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The conference is held at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri. Registration is limited in order to maintain the advantages of a small conference, so register early!   To register visit: www.brickandclick.org
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Friday, November 4 • 9:10am - 10:00am
Employing Student in Digitization: Leveraging Digital Projects as Valuable Learning Experiences

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Student assistance in conducting small digital projects at Grinnell College has been valuable to the students, the department of Special Collections and Archives, and the Libraries as a whole. Over the course of several recent and ongoing projects, students have been involved in everything from helping to establish a workflow, to choosing the material to scan, to the actual digitization itself. Students are even frequently enthusiastic about publicizing completed projects. By involving students in each step of the projects, Special Collections is provided with much-needed manpower. And the goal is that, in return, students will gain valuable knowledge related to project planning and team coordination, as well as technical and preservation skills and experience. We have found that incorporating students in the earliest stages of a project allows us to help them learn to think in terms of long-range plans, goal setting, and “the Big Picture.” Allowing them to assist in determining what materials can be – or should be – scanned opens up the opportunity to discuss such topics as copyright, intellectual rights, conservation and preservation, and digital preservation. By doing the digitization, students gain experience with current technologies that may be transferable to a future workplace. If you haven’t considered using students in digital projects before, this will be a good venue to explore and discuss this valuable learning experience.

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Jessica Vest

Archivist, Northwest Missouri State University


Christopher Jones

Special Collections Librarian and Archivist, Grinnell College

Friday November 4, 2016 9:10am - 10:00am CDT
J.W. Jones Student Union, Room D