Anna R. Craft

Anna R. Craft is an associate professor at UNC Greensboro, where she serves as Coordinator of Metadata Services in the University Libraries. In a role that integrates aspects of metadata and scholarly communications, she coordinates institutional repository services, supports users of UNCG’s open access journal installation, provides scholarly communications training and development opportunities for students and faculty, and works collaboratively with personnel in and beyond Technical Services to ensure that the Libraries’ resources are discoverable and available for patrons worldwide. Anna writes, speaks, and teaches on metadata and MARC cataloging, open access, institutional repositories, research data management, open journal publishing, library career building, and related topics. She is active in service and scholarship within the library profession, is a regular columnist for the journal Serials Review, and serves as managing editor for the open access Journal of Learning Spaces. She started her library career at the North Carolina State University Libraries, served as Metadata Librarian at Western Carolina University, and earned her MSLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. When not librarian-ing, she is reading, running, and writing.

There are 42 included publications by Anna R. Craft :

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Best practices for scrapbook collections in CONTENTdm: lessons from the University Archives Scrapbook Collection at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro [slides] 2014 2032 Slides from a presentation on an interdepartmental scrapbook digitization project, geared toward an audience of CONTENTdm users. Delivered May 21, 2014 at the CONTENTdm Southern Users Group Meeting in Columbia, South Carolina. Co-presented by Anna C...
Building communities of practice while building learning spaces [slides] 2018 182 Slides from a presentation on open access journal publishing, Open Educational Resources (OERs), and the Journal of Learning Spaces. Delivered October 5, 2018 at the Consortium of College and University Media Centers conference in Salt Lake City, Uta...
Champagne wishes, caviar dreams: incorporating ereaders into leisure reading while on a beer budget 2011 886 In the spring of 2010, staff at Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library began investigating how to use end of year funds. One of the chosen ideas was to experiment with circulating Kindles loaded with leisure reading titles. The pilot program wa...
Champagne wishes, caviar dreams: incorporating ereaders into leisure reading while on a beer budget [slides] 2011 564 Slides from a presentation on the use of e-readers, specifically Kindles, for delivery of leisure reading content in an academic library. Delivered November 3, 2011 at the Charleston Conference in Charleston, SC. Co-presented by Anna Craft, Elisabeth...
Civil Rights Greensboro and the Women Veterans Historical Project: Migrating existing digital collections into CONTENTdm [slides] 2015 924 Slides from a presentation on UNCG's effort to migrate two of their most visible digital collections from an internally developed content management system into CONTENTdm. The process used was a collaborative effort that involved four groups within t...
Collection Creation as Collection Management: Libraries as Publishers and Implications for Collection Development 2019 378 Digital collections, institutional repositories, open educational resources, open access publishing, and new forms of digital scholarship are all ways in which academic libraries are growing their collections from the inside out as well as making thi...
The Craft Revival Project: library leadership in creating connections between small cultural institutions 2010 1203 The Craft Revival Project is a collaborative digital project partnering a mid-sized academic library with six small cultural heritage institutions in order to document the historic effort to revive handmade crafts in the western part of North Carolin...
Creating connections, building community: The role of oral history collections in documenting and sharing campus diversity 2018 62 The collection and sharing of oral history is a growing area that libraries and archives are using to connect with their communities and document campus diversity. This column discusses opportunities for libraries and archives to include diverse and ...
Descriptive metadata for scrapbooks: Interdepartmental collaboration to support efficiency and discovery 2013 1558 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 twentie...
Descriptive metadata for scrapbooks: Interdepartmental collaboration to support efficiency and discovery [slides] 2013 1052 Slides from a presentation on an interdepartmental scrapbook digitization project. Delivered April 4, 2013 at the Archiving Conference held at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Co-presented by David Gwynn, Anna Craft, and Kathelene McCarty Sm...
Digital scholarship planning: A perspective on the CNI-ARL workshop 2018 65 The CNI-ARL Digital Scholarship Planning Workshop at Brown University, November 8–10, 2017, was an intensive, focused workshop for institutions at all stages of the digital scholarship planning process. This report, based on one participant's experie...
