Online presentation March 20th features Tubman photo collection

Announcing a Digital library brown bag presentation on March 20 featuring the William V.S. Tubman Photograph Collection (nineteenth president of Liberia). The live presentation titled “From a Vacant Liberian Mansion to the ICO: The William V.S. Tubman Photography Collection” will be held at the Herman B Wells Library, room E174, from 12:00-1:00 pm (Eastern Daylight Time or UTC/GMT -4h).

The featured speakers are:  Verlon Stone, Coordinator, IU Liberian Collections;  Megan MacDonald, Archivist, IU Liberian Collections; and Sarah Keil, Student Archivist/Librarian, Wells Library African Studies Collection.

Presentation slides and audio will be available via Adobe Connect (an online meeting service formerly known as Breeze). Go to <http://breeze.iu.edu/diglib> to view and listen to the presentation. If you are not a registered user, select the Enter as a Guest option.

You can also follow and contribute to the presentation and discussion on Twitter: #dlbbspring2013

The William V.S. Tubman Photograph Collection was the first to pilot DLP’s Photocat web application and an early collection ingested into ICO. The IU Liberian Collections (IULC) learned many lessons between its first 2004 encounter with the Tubman albums in the damp library of an abandoned country mansion in Liberia and their becoming publicly available world-wide via ICO in 2011. Funded by grants from the British Library’s Endangered Archives Programme and Africana Librarians Council/Title VI Librarians/CAMP, the IULC worked with numerous IU Libraries and SLIS staff, students and faculty. The Lingle Craig Preservation Laboratory, IU Archives and the the African Studies Collection made very important contributions, but the Digital Library Program had the greatest impact on the project through their digital library infrastructure and related tools. The presentation will review the project’s seven-year history, focusing on lessons learned as an early adopter regarding project workflow and dealing with the design and content of metadata.

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