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My Day at @LibraryCongress

Here are my notes from the symposium, Transitioning to a Digital Future, from LC last week. Any mistakes are my own, and probably resulted from me trying to type too quickly and keep up with the conversation. I don't think that the official transcript is posted, yet, and I will link to it when it is.


A Day at LC

Tomorrow, I will be joining many librarians and archivists in the area at the Library of Congress's Transitioning to a Digital Future Symposium. From their site: "The symposium will bring together senior managers from the National Archives, Smithsonian Institution, National Park Service, the Library of Congress, the Council on Library and Information Resources, and various foundations. Speakers will provide their perspectives on the preservation needs, priorities, and challenges in managing the core collections of the federal government in the 21st century, as well as opportunities for collaborative solutions and possibilities for funding." I'll be meeting some of my LC friends and WRLC colleagues there, and learning about how we can conquer the digital world together! Look for me--I'll be the archivist tweeting and taking notes on an ASUS Transformer!


Data Curation Lecture in the DC Area

The Digital Practices Committee of WRLC has organized this lecture by Scott Brandt. It has now be opened to all to encourage additional attendance in the area. From the WRLC Newsletter:

Event: Data Curation Profiles & Libraries 

Do you want to know more about cyber infrastructure and data management?  Are you curious about what the library’s role is in this burgeoning area?  How can librarians and researchers work together to make research outputs available?  How do researchers figure out who should share what with whom, and when? Then plan to attend:

Data Curation Profiles & Libraries,

presented by D. Scott Brandt
October 17, 2011
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Room 207, Gelman Library
George Washington University

Scott Brandt, Associate Dean for Research at the Purdue University Libraries, is an internationally acknowledged expert in data curation.  For additional information on this program hosted by The Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC), please contact Martha Whittaker (  The program is open to all but space is limited.  Please RSVP to ( by October 7, 2011.

Scott Brandt is currently acting director of the Distributed Data Curation Center at Purdue (D2C2)  The D2C2 is the recipient of an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) 21st Century Grant to create a Data Curation Profile Tool Kit.  The Tool Kit helps librarians work with scholars to capture general requirement for specific data generated by a researcher.  The profiles enable librarians and others to make informed decisions when managing research data. For more information, check out the Center’s website:

Outline of the Program
Data Curation Profiles & Libraries

  • Evolution of Scholarly Communication
  • New Role
  • Data Context

Dealing with Data: Deluge or Déjà vu?
Data Curation Basics
Data Curation Profiles:

  • Research Behind Them
  • DCP Toolkit
  • Examples

Going Forward:

  • Data Reference
  • Data Consulting
  • Data Instruction

Wrap-up and Q&A period


I'm Officially A Certified Archivist!!!

On Friday, I received an email letting me know that I had passed the ACA exam. On Saturday, I received my welcoming packed and my test scores (I did slightly better than I thought, and aced arrangement and description!), received my information sheet yesterday, and mailed it in today. One hurdle, accomplished!

Next step in my education, the Digital Archives Specialist Certification! I took one class at SAA, and will be taking another next Thursday. I've scoped out the six on-demand webinars, and look forward to taking them, too. I have yet to find out if the class exams have been posted, but will take them as soon as possible.


The Potential of File-Sharing!

I recently had an international request for an mp3 file. It was a rush request, so I could not mail or Fedex a CD, and the files were too big to email. After a quick search for a free file-sharing site, I settled on, which allows you to upload a file and provides you a link to share the file with someone else. You can also do this with several files in one folder (the link is provided to the folder).  Individual file size is limited (but still large) in a free account, but I have 15GB of space in my free account! This was a great solution for this request, but has other applications in an archive!

Last week, I gave a presentation in the main library about the last few events I have attended. Instead of bringing a USB drive to the presentation, I showed up empty-handed. I had loaded my presentation onto my file-sharing account, so all I did was log in, download the file I needed in 20 seconds, and presented!

Our library has an "inbox" server, where staff can store files or deliver files to other staff members. However, if an archive does not have this service, this would be a great alternative!