SLIS Lecturer and Career Advisor Kim Schroeder will again take a group of SLIS students to the National Archives and Smithsonian during WSU’s Spring Break. From March 10 – 14 the students will work as unpaid interns at iconic American institutions, in the process gaining valuable experience. Interest in this alternate Spring Break opportunity was so great that students have also been placed in other National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) offices in Chicago and Kansas City and in the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas, Texas. See the full list of students below with their placements and the types of projects they will be working on.
- Julia Teran – Archives of American Art, Smithsonian, EAD Conversion
- Aubrey Maynard – NARA Kansas City Offices, Citizen Archivist Project
- Laura Gentry – NARA Kansas City Offices, Citizen Archivist Project
- Wendi Mekins – Textual Records Processing Unit, NARA, College Park, Maryland, Descriptive Standards
- Katy Schroeder – Textual Records Processing Unit, NARA, College Park, Maryland, Descriptive Standards
- Justine Bailey – Department of Justice, NARA, College Park, Maryland, Over-sized Processing
- Adam Mosseri – Agency Services, NARA, College Park, MD, Increased Web Presence Project
- Steven Wejroch – George W. Bush Presidential Library, Dallas, Texas, FOIA Project
- Sean McConnell – George W. Bush Presidential Library, Dallas, Texas, FOIA Project
- Lura Smith – NARA Chicago Office, Reference and Processing, Maritime Project
- Elizabeth Nicholson – NARA Chicago Office, Reference and Processing, Maritime Project
Congratulations in advance to these hardworking students! While others catch up on sleep, binge watch “House of Cards” and, of course, head to beaches in Florida, these aspiring information professionals will have their noses to the proverbial grindstone, helping to ensure that America’s history and records are organized and accessible to its citizens!
How are you addressing your professional development during your LIS graduate studies? Professional development is usually seen as a step that we take at the end of our graduate studies in a practicum, internship or in a paraprofessional position. While these experiences help us build some skills in the profession, we each need to complement them with professional activities throughout our LIS studies to gain competitive skills in the profession.
One of the most meaningful ways to gain experience and a competitive advantage is through participation in SLIS student groups, professional association monthly meetings and annual conferences. These events provide us with opportunities to engage with our future colleagues, network and learn first hand about trends in the field. Many of the association conference announcements are distributed through our SLIS LIST serv and some include travel awards to offset student expenses.
Like many students, I cannot afford the conference expenses, so I applied for a travel grant. A contest essay was part of the application process, which many of us are familiar with and are pretty good at writing. I am excited and surprised that I was nominated to receive the Taylor and Francis Travel Award to attend the Electronic Resources & Libraries (ER&L) conference in Austin, Texas next month. So, take advantage of these opportunities and apply for travel awards to enhance the unique abilities that you bring to the profession. Stay tuned for my post in April on my experiences at the ER&L Conference.
The School of Library and Information Science is now accepting applications for its Project Increasing Diversity of Librarians (IDOL) Fall 2014 cohort. Applications will be accepted from February 1 – June 1. Project IDOL Fellows will receive full tuition for their MLIS degree, to be completed online within 2 years, as well as the advisory support of individual mentors, and additional funds for books, conference travel and a personal computer. The School encourages applicants from anywhere in North America, as the MLIS degree can be completed entirely online.
Project IDOL is a collaboration between the Wayne State University School of Library and Information Science and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Library Alliance. WSU SLIS and the HBCU Library Alliance have received funding from the IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program to increase the diversity of the library profession. In this 3-year project, the two partner organizations will recruit, mentor, and offer an online Master of Library and Information Science degree to 10 students from historically underrepresented groups in order to achieve greater diversity among practicing library professionals. SLIS will provide the education with its online MLIS format and the HBCU library alliance will assist with recruitment and retention through mentorship of the selected students by library professionals with senior level experience and prior mentorship training.
Interested Project IDOL applicants must first be accepted into the WSU MLIS program before being considered for Project IDOL funding. Further details about Project IDOL and full application requirements can be found at http://slis.wayne.edu/diversity/projectidol.php
Questions? Please contact SLIS Academic Services Officer, Matt Fredericks, firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have not already heard, we are gearing up for our second colloquium and are now accepting submissions for speakers and posters. We are excited to be able to organize this event again and are looking forward to another great opportunity to share experiences and ideas.
