On Saturday, November 16th the National Digital Stewardship Alliance Wayne State Student Chapter will be having our monthly meeting. We will be meeting to discuss several new and exciting projects and upcoming lectures. These projects will offer students the opportunity to gain hands on experience and broaden your skills in the profession. The projects include working with DSpace and also for awesome organizations like Popup Archive and ArchiveTeam (look them up and be amazed). We will also be hosting a lecture directly after the meeting (at around 1:15 PM EST), given by Kim Schroeder. Kim is a SLIS Lecturer, Career Adviser and also our very awesome, award-winning Faculty Adviser. The lecture will be focused on Digital Forensics.
Here is some background on what the lecture will entail:
In the development of digital preservation, more and more tools are needed to preserve, migrate and analyze high volumes of digital content. Some tools exist in the criminal justice profession to analyze illegal computer behavior, espionage, malicious code, etc. Cal Lee and Kam Woods of the UNC School of Library and Information Science are incorporating these tools into Digital Forensics for Archivists. The WSU Digital Projects Lab has installed their software for our students.
Kim will be lecturing on this avenue for digital preservation management and demonstrating these tools.
Here is a detailed layout of some of the projects we have available:
The School of Library and Information Science at Wayne State University is partnering with Archive Team and Pop-up Archives for some innovative (alas unpaid) student projects. The summaries are listed below and may qualify for an archival or digital content management practicum project.
Archive Team is a ground breaking organization that preserves web sites that are ending. They have been instrumental in saving many social media sites that have closed quickly as well as being proactive to save web content in troubled areas. They have offered our students the opportunity to preserve Detroit-oriented websites via their web preservation process. This is a great opportunity to become familiar with the tools for capturing web sites, as well as the creation of descriptive content for long-term preservation.
Pop-Up Archive is a system to create archives for smaller institutions. This was created while they were in Library school. They focus primarily on audio and are interested in our students working on the Kitchen Sisters Archive (heard on NPR) and Illinois Public Media (see below).Kitchen Sisters legacy metadata integrationThe Kitchen Sisters have been producing radio stories for NPR and public broadcast for over 30 years. They chronicle the B-side of history—seldom heard voices, immigrant’s stories, little known histories; the traditions and rituals people.For this project, the team will assist on a NEH Digital Humanities Startup Grant to design and implement a process for integrating pre-existing Kitchen Sisters text transcripts and metadata spreadsheets with audio files in Pop Up Archive. The team will be responsible for end-to-end project life cycle with oversight from Pop Up Archive and developers at the Public Radio Exchange.Desired skill sets: metadata modeling, scripting, cataloging, project management, enthusiasm for public media.Technology involved: Ruby on Rails app, Postgres database, scripting in language of your choice.Illinois Public Media PBCore metadata modelingIllinois Public Media is a not-for-profit public media service of the College of Media at the University of Illinois, educating, entertaining, inspiring and empowering by airing the best of public television and radio programs.For this project, the team will prepare one or more detailed mappings from PBCore, the broadcast public media metadata standard, to the Pop Up Archive metadata schema, and using Illinois Public Media content as a use case. The PBCore metadata schema is robust and flexible, so mappings can be approached in multiple ways.Desired skill sets: metadata modeling, cataloging, enthusiasm for public media.Technology involved: PBCore XML, potentially XSLT, XPath.DSpaceThe DSpace project that our group started last Winter Term is still a work in progress. The goal of the project it to document and preserve the history of our LIS program here at Wayne State. Currently, we need more metadata procedures set, scanning and indexing of the archives of the program. This project is a great way to get your feet wet with working with digital repositories and you will be directly contributing to our program’s legacy.
If you are interested in working on these projects, please contact Kim Schroeder. These are new adventures and we are still working out the details, but first we need to know if students are interested. Students can further develop current skills and publish or present from these projects!
This work can be done on-site at WSU or at home for our distance students!
These are great resume builders, so make sure to stop by (physically or virtually) if you can! If not, please contact Kim for more information!
Please feel free to join us either in person on the third floor of the Purdy-Kresge or on adobe connect remotely at http://connect.slis.wayne.edu/ndsa. We look forward to hearing from new and current NDSA-WSU members in person and online at the meeting!