Driving the development of library spaces by supporting and sharing the scholarship of learning spaces [slides] 2019 161 Slides from a presentation on the open access Journal of Learning Spaces. Delivered March 11, 2019 at the Librarians' Association at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill conference in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Co-presented by Anna Craft...
Embracing open access as a means to move forward [slides] 2018 5 Slides from a presentation discussing the impact of open access repositories, open access publications, open educational resources, and other open digital scholarship projects on the active learning environment. This presentation was delivered on Feb...
Ethics and equity considerations in electronic resources work: An introduction to basic resources and practices to support librarians during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond 2021 18 The COVID-19 pandemic has brought innumerable changes to the lives of individuals and institutions across the country and around the world. In this uncertain time, access to information is crucial. Electronic resources were a significant content type...
From foundation to tower: building blocks for your library career [slides] 2013 1389 Slides from a presentation on library career stages. Delivered October 18, 2013 at the North Carolina Library Association biennial conference in Winston-Salem, NC. Co-presented by Nataly Blas, Anna Craft, Beth Filar Williams, and Mary Krautter.
Help, we started a journal! : adventures in supporting open access publishing using Open Journal Systems [slides] 2015 1654 Slides with notes from a presentation on library support for open access publishing using Open Journal Systems (OJS). Delivered November 5, 2015 at the Charleston Conference in Charleston, SC.
Introducing scholarly communications: A cross-departmental approach for reaching students and faculty [slides] 2020 6 Slides from a presentation discussing cross-departmental efforts to provide scholarly communications training to graduate students and faculty members at UNC Greensboro. This presentation was delivered on May 27, 2020 at the Azalea Coast Library Asso...
Is this a quality journal to publish in? How can you tell? 2016 892 This article summarizes a presentation delivered by Beth Bernhardt at the 2016 North Carolina Serials Conference. Bernhardt's talk provided an overview of predatory and unethical publishing practices, provided resources to consult when evaluating ope...
Liaison and Functional Team Structure Review Task Force Report, 2017-2018 2018 224 The Liaison Team Structure Review Task Force was convened in the 2017 fall semester, with the purpose of examining the liaison functional and subject team structure implemented in 2013-14 to determine how well it is functioning and what changes shoul...
Libraries as publishers and promoters of OA scholarship: OJS at UNC Greensboro and The Journal of Learning Spaces [slides] 2017 592 Slides from a presentation delivered March 20, 2017 at the Library Publishing Forum in Baltimore, MD. In 2010, the University Libraries at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro began offering support for open access journal publishing via Op...
Libraries as publishers: one library's experience creating and supporting open access journal publication [slides] 2017 732 Slides from a presentation delivered June 9, 2017 at the Metrolina Library Association Conference in Charlotte, NC. Libraries are re-envisioning their services in many ways, including the exploration of roles in scholarly publishing and support for a...
Library roles in supporting creation of serials: Open Journal Systems at UNCG [slides] 2016 878 Slides with notes from a presentation discussing roles for librarians in supporting researchers who are creating serials using Open Journal Systems (OJS), an open source journal management and publishing system. This presentation discussed UNCG’s OJS...
Local name authorities and linked data: The landscape 2019 68 Name authority control—the process of selecting and maintaining a set of headings or access points for named entities—brings consistency to names in online systems and can help users locate needed items and identify related materials. Linked data pro...
Managing researcher identity: Tools for researchers and librarians 2020 70 Researchers have increasing opportunities to identify themselves and raise the profile of their research and scholarship through online researcher identity management and researcher profile systems. This column provides a basic introduction to resear...
Online documentation portals in library technical services: Shedding light on local practices and procedures 2019 61 The creation, sharing, and maintenance of documentation are critical to support the often detailed and complex work of library technical services units. This column examines documentation portals that share technical services policies and procedures,...
Open access / closed coffers: repositioning an institutional repository to reflect reality 2012 755 During 2011, a combination of budgetary and staffing factors led the NC DOCKS institutional repository system at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) to restructure its staffing, policies, and procedures, particularly with relation t...