Wayne State University National Digital Stewardship Alliance Student Chapter’s 2nd Colloquium
“Converge and Ingest: Building a Toolbox”
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Purdy Kresge Library
5265 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48202
TARGETED PRESENTERS | We are looking for students, alumni, and professionals to speak or present a poster on digital preservation. This year’s theme is “Building a Toolbox”, which involves any topic related to skills and tools needed to begin and grow in the digital preservation field.
RESEARCH FOCUS | Topics of interest include the changing nature of the digital preservation job market, new tools and technologies in digital preservation, creative problem-solving for digital preservation, identifying preservation issues on an individual institutional level, marketing digital preservation, and digital preservation case studies.
Speakers – We are looking for speakers to present research, case studies, or processes about digital preservation. Each speaker will be given a 15-25 minute time frame to speak, as well as a question and answer period.
Poster Submissions – Poster submissions are an excellent way to showcase your research interests, interact with students and professionals in your field, and build your resume. We accept digital poster submissions for those that want to submit but cannot attend. Students are strongly encouraged to participate. We want to showcase your projects, ideas and research related to digital preservation.
DEADLINE | The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2014
SUBMISSION PROCESS | Submit to email@example.com the following information:
Your name, email, and phone number
Brief background/bio relevant to your presentation
Title of your presentation. Indicate if it is for a talk or poster.
Description of your presentation (250 words) or for posters (150 words)
*Accepted presenters will be notified after February 22nd.*
COLLOQUIUM DETAILS | The tentative format includes a professional panel session, research presentations, and a poster session with informal conversations to close. If you have other topics that you may want to introduce or other research questions, please contact our faculty advisor, Kim Schroeder at firstname.lastname@example.org
As a distance learner, I was concerned that I would feel disconnected, but the WSU School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) program does a really great job of helping you feel comfortable from the time you are admitted. The faculty and staff welcome you at the SLIS Orientation and facilitate discussion topics among various groups of students throughout the day with lunch provided. What a nice perk. After spending the better part of the day with your fellow SLIS classmates you have pretty much made your introductions to more than half the students there and end up finding team members for most of your group projects in your first foundation courses before the day is over. It’s networking without having to think about it.
Take that one step further, and look into the SLIS student organizations and start networking with your fellow students. The WSU SLIS student organizations promote collaboration on library-related projects and activities. Not sure which one is right for you? Then start today and make a goal to attend a SLIS student organization monthly meeting until you find the group that suits you. If you are studying at a distance like me, then join the live monthly webcasts and stay connected to your fellow SLIS classmates. You can link to a student organization’s blog or wiki from the SLIS Student Organizations site at http://slis.wayne.edu/students/associations.php.
Find your calling!
In 2011 if anyone had asked me a few years back where I saw myself in 2013, I would have quickly shrugged my shoulders and given them a look of uncertainty. Before I realized my interest and talents lay in librarianship and archival studies, I had no clear vision of what I wanted or where my life should go.
Fast forward two years, and I find myself as a newly hired Graduate Student Assistant with Wayne’s School of Library & Information Science. The opportunity came as a surprise as I never envisioned myself engaged in any academic endeavor outside of the classroom. So the fact that I had been accepted as the new Diversity GSA was a bit surreal, 3 days passed before the brevity of my situation sank in.
After realizing that part of my responsibilities would include traveling to and presenting at conferences, school fairs, and other events… fear began to ease its way into my self-conscious. Traveling was easy, the idea of presenting or communicating with others ON A MASSIVE SCALE was what frightened me. I trembled at the thought of me, holding THE source of information that could make or break someone’s decision to start our program and ultimately change their future. Well, I’ve overcome that hump, sort of!