Please also see our blog: http://wsustudentndsa.wordpress.com/events/ (For a link-happy version of this message)
As well as our Facebook page, and/or Twitter for news and updates:
ALA@Wayne is excited to be visiting the Troy Public Library on Sunday, November 3rd at 11am. Before the library is open, Cathy Russ, the TPL director, will show us around the library and after we will have a discussion regarding librarianship and other administrative responsibilities. Cathy Russ is an adjunct professor at Wayne State SLIS and has been honored as the Schools Distinguished Alumna for 2013 (https://www.troymi.gov/Resources/PressReleaseDetail.aspx?TPLDirectorHonored.htm) as well as other awards that have been attributed due to her diligent librarianship. I am very enthusiastic to spend time with her at the library.
Please also visit the ALA@Wayne blog, http://alaatwayne.wordpress.com. There is a new posting in regards to the MLA Annual Conference. Read through the postings, add comments, and write your own posting. Contact Roxanne Brazell, the ALA@Wayne Webmaster, for assistance or clarification at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, SAA-WSU will be visiting the Archive of the Archdiocese of Detroit on Friday, October 25th at 2pm. After the group will go to the Motor City Brewery Works for a post-tour, pre-Halloween, mid-semester celebration. Please contact Dallas Pillen, the president of SAA-WSU student chapter, for more information at email@example.com.
I hope to see you at the Troy Public Library!
by Dallas Pillen
President, SAA-WSU Student Chapter
The Wayne State University student chapter of the Society of American Archivists (SAA-WSU) will be starting its Fall 2013 operations with a meeting on Monday, September 9, at 5:30 PM in room 283 of the Student Center. New and returning students who are in the process of or who are considering pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Archival Administration, in addition to an MLIS or an MA in History, or who otherwise have an interest in the long term preservation of records of historical value, are encouraged to join. Students are not required to join the national Society of American Archivists organization to take part in the student group at WSU, although it is highly encouraged and is a requirement to be eligible for officer positions. Annual dues for student memberships to SAA are $50 per year. Additional information on the national SAA organization, including membership instructions, can be found at http://www2.archivists.org/.
Each semester, SAA-WSU tours a variety of archival institutions, with past tours including the Burton Historical Collection at the Detroit Public Library, the Nye Popular Culture Collection at Michigan State University, and the Ypsilanti Historical Society. Additional activities have included an information session on the Academy of Certified Archivists Exam and collaboration with WSU’s NDSA chapter on a resume workshop with SLIS faculty and local professionals. Aside from taking part in interesting and educational events, joining SAA is an excellent opportunity to network with fellow students and archival administration professionals, and will be beneficial to both academic and professional endeavors. Additional information about SAA-WSU can be found at http://iis.slis.wayne.edu/saa/index.html.
The group meets monthly to discuss plans for upcoming events and to brainstorm future possibilities. Following the September 9 meeting, the group will be meeting on the first Monday of every month at 5:30 PM. SAA-WSU is also in the process of establishing a method to allow members to take part in meetings online in order to accommodate those who may be interested in contributing to the group’s activities but who are unable to attend the scheduled meetings on campus, additional information about which will be forthcoming.
There are a number of ways to remain informed about upcoming meetings and events. I encourage everyone to like our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Societyofamericanarchivistswsu. We post regular updates about upcoming meetings and future events, and share interesting updates from other student organizations and local institutions, making our Facebook page the best resource for those interested in joining SAA-WSU or staying up to date with its activities. Students who may only have a passing interest in the archival field, and who are not interested in joining SAA-WSU at this time, are still encouraged to like our Facebook page, as it is not necessary to be a full member of the group to join us on tours or at special events, and there will likely be events that will be of interest to those pursuing other paths in the field of library and information science.
Interested students are also encouraged to join the SAA-WSU listserv, which is used to send meeting reminders, event information, and to share scholarship, internship, or employment opportunities with colleagues. Here’s how:
Directions: send email to LISTSERV@LISTS.WAYNE.EDU
-Leave subject line blank
-Type “subscribe saalist” with your first and last names into the body of the message.
