2019-2020 Workshop Roster

Can We Do That?: Intellectual Property Rights and Visual Media

A thorough understanding of intellectual property rights can be a challenge for lawyers, let alone information professionals, and the application of copyright restrictions on visual media can induce a sense of alarm and uncertainty dependent upon specific circumstances. This workshop will provide a clear focus on U.S. copyright law, intellectual property rights, and fair use as they pertain to the use of visual media (e.g., images and moving images) within the academic, archival, library, gallery, and museum environments. Information about image licensing, public domain resources, format conversion, educational usage, rights statements, securing publication rights, and creative reuse will be provided along with the tools and resources to help determine fair usage.

Collaborating across the Institution: Creating Professional Partnerships to Support Cultural Heritage

University, gallery, archive, and museum professionals are finding mutually beneficial new ways to work together to develop and deliver cultural heritage resources. Improved discovery and access in the digital age is a shared value by many individual constituents and there is increasing overlap in the work of librarians, archivists, curators, researchers, and educators. As cultural heritage institutions increasingly emphasize institution-wide rather than local or departmental resources, collaborations and partnerships between these units can help further common goals, streamline budgets, and create broader access to richer cultural heritage resources. Moreover, creating these partnerships supports the institution and the individual by expanding job scope, skills, and network. This workshop will provide concrete strategies for building stronger professional collaborations. The workshop will also explore in depth the benefits and barriers to creating collaborations and will offer specific techniques to ensure successful partnerships.

Learning to Look and Looking to Learn: A Workshop on Visual Literacy

As our culture moves from an oral tradition to a visual one, an increasing emphasis is being placed on developing the visual literacy skills of both educators and students, uniquely positioning those who work with visual media to provide necessary visual literacy training and instruction. This workshop will provide the tools to develop and implement a visual literacy training program at their institution. Visual literacy competencies, pedagogical approaches, and evaluative tools and methods will be outlined and discussed.

Moving Images: The Basics and Beyond

What do you need to know to protect the film and video materials in your collection? What materials need to be digitized, and how do you protect these valuable digital assets? The workshop will cover the basics of audiovisual collection care and first steps on how to plan a digital preservation project, including options for file formats, metadata, workflow, and long-term storage. Participants will also learn how to determine the advantages of in-house conversion and that of outsourcing. There will be a hands-on part of the day when we’ll get to handle, inspect and minimally catalog a variety of audiovisual formats.

Python for Beginners

Python is a flexible, cross-platform, modular, object-oriented programming language used for a variety of basic and high-level computing projects. It is great for back-end web development, data analysis, database management, scientific and humanities computing, and has an active, friendly user community. Even if you don’t plan on becoming a programmer yourself, knowledge of coding helps you talk to, or translate between, scholars, students, administrators and programmers. This basic introductory workshop will cover the basics of computer programming, how Python can be used in your work, and how to get started from scratch. You will leave encouraged to consider coding solutions and better ready to get started using code or supporting others as they build their own tools.

The International Image Interoperability Framework: What Is It and How Can I Use It?

Access to image-based resources is fundamental to research, scholarship and the transmission of cultural knowledge. Digital images are a container for much of the information content in the Web-based delivery of images, books, newspapers, manuscripts, maps, scrolls, single sheet collections, and archival materials. Yet much of the Internet’s image-based resources are locked up in silos, with access restricted to bespoke, locally built applications. The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) is a set of shared application programming interface (API) specifications for interoperable functionality in digital image repositories. The IIIF is comprised of and driven by a community of libraries, museums, archives, software companies, and other organizations working together to create, test, refine, implement and promote the IIIF specifications. This workshop will provide a clear sense of what IIIF is, how it works, and how it can be applied to enhance image access and resource sharing.

Something Mappy This Way Comes: An Introduction to Digital Mapping Technologies

A crash course in available digital mapping technologies including: ArcGIS, Carto, KnightLab developments, and free open source technologies. Learn how to create spatial data from primary sources directly in the browser, and create collaborative location-based history with the use of these tools. Examples from each platform will be given, with discussion of strengths, weaknesses, and budgets. Next generation mapping projects include American Panorama: A Digital Atlas of American History (University of Richmond) and other high impact mapping projects will be discussed in depth.

From Project to Product: Effective Project Management and Strategic Planning

This day-long, hands-on workshop will review the components of effective project management, including tools for planning, scheduling, allocating and measuring progress.  Topics will include: setting goals & objectives; identifying your audience, key stakeholders and other project resources; tools for collaboration; and defining analytics and other key performance indicators.  In addition, participants will participate in activities designed to help move your institution from isolated one-off “projects” to strategic “product” development, a continuous digital development interwoven throughout your institution’s activities.

Managing Digital Content

It has never been easier for institutions and individuals to create digital content.  From smartphones to 3D printers to livestreams on social networks, the digital age has both radically increased accessibility to these tools as well as dramatically simplified the process of digital capture. Yet how does one manage this explosion of content, and how to deal with its consequences? This day-long workshop will introduce attendees to the core concepts of managing digital content by providing the background and tools to effectively organize, catalog and distribute your institution’s digital assets. Workflows from successful digitization projects will be discussed, including intellectual property and rights assessments, content distribution and long-term archival storage. Types of content discussed will include images, audio, video as well as e-books and other electronic publications. You will leave with a comprehensive sense of the practical tools and skills required for digital projects at cultural heritage institutions.

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