Workshops Offered at 2016 Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference

New this year! We added half-day workshops to the program for the Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference, taking place at St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa, August 9-11, 2016. Visit the registration webpage for the full conference program details. Registration ends July 29.


The following workshops take place Wednesday, August 10, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Copyright and Related Issues in Digital Content

Nancy Sims, Copyright Program Librarian, University of Minnesota Libraries

Understanding copyright concepts like the public domain, fair use, and licensing is essential to creating, using, and sharing digital content. This session includes an update on case law that may impact the applicability of fair use in digitization, some exploration of Creative Commons licenses and other contracts that affect copyright-like concerns, and an introduction to new standards in development for communicating copyright status of digital objects to patrons.

The Oral History Metadata Synchronizer at Scale: Implementing an OHMS Workflow

Ann Hanlon, Head, Digital Collections and Initiatives, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries and Charles Hosale, WGBH

Oral histories provide valuable research material, but can be difficult to present effectively in an online environment. In this workshop, presenters will demonstrate workflows and tools aimed at making oral histories discoverable and usable in a digital collections environment using the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS) and other tools. Attendees will work with presenters through a step-by-stop process from the preparation of a digital oral history object, to the creation of an OHMS record, including indexing, syncing, and web object creation.

Expanding Your Toolkit: Useful Tools for Managing Born-Digital Content

Carol Kussmann, Digital Preservation Analyst, University of Minnesota Libraries

Digital materials are quickly becoming a regular part of content we need to manage for the long-term. Most of us do not have one master tool or application to use to complete all actions necessary for our work; we rely on a larger suite of available tools. In this session, walk through the life cycle of a digital object and use tools to address various issues including how to capture information to create an inventory, collect metadata, transfer files, address inconsistencies and duplicates, and monitor fixity/stability over time.

More about the Conference

Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference (UMDCC) & CONTENTdm Users Group Meeting

August 9-11, 2016, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa

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$55 for Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference (August 9)

$35 for workshops (August 10)

$0 for CONTENTdm Users Group Meeting (August 10-11)

The conference is organized by Minitex, WiLS, and RAILS (Reaching Across Illinois Library System) along with a regional planning committee. The UMDCC sponsors include Holder Printworks, Minitex, and St. Ambrose University Library. The CONTENTdm Users Group Meeting is sponsored by OCLC; their support means that this portion of the conference is free to current and potential CONTENTdm users.

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