The joint Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference (#UMDCC20) and the Minnesota Digital Library Annual Meeting (#mndiglib2020) was held virtually November 5-6, 2020. Our two conferences share the same goals of providing an opportunity to connect with colleagues, share projects, and learn from each other, with the added benefit of cross-pollination between two different groups with many affinities.
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Thursday, November 5 • 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Increasing Digital Presence in the Time of COVID

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During our state’s stay at home order, our institution closed to the public for over 3 months. Over the course of a few weeks, our archives, which is a department of our public library, needed to quickly pivot to provide virtual resources when the vast majority of our users come for onsite visits. Existing initiatives and resources such as the Archive-It Community Webs web archiving grant and our Flickr Pro subscription gave us a good starting point. We also used the remote work opportunity to build up and polish the work that graduate student volunteers had put into developing an Omeka digital exhibit site by repurposing existing physical exhibit research. We are now in a great place to use these virtual resources in conjunction with or in place of our in-person services. This session will highlight our digital initiatives and talk through trouble shooting and workflow.

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Donica Martin

Director of Archives, The Urbana Free Library
Hi! I'm Donica Martin, Director of Archives at The Urbana Free Library in Urbana, Illinois. I have an MA in English Literature from Eastern Illinois University and an MLS from the University of Kentucky with a focus in Archives Administration. My areas of interest include strategic... Read More →

Thursday November 5, 2020 2:30pm - 3:15pm CST
Dahlia Room