Digital Collections Users' Group Meeting: June 20, 2012

Members present: Ellen Corrigan (Eastern Illinois University), Chris Day (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), Eben English (Loyola University Chicago), Ginger Frere (Newberry Library), David Levinson (Lake Forest College), Meg Miner (Illinois Wesleyan University), Laurie Sauer (Chair, Knox College), Julia Thompson (Western Illinois University)

Members absent: Peter Hepburn (University of Illinois at Chicago)

CARLI Staff Liaisons present: Jessican Gibson and Amy Maroso

  1. Confirmed Ellen as minutes taker.
  2. Minutes from the May 16 meeting were approved with corrections.

Subcommittee reports

  1. Communication & Outeach (Chris) - The second digital project managers meet-up was held in Chicago on June 4. The subcommittee will meet following today's DCUG meeting. Work continues on the marketing methods/promotion glossary.
  2. Documentation & Standards (Eben) - A draft of the 3D object digitization guidelines was distributed to DCUG members by email for review and comment. Julia questioned the camera settings; Eben will investigate the aperture setting in relation to the ISO. Also, the use of CONTENTdm compound object structures other than picture cube needs to be clarified and more fully developed.

  3. Usability (Chris) – Although the subcommittee has not met in the last month, members are finishing projects for the current year. Google Analytics reports for the first two quarters of 2011-12 have been posted on the CARLI site, linked from the statistics page, and promoted on the blog and email list. Instructions for the traffic sources and keyword summaries are being written in order for the subcommittee to work on the third quarter report in the fall. The information will be posted to the CARLI wiki as well as the DCUG wiki and promoted through the CARLI Blog and newsletter.

  4. Digital Preservation (Laurie) - The joint subcommittee met June 4. David has been in conversation with the Library of Congress Digital Preservation Outreach and Education program about the possibility of bringing one or more trainers to present a "Train the Trainer" workshop to CARLI members. The subcommittee discussed how to ensure that attendees serve as long-term resources to other CARLI members after the training. Laurie will continue as chair temporarily during the committee membership transition.

 Other Business

  1. "Anatomy of a Digital Project" seriesAmy sent the link to the evaluations for the "Connecting Your Digital Collections to the Curricula at Your Institution" webinar held on May 15. The webinar had approximately 30 registrants.
  2. New DCUG members joining in 2012-13 are Benn Joseph (Northwestern) and Mary Rose (SIUE); Adam Strohm (Newberry) will replace Ginger for the final year of her term. Laurie will be returning for another three-year term. Eben and Meg will be rotating off.

  3. Amy will send out a Doodle poll to determine the scheduling of the July meeting. As incoming chair, Chris will plan an in-person meeting for August.