Join us for a regularly scheduled GLAM Cafe and PhillyDH meeting on Tuesday, December 13, at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, starting at 5:00. There will be a presentation by Margaret Graham, who will discuss “In Her Own Right: Women Asserting Their Civil Rights, 1820-1920”, a new digital collections project involving Philadelphia-area institutions.
The multi-institution project focuses on historical materials documenting the struggle for women’s rights in the century leading to the passage of the 19th Amendment. Featuring materials from PACSCL (Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries) collections, the project looks at the region’s tradition of women working to expand their rights and opportunities, and examines the ways in which many different women were working in different spheres in support of women’s social, cultural and political rights.
The co-principal investigators are Margaret Graham, Managing Archivist, Drexel University College of Medicine Legacy Center, Margery N. Sly, Director of Temple University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center, and Heather Willever-Farr, Manager of Digital Services, Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
Margaret has been leading the project’s technology working group and will discuss content, metadata, and technology at the GLAM Cafe at the Chemical Heritage Foundation on December 13, 2016, 6.00 p.m. Learn more about GLAM Cafe at: https://www.meetup.com/GLAM-Cafe-Philadelphia/
The next meeting of the Digital Archivists of Philadelphia (DAP) will be Thursday, November 17, 2016, from 3:30pm-5:00pm at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. The topic of the meeting is metadata for born-digital records.
Kelly Bolding, Princeton University, will reflect on the role of improvisation (and documenting improvisation) within digital processing and metadata workflows by talking about a practical example where she developed a bash script tool to append missing file extensions while working with a hybrid personal papers collection
Cathleen Lu, Chemical Heritage Foundation, will talk about transitioning to linked data by reevaluting and repurposing familiar metadata schemes and the various challenges of linked data ontologies, vocabularies, and data modeling in RDF
Katy Rawdon, Temple University, will describe efforts at Temple University to apply collection-level and seed-level metadata to websites captured in Archive-It
Julie Swierczek, Swarthmore College, will present “An Assortment of Thoughts on Metadata”
Info is also on the Digital Archivists of Philadelphia website, https://digitalarchivistsphilly.wordpress.com/2016/09/15/chf-2016/.
The Villanova Digital Library, part of Villanova University’s Falvey Memorial
Library, located in Villanova PA, has available a dynamic and innovative internship position for the Spring 2017 academic semester. The primary mission of Villanova’s Digital Library is accomplished through the ongoing development, maintenance, and preservation of digital collections and online digital library resources. These include materials such as medieval manuscripts, letters, typescripts, books, photographs, maps, sheet music, posters and broadsides, newspapers.
Interns will work a 20 hour work week. During the course of the 20 week internship, an intern will follow a project through the development life cycle and will acquire and enhance digital project management skills. Activities may include image preparation and quality control, metadata creation (possibly including text encoding), transcription, scanning, web site development, student supervision, computer programming, and interface evaluation. In addition, the intern will have the opportunity to assist in digital preservation activities.
Paid: $15 per hour
Transcripts are required; unofficial copies may be included electronically with originals provided if granted an interview. All applications must include the contact information for at least one reference who will receive a secure email to upload a confidential letter of recommendation when the application is submitted.
Apply online at: https://jobs.villanova.edu/postings/10072
Happy Election Day!
If you were wondering… Yes, there will be the regular GLAM Cafe Meetup starting 5pm at the Chemical Heritage Foundation this evening. The Meetup page discussion indicates that stalwarts will be there: http://www.meetup.com/GLAM-Cafe-Philadelphia/events/234799951/. There may be no formal PhillyDH meeting as several of the leadership will not be able to make it.
Another opportunity to expand your knowledge on exhibition development is being offered in conjunction with Philadelphia CultureWorks on November 9. Join Interactive Mechanics for group oriented participation in the Webinar. Here’s their notice:
The American Alliance of Museums in collaboration with the National Association for Museum Exhibition, is presenting a webinar on November 9, and we’d like to invite you to a free webinar “watch and talk”! As usual, we’ll have snacks.
Getting Started on Exhibition Development
1315 Walnut Street, Suite 320
Phila, PA 19107
Wednesday, November 9
1:30 – 2:00 PM ET: Check in & Networking
2:00 – 3:30 PM ET: Webinar
3:30 – 4:30 PM ET: Facilitated Discussion
Please register in advance at http://interactivemechanics.com/workshops/.
Are you associated with a small cultural heritage organization that wants to become more active online? Why not try this Webinar, organized by Interactive Mechanics?
Digital Projects for Arts and Culture Webinar
Wednesday, November 16, 3-4 PM ET
Are you getting started with a website redesign, mobile app, or new interactive exhibit? Or are you hoping to start a digital project in the future? Join Interactive Mechanics’ Creative Lead Mike Tedeschi to increase your understanding of digital projects from concept to completion. In this digital primer, you’ll learn how to define key elements of your project, conduct relevant research, draft a request for proposals, select a vendor, and maintain your project once it’s built. We’ll also discuss common project types and key terminology, so you can feel confident talking to partners, funders, external stakeholders, and your team.
Interactive Mechanics is a digital design firm that partners with cultural and educational organizations on design, development, user experience, and strategy. We’ve learned a lot from our client projects, and we love sharing information about our process, tools, tips and tricks.
