Call for Participation: Metadata Enhancement for In Her Own Right, at Temple University Library, May 12

The Technical and Metadata Working Group of the NEH-funded project In Her Own Right: Women Asserting Their Civil Rights, 1820-1920 invites librarians, digital humanists, public historians, students of all levels, and allies to enhance data describing materials related to women’s agency, circa 1820-1920. We have letters, journals, diaries, scrapbooks, publications, and pamphlets from seven libraries that tell the story of women working for their and others rights, and we hope to add to the data so that we’ll be able to make maps, timelines, network graphs and other visualizations. (More information about In Her Own Right below.)
How Will This Work?
We will all get together on Friday May 12, 2017 , 1pm – 5pm, Room 130 (Mezzanine Level), Paley Library, 1210 Polett Walk, Temple University. We will all have access to digitized letters, diaries, and other archival material. These items already have some form of description. We will work to describe it in more detail, by adding subjects, dates, personal names, locations and transcriptions.
We will be in a computer lab, and will have access to computers (though you’re welcome to bring your own laptop, if you’d like). We’ll use free Airtable Bases and/or Google Sheets, which will ensure that we can easily share our work and collaborate. Before we begin, we’ll review standards for subjects, names and methods for creating transcriptions.
How to Participate
Use this form to sign up: https://goo.gl/forms/VzYUu1ggMg3F43w12 , indicating your name, email address and any previous experience working with metadata (it’s not mandatory that you do, we’re just curious). If you have any questions about any of this, please feel free to reach out to Scott Ziegler, sziegler@amphilsoc.org .
Benefits to Participating
This is an experimental approach to enhancing library records for unique items. You might be wondering what you get out of this. For students, this is a great way to get started understanding metadata and its role in visualization and digital scholarship, to meet people in the field who share these interests, and to build your resume. For digital humanists, librarians, public historians and everyone, this is a great way to come together as a community to ensure this material is as useful as possible for us all. Everyone who participates will receive credit on the final website. Oh, and of course, there will be pizza.

We know everyone’s busy. This is a sign of appreciation.
Additional Information
● Directions to Temple’s Paley Library : http://library.temple.edu/about/locations/paley/directions
● Non-Temple participants will need to show a photo ID at the door.
● Airtable : https://airtable.com/
● What do we mean by metadata : We mean the structured description of books, letters,
journals and other material that will make it easier to find and identify these material. For example, subjects discussed in a letter, dates of a journal, and place names mentioned in a diary are all forms of metadata. The metadata will be used to create visualizations including maps, timelines, and networks graphs. We’ll discuss all this at the event.
More About In Her Own Right
In Her Own Right: Women Asserting Their Civil Rights, 1820-1920 is a pilot project identifying and aggregating material reflecting the early struggle for women’s rights in the collections of members of the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL). The collections document women’s efforts to improve the lives of women, children and families in the 19th and early 20th century, leading to passage of the 19th amendment and suffrage for white women. When completed, collection metadata and representative images will be accessible through a single interface.
Even more information is here: http://pacscl.org/in-her-own-right

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