Monday, September 26, 2011

Free conference - Connecticut Forum on Digital Initiatives

Connecticut State Library presents
the Connecticut Forum on Digital Initiatives

October 28, 2011
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
at Connecticut State Library, Memorial Hall

231 Capitol Avenue

Hartford, Connecticut

The Connecticut Forum on Digital Initiatives will bring together academic and
research libraries, museums and cultural institutions from around the state to
talk about the digital projects happening in our historic state. It’s a
chance for institutions to bring their projects and ideas to the table and
learn from each other about how to improve and enhance them. The theme of this
forum is collaboration, and how in the face of ever tightening budgets,
Connecticut institutions and organizations can work together to create better
digital projects for the people of Connecticut.

Speakers from institutions including Yale University and the Hartford History
Center will cover issues just as diverse. Topics will cover the digital
lifecycle of a project, from digitization to preservation as well as platforms,
like Omeka and Historypin. Several successful collaborative projects underway
in Connecticut will be highlighted.

The forum will broaden participant’s skills and perspectives on digital
initiatives, and encourage participants to form new collaborative partnerships.
This may be a simple collaborative collection, or a complex grant partnership.
In order to facilitate this, we hope to create a project repository where
institutions can list their digital projects. Take this opportunity to meet
people institutions next door and help create a community that will move
Connecticut forward.

Presenters scheduled:

Paul Baran, Assistant State Archivist, Connecticut State Archives

Michael Bennett, Digital Projects Librarian & Institutional Repository
Coordinator, University of Connecticut

Jack Dougherty, Associate Professor of Educational Studies, Trinity University

Chris Edwards, Digital Studio Production Manager, Beinecke Rare Books and
Manuscripts Library

John ffrench, Director, Visual Resources Department, Yale Art Gallery

Kathleen Foulke, Project Director, Connecticut History Online

Michael Howser, Undergraduate Education and GIS Librarian, Homer Babbidge
Library, University of Connecticut

Gail Hurley, Statewide Library Catalog Coordinator, Connecticut State Library

Brenda Miller, Curator, Hartford History Center

Leah Prescott, Digital Projects Coordinator, Getty Research Institute

Tom Scheinfeldt, Managing Director, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New

Nick Stanhope, CEO, We Are What We Do/Historypin

Kendall Wiggin, State Librarian, Connecticut State Library

A special thank you to the Connecticut Humanities Council for sponsoring Nick
Stanhope, CEO, We Are What We Do/Historypin.

Who Should Attend:

This is not an introduction to digitization. It is strongly recommended that
attendees currently be involved in some form of digital project or initiative.

Attendees must be Connecticut based institutions.

There is no fee for registration.

To register access the Connecticut Continuing Education Calendar of Events @

For more information please contact:
Christine Pittsley
Digital Collections Technician
Connecticut State Library
231 Capitol Ave.
Hartford Ct. 06106
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