January 18, 2020

Kemp Presents on Digital Archiving Lab at Digital Scholarship Conference

UMW community members collaborate on a variety of digital preservation projects in Simpson Library’s Digital Archiving Lab.

Angie Kemp, Digital Resources Librarian at Simpson Library, presented on UMW’s Digital Archiving Lab at the Bucknell University Digital Scholarship Conference in early October. The presentation provided an overview of the lab as a space for the digitization of unique materials and as a collaboration space for faculty, staff, students and community members. The presentation also discussed how a digitization lab can be a space for preserving community history, learning marketable skills and building confidence with technology tools.

Kemp Co-publishes Article on Maintaining and Preserving UMW Blogs

Angie Kemp, Digital Resources Librarian

Angie Kemp, Digital Resources Librarian

Angie Kemp, Digital Resources Librarian, recently had her co-authored article published in The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy. The article, written in collaboration with former DTLT colleagues Lee Skallerup-Bessette and Kris Shaffer, discusses the challenges of maintaining and preserving a large WordPress multisite installation and offers a potential path forward. “What Do You Do with 11,000 Blogs? Preserving, Archiving, and Maintaining UMW Blogs—A Case Study” can be accessed online here: https://jitp.commons.gc.cuny.edu/what-do-you-do-with-11000-blogs-preserving-archiving-and-maintaining-umw-blogs-a-case-study/

UMW Saves George Washington Bible for the Ages

In November 1752, 20-year-old George Washington placed his hand on a leather-bound King James Bible at the Lodge of Fredericksburg and joined the Masons. For more than two and a half centuries, generations of the oldest fraternal organization in the world would take steps to guard that gilt-edged book, one of only two Washington is […]

Angie White Presents Twice at SAA

Digital Resources Librarian Angie White presented at the Society of American Archivist’s annual conference in August. She presented at the Users Group meeting for Preservica, the digital preservation software used by UMW Libraries, and also at a midweek automation and transparency in digital preservation session. In the latter session, White discussed the implementation experience of UMW’s Special Collections and University Archives Digital Collections, including the migration process, user interface customization, and future goals.

UMW Libraries Launch Assignment Bank

The UMW Libraries are excited to announce the launch of a new website for instructors: the UMW Assignment Bank. The site is available now at http://umwassignmentbank.net.

The UMW Assignment Bank is an online repository of course assignments. Its purpose is to help instructors share innovative assignment designs with each other. In the Assignment Bank you’ll find examples of assignments that your colleagues are using in their courses. You can use these assignments to inspire your own designs. Some assignments are available under Creative Commons licenses, so you can reuse them in your own courses.

All UMW instructors are welcome to contribute their assignments. Contributing to the Assignment Bank doesn’t just help your colleagues — it’s an opportunity for you to be recognized for your own innovative work. To upload an assignment that you’ve designed, go to the Assignment Bank and click Contribute an Item.

The UMW Libraries would like to thank Liane Houghtalin, Kristen Marsh, Leslie Martin, Marie McAllister, Woody Richardson, Mara Scanlon, and David Stahlman, for being the first contributors to the Assignment Bank.

The site was built by UMW librarians Peter Catlin, Katherine Perdue, and Angie White. For a detailed account of the site’s origins, see this blog post on the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies blog.

White Co-Leads Digital Library Federation Forum Workshop

Angie White, Digital Resources Librarian, co-led a workshop at the Digital Library Federation Forum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 23. The workshop centered on digital library pedagogy, where participants left with a lesson plan regarding teaching with digital collections or building digital collections as a class project. Following the workshop, Angie and her colleagues led a working breakfast where participants could ask questions and discuss teaching with digital sources.