Descriptive metadata for scrapbooks: Interdepartmental collaboration to support efficiency and discovery

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Anna R. Craft, Coordinator of Scholarly Communications (Creator)
David Gwynn, Digital Projects Coordinator (Creator)
Kathelene McCarty Smith, Assistant Professor and Instruction and Outreach Archivist (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: In the fall of 2011, The University Libraries of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro embarked on the digitization of a collection of approximately 250 historical scrapbooks that documented university history and spanned most of the twentieth century. This collaborative project brought together personnel from Digital Projects, Special Collections and University Archives, and Cataloging. Personnel faced a variety of challenges involving both technical and physical aspects of the project. Among these challenges were the deteriorating physical condition of the scrapbooks and the need to construct project workflows that would maximize efficiency and effectiveness in regards to both staff time and end product creation. In meeting and overcoming these challenges, project personnel came away with lessons learned in the areas of collaboration, communication, and appropriate workflows for a project of this type and scale. These lessons can be taken forward for application in other collaborative digital initiatives.

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Archiving 2013
Language: English
Date: 2013
librarianship, cataloging, metadata, scrapbooks, library special collections, interdepartmental cooperation, digitization, libraries, archives, collaborative projects

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