Thursday, May 01, 2008

Jill's schedule & reminder of a digitizaton workshop in June

Although there was snow flurries here in Syracuse yesterday, spring is here and the Special Libraries Association (SLA) Annual Conference will soon be here. The digitization workshop I am doing at the Conference is filling up. The workshop -- Digitization Essentials -- is June 15, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. in Seattle, WA. Cost $299/SLA-members, $399/non-member. You can register online.

Digitization is much more than converting a physical or analog object into its digital equivalent: it efficiently repurposes crucial information resources to improve their use by staff, colleagues, and end-users. For libraries, digitization can open the collection to a much larger user-base, whether that user-base is comprised of researchers, students, or business people. A dangerous trap for digitization efforts is to focus on the conversion process instead of other, mission critical, pre-scanning issues such as selection criteria, preservation of original documents, metadata creation, software and hardware concerns, integration into existing systems, and legal issues. These issues and more will be discussed in this workshop.
In addition to that workshops, the following events are on my schedule through June:
  • May 22 -- Workshop, 2.0 In Your Library, Kalamazoo, MI
  • May 23 -- Presentation, Virtual Worlds & Second Life, NY Digital Basins Software Forum 2008, Auburn, NY
  • May 28 -- Workshop, Everything You Want To Know About Digitization (panelist), New York Archives Conference, Potsdam, NY
  • May 29 -- Keynote, The Future of Libraries is Here, NEPaLA Spring Conference / Northeast Chapter Workshop, Scranton, PA
  • June 16 -- Panel Discussion, What's all the Buzz about Social Networking, Seattle, WA (SLA Annual Conference)
  • June 17 -- Panel Moderator, Building Bridges, Creating Partnerships, Seattle, WA (SLA Annual Conference)
For more information on any of the events on my calendar, please contact the sponsoring organization or me. If you would me to speak at your event, please give me a shout.

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