Boundary Conditions and the (Still) Black Box of Digitized Collections

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BLACK BOX – 10, by r2hox.

It’s 2017. Do you know how digitization happens at your library? How collections are selected to be digitized? Who decides on the interface?

Please join the Libraries and Research Forum at its panel, Session 347, “Acknowledging Boundary Conditions: Opening the Black Box of Creating Access to Digitized Collections,” on Friday, January 6, at 3:30 PM in 405, Philadelphia Marriott, with Brian Rosenblum, of the University of Kansas Libraries, presiding.

Tweet from the panel, using #mla17 #s347 .

About the session

Digitization processes enable access to library and archival collections – processes requiring decisions that effectively shape how scholars and students will ultimately use these materials online. This panel seeks to open the black box of digitization workflows by starting a discussion about pivotal moments in the process–specifically how collections are selected for digitization; the process of creating OCR (Optical Character Recognition) transcripts, databases, and metadata for searchability; and the development of user interfaces and open access policies.

The panelists

Six panelists, each assigned a particular keyword or phrase, will speak to how the process of creating access can significantly shape scholarship and teaching possibilities.

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Demystify this! – “Emergence of mysterious Black Box DDC_0501,” by thierry ehrmann.

1. Collection selection: Amy Earhart (Texas A&M)
2. OCR: Hannah Alpert Abrams (UT Austin)
3. Databases: Amanda Licastro (Stevenson University)
4. Metadata: Rachel Buurma (Swarthmore College)
5. User Interface: Shannon Mattern (The New School)
6. Open Access: Dot Porter (University of Pennsylvania)

Hope to see you there – 405 Philadelphia Marriott at 3:30 PM on Friday, January 6!