Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Registration now open for Fall meetings at METRO

The revamped Digitization SIG at METRO now not only focuses on the sharing of information and strategies related to the many aspects of implementing digitization projects but also what can be done with these projects once they have been created. Next-generation library tools take advantage of Web 2.0 technologies and can enhance the use of digitized materials. Group membership includes any librarians and library workers who are interested in digitization initiatives or managers of digitized projects who want to keep up with current technological trends and how it can enhance access to their projects. All members of varying levels of technological expertise and comfort levels are welcome. Be sure to visit our new site at !

Fall 2010 Meetings:

Registration Open * Digitization SIG meeting: Basic Imaging for DIY Digitization Projects

Date: Thursday, Oct 7th, 2010

Time: 10am-12pm

Location: Metropolitan New York Library Council, 57 East 11th Street, 4th floor, New York, NY 10003-4605

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During this session led by Ken Allen, we will learn about the advantages, limitations, ideal applications, and benefits of a small digital imaging project and about the process of digitization.

Speaker: Ken Allen, Managing Partner of Ken Allen Studios (NYC) & Ken Allen Digital (Alexandria, VA)

Ken Allen has been working in the field of photography for over 20 years. Before launching Ken Allen Studios in Brooklyn, New York, and Ken Allen Digital in Alexandria, Virginia, Ken provided digital imaging and digital asset management solutions to publishers, museums, and not-for-profit organizations, handling large collections of digital assets. With his experience working with film, vintage and contemporary photographs, and digital photographic technology, Ken is committed to working with institutions to improve the management of photographic collections and the implementation of digital archives.

Registration Open * Metadata vs. Cataloging: How is this different from cataloging?

Date: Thursday, Nov 11th, 2010

Time: 10am-12pm

Location: Metropolitan New York Library Council, 57 East 11th Street, 4th floor, New York, NY 10003-4605

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Join us for a roundtable panel where we will be discussing the similarities/differences between metadata librarians and traditional catalogers. Topics of discussion will include: metadata job functions-do they vary from institution to institution?; metadata as opposed to cataloging; can good catalogers be just as efficient metadata creators? (are these skills transferable?).

Panelists: Corey Harper, Metadata Librarian, NYU; Melanie Wacker, Metadata Coordinator, Columbia; and Mark Sandford, Special Formats Cataloger, William Paterson University Library (NJ)

If you have topic suggestions or are interested in presenting at future meetings please contact Michael Handis at or Cynthia Tobar at