To include coordinates or not to include coordinates, is a challenge we all struggle with as we develop metadata. Including coordinates in metadata provides highly accurate location information which can enable spatial research or can lead to incorrect assumptions if applied to objects with less geographic specificity. This session will provide overview of best practices of how to approach including coordinates and geographic information in metadata records to enable spatial research.
The Islandora Ecosystem - Melissa Anez, Islandora Foundation
A quick overview of the Islandora community, how it supports the development and maintenance of the software, and how CTDA fits in to this international open-source community.
Let Me Google [Form] That For You: Using Google Forms to aid in the CTDA upload process - Jennifer Sharp, Hartford History Center, Hartford Public Library
Jennifer will describe the Hartford History Center's process for entering item and collection metadata via Google Forms, which is ultimately uploaded to the CTDA through spreadsheet ingest.
Pandemic Projects: Avon's Digitization work during COVID-19 - Tina Panik, Avon Free Public Library
Since the closure of public libraries in mid-March, the Avon Library's reference team has uploaded 1,800 items to the CTDA repository. Hear about their projects!
Intro to Connecticut Collections - Diane Lee, CLHO/Connecticut Collections
This session will give a brief overview of the Connecticut Collections (CTCo) project from CLHO and what the benefits might be for your institution. CTCo is a combination cataloging, presentation, and preservation project to help all size ranges of Connecticut institutions manage and present their collections.
Husky ReVeiw - Brooke Gemmell, Greenhouse Studios, University of Connecticut Library
Husky ReView, an augmented-reality intervention, is designed to unearth and make more visible certain forgotten aspects of, and events from, the recent past of the University of Connecticut. In particular, this AR intervention draws from material in the UConn Archives and Special Collections, which explores student activism in response to issues such as race, white supremacy, and the Vietnam War.
Out of the Archives and Into Your Home: Teaching with Collections in a Pandemic - Rebecca Parmer, Archives & Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library
Alongside our faculty colleagues, UConn ASC had to rapidly transition to online teaching and learning to maintain academic continuity throughout Spring 2020. With over 100 classes scheduled using our collections, the pivot to digital-only instruction presented a set of challenges and opportunities to transform engagement with primary sources. This lightning talk will discuss some of the tips, resources, & lessons we learned in transitioning primary source instruction to the digital environment.
Creating CHS's Digital Catalog - Andrea Rapacz, Connecticut Historical Society
In 2016, CHS embarked on a project to create a system that would allow researchers and staff to search both the museum and library collections through one portal. The result is CHS’s Digital Catalog. The Digital Catalog went live in May, and is now in its pilot phase. The catalog pulls from the CTDA, but allows for even MORE metadata to be included in each record. Director of Collections, Andrea Rapacz will give a brief overview of the project and the catalog.
Connecticut Collections Alliance Project: Resource Curation - Kathy Foulke, Mystic Seaport Museum; Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library
The Connecticut Humanities grant-funded Connecticut Collections Alliance project is exploring ways to facilitate access, discovery and usability of digital heritage resources for a wide range of audiences. One project component is metadata enhancement and sharing of CTDA contributor resources to curated topical sets—new topics as well as topics curated by Connecticut History Illustrated through a 2017 Connecticut Humanities-funded project to support Connecticut History Illustrated and TeachIt!