-You will receive a confirmation email
-To send a message, send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to meeting new members at the upcoming meeting, and to getting started on planning this semester’s archival adventures!
by Courtney Whitmore
Research Chairperson, National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA)
If you’d like to be more active as an MLIS student, are interested in Digital Preservation, or would like to do something productive with a fun group of people (distance students encouraged!), then the NDSA Student Chapter may be for you! Even if you aren’t sure what digital preservation is, but would like to meet some new people and/or find out more about it, then stay tuned for the following information —-
WHAT is the NDSA Wayne State Student Chapter?
We are the first student chapter of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance. The mission of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance is to establish, maintain, and advance the capacity to preserve our nation’s digital resources for the benefit of present and future generations. As a Student Chapter, “We strive to build local and regional digital preservation awareness, and seek to build our knowledge base and technical skills in digital content management.”
WHY should you join?
We are fun, proactive, and chock-full of opportunities for:
• Hands-on experience
• Independent Research
• National Exposure
• … And many other experiences that can help you broaden your education, expand your horizons and make you more attractive in the job market!
Not an On-Campus Student?
Not a problem!
Our student group is a mix of on-campus and distance students. Our meetings are held in person and over Adobe Connect. Many of our officers are distance students so never fear – opportunities are here for you!
September Meeting: Our next regular meeting is this Saturday, Sept. 7th at 12 noon (EST). We will be giving an introduction to our group and what we do so if you are even a little bit interested, this is a great meeting to make! We will also be discussing our upcoming Colloquium!
Bentley Presentation: We are fortunate to have the opportunity to host a presentation by Digital Curation team from the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan. This event will take place on Thursday, September 26th from 3-5pm EST. The topic will be Web Archiving, which is very hot right now. Space for this event is limited because it will be a hands-on experience. If you would like more information, or to RSVP, please send an email to email@example.com. If you have RSVP’d but find that you cannot attend, please let us know so that we can allow someone else to take your spot.
Converge and Ingest Colloquium: Details forthcoming but will most likely be in early November. You can help shape this event by joining in at our meetings and contributing! This is a great opportunity to grow your skills and network!
WHERE is all this happening?
3rd floor Kresge Library Conference Room (knock really loudly). Additionally, our meetings also held via Adobe Connect: https://connect.slis.wayne.edu/ndsa
HOW can you find out more?
You can find out more by emailing us (firstname.lastname@example.org), through our Facebook page (WSU NDSA), checking out our blog (http://wsustudentndsa.wordpress.com/), or by coming to one of our meetings!
Hope to see you soon!
by Scott Jankowski
President of ALA@Wayne
Greetings Library & Information Science Students!
If you are interested in seeing unique libraries, starting networks, and other great interactions, then join ALA@Wayne for all these great events! ALA@Wayne is the student chapter of the American Library Association at Wayne State. We participate in a variety of student activities throughout the year, all of them student-run and student-initiated. In the past we have gone on field trips to several libraries/museums/archives, as well as attended lectures and conferences, planned resume workshops, created exhibits, and collaborated with other student organizations for social events and community projects.
Our September general meeting will be on Tuesday, September 17th at 7:00 pm on the third floor of Kresge Library. This is a locked floor so please knock to be let in. Also, if you are a distance student, ALA@Wayne broadcasts all of their meetings online for students who live off-campus. On the date of the meeting, connect online at https://connect.slis.wayne.edu/alawayne. The meeting will be broadcast in real time.
Be sure to connect to ALA@Wayne. Please “like” us on facebook. You can also check out our blog at http://alaatwayne.wordpress.com. If you are planning on attending the first meeting (either on-campus or online), please email me at email@example.com. If you have any questions or concerns about ALA@Wayne, feel free to email me as well.
