"Integrating Primary Resources into Teaching"

September 13, 1999
McLean County Museum of History
Old Courthouse, 200 N. Main Street, Bloomington, IL 61701

Featured Speakers:

Dr. Thomas Schlereth is Professor of American Studies and Professor of History at Notre Dame University. His interests include 19th-century American technology and material culture. He has taught American cultural, urban, and architectural history as well as material cultural studies at Notre Dame since 1972. He is the author of numerous books, including Artifacts and the American Past; Cultural History and Material Culture (1980, American Association for State and Local History) and Victorian America: Transformations in Everyday Life, 1876-1915 (1991, Harper Collins).

Dr. E. Duane Elbert is Professor Emeritus of History at Eastern Illinois University. He has previously been State Historian and Executive Director of the Illinois State Historical Society and Executive Editor of the Illinois Historical Journal. His publications include History from the Heart: Quilt Paths Across Illinois (1993, Rutledge Hill Press).

Prof. Frances Jacobson is the University of Illinois High School Librarian and Associate Professor of Library Administration. She has several publications including What Students Expect of the Internet (1996, NY Library Association Conference). More recently, she has been involved with the American Memory Fellows Program, Learning about Immigration Through Oral History.


8:30am Registration

Opening remarks:

Mr. Greg Koos Executive Director, McLean County Museum of History

Prof. Paula Kaufman University Librarian, UIUC

9:30am Dr. Thomas Schlereth, "The Art of the Word"
10:15am Break
10:30am Dr. E. Duane Elbert, "Yes, I understand you, I think"
11:15am Prof. Frances Jacobson, "Interpreting Material Culture in a Classroom Setting"
12:00 Panel discussion
12:30pm Break for Lunch
1:45pm-3:30pm Closed meeting for project participants

Metadata Workshop

October 25, 1999
Room 429, Grainger Engineering Library Information Center
1301 W. Springfield Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801

Mary, Gene, Pat & Trevor Metadata workshop Dr Martin Dillon demonstrating an example

Guest Speaker:

Dr. Martin Dillon is Executive Director of the OCLC Institute. From 1970 to 1985, Martin Dillon served on the faculty of the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where his research and teaching focused on topics in library automation and information retrieval. He came to OCLC as Visiting Distinguished Scholar in 1985. In 1986, he assumed the position of Director of the Office of Research, where he guided a staff of 30 in research supporting OCLC's mission of improving access to information. From June 1993 until he became executive director of the Institute in January 1997, he served as director of OCLC’s Library Resources Management Division, which is responsible for managing OCLC's Cataloging and Resource Sharing services. (Ref. OCLC)


8:30am Dr. Martin Dillon on Dublin Core
10:00am Break
10:15am Dr. Martin Dillon
12:00pm Lunch
12:45pm Hands-on work with images & artifacts
2:15pm Break
2:30pm Intellectual property issues - discussion
3:30pm Conclusion

Scanning Workshop

December 11, 1999
Grainger Engineering Library Information Center
1301 W. Springfield Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801

Gene Kay Pat



(7 mins.)

Why Scan?

Advantages and disadvantages of putting media in digital format.


(20 mins.)

How does something become digitized?

Addresses various media and ways of digitizing.

  • Audio
  • Video
  • 2D visual
  • 3D visual

Overview of how scanner works and what items are appropriate for scanning.


(25 mins.)

Digitizing with a scanner.

Introduction to Partners' particular hardware and software.

Discussion of the differences between OCR and image scanning.

Short break and questions


(45 mins.)

Hands-on scanning for OCR.

Includes discussion:

  • of editing techniques and software
  • formats for saving OCR scans
  • ways to further manipulate OCR scans
Short break and questions


(2 hrs.)

Hands-on scanning of images.

Silverfast™: Includes discussion of:

  • Color-depth
  • Resolution
  • Size of file
  • Compression types

Focus on Photoshop™

Introduction to Cornell Digitization Standards

Guest Presentation

February 11, 2000, 10:00a.m.
Grainger Engineering Library Information Center
1301 W. Springfield Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801

"OhioLINK: Industrial Strength Architecture for a Statewide Information System"

OhioLINK has built a large scale system for delivering digital information to the Ohio higher education community. This talk will explain the technical, economic, and administrative aspects of the OhioLINK program and focus on OhioLINK's Digital Media Center.

OhioLINK provides access to more than 75 research databases including many full text resources. Many citation databases are linked directly to OhioLINK's Electronic Journal Center, which provides access to more than 2000 Journal subscriptions and over 1.5 million articles.

OhioLINK's Digital Media Center provides access to digital media in all forms : images, audio, video, and other non-text data. It will house the digitized collection of OhioLINK member institutions as well as commercially available material. Current projects include delivering 40,000 high resolution art images, 50,000 Sanborn Maps of Ohio, and LandSat7 Satellite data via the web.

Guest Speaker

Mr. Charly Bauer is the Assistant Director of Library Systems - Digital Media at the Ohio Library and Information Network, (OhioLINK). Charly manages OhioLINK's Digital Media program that currently provides access to more than 40,000 high resolution digital images, and will ultimately deliver digital audio, video and other non-text data. Charly is responsible for technical and administrative aspects of this program, which includes storing and delivering media from commercial sources as well as those published by OhioLINK universities and colleges.

OhioLINK is a state-funded consortium of more than 70 higher education institutions. OhioLINK's purpose is to use the latest technology to improve the quality of information and services available to its members in support of their educational missions.

Charly earned his MLS from GSLIS in 1997. During that time he worked as a graduate assistant for the Digital Services and Development Unit.

Guest Presentation

October 11, 2000, 3:30p.m.
Room 233, Grainger Engineering Library Information Center
1301 W. Springfield Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801

"Zip Lock Storage: Approaches to Integrated Information Management"

Jim Blackaby

As educational institutions, museums have a sharper focus than universities but they must manage a diversity of information formats, sources, ranging from traditional library and archival material (books, photographs, film and video, ephemera, manuscripts, maps) to materials that are moderately familiar (objects, oral histories, educational materials) to things that we're only beginning to understand how to capture (creative processes, experiences, researcher's use of materials, and more complex data types that reflect change over time -- such as the changing lines of a ship electronically recorded).

Museums have stories to tell, and they gather as much of the material that can support their story as they can, usually without regard to its form, so a blend of materials is expected and encouraged. Libraries -- even libraries in museums -- are less driven. They collect things that can be of service to their audiences, so their information systems make their holdings accessible, and those holdings tend to be more homogenous than the museum with its assembly of objects, books, papers, oral histories, films, and expertise just itching for an audience.

This diversity -- and the implicit need to draw it together -- make museums interesting case studies in using, storing, re-using, managing simply, and distributing information resources. This talk will explore some successes, failures, approaches, and aspirations in the arena of managing information in museums, the ways that has learned from and can teach libraries, and a few related issues that rear their heads when knowledge management and delivery are attempted by an institution.

Guest Speaker

Jim Blackaby is the Director of Internet Strategies and Information Services at Mystic Seaport ("The museum of America and the sea") in Mystic,Connecticut. His previous positions include serving as the Senior Systems Developer for an integration project for the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and in a comparable position for several years at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum where he worked on the multi-media Learning Center among many other projects. Prior to joining the staff of the Holocaust, Jim worked for many years as an independent consultant, developing information systems for such museums as the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art, and the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities. He was one of the National Research Council's committee members who spent two years reviewing the Library of Congress in the recently released report: "LC21:A Digital Strategy for the Library of Congress." He teaches distance and on-site courses at The University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia.