Welcome to the 2017 MLA Annual Conference! This year’s theme is Radical Librarianship - the power of libraries to provide access to the truth, strengthen our community voices, create opportunity for exploration and innovation, and assist our patrons to build a better future. Libraries have always been radical, but what does Radical Librarianship mean for us today? Join us at the 2017 MLA Annual Conference to help shape that conversation!
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Friday, October 6 • 3:35pm - 4:25pm
Staffing a Digitization Project Successfully with Student Volunteers

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Staffing digitization projects can be difficult, especially with limited funding and staff time. The University of Minnesota, Morris Briggs Library collaborated with a student organization to begin a digitization project suggested by the students: digitizing over 50 years of campus newspapers. With the exception of staff time spent organizing the project and quality checking the work, the student volunteers have done the bulk of the work digitizing and creating metadata for this project. This session will describe some of the processes used to organize and manage a digitization project staffed with student volunteers, as well as some of the outreach techniques we used to attract volunteers to the project. One of the student volunteers will discuss her insights on the project and we will discuss some of the problems we faced staffing a project with volunteers, along with the solutions we implemented to make the project a resounding success.


Katie Johnson

Student, University of Minnesota, Morris
Katie Johnson is a recent graduate of University of Minnesota Morris with a Bachelors in History and German. She is a member of Phi Alpha Theta and was active in the UMM Archives working on the digitization project. Working and living in her hometown of Mora, Minnesota, she hopes... Read More →

Naomi Skulan

Metadata and Technical Services Coordinator, University of Minnesota, Morris Rodney A. Briggs Library
Naomi Skulan is the Metadata and Technical Services Coordinator at the University of Minnesota, Morris Rodney A. Briggs Library. Naomi is the coordinator for the University of Minnesota, Morris Digital Well and UMM Digital Collections, while also cataloging and providing reference... Read More →

Friday October 6, 2017 3:35pm - 4:25pm CDT
Meeting Room 113