I hope you enjoy the Fall semester and I am excited to see you all!
by Nichole L. Manlove
Diversity Graduate Student Assistant
School of Library and Information Science
On August 9, 2013, I participated in a poster session for the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (See link to image below). The session, which lasted for about 45 minutes, allowed me to discuss the inception of the Diversity Graduate Student Assistantship, how, why and when it was initiated, the past, present and future goals of this position and some of the undertakings on and off campus. Whilst there I had the opportunity to meet with Latisha Reynolds a Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian with the University of Louisville, who was one of the program’s coordinators. In addition I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Mark Puente the director of Diversity and Leadership Programs at the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) in which we briefly discussed the purpose and recruitment initiatives for the ARL/SAA Mosaic Scholarship Program as well as the ARL/Music Library Association Diversity and Inclusion Initiative. Our meeting was brief but the connection I made was priceless. For me one of the highlights of the evening was discovering that my presence alone was much anticipated by several conference attendees. One person in particular, Kenneth Despertt, a Washington, DC librarian, was interested in discussing ways to recruit more male participation within the LIS field. Unfortunately I do not have much experience yet in the area of recruiting underrepresented male populations. However speaking with him helped to shed light on an issue that seriously needs to be addressed within our field, our discussion even prompted me to consider ways in which I can promote our SLIS program and Library and Information Science to the underrepresented male population.
Because of time restraints I was not able to participate in the remaining part of the conference; nevertheless it was a valuable experience for me. It once again allowed me to further develop my presentation skills and more importantly, this experience allowed me to network with other professionals on a more personal level, exchange information and ideas, and hopefully apply what I have learned in my daily activities as the DGSA.
I can’t stress enough the value in participating in such events. The connections one makes and the information obtained is difficult to come by in our everyday lives. That is what makes these experiences absolutely priceless! Again I stress the importance of placing oneself in the limelight, making the right connections, learning and accepting new ideas and applying them in order to make a difference and promote a more diverse library universe!
View the poster: BCALA-2013 DGSA Poster Presentation
Our student group has many active members who are distance students. This conference is the first time that many of us have met and we had a great camaraderie. We worked on two projects in the past few months in conjunction with the WSU Library System, WSU SLIS, and Technology Resource Center. The first project involved the digitization and ingest of the Detroit Sunday Journal, a weekly paper published by striking workers from The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News from November 19, 1995 through November 21, 1999. We used Fedora Commons. The second project required the creation of a digital archive of the School of Library and Information Science program at Wayne State University covering over 80 years. For that, we used DSpace. We (Aubrey Maynard, Laura Gentry, Adam Mosseri, Courtney Whitmore, Camille Chidsey, Kelly Kietur, and Margaret Diaz) presented on the two projects and shared our experiences using DSpace and Fedora to help other institutions determine which program might be a better solution for building and maintaining an institutional repository for their digital collections. As a group we received many compliments on the thoroughness of our presentation and the useful information it had provided.
Kim Schroeder, our faculty advisor, received this year’s NDSA Innovation Individual award for her work in the region and with our student group. We had secretly nominated her. She thought that they had sent the email to the wrong Kim when they announced the winners. We know that Kim is a valuable asset to our group and we would not have had the opportunities to learn about various aspects of digital preservation and to work on all of the projects that we have done in the last year and a half without her. We willingly accept the “blame.”
Great questions to ponder:
1.How do you plan for what you haven’t discovered yet?
2.How do we make preservation a primary goal?
3.How do we respect data?
4.What does it mean to use these words to describe an object?
5.What is reasonable to expect an individual to do?
Some highlights from my notes:
•Big Data is data made useful. You are able to get an answer before you forgot why you asked the question.
•Data is often a side effect of another activity
•Make data and digital preservation a part of the conversation
•When data becomes globally public, we can’t control who collects and uses it. It can be used in new and unexpected ways.
•Sometimes things are preserved because they are disposable.
•Digital objects can lead to “wonky” discoveries.
•We need to think of a digital object as a new iteration of the original physical object.
•Data isn’t the whole story. We must have context.
•We need activism to redefine the public view/presence/space online.
•Data has human value.
•Build something not just for yourself, but that could be used by others.
•Engage the general public in what you are doing. (i.e. EyeWire.org, Civic Crowdfunding)
•By giving something a link, it gives people the opportunity to come together.
