Class Descriptions

Class Descriptions for SEI 2019 Coming Soon!
Descriptions below are for SEI 2018.

Tuesday, June 5

Richard W. Clement, Dean of University of New Mexico Libraries & Nicole Finzer, Senior Co-Chair of SEI
9:00 – 9:15
Presenter: Dr. Veronica E. Verlade Tiller, Advisory Member and Community Liaison for the Indigenous Digital Archive
9:15 – 10:15

Launched on Indigenous Peoples Day 2017, the Indigenous Digital Archive (IDA) establishes free online access for federal records that have never before been available in New Mexico — documents such as government records of the early government Indian boarding schools and Native rights to land and water, which have an immediate and direct relation to Native individual and community histories. To deliver effective access to mass digitized historic archival material, the IDA toolkit provides a set of tools that work with each other, the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF), and the Open Annotation standard to improve access through computer generated tags (through OCR and Natural Language Processing) and community sourced tags and annotations. The Indigenous Digital Archive is a project of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and Museum of New Mexico Foundation, in collaboration with the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and the State Library Tribal Libraries Program. The Indigenous Digital Archive is funded by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the New Mexico Historical Records Advisory Board, and the Knight Foundation.

Intellectual Property Module (Part I)
Instructor: Nancy Sims
10:15 – 11:15

Understanding copyright, fair use, and licensing in regard to the educational use of images is essential to successful visual resource practice. This session will cover Fair Use, case law that may impact the use of images for education, specific digital and web issues, and a vocabulary for professional use.

Intellectual Property Module (Part II)
Instructor: Nancy Sims
11:30 – 12:30

Delve deeper into copyright issues specific to the cultural heritage and visual resource fields by looking at rights and reproductions guidelines, established standards, and emerging best practices.

Let’s Get Practical: Intellectual Property, Activities
Instructor: Nancy Sims
1:30 – 2:15

Real-world examples of copyright and intellectual property rights challenges will be examined to engage participants in active learning. Through discussions of real-life dilemmas, students will learn how to approach and solve problems as they interact with their peers through debate, presentations, and ad hoc role plays. The instructor will provide case studies for discussion. Participants are also asked to provide questions in advance to discuss with the group and the expert.

Workflow, Digitization Standards & Process Monitoring
Instructor: Jesse Henderson
2:30 – 4:30

Ready to go beyond digitization basics and jump into capture standards, process control, and FADGI? This session will cover how to evaluate the quality of your digitization and how you can implement industry standards in your shop. We’ll discuss workflow, labor, and determining the cost of digitizing projects. You’ll establish a foundational vocabulary and get grounded in new practices or refresh your current knowledge.

Let’s Get Practical: Digitization, Activities
Instructor: Jesse Henderson
4:45 – 5:30

Still have questions regarding digitization standards, process control, hardware and software, or practical workflow implementations for your own situation? No worries! This session will focus on case studies to provide real-world understanding of the material. Ample time will be allotted for your questions as well.

Wednesday, June 6

Metadata for Cultural Heritage Materials
Instructor: Greta Bahnemann
9:00 – 10:30

Addressing the variety of original materials and associated multimedia digital forms, this session will delve into creating and managing technical, descriptive and administrative metadata, selection of appropriate schema, crosswalks, and metadata cleanup.

Metadata for Cultural Heritage Materials + Embedded Metadata
Instructor: Greta Bahnemann
10:45 – 12:15

A continued discussion of metadata will also include an introduction to embedding metadata into digital image files, the tools used for reading and writing it, and how metadata can be used effectively for data acquisition, in workflow management, and to support the exchange of information through delivery of image assets complete with embedded content.

Let’s Get Practical: Metadata, Activities
Instructor: Greta Bahnemann
1:30 – 2:15

This session will provide an overview of recent metadata related projects that Greta and other SEI faculty have worked on. Greta will discuss her recent work with geospatial metadata, Minnesota Digital Library’s Primary Source Sets, and her recent work in conducting a gap analysis of the Minnesota Digital Library collections. Other SEI faculty will discuss projects they have worked on. These case studies will provide students with some practical examples of digital collection work and demonstrate how digital collections are evolving and changing resources.

Digital Preservation 101
Instructor: Kevin Comerford
2:30 – 4:30

This session will provide an introduction to fundamental Digital Preservation concepts and practices. We will first discuss the vulnerabilities of digital files and the myriad threats that can damage them. Next we’ll review methods and procedures that can be easily implemented to help manage digital files and make preservation activities more straightforward.

