Working with Digital Repositories

Tuesday, 8/14/2018 - Wednesday, 8/15/2018
  • 10:00 AM-6:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 9:00 AM-5:00 PM (Central)
  • 8:00 AM-4:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 7:00 AM-3:00 PM (Pacific)

Many libraries use digital repositories as solutions for preserving, managing, and sharing their digital resources. However staffing levels, workflows, and content selection and curation may vary broadly from institution to institution. In this e-forum we will discuss digital repositories broadly, giving participants an opportunity to share and learn about emerging trends, best practices, and strategies for tackling common challenges.

This e-Forum was presented on August 14-15, 2018. For a complete summary of this session, view Working with Digital Repositories: e-Forum Summary.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this e-Forum, attendees will:
  • Gain a better understanding of the repository ecosystem in the library field.
  • Learn about the metadata standards and practices used to describe digital repository content.
  • Explore staffing models for working with digital repositories.
  • Appreciate the varied types of content stored in repositories.
  • Learn about the possibilities for repository integration with discovery layers.
  • Understand the challenges of working with digital repositories.

Who Should Attend

Anyone interested in digital repository work, including developing policies, implementing workflows, and determining best practices.


Anna Neatrour is the Digital Initiatives Librarian for the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library, where she oversees descriptive metadata creation and supports digital projects involving emerging technology. Previously, she was a metadata librarian at the Marriott Library and at the Mountain West Digital Library. She received her MLIS from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Maggie Dickson is the Metadata Architect for Duke University Libraries, where she provides leadership and support for the creation and maintenance of metadata for digital projects, the Duke Digital Repository, and beyond. Prior to this position she has worked as a digital projects librarian at the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University. She received her MLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.




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