Fall 2008 in Des Moines, Iowa

September 7, 2008 at 6:08 pm (IMLS Fellowship)

This semester I will be working with several collections at the Des Moines Public Library’s Central. Here is the tentative workflow plan for the initial planning steps and the first two collections:

Workflow

Revisions as necessary to the DMPL Digitization Guidelines
Schedule for projects

Postcards:

• Develop a project plan following the DMPL Digitization Guidelines
• Determine copyright permissions involved with digitizing and making available portions of the vintage postcard collection*
• Select a theme or other criteria for inclusion in the sample collection
• Scan postcards (front and possibly back) and save as JPEGs utilizing prescribed file naming conventions as developed in the DMPL Digitization Guidelines
• Determine metadata fields
• Update/create an Excel spreadsheet to chart out the metadata
• Populate the metadata fields, research where necessary
• Set up a Drupal site on the server using the CSS (or similar) from the main DMPL site
• Populate the Drupal pages with the following:
o Narrative section on the sample collection and the collection as a whole
o Images with metadata for _#_ postcards
o Links to significant external information (Google maps, current day photos of buildings, Drake Historic Building Project, etc.)
• Site goes live

*Initial research shows that postcards are in the public domain before 1923 as long as you have the original. So the sample will need to be taken from this year or before.  This is subject to confirmation.

Oral Histories Project:

• Develop a project plan following the DMPL Digitization Guidelines
• Determine copyright permissions involved with digitizing and making available portions of the Oral Histories Project
• Select a theme or other criteria for inclusion in the sample collection
• Migrate interviews from tapes to WAV and MP3 files and save utilizing prescribed file naming conventions as developed in the DMPL Digitization Guidelines
• Determine metadata fields
• Update/create an Excel spreadsheet to chart out the metadata
• Populate the metadata fields, research where necessary
• Set up a Drupal site on the server using the CSS (or similar) from the main DMPL site
• Populate the Drupal pages with the following:
o Narrative section on the sample collection and the collection as a whole
o Biographic information about the interviewee
o One full length interview with both PDFs of the transcript and a searchable text file (to be included in the metadata and not viewed by the user if possible-otherwise this is to be added when CONTENTdm becomes available)
o Links to significant external information (Google maps, news items or additional biographic information about the interviewee, etc.)
• Site goes live

On Monday morning I have a meeting with one of the former directors of the library who was the driving force behind the digitization efforts of the past. As I have spent this last week becoming familiar with the collections and meeting with several key players, I am excited for the upcoming meeting as I feel it will start everyone off on strong footing for the future of the project.

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