2017 MDOS Annual Meeting Agenda

Please join us in Portland, Oregon for the Metadata and Digital Objects Section annual meeting! Our metadata story hour features five-minute lightning talks honoring our annual meeting theme alike/different.  We are offering five lightening talks from an array of institutions to include Notre Dame’s Architecture Library, Texas A&M University, Harvard Libraries, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, and Artifex Press.  These institutions come together to offer potential solutions and new ideas for addressing metadata challenges, hacks, transformations, and new tools.  Hope to see you there!

MDOS Meeting Agenda

Wednesday, July 26

 4:00pm - 5:15pm

A106 Oregon Convention Center

4:00-4:20 pm Business Meeting

4:20-5:00 pm Lightning Talks


Burdi, Megan, Crowdsourcing in the Smithsonian Transcription Center. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Description - At the Archives of American Art, we used crowdsourcing in the Smithsonian Transcription Center to identify a letter with no deed, no associated collection, and incredibly cryptic handwriting. Digital volunteers helped us transcribe the digitized letter to identify it, and they made description and access possible. 


Hankins, Rebecca L.   A Catalyst for Social Activism: The Digital Black Bibliographic Project at Texas A&M University.

Description - Our proof of concept currently underway at Texas A&M University, the Digital Black Bibliographic Project (DiBB), poses bibliographies as sites of and tools for activism, allowing new fields and communities to quickly categorize and organize themselves. This presentation will focus on Dorothy Porter’s A catalogue of the African collection in the Moorland Foundation, Howard University Library (1958) and Abdul Al-Kalimat’s The Afro-Scholar Newsletter (1983-91) as source material for our project that will test our recently constructed beta tool, built on a Neo4J Graph Database, that allows for visualizations and analyzing connections, as we seek to diversify the digital cultural record.


Levine, Ashley.  Adobe Bridge and Quick Metadata Embedding - Artifex Press

Description - Digital archivists faced with a deluge of objects needing metadata rarely have the time and resources to adequately describe their holdings. I've employed a quick and easy way to batch embed metadata in large groups of digital photos, a/v materials, and other records, using the FREE software, Adobe Bridge. This approach ensures at least a modicum of descriptive information is captured and preserved at the time of digitization/accession, for future use.


Pelose, Jennifer.  Processing for the camera: envisioning digital object delivery.-Harvard Libraries

Description - The Harvard University Archives has recently adapted its processing procedures to consider digital object delivery and user experience at the start of collection description.  After the painful experience of needing to re-process several collections to accommodate digitization and digital object delivery that makes sense, archivists now fully take into account how the end user will view the contents virtually by considering the intrinsic nature of the item(s), describing the contents as appropriate using rich content description, and ensuring that the collection is digitization-ready when complete. 


Tillman, Ruth  K.  Stalin and ampersands and Lebenen, oh my! - Notre Dame's Hesburgh Library

Description - Ten years ago, Notre Dame's Architecture Library digitized a collection of lantern slides, taken around the end of the 19th century. They outsourced some description and then the files sat, passed from external drive to server, for a decade until...


5:00-5:15 pm Closing remarks