Greetings all after a long hiatus.
This is a quick reminder that THATCamp Philly will take place on Friday, October 7 at the Kislak Center, University of Pennsylvania Library, from 9am-5pm. For more information go to the THATCamp Philly website: https://2016.thatcampphilly.org.
Join us Tuesday, 10/13, at the Chemical Heritage Foundation for our next PhillyDH meeting during GLAM Cafe! The GLAM Cafe begins at 5 with the PhillyDH meeting starting at about 6. THATCamp Philly 2015 is next week! Top priority will be finalyzing logistics and assigning some roles for the day of. If you plan on volunteering for THATCamp I highly recommend you attend this meeting or get in touch with someone else who will be there before hand. The past few meetings has also had a group working on the phillydh website, discussing where we want phillydh to do, and breaking off into their own projects.
If you have not signed up yet for THATCamp Philly or have session ideas to propose then do so here: http://2015.thatcampphilly.org/
Directions to CHF: http://www.chemheritage.org/visit/conference-center-rental/directions.aspx
Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, DE, seeks a full-time Digital Assets Coordinator. Hagley is
an independent research library devoted to documenting the history of American business, technology,
and industrial design.
The successful candidate will work in the Library’s Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives
Department to assist us in our mission to produce, preserve, and provide access to digital records for
current and future generations of researchers. Hagley has a significant collection of digital surrogates that
are available at digital.hagley.org and a growing collection of born-digital records offline. The Digital
Assets Coordinator will work with the Curator of Audiovisual and Digital Collections to ensure long-term
access and preservation of Hagley’s digital records collections.
• Serve as Hagley’s manager of born-digital records and digital surrogates; facilitate their
creation/acquisition, processing, storage, and preservation.
• Manage and facilitate access to electronic records via Hagley’s digital asset management
• Manage a large and growing collection of surrogates produced from Hagley’s analog collections;
manage digitization and processing projects; assist with selection and oversee metadata for
archived web content; migrate born-digital data to preservation formats; and produce metadata for
• Supervise and train interns and volunteers supporting digital collection projects.
• Train staff on using digital tools for processing and preservation.
• Masters degree in library science or public history, with a concentration in archives management
or a graduate degree in a related field or significant and relevant work experience.
• Working knowledge of platforms for storing and managing digital assets (experience with
Islandora is highly preferred).
• Ability to identify, install, and configure digital tools to improve processing workflow, access,
and preservation of digital assets.
• Thorough knowledge of current trends in the archival profession in regards to e-records and
digital asset management.
• Project management experience.
• Significant work experience in an historical or cultural institution. Prior archival experience or
demonstrated ability to process, preserve, and service collections, particularly electronic records.
• Experience digitizing and creating metadata for a wide variety of formats, including moving
picture images and sound recordings.
• Experience with the following: Amazon AWS, Drupal, XTF, Archivist’s Toolkit /
ArchivesSpace, Archivematica, FTK, BitCurator, Python, Open Refine, TreeSize, DROID,
JHOVE, Cygwin, and other software and platforms that serve similar functions.
• Knowledge of metadata standards such as MODS, BEXT, EAD, Dublin Core, MARC XML,
PBCore, and IPTC.
• Basic programming/scripting experience.
Send resume and cover letter to:
Hagley Museum and Library
Yvonne Dalton, Personnel Support Services Manager
P.O. Box 3630
Wilmington, DE 19807
Review of applications will begin on November 2, 2015 and preliminary phone interviews with qualified
candidates will follow. The job will remain open until filled.
Upcoming Event: Lecture by Frank Lee, “City at Play” Followed by “Games, Gaming, and Play!” An Open Festival at Temple University, Wednesday, September 30
Frank J. Lee will lecture on the City at Play – An Exploration of Physical Spaces and Digital Games
Wednesday, September 30, 2:30 pm, Paley Library Lecture Hall, 1210 Polett Walk, Ground Floor
For the last two years, Frank Lee has “hacked” (with permission) the LED lights of the Cira Centre Building, a 29-story Philadelphia skyscraper, to create large-scale, interactive games of Pong and Tetris. In his talk at Temple, Lee will discuss the aesthetic these large-scale gaming installations ignite, which he calls “a shared moment” for Philadelphia and Philadelphians. For his talk at Temple, Lee will also put forth his larger vision for using urban structures and spaces as game tokens in city-wide interactive games, while exploring the interaction and intersection of physical spaces and digital games.
Dr. Frank J. Lee is an Associate Professor of Digital Media in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design at Drexel University with appointments in Psychology, Computer Science, and Biomedical Engineering.
This program is part of the Beyond the Page public programming Games Without Frontiers series and will be followed by Games, Gaming, and Play! An Opening Festival
Throughout Paley Library, 1210 Polett Walk, 5-8 pm
Games, gaming, and play take over Paley Library! Organizations, gamers, and game makers from throughout the city will gather to showcase hands-on activities, video and tabletop games, and more. We’ll also have live music, food and giveaways. Participants include the Temple University Gamers’ Guild, the Moore College of Art and Design, Game Forge, the Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philly Nerd Nite, the Game Room at the Howard Gittis Student Center, and Temple University Cricket Club. With musical entertainment from Cheap Dinosaurs. Live broadcast by WHIP Radio.