Let’s Get Practical: Digital Preservation, Activities
Instructor: Kevin Comerford
4:45 – 5:30

This session will begin by offering a review of useful software tools that can be applied to Digital Preservation. This will be followed by a set of hands-on demonstrations and exercises that will provide session attendees actual experience processing files and preparing them for preservation.

Thursday, June 7

Digital Stewardship 101
Instructor: Kate Thornhill
9:00 – 10:15

Digital Stewardship is the happy amalgamation of digital preservation and curation. So how does it work? This session is an introduction to digital object lifecycle management (e.g. submission, archiving, and dissemination) and covers foundations and fundamental concepts, vocabularies, community standards, and practices supporting born-digital and digitized digital image objects. At a high-level, with emphasis on long-term access and preservation, we will explore the different elements and aspects for how born-digital and digitized images are managed from the point of creation to their reuse.

Digital Assets Management & Digital Repositories: User-Focused Access & Preservation Services
Instructor: Kate Thornhill
10:30 – 12:30

What system should I pick to manage my institution’s digital image collections? What system should I use to give public or closed access to users? How will it ensure digital preservation? Shouldn’t it be in the cloud? Can’t one system do it all? A lot of the time these are some of the first questions asked when spinning up digital library systems. But, should technology be our only first thoughts? This session will focus on how to make user-focused access and preservation decisions about the types of systems and services we offer as part of digital library programming. With the goal of ensuring digital asset long-term access and usability, you will learn how to think about making strategic decisions about stewarding long-term access through an organizational policies, resources, technologies, and stakeholder use case assessment framework. Together, we will explore and cover popular proprietary and open source digital assets access, management, and preservation systems (e.g. ContentDM, Samvera/Hyku, Bepress, SharedShelf, Omeka, Preservica, and Archivematica), and discuss how these systems, functionalities, and the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) fit within user access needs, workflows, cultural heritage funding and staffing models, and cover examples of present day professional and paraprofessional job descriptions.

Let’s Get Practical: Problem Solving Digital Library Sustainability
Instructor: Kate Thornhill
1:30 – 2:15

This 45 minute session provides student breakout groups with realistic digital library service problems focused around meeting digital library user goals. Students will be given organizational scenarios with specific staff models, job roles, technology funding, and institutional policies to determine what digital system(s) are appropriate solutions. After problem-solving sustainable solutions and approaches, student groups will present their decision making and rationale to the class.

Project Design 101
Instructor: Justin Schell
2:30 – 4:30

Without a well-structured and flexible design, digital projects have a much smaller chance of success, or if they do succeed, it’ll take much longer to achieve. Working with a variety of strategies and materials, students will learn how to think about designing and managing digital projects (including sources, metadata, analysis tools, platforms, funding, and more), setting themselves and their projects up for success. Students should come prepared to design and discuss an early-stage project, as well as questions and challenges from previous projects you’ve worked on.

Let’s Get Practical: Reverse Engineering Digital Projects
Instructor: Justin Schell
4:45 – 5:30

Have you been eyeing an existing digital project, wanting to do something similar with your own collections? Come ready with examples to ask, “How did they make this?”* Are you looking at projects based on open source products or in-house programming? Can you re-use elements of an existing project? How do you get your metadata ready for such a digital project? What kind of team was in place for a model project you’ve read about? Where did funding come from? Answers to all of these kinds of questions can be found with some examination and detective work and help you understand how to get started on your own digital projects.

*This is in homage to DH professor Miriam Posner and her popular blog series, “How did they make that?”

Friday, June 8

Demystifying Digital Humanities
Instructor: Mary Wise
9:00 – 11:00

What is Digital Humanities? One scholar attempting to answer compiled a database of over eight hundred distinct answers to this question from 2009 to 2014. In this session, we will critically engage with the major debates in the field in an attempt to better understand what scholastic investment in digital methods and projects makes possible. Session participants will review contemporary scholarship to better understand the origins of the major methods in DH. Session participants will collaboratively work on developing a vocabulary to enhance communication between collaborators on digital projects.

Capstone Session: Bringing the entire week together!
Instructor: Stephanie Beene
11:15 – 12:15

This capstone session will round out the week with a look at how to keep one eye on the “big picture” of your long-term career goals—being prepared for scope drift and ever-shifting responsibilities, learning to tailor your resume to positions that may at first seem quite different from what you’ve done before, and paying attention to developments in the field while still doing your “day job.”