Open access / closed coffers: repositioning an institutional repository to reflect reality [slides] 2012 442 Slides from a presentation on the restructuring of policies, procedures, and staffing for UNCG's locally-created institutional repository system, NC DOCKS. Delivered November 9, 2012 at the Charleston Conference in Charleston, SC.
Paging through history: lessons learned from a scrapbook digitization project [slides] 2014 856 Slides from a presentation on an interdepartmental scrapbook digitization project. Delivered April 8, 2014 at the Society of North Carolina Archivists Meeting in Raleigh, NC. Co-presented by David Gwynn, Anna Craft, and Kathelene McCarty Smith.
Professional applications of information literacy: Helping researchers learn to evaluate journal quality [slides] 2021 14 Slides from a presentation discussing the applications of information literacy techniques--particularly lateral reading--in teaching researchers to evaluate journal quality and avoid predatory journals. This presentation was delivered on April 9, 202...
Remote work in library technical services: Connecting historical perspectives to realities of the developing COVID-19 pandemic 2020 151 The concept and practice of remote work in library technical services is not new, but the scale and speed of the transition to remote work for many libraries due to the COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented. This column provides an overview of pre-pande...
Research data support at UNCG: A metadata perspective [slides] 2015 617 Slides from a presentation discussing the integration of support for data set sharing and management in an established institutional repository system, within the larger framework of an academic library that is working to expand its research support ...
Scholarly communications training: Professional development for the next generation of scholars 2020 71 Many campuses are seeing increased needs for support in scholarly communications areas such as open access, research identity management, scholarship metrics, and related topics. This article discusses a professional development program that addresse...
Southern Highland Craft Guild 2011 1835 The collections of the Southern Highland Craft Guild are available to visitors at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville, North Carolina. Here visitors can explore library and archival materials that document traditional and conte...
Staying relevant: the new technical services [slides] 2014 901 Slides from a presentation on changes in library technical services careers. Delivered May 13, 2014 at the Triad Academic Library Association (TALA) conference in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Supporting open access publishing via Open Journal Systems [slides] 2014 996 Slides from a presentation on open access educational publishing via Open Journal Systems (OJS). Delivered virtually on October 22, 2014 as part of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) virtual conference, "Using the Web as an E-Cont...
Supporting research data: a collaborative library approach [slides] 2016 543 Slides from a presentation discussing the UNCG University Libraries' research data management services, which strive to best meet the needs of the campuses while also maximizing limited resources. At UNCG, librarians collaborate across departments to...
Thinking outside the search box: redefining roles for catalogers in an academic library [slides] 2012 836 Slides from a presentation on the changing role of the cataloger in academic libraries. Delivered June 24, 2012 at the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group meeting at the ALA Annual conference held in Anaheim, CA. Co-presented by Anna Craft and David Gwynn....
Thinking practically about metadata for digital projects in your library [slides] 2011 590 Slides from a presentation on metadata basics for library projects. Delivered October 6, 2011 at the North Carolina Library Association biennial conference in Hickory. Co-presented by Anna Craft and Elizabeth Gregg.
Travelers Rest [review] 2012 773 In Travelers Rest, her ninth novel, North Carolina-based author Ann Tatlock reminds readers that hope can be found in the midst of the most difficult struggles.
Uncovering social history: An interdepartmental approach to scrapbook digitization 2016 1655 In 2011, staff at the University Libraries of the University of North Carolina at Greensboroembarked on a collaborative, cross-departmental project to digitize a large collection ofscrapbooks—a notoriously difficult material type. This article docume...
Under construction: building research data services at UNCG [slides] 2017 443 Slides from a presentation discussing the development of the UNCG University Libraries' research data management services. Many university libraries are expanding their research services to include support for research data needs. But in a climate of...
What exactly do you do here, anyway? : advocating for technical services in our libraries [slides] 2012 379 Slides from a presentation on advocating for technical services in libraries. Delivered October 22, 2012 at the North Carolina Library Association Resources and Technical Services Section workshop held at The University of North Carolina at Greensbor...