Building Successful Digital Programs at Small Institutions

a 2017 ALCTS Preconference

Friday, June 23, 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.  |  event code: ALC3  |  Register Add to Conference Scheduler

Have you wanted to create a digital collection at your institution, but believe you lack the resources and know-how? This preconference is designed to help smaller institutions with limited resources begin or reinvigorate a digitization program that will endure. Four presentations will focus on each step in the digital lifecycle, including selection, metadata creation, access, and digital preservation. By the end of the day, you will have the tools to jumpstart your institution's digital initiatives.


At the end of this preconference, participants will have a greater understanding of all of the elements required to maintain local digital collections.

Target Audience

Smaller institutions that do not have individualized areas of expertise available to help them maintain a local digital collections program. 



Preconference Schedule

8:00 am – 8:30 am

Registration and Breakfast

8:30 am – 8:45 am

  Welcome and Introduction

8:45 am – 10:00 am

Presentation 1: Selecting Items for Digitization

Danielle SpalenkaDanielle Spalenka, Preservation Specialist, Northeast Document Conservation Center

10:00 am – 10:15 am


10:15 am – 11:30 am

Presentation 2: Creating Item-level Metadata

Peggy GriesingerPeggy Griesinger, Metadata and Cataloging Librarian, George Mason University

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Presentation 3: Best Methods for Access

Madeline SheldonMadeline Sheldon, Member Representative, Digital Technology Services, LYRASIS

2:15 pm – 2:30 pm


  2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

Presentation 4: Preserving Your Content 

Jaime SchumacherJaime Schumacher, Senior Director, Digital Collections & Scholarship, Founders Memorial Library, Northern Illinois University

  3:45 pm – 4:00 pm




Register through the ALA Annual Conference web site. Add this preconference to your conference registration or register for this preconference alone. 

The price of this full-day preconference is:

  • $219 for ALCTS members 
  • $269 for ALA members
  • $319 for nonmembers

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