MARAC 2022 Fall - College Park, MD 19-22 October

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    A Destination for DRUM Dataset Deposits: Creating the UMD Data Collection
    (2022-10-21) Buser, Allison
    As publisher policies and funding agencies increasingly require or encourage research data be made open for wider access and review, improving data collection and curation practices in institutional repositories has become commensurately necessary to support the needs of researchers and the goals of open scholarship. Since the Digital Repository at the University of Maryland’s (DRUM) launch in 2005, it has been utilized in archiving research datasets produced by UMD researchers. However, the repository’s general self-submission workflow lacks mechanisms to consistently collect essential identifying metadata as well as other metadata necessary for best practices in research data archiving. The UMD Data Collection was created in the summer of 2021 to address such issues. This poster outlines the design and implementation of the collection and its customized workflow to better enable future curation, management, and discovery of research datasets archived in UMD's institutional repository.
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    Migrating into the Roarin’ 20s: Modernizing Collection Accessibility, Management, and Preservation
    (2022-10-21) Glascock, Sandra; Somach, Emily
    The Library at the Maryland Center for History and Culture has been undertaking a large-scale migration project over the past 2.5 years to increase accessibility of collections and improve collection management and digital preservation. The migration involved the implementation of ArchivesSpace and a new DAMS, along with the development of new metadata standards, documentation, policies, and procedures. When the migration first began, MCHC was also rebranding and preparing to launch a new website that would integrate with both new systems. This poster will describe the workflows developed for the migration; obstacles encountered; details about ongoing work; and next steps.
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    Archival Professionals and Teaching Faculty: Collaborative Education in the Time of Quarantine
    (2022-10-20) Delozier, Alan; Loeper, Lindsey; Scott, Liz
    The health-based uncertainty brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic of the last few years has created a period of adjustment for those who work with faculty. This has been especially true when it comes to reduced hours or outright closure of archival repositories across the globe. Faculty archivists often must remodel their approach to instruction due to the reality of limited accessibility of primary source documentation. They also have to adapt to the necessity of working with electronic resources and other alternative materials as a means of assisting professors and students via distance learning platforms. Our panel will discuss traditional approaches along with adaptive measures for assisting teaching faculty with their respective information-sharing visions in this climate of creative reference and collaborative measures.
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    A Collection Created from Community, Crisis, and Trauma: Processing the "University of Virginia Collection on the Events in Charlottesville, VA, August 11-13, 2017"
    (2022-10-20) Azizi, Joseph
    The University of Virginia collection on the Events in Charlottesville, VA, August 11-13, 2017 attempts to document the circumstances surrounding the events of August 11 and 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia, as well as the responses to those events from communities in and outside the city of Charlottesville. The events of August 11 and 12, and of the July 8 KKK Rally earlier that summer, and many of the responses to those events are defined by trauma, crisis, fear, and tragedy. Although the focus of the context is on the August 12 protest and counter-protest, the large majority of the materials, however, were created in the aftermath. The collection contents present evidence of experienced trauma, as well as reactions to that trauma, in the form of narratives, artifacts, and photo/video-documentation. They also reveal distinct communities (some unintended) based on several characteristics, such as first-hand experiences during the events, expressions of solidarity from afar with the victims, statements of support or disapproval from residents directed towards city leadership, and discriminatory sentiments against people of color. The University of Virginia Library arranged and supported a kind of mediated participatory archiving activity that allowed some represented communities, local residents and first-hand witnesses, to submit audio, video, photo, and text documentation, along with any descriptive metadata they wished to include to the University Library Special Collections via an online submission portal based on the OMEKA platform. The use of this archival technology, along with web archiving, and the use of Twitter API in this collection serves as a marked transformation in archival methodology at the University of Virginia, both in terms of appraisal and acquisition, and in terms of collection processing and access. These developments in archival practice provide ways for repositories to expand the breadth of collections in terms of content, and also in terms of representation.
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    Consciously Editing Finding Aids: AFL-CIO Civil Rights Department Records
    (2022-10-20) Eidson, Jen
    This presentation was shared at the Fall 2022 conference of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC). The panel session consisted of three speakers and one moderator, including Jennifer G. Eidson from University of Maryland. Eidson presented about conscious editing work at University of Maryland in general, and for the AFL-CIO Civil Rights Department records in particular. The panel explored ongoing work in critical archival theory and practice at three institutions. Speakers presented case studies of current work that interrogates archival description, illuminates the role archives play in the construction and preservation of community identities, and illustrates the role modern technology plays in these efforts to preserve the past responsibly. The session covered how different institutions have worked to revise harmful, misrepresentative and offensive language in collection descriptions using both technology-based and human focused approaches. Speakers presented ways archives can address the messy and often harsh reality of our history, so that we may learn from it in the present, and harness it to produce a better future.
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    Utilizing Existing Infrastructure to Enhance the Archivist/Conservator Relationship
    (2022-10-21) Coulbourne, Mark; Greenho, Bethany
    Conservation records are an important part of the life cycle of an archival object. The records can be composed of digital images of the before/during/after and treatment reports that reflect exactly what was done to an object in the course of conservation intervention. The Preservation Department in the University of Maryland Libraries have extensive records of archival projects that consist of digital images, treatment reports, budgets and time outlays. This project was conceived as a way to ensure that curators and archivists have immediate access to accurate and detailed conservation records that can be shared with researchers and to be used as a guide for future conservation projects.
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    Moving Beyond Text Digitization in Archives Using Both Human and Technological Resources
    (2022-10-20) Segal, Ariel; Osborn, Carlyn; Cain, Emily; van Hyning, Victoria; Isaacs, Suzanne; McVey, Julie; Peterson, Doug
    In the past, the digitization of archival collections has focused on capture of and access to plain images of textual material. In the current cultural heritage environment, particularly with the shift of many archives workers and patrons to telework during the COVID-19 pandemic, an image of the archival object alone is not enough. Today archival collections need to be searchable and transcribable. This session discusses the power of both technological developments and more traditional humanistic "people power" to enhance digitized archival collections at scale. Come and hear how archives are crowdsourcing transcriptions of digitized texts, both through "volunpeers" from the public and teleworking staff, and using informatics tools for new methods of seeing and understanding collections such as OCR and artificial intelligence (AI).
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    Read All About It! Outreach for Digital Collections with the National Digital Newspaper Program
    (2022-10-21) McClanahan, Pamela A.; Hessey, Theresa; Huller, Kerry; Plein, Stewert; Somay, Errol
    Learn about a variety of outreach initiatives featuring digitized newspapers as panelists from state awardees of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) share about their work to highlight digital collections. The National Endowment for the Humanities and Library of Congress developed NDNP for state partners to digitize historic newspapers from across the country and make them freely accessible in the Chronicling America ( newspaper database, which now has over 19 million digitized pages. This session brings together partners from Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia each presenting on a unique outreach project for their digital newspaper collection. Hear about social media campaigns, online exhibits, K-12 history day resources, volunteer research and transcription events, and more that can be modeled to feature your own institution’s digital and analog collections.
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    Program for the Fall 2022 MARAC Meeting: Our Roots Illuminate Our Future
    (2022-10) MARAC: Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference
    Program for the Fall 2022 MARAC meeting, "Our Roots Illuminate Our Future" held October 19-22 in College Park, MD.