Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Residency Provides Range of Experiences in Digital Librarianship

Digitizing the Muncie Historic Souvenir Booklets Collection, now available through the Digital Media Repository, was the first project developed by Katherine Givens at the Ball State University Libraries. Katherine is a resident from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis’ School of Library and Information Science.

Katherine is working with DMR staff as part of a Career Transitions Executive Leadership Program (CTELP) . Designed for students entering the field of library science from other disciplines, CTELP provides MLS students with the opportunity to work on-site with mentors and take part in organizational decision-making.

In addition to completing the Muncie Historic Souvenir Booklets collection, Katherine has worked with a variety of scanners and conversion techniques that transform books, objects, and images into useful digital files that students and scholars can access anywhere at any time. Working with the DMR has allowed her to gain experience using CONTENTdm, one of the most widely used and respected digital repository software programs. Participating in meetings with library professionals brings insight into the decision-making process.

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