  Currently, there are 27 people signed up.  On the agenda, there will be a tour of the digital lab and a DSpace demo.  We are considering using Adobe Connect to broadcast the meeting.

Henry Ford:  Kim has arranged a tour and presentation at the Henry Ford.  The date is March 18th from 3-4:30 p.m.   There can be only 15 people in person, and it will be first come first serve.  Camille will send out an invite to the SLIS listserv, and Laura will answer the RSVPs to our e-mail account.  We are also planning for the presentation to be broadcast online through Adobe Connect.

PSA Research: Since we have two research chairs, we will be putting up a working page on our WordPress blog to discuss scripts for our next PSAs.  We are looking at the theme of formats (audio, photographs, video, etc.)

Digital Preservation Skills and Jobs: Kim outlined the skills needed to be successful in obtaining employment in digital preservation.  Here are some of the highlights.

  • Skill set needed is fuzzy.  You have to be able to convey complex problem, be dedicated, understand metadata schema, work in a collaborative environment, and be accustomed to be overwhelmed.  It is also important to find the good stuff to preserve it through filtering, to analyze needs, and implement plans, and be knowledgeable of migration strategies.
  • Other buzz words: digital repository, disaster training, provenance of a file, security, strong communication skills, project management,   intellectual property rights ,  long-term planning, budgeting , fundraising, scripting, metadata, and knowledge of format and technological behavior.
  • Programs: Content DM, Artesia, Fedora,  and DSpace
  • Salaries
  • “What Skills Does a Digital Archivist or Librarian Need?” by Bill LeFurgy

Training:  We discussed the benefits of attending conferences, webinars, demos, and online learning.

  • Recommended website: Coursera.org
  • MIT Copyright course  
  • Upcoming Digital Preservation webinars: Association of Southeastern Research Libraries and Library of Michigan
  • Digital practicum and digital project (forthcoming from SLIS)
  • Fedora Demo at our April Meeting
  • DSpace demo by Bradley Woodruff
    • Turnkey digital repository
    • Free as in free kittens
    • Content indexed by Google
    •  Used by 1,000 institutions
    • Handles any type of digital content
    • Runs on Windows or Linux, written in Java
    •  relational databases, Dublin Core, XML interface
    • Example: Deep Blue
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