By Chelcie Rowell

Inside ZSR

Heat, humidity, & a provocative conference experience

ALA Annual 2016 turned out to be one of my most thought-provoking ALA experiences. Emerging Leaders This annual conference concluded my participation in the Emerging Leaders program. My team and I developed policies and practices for MAGIRT (the Map & Geospatial Information Round Table) to contribute their records to ALAIR (the ALA Institutional Repository). The... more

Large Project Management at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute

Last week I was grateful to attend the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria in beautiful British Columbia with support from both ZSR and Wake Forest’s Humanities Institute. I took a week-long course in project management, specifically tailored to digital humanities, where projects are often protean and power dynamics among team members... more

ZSR on the cover of Library Resources & Technical Services

Following quickly upon the heels of an item from ZSR’s Special Collections & Archives appearing on the cover of Archival Outlook, the January 2015 issue of Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS) features an image from our digital collections. LRTS (pronounced “lerts”) is the official journal of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services,... more

Chelcie at ALA Midwinter 2016

For me the central happening of ALA Midwinter 2016 was kicking off my participation in ALA’s Emerging Leaders program. As part of this program, I’ll glimpse the sizable architecture of ALA, network with awesome people, and work together with members of a small team to solve a problem framed by one of ALA’s divisions or... more

Chelcie at ALA Annual 2015

Getting my feet wet with committee service (not, alas, in the Bay) The overarching theme for my ALA 2015 was getting oriented to committee service. For the past two years, I have co-led an interest group on Preservation Metadata within the Preservation and Reformatting Section of ALCTS, which has been a great opportunity to educate... more

Chelcie at the CNI Fall 2014 Membership Meeting

Last week I attended an “executive roundtable” on supporting digital humanities sponsored by the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) during their Fall 2014 Membership Meeting in Washington, DC. Because academic library deans and university CIOs make up the majority of the crowd at CNI, the meeting offers a relative newcomer to the profession like me... more

Chelcie at the 2014 Triangle Scholarly Communication Institute

This November I was fortunate to participate in the 2014 Triangle Scholarly Communication Institute.[1] Early publicity surrounding the request for proposals encouraged prospective participants to take the following approach when putting together proposals: Put together a working group that includes not just people you regularly interact with, but also people you want to work with... more

Chelcie at ALA Annual 2014

Despite the exotic setting in Vegas, for me this summer’s ALA felt very routine in that I attended all my old standby sessions — ACRL Digital Curation Interest Group, ACRL Digital Humanities Interest Group, and programs sponsored by the ALCTS CAMMS Metadata Interest Group, among others. Digital Humanities and Academic Libraries: Practice and Theory, Power... more

Chelcie at the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship

During the two weeks preceding the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, I attended the inaugural Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL) at Loyola Marymount University in L.A. The purpose of the institute is to lower barriers for librarians to conduct research—such as unfamiliarity with the research process or research methods, lack of... more

Chelcie at CNI Spring 2014 Membership Meeting

A few weeks ago Lynn and I attended the Spring 2014 Membership Meeting of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) in St. Louis, MO. I had never attended CNI in the past, but was pleased to discover how much overlap there is with the Digital Library Federation (DLF), the community that I consider to be... more