New Documents available:
•National Recording Preservation Plan
A good blog post on the main sessions is available at http://ws-dl.blogspot.com/2013/07/2012-07-25-digital-preservation-2013.html. Our presentation will be available online soon. For more on our student group, visit http://wsustudentndsa.wordpress.com/ or find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/wsustudentndsa or on Twitter @WSUNDSA.
by Nichole L. Manlove
Diversity Graduate Student Assistant
School of Library and Information Science
This year I was officially initiated into the realm of librarianship…hazing not included. The process involved attending the American Library Association’s Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago, Illinois. This was my first time as both a conference attendee and an exhibitor. What an experience! The event was chock full of librarians, archivists, consultants of various types, publishers, vendors and all of the mythical creatures that comprise the information empire. Did I forget to mention that I made a few new friends as well? That’s right–I had the opportunity to connect with potential students by discussing the SLIS program, my personal experiences and the endless list of possible career paths gained through an MLIS. One of the most exciting aspects of the conference was speaking with WSU alumni who have graduated from SLIS. The encouragement from these alumni was endless and provided me with the chance to meet real-life working LIS professionals. So for all of you that are concerned about whether or not jobs in the LIS field actually exist….yes they do….the key is making yourself visible and standing out amidst the sea of prospects.
To make matters more interesting I was able to participate in my very first poster presentation where I talked about my position as Diversity GSA and some of the accomplishments of the previous Diversity GSA, Crystal Jolly. Slightly hidden in the back of the special events arena we did not receive as many visitors as anticipated but plenty of people did stop by. I had the opportunity to address questions about my position as well as the state of minorities or lack thereof within the LIS profession. I met so many wonderful people and exchanged plenty of ideas. Though my audience was not vast, the connections I made and the knowledge I gained was priceless.
Last but not least in addition to making new connections I was able to peruse the conference grounds and visit some of the other exhibits. The experience was slightly overwhelming because there were thousands of attendees and over 693 exhibitors of varying types including ALISE, BiblioCommons, Inc., EBSCO Information Services, Federal Trade Commission, H.W. Wilson, the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS), the Library of Congress, the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation, National Geographic, OCLC, Reference USA, and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) just to mention a few. Of course I could not visit all of the exhibits but I did get a chance to speak with a few vendors from the Library of Congress, Family Search, Digital Transitions, and Galaxy Press. Here I got the chance to see what these vendors had to offer and how the representatives obtained their positions. Each had different stories to tell but all were nonetheless interesting and encouraging.
The conference lasted 6 days and 5 nights and in the end I could easily walk away knowing I had gotten the most out of my experience. Knowing how valuable these networking opportunities are I would always recommend….no…insist that all current and potential information specialists experience an ALA conference at least once in their life…though twice is always better…next year’s conference will take place in Las Vegas…I plan to be there….how about you?
By Kevin Barton, MLIS Candidate
Facebook, Twitter and the like are great tools for simple communications with friends and family. Using them is a great way to keep in touch and share your life with those close to you. There is a point, however, when you may want to use these tools to reach a wider audience. It’s a big step to take, and involves more commitment. Constructing your posts will require more time, consideration and effort. For students, however, it can be a rewarding and beneficial experience. Employers today routinely search the internet for information about prospective hires, and establishing a solid web presence will make a positive impression. So, how do you get started? There are a few hurdles to get over, but once you gain momentum it becomes easier.
Let’s be very clear, you DO have something to say. It IS important and others DO want to read it. You may sometimes feel that you’re shouting out to the wilderness and no one is listening, or you’re shouting out in a crowded stadium where everyone else is shouting too. It is critical to understand, however, that your ideas have just as much value as everyone else’s, and it is not the number of listeners that you have that is important, it is the strength of your words and your commitment to your own ideas and interests.
So now that we’ve gotten the affirmation section out of the way, a question. When preparing to post, ask yourself, “why am I writing this?” Is it because I want to impress people so they will like me and think I’m smart, helping to boost my self-esteem? Or is it because I find genuine value in what I’m writing, and it will 1) generate serious debate and constructive criticism or 2) Help the reader discover new ideas, provide real insight, or offer genuine, helpful advice? If it’s the former, your postings may be momentarily successful, but will only fuel short lived and sporadic interest. If it’s the latter, you’ll find that while you may not be immediately successful, in the long run your postings will create more dedicated and avid readership. Good writing, in any form, comes from a dedication to the reader’s interests, not the writer’s. This applies to everything from Twitter and Facebook to blogs and essays.
