By Melde Rutledge

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October 2019 Conferences: Smithsonian & NCLA

For the month of October, I attended two conferences: the Smithsonian Digitization Conference and the NCLA Conference. 2019 Smithsonian Digitization Conference This event was held earlier in the month from October 1-3 in Washington, DC. The conference theme was “Engagement”. This reflected the Smithsonian’s new five-year strategic plan (Smithsonian 2022: Greater Reach, Greater Relevance, Profound... more

ACRL 2019 in Cleveland

From April 10-13, I attended the ACRL 2019 Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. This was my first time attending the conference and visiting Cleveland. Back in December, I was awarded one of ACRL’s Mid-Career Scholarships to attend the biennial event. This covered registration and hotel costs. For travel, I had the pleasure of carpooling with Mary-Beth,... more

2018 NCLA Leadership Institute in Black Mountain

Earlier this month I attended the NCLA Leadership Institute in Black Mountain, NC, from November 7-10. I applied to participate, and was selected by the planning committee back in May. The four-day program included a total of 24 library professionals from across the state who were chosen for the 2018 cohort. The 2018 cohort primarily... more

DLF Forum 2018 in Las Vegas

From October 15-17, the Digital Library Federation held its annual forum: DLF Forum 2018. This was my second time attending the event, which is regarded as the premier meeting place for digital library, archives, and museum practitioners. Although advertised as being held in Las Vegas, this year’s forum actually took place at the M Resort... more

Five Days and Three Events in Pittsburgh

At the end of October, I attended three events in Pittsburgh: the DLF Liberal Arts Colleges Pre-Conference, DLF Forum, and Digital Preservation 2017. DLF Liberal Arts Colleges Pre-Conference From October 22-25 I attended the DLF Liberal Arts Colleges Pre-Conference, and the DLF Forum. Leading up to these events, I was a member of the planning... more

Digital Stewards Assemble in DC

Last week I traveled to Washington, DC, to attend the National Digital Stewardship Residency Symposium at the Library of Congress on April 27-28. The two-day event featured discussions from current and emerging leaders of digital preservation, and attracted over 100 audience members. I was awarded a travel grant from NDSR back in January to attend... more

Digital Directions in Denver

Late last month I attended the Digital Directions Conference in Denver, Colorado, from September 26-28. This is an annual conference that attracts professionals in the field of digitization and digital preservation. The conference caters more-so to organizations that are in the developing stages of their digitization operations. But there was also some in-depth content for... more

Digital Production at Chapel Hill and Duke: Chelcie and Melde Visit Labs

Shortly following my arrival to ZSR this past December, one of the goals discussed between Chelcie Rowell and I were to visit digital production labs at nearby universities over the summer. The goal was to witness how other well known institutions operated their digital production labs. This came to fruition on July 21 as we... more

Maintaining the Vision: Managing Digitization Projects

Although successful digitization projects are developed collaboratively, Leigh Grinstead says that the project manager is the main person responsible for maintaining the vision of the project. This was my key takeaway after last week’s webinar, “Project Management and Workflow for Digitization Projects.” “It’s that project manager that holds on to the vision, and uses it... more

By Far, A Cool Digital Imaging Webinar

I had the opportunity to participate in a LYRASIS webinar last week entitled “Picture This: Introduction to Digital Imaging.” The program consisted of two sessions over the course of two days (February 9 & 10), which covered key best practices of digital imaging. This was a great opportunity to expand my overall knowledge of digitization.... more