Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Entrepreneurial Librarian

A book, edited by three of the original conference planners, has been published!

The book, published by McFarland, highlights accomplishments of some of the presenters from the first and secondEntrepreneurial Librarian Conference, and includes other ventures as well. It “chronicles how entrepreneurial librarians are flourishing in the digital age, advocating social change, responding to patron demands, designing new services, and developing exciting fundraising programs. Applying new business models to traditional services, they eagerly embrace entrepreneurship in response to patrons’ demands, funding declines, changing resource formats, and other challenges. By documenting the current state of entrepreneurship in libraries, this volume upends the public image of librarians as ill-suited to risky or creative ventures and places them instead on the cutting edge of innovations in the field.”

You can pick up your copy through McFarland or Amazon.com.

Digitizing our Cultural History webinar

Webinar Planned for September 19, 2012

Sponsored by LLAMA

Digitizing our Cultural History: an Entrepreneurial Approach

A webinar for Librarians, Archivists, Museums, Digital Humanities, Historical Societies, Genealogists.

* How to conceptualize and implement digital collections that preserve community history
* How to collaborate among different institutions in the community for the greater good
* How to seek funding for digital projects
* Promotion and outreach for digital projects

Featuring 3 successful, culturally significant digitization projects:

http://www.digitalforsyth.org/about/

Digital Forsyth (DF) is a collaborative effort among 4 institutions to create an online collection of digital photos pertaining to Forsyth County (NC) history. Digital Forsyth was a 3 year project that digitized over 12,000 photographs and made them freely available to the world using an innovative WordPress interface that invites user participation through comments. It includes lesson plans for teachers and themed essays.

http://library.uncg.edu/dp/crg/
Civil Rights Greensboro (CRG) is a collaborative digitization project that brings together materials from six institutions documenting Greensboro’s role in the civil rights movement. Content includes over 1300 oral histories, photographs, archival documents, letters, and other items, plus contextual essays and K-12 lesson plans. CRG is serving as a model for future community-based digitization projects to be coordinated by the UNCG University Libraries.

http://libguides.uky.edu/index.php?gid=1340

The University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections has a wide range of research guides to primary sources, many created by Senior Archivist Jeff Suchanek. These guides incorporate archival materials of all types, including digital collections, in an innovative manner that make cultural history and social movements more accessible, particularly to undergraduate and high school students. Current guides include such topics as Abolition and Abolitionists, Equal Rights, Coal Mining, Migration in Appalachia, Social Reformers in Appalachia, and many more.
The webinar will be sponsored by LLAMA, (Library Leadership and Management Association of the American Library Association.)

Details on the date of the webinar and the registration will be posted soon!