Just as confidence is important in your writing, humility has its place too. Awareness of your own limitations and ignorance is necessary to maintain balance in your work. Admit what you don’t know, and present an open mind and willingness to learn. This idea separates blog posts from more formalized styles of writing, as blog posts have a tendency to be more fluid, off the cuff and open ended. And with this humility comes opportunity. Keeping an open mind and maintaining a willingness to learn is attractive to readers. Asking questions or requesting feedback and advice helps to make the communication process more interactive, and allows readers to express themselves and their reactions to your work. Establishing a dialog is a sure way to keep reader retention, and motivate those readers to continue to follow your writing.
Finally, in order to be a well-developed writer, you need to be a responsive reader. Actively follow those writers you enjoy, and respond when motivated. Contribute to comments, offer praise where you can and provide constructive criticism where you feel it’s appropriate. Follow up on any responses and cultivate a dialog. It is this interaction that defines social media, and it is where you can reap the greatest rewards. Developing relationships with those who share your passions works great in terms of social networking, and it’s always nice to make new friends!
Whether you’re writing for yourself, a group, an institution or a business, the general principles are the same. Strong readership comes from honest, passionate writing. Quality and coherence are important too, but these things can be developed with practice. If you have a Facebook account, Twitter account or Blog that you’re proud of, let us know in the comments, so we can follow along. Let’s start writing!
by Nichole L. Manlove
Diversity Graduate Student Assistant
School of Library and Information Science
One of the things I love the most about my job as a GSA is that I have the opportunity to travel to various LIS events and connect with people in the field. Earlier this summer in June I had the honor to represent SLIS at the 2013 Recruiting Tomorrows Library Leaders Summer Leadership Institute in Atlanta, Georgia. The event was sponsored by the Atlanta University Center which comprises of Clark Atlanta University, The Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College and Spellman College. Additional sponsors were Bennett College, Dillard University, and Johnson C. Smith University. It took place inside of the newly renovated Robert W. Woodruff Library/Virginia Lacey Jones Exhibition Hall. The session in which I participated was aptly titled “Pursuing Librarianship: Graduate School and Professional Opportunities”. Of course I was nervous; this was my second speaking engagement, the first to take place outside of Michigan. Nevertheless, my nervousness was all in vain as everything fell perfectly into place.
Here’s how it went down…the first set of panelists discussed the ins and outs of the archives profession. The second set discussed the ins and outs of librarianship as a whole; both were followed by brief Q & A sessions. Shortly afterwards we began a case study surrounding ethics and how they relate to library rules and regulations. This particular case focused on a group of fictional students who supported a “Half-Naked-Half Hour Library Session” in which students would occupy a certain library for 1 half hour partially dressed. Participating students debated the pros and cons of allowing such activities on a college campus.
As the final leg of the event encroached, representatives from several participating schools and institutions including the University of Pittsburgh, the Smithsonian, the University of North Texas and of course Wayne State spent a few moments discussing their LIS programs including admissions, the application process, courses, internships, scholarships and various other funding opportunities. In addition we were allowed to set up display tables in which students were provided with information packets, business cards, and other school paraphernalia. I was elated to have several students approach me with questions about program tracks, student employment and funding opportunities… naturally I eagerly obliged them!
When the information sessions were completed select students were chosen to present papers on information specialists they previously interviewed (What Makes a Leader?). Shortly afterwards, the program came to a close.
My consensus is…the experience was well worth-while. Not only did I get a chance to connect with potential students, the AUC Director Loretta Parham, and other representatives including Maurice Wheeler (former Director of the Detroit Public Library). This was a great event and my participation forced me to step outside of my comfortable realm of solitude and develop leadership skills, provide information to other students and network with professionals!
The overall purpose of this event was to attract talented and ambitious undergraduate students to the field of library and information science and promote leadership …Mission accomplished!