Class Descriptions 2021

What a Steward Must Do: Introspection, Engagement, and Humility as Core Values for Inclusive Digital Projects

Instructor: Steve Adams

It is imperative that cultural heritage institutions proactively address diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) issues that arise during the process of acquiring, curating, preserving, digitizing, and sharing artifacts. Knowledge workers must do the intentional introspection and self-work required to ensure that they have the cultural competencies to do this work in a way that broadens and disrupts dominant narratives. This facilitated, interactive workshop will introduce participants to three core principles (introspection, engagement, and humility) which will broaden their capacity to initiate and maintain inclusive digital projects, review and revise existing initiatives through a DEI lens, and most importantly, begin or advance their personal journey to developing an inclusive mindset.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Attendees will broaden their understanding of DEI issues in cultural heritage institutions
  • Attendees will learn and be able to apply the three core principles to DEI challenges faced by cultural heritage professionals and institutions.

“Ownership” and Rights Issues (Copyright and Beyond)

Instructor: Nancy Sims

Understanding copyright, fair use, and licensing in regard to the use of visual materials is essential to successfully managing digital projects. This session will provide an overview of copyright issues specific to the cultural heritage and visual resource fields, including fair use, other exceptions, and specific digital and web issues. It will also explore tools and vocabulary for communicating about rights issues within professional contexts and in interactions with the public, by looking at rights and reproductions guidelines, established standards, and emerging best practices. Issues of equity and diversity will be integrated throughout, but will be especially foregrounded in discussions of recent case law and controversies in the visual arts. 

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Understand copyright, fair use, and licensing in regard to cultural organizations’ use of images
  • Learn the basics of fair use in educational and cultural heritage contexts
  • Develop a vocabulary of intellectual property terminology for professional and public communications
  • Review and discuss current real-life case studies and dilemmas in the visual arts and related cultural organizations

Project Management for Digital Projects

Instructor: Laura Alagna

This session will cover the basics of project management, from budgeting and scoping, to staffing, workflow creation, and assessment. This session is designed to give participants knowledge and tools to apply to many different types of digital projects.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Practical introduction to managing digital projects, including project management tools
  • Concrete step-by-step process (budgeting, delegating, estimating project length, assessment, etc.) for planning a digital project
  • Participants will work on a hands-on activity designed to give them experience in planning a digital project


Instructor: Jesse Henderson

This session is a practical introduction to digitization. We’ll cover some basics on lingo related to digitization, organization of digital files, and capture standards. We’ll also cover how to think about equipment you’ll need, what considerations you should take in for your environment, and then jump in to thinking about workflows while also covering quality control. Lastly, you’ll come away with an understanding of the term ‘process monitoring’.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Learn digitization capture standards, process control, hardware and software, and FADGI
  • Establish a vocabulary of digitization terminology 
  • Review and discuss real-world case studies on digitization standards and practical workflow implementations

Metadata for Cultural Heritage Materials

Instructor: Greta Bahnemann

There are myriad issues associated with creating metadata for digitized content. This module will provide an overview of the variety of original, analog materials and their associated digital forms. The module will then delve into creating and managing technical, descriptive, and administrative metadata, the selection of an appropriate metadata schema, understanding crosswalks, writing metadata guidelines, and metadata cleanup work, including tools such as OpenRefine. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn how to create and manage technical, descriptive, and administrative metadata
  • Select appropriate schema and crosswalks
  • Cleanup existing metadata

Inclusive Description and Subjects for Cultural Heritage Materials

Instructor: Treshani Perera

This workshop will be grounded in the principles of critical cataloging, which can be used broadly for any description and metadata creation workflow. Attendees will be introduced to a critical framework that informs inclusive and anti-racist metadata creation; resources to consult for collections highlighting diversity and inclusion; and become familiar with equitable and accessible description strategies for digital resources.

Learning outcomes:

  • Become familiar with the fundamentals of critical cataloging, an offshoot of critical librarianship.
  • Incorporate best practices in critical cataloging for description of visual materials
  • Moving from diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) to anti-racist description.

Digital Preservation

Instructor: Molly Szymanski 

Description: How do you ensure continued access to digital content over time? This session provides an introduction to the fundamentals of digital preservation policies, strategies and actions. You will learn from the perspective of a Digital Archivist and 2018-2019 NDSR Art resident, whose work encompasses the selection, acquisition, preservation, maintenance, and delivery of digital content. You will review methods and procedures to manage and preserve digital content, and get your feet wet applying them to case studies via group work.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn fundamental digital preservation concepts and practices, including the vulnerabilities of digital files and potential threats
  • Review methods and procedures to manage and preserve digital files 

DAMs and Digital Repositories

Instructor: Dinah Handel

Description: This session will help to define and demystify concepts related to digital repositories and content stewardship such as digital asset management, digital curation, digital preservation, and more. We will learn to spot the difference between digital asset management systems, digital repositories, and digital collections software, as well as the appropriate scenarios for use. Finally, we’ll consider how to manage a repository of any size, and why service, infrastructure, and content management are foundational. This session will help bring together concepts discussed throughout SEI 2021 to demonstrate how institutions of all sizes preserve, disseminate, and provide access to digital materials.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Define and describe the functions of DAMs, repositories, and digital collections software, including similarities and differences
  • Explore popular proprietary and open source digital collection access, management, and preservation systems
  • Learn to evaluate and select DAMs, repositories, and digital collections software based on local needs
  • Understand how concepts like metadata, digitization, project management, and digital preservation are interrelated to DAMs and repositories

Digital Accessibility and Digital Equity

Instructor: Rebecca Y. Bayeck, PhD

In this session, students will learn the many ways in which accessibility in digital environments and equity intersect. In a social distancing world, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and web accessibility standards interact to inform digital practices for equitable access. Changing digital practices is no longer optional, and can no longer be delayed. This class will provide students with an understanding of the importance of accessibility, and give them the tools to include accessibility into their workflow. Drawing on the principles of Universal Design, the class will demonstrate that accessibility is also about equity.

Learning Objectives:

  • Introduction to the ADA, Rehab Act and standards for public-facing websites
  • Making accessibility a part of the workflow
  • Using Optical Character Recognition (OCR)  for accessibility 
  • Writing image descriptions for screen readers
  • Building alt-text descriptions into metadata processes

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