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Friday, October 25 • 10:30am - 11:30am
Panel: Access

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Levels and Practices of Born-Digital Access: Reports from the DLF Born-Digital Access Group
Providing access to born-digital archival content presents a number of practical challenges, ranging from institution-specific workflows, to access and use policies, to a lack of clarity around researchers’ needs and desires. Compounding these challenges is a lack of community best practices or recommendations, all of which leads to a fractured landscape with respect to born-digital access in special collections libraries. Growing out of in- and semi-formal discussions of practitioners, the DLF Born-Digital Access Group has convened since late 2017 to develop two projects. The first project, which took inspiration from NDSA's Levels of Digital Preservation, is the creation of a set of tiered guidelines that provide benchmarks for levels of access to born-digital material. The second project is the design of a survey for users of born-digital archives to determine what works for them, what does not, and what an ideal access environment might look like. During this presentation, team members from the Levels of Access project will discuss the product of their work, share a one-page summary, and share a report detailing actions that organizations can take. Team members involved in the creation of the access practices survey will present on their work to gather information from users of born-digital archives, including instrument design, methodology and preliminary findings from the survey. Both groups will discuss planned future activities, including public release strategies for the products and feedback and sustainability mechanisms. The presentation will conclude with a discussion with the audience about their institutions' born-digital access practices.
Brian Dietz, NCSU Libraries
Kelly Bolding, Princeton University Library
Shira Peltzman, UCLA Library
Alison Clemens, Yale University
Matthew Farrell, Duke University

Implementing Accessibility for Born-Digital Archival Materials
In 2019, UCLA Library Special Collections embarked on a graduate student-led project to improve our access strategy for born-digital collections with a particular focus on increasing the likelihood that people with disabilities will be able to use this material for research. This presentation will share the results of our efforts to provide more inclusive access to our collections.
Cheryl Cordingley, UCLA
Shira Peltzman, UCLA Library

Establishing a Virtual Reading Room Service: Collaboration, Challenges, and Possibilities
Virtual Reading Rooms (VRRs) hold a promise to provide remote yet mediated access to born-digital and digitized collections, making collections more accessible to researchers who lack funding for long research trips, and reducing the environmental impact of air travel. However, this promise is constrained by practical and philosophical challenges. How to provide access to born-digital collections that may be large in scale, or in diverse formats? What about collections with copyright or privacy issues? How can you manage expectations, and keep technical, policy, and ethical considerations in mind, while still providing access to born-digital and digitized materials?
Heather Smedberg, UC San Diego
Tori Maches, UC San Diego

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Alison Clemens

Assistant Head of Arrangement and Description, Manuscripts & Archives, Yale University
Alison Clemens is Assistant Head of Arrangement and Description at Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University, where she oversees arrangement and description of archival material; teaches instruction sessions on accessing and interpreting collection material; and provides patron support.She... Read More →
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Shira Peltzman

Digital Archivist, UCLA Library
Shira is the Digital Archivist for UCLA Library Special Collections where she leads the development of a preservation program for born-digital archival material.
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Brian Dietz

NC State University
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Kelly Bolding

Project Archivist, Princeton University Library
Kelly Bolding is the Project Archivist for Americana Manuscript Collections at Princeton University Library, where she works with 18th and 19th century American history collections, as well as on developing workflows for processing born-digital and audiovisual materials. She is a... Read More →
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Matthew Farrell

Duke University

Heather Smedberg

Reference & Instruction Coordinator, Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego Library
Heather Smedberg is the Reference & Instruction Coordinator, Special Collections & Archives at the UC San Diego Library. She holds a BS in history and secondary education from Butler University and an MLS from Indiana University. Her current interests include primary source pedagogy... Read More →
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Cheryl Cordingley

Digital Archivist, Core Management Co.

Tori Maches

Digital Archivist, UC San Diego

Friday October 25, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am EDT
Yale Center for British Art 1080 Chapel St, New Haven, CT 06510