Lunch & Learn: What's Your DAM? Newberry Library


Please join us for the fourth event in the Lunch and Learn series, What's Your DAM? We will have Alison Hinderliter and Jennifer Thom Dalzin, both from the Newberry Library, discuss their search for a new system. 

In 2011, the Newberry undertook its first DAMS selection process, implementing Piction the following year. Piction is hosted locally, on a server maintained by the library's Information Technology, with digital asset management workflows managed by the Digital Initiatives and Services Dept. In 2011, a primary criteria for selection was a tool that could scale to a collection size of 500,000 image files. At the end of March 2020, the Newberry's DAMS house 777,010 images, A/V, and born-digital files; the need for backend, bulk asset and metadata processing has long outgrown the system. Additionally, spurred-on by the adoption of an open access policy for all public domain material, the need for a public, as well as staff, access tool increased. The Newberry is currently in the recommendation phase for a new system with hopes of migration and implementation in 2020-2021. 

Alison Hinderliter is the Newberry's Lloyd Lewis Curator of Modern Manuscripts and Archives.  She has worked as an archivist in a multitude of Chicago institutions for nearly 30 years, starting with the Newberry in 1991, but has also pursued a wide variety of mostly grant-funded and freelance consulting projects elsewhere, at such cultural institutions as CHM, CPL, CSO, OTSFM, and MCA. Her subject specialities include music, literature, and American history.  

Jennifer Thom Dalzin is the Director of Digital Initiatives and Services. She focuses on library special collections, digital-project management, and digital strategy. Dalzin arrived at the Newberry in 2003, managing the Retrospective Conversion Project and several other large-scale cataloging projects including the Roger S. Baskes Collection; the McCormick Theological Seminary Collection; the Sister Ann Ida Gannon Initiative; and the French pamphlet project, which was funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources. 

The Newberry Library is a world-renowned independent research library that builds, preserves, and makes accessible an extensive collection of rare books, maps, music, manuscripts, and other material spanning more than six centuries. Free and open to the public since 1887, the Newberry's world famous collection is available to scholars, genealogists, and lifelong learners alike. These unique primary sources are part of a vast collection of more than 1.6 million books, 5 million manuscript pages, and 600,000 maps that the Newberry continually preserves, augments, and makes accessible in a variety of ways. Beyond the reading rooms, the Newberry provides learning opportunities for the intellectually curious through free exhibitions and public programs that include lectures, panel discussions, and theatrical and dance performances.

Date: Wednesday June 24th

Time: 1:00pm-1:45pm

This event is free and open to members only. This event is limited to 50 registrants. We will email registrants the Zoom information the morning of the event.

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