Presentations still send chills up my spine; the difference is that with each presentation, my knowledge base and confidence levels increase. This leads me to believe that while I may never write speeches for the White House, I’ve developed enough eloquence, gall and know-how to get a solid point across. I also had to overcome my insecurities and learn to trust myself enough to develop solid ideas and initiatives that would bring attention to the program and the field. I also had to focus on ways to increase diversity. For me that meant reaching out to other professionals and students for ideas, opinions and experiences; conducting research related to diversity issues within LIS; getting more involved with student organizations; blogging; assisting professors with projects surrounding diversity and so on.My experience up to this point has been a whirlwind of positive challenges that have helped me to develop as an individual as well as a professional. Of all the academic and professional experiences I have had, my position as the DGSA has proven to be the most profound.
As we move into 2014, my intention is to continue reaching out to prospective students by hosting more information sessions and making myself and the program more visible on and around Wayne’s campus. I also plan to delve more into research surrounding issues of diversity within librarianship. One of my major goals is to put more energy and time into establishing FLID (Future Librarians for Inclusivity and Diversity) as one of the premier student organizations on Wayne’s campus. A tough task but not impossible, as I will be collaborating with the student chapter of ALA in bringing more attention to FLID (by increasing diversity in membership, hosting meetings, events and other functions that will bring more awareness to the field of LIS.)
It seems as if I have busy, challenging, and interesting year ahead of me, all of which I look forward to. In the end this will make my goal of leaving a positive mark on the university, the program, my peers and of course myself more possible.
Thank you all, for such en enriching semester! Until next time…..
It’s the Wayne State University School of Library and Information Science Digital Media Projects Lab, or WSU SLIS DMPL for short. Opened late 2012, the lab is located on the third floor of the Kresge Library on Wayne State’s Detroit campus. You can find out more specific details about the lab HERE. The lab represents a serious change in the professional requirements of library, archive and information science students. It is designed in response to the transition of media and information resources from an analog environment to a digital one. Helping students develop the skills to both manage and lead in this transition is the reason this lab, and the programs and projects it supports, has been developed. The lab is utilized in both classroom instruction and individual student and group projects.
The great analog and digital debate, of course, is which format is “better.” I put that in quotes because there are any number of different quality standards, and in the digital and analog arena, each has their strengths and weaknesses. The point to be made, however, is that in digitizing material, we can get the best of both worlds. We have an analog item that we can continue to preserve, and a digital item that, while it may not have the form of the original, has all of the information. The more interesting debate is, when we digitize an item, what exactly is it that we are trying to capture? For example, a black and white photograph from the 1940’s. Let’s say, in this example, that the photo is of a library, and the photograph has some creases and worn areas. This image has three distinct reference points: 1) How the library actually looked when the photograph was taken 2) How the photograph looked when it was first developed and 3) How the photograph looks now. Which of these three states are we hoping to preserve? The digital media project lab gives us an opportunity to capture all three. The lab provides the hardware tools to capture the original data, as well as sophisticated software tools to post process and digitally restore lost or damaged information.
Over the summer of 2013, the school’s National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) worked on a project involving the digitization of the Detroit Sunday Journal. The Journal was a weekly paper published by striking workers from The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News in the mid to late 90’s. The project served several purposes: It helped students become familiar with the process of digitization, it provided digital material for the creation of a digital archive, and it provided material for use in the upcoming anniversary of the Journal’s Publication. One of the more recent additions to the lab is the ATR 100 Series, 2 track reel-to-reel reproducer. This reel-to-reel playback device allows us to digitally capture audio from reel-to-reel tapes. It is currently being used in a student led project, digitizing aural histories from the American Folklore Collection at Wayne State Universities Ruther Library.
The ability to digitize materials is only half of the equation. Accurately ingesting them into a repository, cataloging and supplying metadata, and making the material accessible is also part of the process. Both of the projects listed above involve these tasks, and students are using tools such as Cindex, Dspace and Fedora Commons to accurately and efficiently create fully functional repositories for the information they have digitized. Text based objects can be made fully searchable using industry leading software platforms such as ABBYY Finereader. All of the work can be done in the lab, and all of the information generated by these projects is stored on the school’s dedicated servers. Most if not all of these student’s begin work on these projects with little or no experience. The dedicated members of the school’s faculty and staff have both the technical background and the education skills to introduce students to this technology and help them create professional grade collections. The lab provides students with the ability to develop real world skills in a comfortable environment.
