Thursday, June 16, 2016

Teaching with Primary Sources Unconference and Workshops

Mark your calendars for the second annual Teaching with Primary Sources Unconference and Workshops. If you can’t make it, please still read on.

When: all day Wednesday, August 3, 2016 (coincides with SAA conference)

Where: Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, 101 Auburn Avenue, NE, Atlanta, Georgia

How Much: Free! You’ll have to spring for your own lunch.

What: An “unconference” is a collaborative, non-hierarchical program in which all participants actively inhabit the roles of teacher-learner-conference planner. The Teaching with Primary Sources Unconference organizers seek to create a forum of exchange and foster participation from the wider community of individuals who employ primary sources in teaching and learning activities. Educators, librarians, museum professionals, public historians, artists and designers, scientists, and archivists are encouraged to attend. Individuals employed in or volunteering with K-12, higher education, and community-based programs are all welcome. The unconference is a full day of activities, but participants may come and go as they please depending on their schedules, needs, and interests. While workshops will be organized in advance, unconference sessions will be spontaneous.

The Teaching with Primary Sources Unconference Team is diligently working as you read this announcement to line up a great selection of workshops. We will post this information on our website ( once speakers have accepted. Anything else is up to the collective will of the participants who show up on August 3. 

Sign Me Up: Okay!

Even if you aren’t traveling to Atlanta in August, you can help make the unconference a success by passing along this announcement to people in your professional and personal networks. Past and present researchers who have visited your repository, alumni groups from library school, the high school teacher you met during Archives Week and subsequently friended, those cool public librarians you met at ALA one time: please tell them about the unconference. We’re casting a wide net and you can assist us.

The Teaching with Primary Sources Unconference Team is comprised of members of the Teaching with/about Primary Sources (TPS) Committee of the Society of American Archivists’ Reference, Access and Outreach Section. In case you missed it, here’s an article about the inaugural unconference from Archival Outlook: LINK

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Papers of Asian Art Collector Mary Griggs Burke Preserved by Metropolitan Museum of Art

Mary Griggs Burke's landmark bequest of over 300 masterworks of Japanese and Korean art to The Metropolitan Museum of Art is honored in the current Met exhibition “Celebrating the Arts of Japan: The Mary Griggs Burke Collection”.  In addition to Mrs. Burke's distinguished art collection and a $12,000,000 endowment to help fund future acquisitions, The Met also received a trove of correspondence, photographic prints, scrapbooks, and documents that illuminate her role as a pioneering collector and philanthropist. In a collaborative effort between the Museum Archives and Department of Asian Art, project archivist Angela Salisbury is organizing these files to make them accessible for scholarly research. In a new blog post, Salisbury shares her insights about Mrs. Burke as a collector and philanthropist:
For further information about The Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives visit or email

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Common Touch: The Art of the Senses in the History of the Blind

New exhibition by artist Teresa Jaynes explores the nature of perception.
Now on display at the Library Company of Philadelphia.

The Library Company presents a major new exhibition entitled Common Touch: The Art of the Senses in the History of the Blind. Organized by the library’s Visual Culture Program (VCP at LCP) and curated by artist-in-residence Teresa Jaynes, the exhibition is inspired by the Library Company’s Michael Zinman Collection of Printing for the Blind. By juxtaposing her multisensory artwork with historical materials documenting the education of the visually impaired in the 19th century, Jaynes explores the nature, foundations, and limits of perception. Common Touch is on view April 4-October 21, 2016, Monday-Friday, 9 am to 4:45 pm, Library Company of Philadelphia, 1314 Locust Street, Philadelphia.

Common Touch immerses visitors into a world of discovery in which history intersects with new forms of tactile expression.  Complemented by 19th-century personal narratives, raised-print textbooks, and teaching tools of the visually impaired, Jaynes original works will challenge our cultural assumptions about the interrelationship between art, sight, and the history of disability.

Common Touch exhibition in the main gallery of the Library Company of Philadelphia.

