DCUG Meeting: April 17, 2013

Conference Call

Members present: Ellen Corrigan (Eastern Illinois University), Chris Day, Chair (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), Benn Joseph (Northwestern University), David Levinson (Lake Forest College), Mary Rose (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville), Laurie Sauer (Knox College), Adam Strohm (Newberry Library), Julia Thompson (Western Illinois University)

Members absent: none

CARLI staff present: Jessica Gibson, Amy Maroso (liaison to DCUG)

Confirmed Chris Day as minutes taker.

Minutes from the March 20 meeting were approved with corrections.

Project updates

Featured Collections:

No update from the last meeting was offered, but Adam Strohm and Laurie Sauer reported that they are scheduled to meet shortly to discuss.

Social Media Training:

Chris Day and Julia Thompson continue to experiment with the Tumblr and Pinterest as promotional tools for digital collections at their respective institutions. Thompson continues to work drafting instructions for using Tumblr and Pinterest. Both are experimenting with analytics and techniques for widening the reach of their collections. They reported interest in developing a webinar, but stated that they would be unable to produce one before the end of the current committee cycle. Julia, who will continue with the committee, will bring it up for a possible fall event.

Google Analytics:

Chris Day, Mary Rose, and Adam Strohm have continued work on reports for the first two Quarters of 2012-2013. The first Quarter has been uploaded to the CARLI website and the 2nd Quarter will be forwarded for upload soon. Announcements on CARLI list-servs and blogs will wait until the first two quarters have been posted. Work on Quarter 3 will begin concurrently with updating and creating “how-to” documents for each of the two reports, to be posted on the DCUG wiki for use by future committee members.

Featured Image:

Mary Rose and Ellen Corrigan reported that Featured Images have gone up on the new CARLI website for the first time. Laurie Sauer will be the first “guest author” with a Featured Image going up in the next few weeks. Amy Maroso has circulated instructions on how to post to the CARLI website..


Benn Joseph has continued to post Featured Image links to the Twitter stream, but there has been no other growth. Joseph volunteered to help out with other projects as needed.

Digital Preservation:

“Train-the-Trainers” acceptance notifications will be going out soon. Attendee acceptance is needed by the end of April.

Other business/conference reporting

Benn Joseph will be attending the Midwest Archives Conference.