Since the Spring/Summer 2012 semester, I have been employed as a Graduate Student Assistant (GSA) in the Purdy/Kresge Library here at Wayne. Until recently, that has consisted mostly of providing reference services. Starting in the Fall 2013 semester, however, the GSA positions have been redesigned so that students who have been a GSA for several semesters spend the majority of their time working in an area of academic librarianship aside from reference. The area in which GSAs are placed depends on both preference and the availability of suitable projects, and I am very happy to have worked with Digital Publishing for the past semester.
My first major project was the digitization and processing of the Detroit Focus Quarterly (DFQ), a local visual arts publication that ran from the early ’80s to the late ’90s. The library had been given permission from Detroit Focus, the publishers of the item, to digitize and provide access to the publication online. Though a few institutions have DFQ in their collection, no digital copies exist; when the “front end” (i.e. the site through with resources can be accessed) for the library’s digital collections is complete, a larger project involving collaboration between Digital Publishing and Access Services, this online resource will be completely unique to Wayne State. This project allowed me to gain experience using ABBYY Recognition Server, Fedora Commons, and XML schema.
The bulk of my other responsibilities revolved around Wayne’s Institutional Repository (IR), which is set up using the BePress Digital Commons platform. The types of materials I worked with varied widely; I described and deposited a large volume of single articles, a few complete journal issues (Framework v48i2 & Marvels & Tales v27i2), a WSU promotional publication (New Science 2012), and the entire run of a journal (Clinical Sociology Review). Digital Commons is a popular platform for IRs, so I hope to use the knowledge I’ve gained through this project wherever I end up.
Hello! My name is Zorian Sasyk, and I’m a GSA here at the Purdy-Kresge Graduate Library at Wayne State. I’ve been in SLIS for just over a year and a half now, and am on track to graduate in August 2014. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time in the program so far, but I must emphasize the significance of the opportunity I’ve been given as a GSA. The things I have learned and experienced are often experiential parallels to ideas mentioned in SLIS coursework, and there are innumerable esoteric, “on-the-job” moments that one would never experience anywhere or anytime but in practice. Let me tell you about some of the myriad things I have done just in the last semester!
For the Fall 2013 semester, I have been working in the Discovery Services department of the library system, under the supervision of Elliot Polak, Amelia Mowry, and Rachael Clark. Generally, the projects I have been working on fall into two categories: electronic resource management and usability testing. Working chiefly with Amelia, I am working on or have finished a number of small to medium-sized projects in e-resource management. These include “click-throughs” (checking the URLs of a large list of small-vendor serials as well as recording their actual accessible content vs. our records), upgrading the date coverage of small-vendor serials within our electronic resource management system (Serial Solutions) and then our discovery layer (Ebscohost Discover System-EDS), and small metadata-based projects such as uploading XML-records into Fedora Commons and creating an XSD for ingestion of the Herman Miller Collection. Throughout all these projects I have also been writing documentation regarding their procedures and workflows.
In September, I worked with the Discovery Services librarians on planning and carrying out usability testing on two web-based applications developed in-house to improve the library website, Quick Search and Statistics Dashboard. This involved working with the librarians to write testing scripts, generating lists of search items to be used in the testing, and administering the tests themselves over a weeklong period. Since then, I have contributed to analyzing the results as well as discussing how to further improve testing procedures in the future.
The jobs I have been doing in E-Resource Management and Usability seem like a marked departure from the prototypical academic librarian description. In many ways they are. (Using VLOOKUPs in MS Excel to match two separate vendor-provided journal coverage lists by ISSN is most definitely a more involved process than Virtual Reference!) In reality, they touch upon many basic aspects and values of librarianship, from authority control and organization to user access. E-resource management affects what the user ultimately sees and can access; usability measures how well they can access it. What I do behind the scenes now directly influences what I did and could do at the reference desk. As we move deeper into the Digital Age, academic libraries continue to change and adapt. However, there is no abrupt break or disconnection with the past; librarianship in all its forms and transformations is a continuum.
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!
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