For more information about the exhibition and its accompanying programming, visit Common Touch has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Teresa Jaynes
For more than 25 years, Teresa Jaynes has created installations and artists’ books based on extensive research in special collections and libraries. She is a recipient of a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, as well as grants from the Independence Foundation, Art Matters, National Endowment for the Arts, and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Jaynes received her BFA from the University of Texas at Austin and her MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. She has exhibited her work in New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Philadelphia, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Institute of Contemporary Art, and The Rosenbach Museum & Library. 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Call for Participation: The Digitization Cost Calculator's "Day of Data"

Call for participation in data collection for the
Digitization Cost Calculator
Submit one day of data!

Digitization is a costly business -- estimating expenses associated with a given digitization project, a fiscal year, or for a grant application, can feel disconnected from the reality of staffing, timelines, and true project costs. In 2014/15 the Digital Library Federation’s Assessment Interest Group developed a beta version of a Digitization Cost Calculator to help with digitization project planning by using contributed data to produce average estimates of costs and time for various aspects of the digitization process.
Over the past year we’ve redesigned the calculator’s interface and worked with the digital library community to choose and define processes that should be included in the new and improved calculator (see the processes and definitions document here). But now we need your help!

Call to action:
We can’t build the redesigned calculator unless the community contributes more data. We know that data is difficult to collect, so we are asking you to collect a single day of data to contribute to the calculator, in the month of June. You can choose one or more of the fields for which the calculator needs data. Please help us bring the new and improved calculator to life bysigning up for the Day of Data and contributing data from your institution during the month of June.
What is Day of Data? Day of data is a low barrier, low time commitment way to contribute the critical pieces of missing data needed to move this important project forward. Because contributors are only asked to commit to tracking and submitting digitization data for one day in the month of June, a greater number of institutions are able to add their data to the creation of this community-driven tool.  
What will I need to do? You will commit to timing yourself, staff, or student as you/they perform digitization processes during a single day. The areas in which you can contribute time data include image capture, descriptive metadata creation, quality control, various preparation processes such as condition review, rebinding, formatting, and various post-processing processes such as alignment/rotation, image cropping, and stitching.
What if we don’t perform all of the tasks mentioned, or can only track tasks for a few hours? That’s fine because the calculations are broken down by task – you only submit data for the specific tasks that you choose. Contributing whatever pieces of your process that are trackable in whatever increments you can track them in, is still incredibly helpful! You can also submit data from more than a single day.
When will I need to do it? Pick any day or time during the month of June that works for you!
What if we track(ed) time data for process X and process Y smushed together in one number? Unfortunately, we cannot use data that combines multiple processes -- your time data contributions will have to be separate for each process you contribute data for. Alternatively, you can collect sample data for one of the processes and then estimate the aggregate data out into pieces.

How will my institution benefit? You will have contributed to the creation of a freely-available tool (the Digitization Cost Calculator) that allows users to input their institution’s salary and benefits data, the amount of material being digitized, select which processes they will be undertaking, and then outputs cost and time data based on all aggregate contributed data. This tool will help many organizations in planning future projects and in articulating the true costs of digitization projects.

Will the information I contribute be associated with my institution?  Sort of. The data you submit will be aggregated by the calculator with all other data submissions and displayed as part of an average on the results screen when people use the calculator: No individual institution’s information will be discernible in the calculator. However, individual institutional data will be shown on the Notes About Data webpage, another part of the Digitization Cost Calculator website. This allows calculator users to get a feel for the wide variation in time and in practice from institution to institution and project to project. Seeing the data apart from the aggregate average can also be helpful if a user feels their institution is more similar to one or more other institutions in the list, and allows them to calculate custom time estimates. The time period over which the data contribution was collected will also be displayed on the Notes About Data page.

What if I have some historical digitization data to contribute now? Great, we’d love to have your historical data! Contributions are accepted on an ongoing basis, but please try to contribute whatever you can by the end of June 2016 so we can get the new calculator up and running!
How do I contribute historical data now? Send an email, subject line Cost Calculator.
What if my historical data is in a different form than the cost calculator data?  That’s fine! Email, and we will help migrate the data into the right format.
What if we track(ed) only a part of the data you are looking for in our digitization workflow? That’s fine, and still very valuable. You can contribute just one piece of data -- you don’t have to have all the fields represented in the calculator.
How do I sign up to be a contributor? Use this short form. We’ll follow-up with detailed instructions and by email in June.
I have more questions! Please feel free to contact Joyce Chapman with any additional questions about the project, being a contributor, or using the calculator: joyce.chapman@duke.edu919-660-5889.