Digital Directions 2017

Last week, the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) hosted its annual Digital Directions conference in Seattle, WA. The conference focuses on the creation and management of digital collections, and as one of my goals during my time as a Resident at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHMLAC) is to create a project plan for digitizing materials, this seemed like a great place to get a foundation in the process. It also so happened that Seattle would experience the solar eclipse with 92% totality, which was an added bonus!

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Digital Directions attendees ready for eclipse-viewing! Photo by the NEDCC via Twitter.

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Workshop Roundup

In the past month, I’ve been able to participate in several workshops relevant to my project and to BHL in general. On February 15th I attended a training session on the Expanding Access to Biodiversity Literature (EABL) project presented by Mariah Lewis of the New York Botanical Garden. The workshop was held at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, one of BHL’s newest affiliates.

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Arboretum grounds

Mariah gave an overview of the EABL project and of BHL’s collection development policy, digitization overview, and copyrights and permissions workflows. This was a great refresher from the BHL Bootcamp at the Smithsonian Libraries, and it was good to confirm that I have a solid grasp on how BHL works. Continue reading