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Seminar A
Digital Initiatives and the Impact on Cataloging Departments

Many of our libraries are engaged in digitizing unique and rare materials from within our specialized collections. There are numerous benefits for scholarship and preservation resulting from such digitization efforts. The success of such projects relies greatly on the descriptive metadata accompanying digital projects. This session will explore many of the issues involved in such projects from the perspective of standards, cataloging, and workflow for cataloging departments.

The seminar will feature presentations by Genie Guerard (UCLA) and Rebekah Irwin (Yale University). Each will speak from the perspective of their own institutions, providing case studies which represent two approaches to digital production that have resulted in different ways of addressing cataloging issues - that of a large institutional project based model, and that of a specialized collection driven by patron needs. The speakers plan to present examples of their digital efforts and discuss the choices they have made in hopes of stimulating a conversation with attendants of the seminar.

Moderator: Ann Copeland, Bibliographic Standards Committee Member, Penn State.
Genie Guerard, Manuscripts Librarian, UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections; Rebekah Irwin, Catalog Librarian for Digital Projects, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

Seminar B
Virtual St. Louis: A Digital Urban Archives

This seminar examines a project based at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, History Department. The St. Louis Regional History Project utilizes interactive web technologies to explore the history of the City of St. Louis and the St. Louis region drawing content from area special collections.

Moderator: John Hoover, St. Louis Mercantile Library, University of Missouri, St. Louis.
Speakers: Louis Gerteis, Professor of History, University of Missouri, St. Louis; Andrew Hurley, Professor of History, University of Missouri, St. Louis; Dave van Bakergem, Senior Research Fellow, University of Missouri, St. Louis; Laura Westhoff , Professor of History and Education, University of Missouri, St. Louis.

Seminar C
Redefining Rare, or, What's So Special About That Collection

This seminar will explore the implications of collecting popular culture and other "unusual" collections, as well as examining their impact as educational tools. The speakers will discuss issues of collection development, institutional support, outreach, cataloging and arrangement/description. The speakers will describe their personal experiences working with collections on the history of surfing, penny dreadfuls and inspirational series literature (i.e. the Horatio Alger stories), cookbooks, and zines.

Moderator: Cristina Favretto, San Diego State University.
Presenters: Lynn Thomas, Northern Illinois University; Jenna Freedman, Barnard College Library; Roger Adams, Kansas State University; Ruth Hughes, Chief Cataloger, Library Company of Philadelphia .

Seminar D
Current trends in Fellowships

This seminar explores the current trends in fellowship programs at a variety of rare books and special collections libraries: how are fellowships supported, who is the audience, how do institutions build a research community, and what is expected of recipients.

Moderator: E.C. Schroeder, Yale.
Presenters: Margaret Powell, Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University; Hjordis Halvorsson, Newberry Library; Gregg Ames, St. Louis Mercantile Library, University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Seminar E
Preservation Education for Special Collections Librarians

Special collections librarians frequently assume preservation responsibilities for which their education has not prepared them. Presenters will discuss a range of options for special collections librarians to broaden their understanding of preservation, from on-the-job experience, to a structured part-time program, to programs that build skills for the care of audio-visual materials.

Moderator: Barbara Paulson, National Endowment for the Humanities.
Presenters: Mona Jimenez, New York University; Jennifer F.Paustenbaugh, Oklahoma State University; Jennifer Hain Teper, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Seminar F
Contemporary Issues and Initiatives Pertaining to Access in Special Collections

Moderator: Arvid Nelsen, University of California, San Diego.
Presenters: Susan Allen, Getty; Beth Russell, Ohio State University; Ellen Cordes, Yale University.

This seminar seeks to examine current attitudes regarding access to special collections materials and the initiatives libraries have made, if any, to expand access including is there a problem with access in special collections, are special collections librarians able to agree among themselves on what constitutes acceptable levels of access, when do the concerns of preservation prevail over those of access, have technological solutions met our need to provide access.

Seminar G
Going Over to the Dark Side: Librarianship and the Book Trade

This seminar is a conversational panel of luminaries who have worked on both sides of rare book curating and selling. Topics will include training for both professions, lessons learned, cross-over skills and knowledge, ethics, collegial relationships, competitions and jealousies, mutual interests, and collaborative relationships.

Moderators: Jennifer Schaffner, UCLA; Cynthis Davis Buffington, Philadelphia Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Presenters: Jessy Randall, Colorado College; Andy Armacost, Duke; Jesse Rossa, University of Delaware; David Whitesell, Houghton Library, Harvard University; David Brafman, Getty.

Seminar H
Describing Archives: A Content Standard, or What do EAD, MARC, APPM, ISAD (G), EAC, and ISAAR (CPF) all have in Common?

Moderator: Mary Lacy.
Presenters: Kris Kiesling, University of Texas, Austin; Michael Fox, Minnesota Historical Society.

Seminar I
Digitizing Cultural Heritage: Academic Special Collections in Partnership with Native American Communities.

This seminar will explore partnerships between Academic Special Collections and Native American peoples, examining in particular how digital technology can reintroduce cultural heritage materials into communities, how these materials can impact cultural revitalization efforts in ways that may be unexpected by librarians and archivists, and how such "virtual repatriation" serves general scholarship. The seminar will examine the idea of "the record" from a North American indigenous perspective; chronicle the history of national and international cooperative efforts between institutions and Native peoples; and envision the landscape of possibilities afforded by future endeavors.

Moderator: Kathleen Burns, Yale.
Presenters: Anne Bingham, Community Museum Project, Washington Statewide Virtual Reference project; Kari R. Smith, Cornell University; Kate Cleland-Sipfle, Southern Oregon University.

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