ALCTS PARS Digital Preservation Interest Group



    Posted May 27, 2016 10:58 AM

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    Florida Spotlight: Three Collaborative Digital Projects in the Sunshine State

    6/26/2016       8:30 AM         OCCC   W103A


    Preserving Community History in a Digital Age

    Oviedo, Florida History Harvest: A RICHES™, Oviedo Historical Society, EZ PhotoScan and UCF Public History Graduate Class Collaboration


    The Regional Initiative for Collecting History, Experiences, and Stories (RICHES) partnered with EZ Photo Scan and the Oviedo Historical Society to secure a digital record of the city’s transition from a farming settlement of 300 to a thriving modern community of 33,000. This collaboration resulted in a History Harvest in which nearly 3000 items were digitized and are now searchable using the RICHES Mosaic Interface™, an interactive digital collection of Central Florida history. Spearheading the initiative, UCF history graduate students taking an Introduction to Public History course put their skills to work in collaborating with community members to coordinate a very successful event.



    Desta L. Horner is a former high school teacher who served 31 years in Seminole County Public Schools. She is a graduate of the University of Florida and holds a Master’s degree from the University of Central Florida. In 2005, she retired and became a producer and reporter for Carroll McKenney Foundation for Public Media. This internet audio podcasting service provides programs on issues in Central Florida.  Desta was president of the Oviedo Historical Society during the History Harvest and currently serves on the board of the society. She was appointed to the Seminole County Historical Commission in 2016.


    Tiffany Rivera serves as the Assistant Director of Educational and Training Programs at the University of Central Florida, where she facilitates community outreach, program development and event execution for the History Department. She provides communication support for the RICHES Mosaic Interface™, the UCF Community Veterans History Project and the Public History program. Tiffany earned a Bachelor and Master of Arts degree in Mass Communication/Public Relations from Grambling State University.


    Launching a Digital Public Library of America Service Hub in Florida


    Given the broad geographic, cultural, and organizational breadth of the state of Florida, a successful Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Service Hub for the state requires careful thought and planning to ensure the foundation for success. A collaborative, distributed model for the Service Hub seems the best way to successfully connect Florida organizations and digital collections to DPLA. Katie McCormick, a member of the Florida DPLA Service Hub planning group & a DPLA Community Rep, will discuss the process for planning a collaborative, inclusive structure and give an update on the status of the statewide process.  



    Katie McCormick is the Associate Dean of Libraries for Special Collections & Archives at The Florida State University. In this capacity she manages the rare book, manuscript, and archival collections of FSU as well as cataloging and the Digital Library Center. She is a member of the Florida DPLA Service Hub Planning Group. She has served as the co-chair of the Florida Virtual Campus Digital Initiatives Subcommittee and as a member of the Florida Statewide Digital Action Plan Steering Committee. She previously served on the advisory board for North Carolina Exploring Cultural Heritage Online (NC ECHO). Her professional interests include community engagement, copyright and intellectual property, digital access, preservation, audio/visual archiving, and teaching. She holds an M.L.I.S. Simmons College, and a M.A. in English, with a focus in Irish Literature and Culture, from Boston College.


    The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC), the World’s Largest Open Access Digital Library of Caribbean Resources


    The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) is a unique, open access, collaborative, international, multi-lingual digital library for resources from and about the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean, providing access and ensuring preservation for Caribbean materials (digitized and born-digital). The dLOC Model focuses on how a community of practice can best create a digital library in terms of contents, functionality, and robust governance for inclusivity and diversity. In the dLOC Model, partner institutions agree to shared goals and processes to support joint directed action and procedural justice following a governance structure for: inclusive and distributed collection development where partners select materials, permissions-based infrastructure (partners retain all rights to materials), functional hubs, decentralized/local digitalization, collaborative activities to develop the community of practice and increase capacity through collaboration. dLOC began in 2004. In the past 12 years, dLOC has successfully faced numerous challenges—technology, language, resources, capacity—and has met and overcome them as a community. In this joint presentation, dLOC team representatives will discuss dLOC’s model for international collaborations, relationships, and partnerships with over 42 partner institutions, scholarly collaborators, and community members. Over the past 12 years, dLOC has developed through collaboration into as a socio-technical (people, policies, communities, technologies) platform supporting collaboration among partner institutions, developing and enhancing communities of practice, and building intellectual infrastructure. The dLOC Program Director and Technical Director will present on dLOC’s history, the dLOC model, and specific projects as examples of what collaborative international libraries can do.



    Miguel Asencio is the Director of Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) at Florida International University (FIU). He oversees a cooperative of more than forty partners within the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean which provides users with access to caribbean cultural, historical and research materials held in archives, libraries, and private collections which has received over 65 million views since 2006 ( ). In 2011, he proposed the creation of a collaborative digitization lab at FIU, which was supported by grants and institutional awards in excess of $1 million in funding. He has an MS in Curriculum and Instruction: Learning Technologies from Florida International University and is currently pursuing a Ph. D in Learning Technologies with an interest in digital resources and accessibility for education research using information and communications technology. Mr. Asencio is a frequent speaker on topics related to international collaborative projects, digitization of archival and research materials, digital projects, workflow management, classroom technology implementation, collaborative digital resources platforms, and digital imaging quality control assessments and standards implementations. To learn more about Mr. Asencio see his profile at: 


    Chelsea Dinsmore became the Director of Digital Production Services for the UF Libraries and Technical Director for the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) in 2014, after serving as the International Documents librarian at the University of Florida Libraries for 10 years. Since 2009, she has organized and managed a number of digital projects within the government documents community, including the creation of regional federal depository Centers of Excellence (COE) for the Panama Canal and the National Recovery Administration collections. She is currently involved in research to build more aligned communities of practice and improve the accessibility of digital collections. Ms. Dinsmore holds an MLIS from the University of Texas at Austin and an MA in History from the University of Florida.