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Thursday, March 30 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Session 10: Engaging Communities in PDA 1

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Introducing a Mobile App for Uploading Family Treasures to Public Library Collections (Natalie Milbrodt, Queens Public Library)

The Memory Lab (Russell Martin, District of Columbia Public Library)

The Archive-O-Matic and the Emulation Time Machine: Personal Archiving On The Move (Wendy Hagenmaier, Georgia Tech)

The Great Migration (Jasmyn Castro, Smithsonian NMAAHC)

Presentation Details:

  • Introducing a Mobile App for Uploading Family Treasures to Public Library Collections (Natalie Milbrodt, Queens Public Library)

    The Queens Public Library in New York City has developed a free mobile application for uploading scanned items, digital photos, oral history interviews and “wild sound” recordings of Queens neighborhoods for permanent safekeeping in the library’s archival collections.  It allows families to add their personal histories to the larger historical narrative of their city and their country.  The upload tool is an open source iOS and Android app built using Appcelerator to accept submissions of the crowd-sourced metadata, audio and visual files.  It automatically generates a Dublin Core catalog record in the library’s digital asset management system that metadata librarians can review, edit, and set live on the library’s digital archives website and then harvest to the Digital Public Library of America.  The tool is part of the programmatic and technological offerings of the library’s Queens Memory program, whose mission is to capture contemporary history in Queens.

    The team’s development roadmap emphasizes making this tool configurable for other organizations who wish to adapt it for their own use.  Queens Memory Director, Natalie Milbrodt, will share the library’s approach and lessons learned during development and early user testing of the beta version in late 2016/early 2017.

  • The Memory Lab (Russell Martin, District of Columbia Public Library)

    The Memory Lab at District of Columbia Public Library is a do-it-yourself personal archiving space where the public can digitize outdated forms of media, such as VHS, VHS-C, mini DVs, audio cassettes, photos, slides, negatives and floppy disks.  The Lab also hosts classes on PDA concepts such as Downloading Your Facebook Archive, Intro to Personal Digital Archiving, and Digital Estate Planning. Through the lab's libguide: http://libguides.dclibrary.org/memorylab , it is also a resource for the public and other institutions on best practices in PDA and how to put together your own Memory Lab.

    This presentation consists of how the Memory Lab was developed by a fellow from the Library of Congress' National Digital Stewardship Residency, budget for the lab, equipment used and how it is put together, training for staff and the public, as well as success stories and lessons learned.

  • The Archive-O-Matic and the Emulation Time Machine: Personal Archiving On The Move (Wendy Hagenmaier, Georgia Tech)

    retroTECH (http://retrotech.library.gatech.edu/) is a Georgia Tech Library program in which the campus community can create the future by exploring the past. With the emerging retroTECH Lab as a home base, students, faculty, staff, alumni, researchers, and community partners engage in hands-on research, DIY peer-to-peer digital archiving, experiential learning, and outreach around the evolution of technology.

    The vision for the retroTECH Lab entails a highly curated combination of classic, vintage hardware and software and modern tools for digital archiving and emulation, all designed to be accessed and used. retroTECH aims to inspire a cultural mindset that emphasizes the importance of personal archives, open access to digital heritage, and long-term thinking.

    The Pilot Lab opened in the Georgia Tech Library in August 2015. A team of archivists, librarians, and campus community partners are prototyping services and programs to be implemented in the retroTECH Lab’s permanent home in the redesigned Library building around 2018.

    In order to meet users where they are, expand retroTECH’s audience, and introduce users to emerging tools for personal digital archiving, we are designing two mobile lab carts, which will travel around campus and into the community beyond. The Emulation Time Machine cart will offer users a chance to interact with a variety of emulated environments, and the Archive-O-Matic will provide hardware and software for recovering personal archives from obsolete media. Our presentation will outline the user research process our team conducted (with the assistance of a stellar group of Georgia Tech students) to inform the design of the carts, offer an overview of the carts’ features and use cases, and reflect on where retroTECH’s personal digital archiving services are headed. By sharing our work in progress, we hope to make connections with related projects and inspire others to consider the possibilities of mobile personal digital archiving.

    The retroTECH Team brings together diverse perspectives and expertise from across the Library. We are: Isabel Altamirano, Liaison Librarian for three engineering majors, plus Chemistry & Biochemistry; Erin Edmond, GT 1000 Library Liaison & Public Services Associate; Wendy Hagenmaier, Digital Collections Archivist; Heidi Lowe, IT Support Professional; Miles Raphael, Graduate Student in Computer Science; Jody Thompson, Head of Archives; Alison Valk, Multimedia Instruction Librarian & Subject Librarian for College of Computing.

  • The Great Migration (Jasmyn Castro, Smithsonian NMAAHC

    The Great Migration is a public program initiated by the media preservation department of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. This public program will invite visitors to bring their home movies into the museum and have them inspected and digitally scanned by NMAAHC staff. The program will not only highlight our ongoing film preservation efforts at the museum, but also open up the door to a broader conversation surrounding the often marginalized histories that exist within the African American community. Even though home movies were traditionally created for the entertainment of family and friends, and never intended for public audiences, today they can serve as an invaluable historical resource that helps us reexamine and understand the transformation of race and ethnicity in America over the years. Through our efforts, we hope to expose the public to the various experiences of the African American community, while simultaneously communicating how these experiences contribute to American history overall. This proposed presentation will provide an overview of the planning that went into making this program possible, the hurdles faced by the NMAAHC staff, the February 2017 unveiling of The Great Migration, and everything we learned along the way.

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Jasmyn Castro

Film Conservation & Digitization Associate, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Jasmyn R. Castro is a Film Conservation and Digitization Associate at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture. She earned her M.A. in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and her... Read More →
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Wendy Hagenmaier

Digital Collections Archivists, Georgia Tech
Wendy Hagenmaier is the Digital Collections Archivist at Georgia Tech, where she develops policies and workflows for digital preservation and access. She is President of the Society of Georgia Archivists and a member of SAA's Committee on Public Policy.

Russell Martin

Labs Librarian, District of Columbia Public Library
My name is Russell Martin and I am a librarian with The Labs at District of Columbia Public Library. I have worked for DCPL in various positions for 6 years and received my MSLS from Catholic University in 2013. I am interested in special collections, and preservation of both physical... Read More →
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Natalie Milbrodt

Coordinator, Metadata Services and Director, Queens Memory Project, Queens Public Library
Natalie Milbrodt leads Queens Public Library's Metadata Services division, responsible for cataloging and digitizing the library's collections. She founded the Queens Memory Project, the library's community archiving and oral history program.

Thursday March 30, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Bishop Auditorium Lathrop Library, Stanford University 518 Memorial Way Stanford, CA 94305