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Partnering with Scholars Exposing a Citys Hidden Collections Charles Blair and Elisabeth Long Co-directors, Digital Library Development Center University of Chicago Library. UNCAP Uncovering New Chicago Archives Project. 3-year Mellon-funded project Partners Library Faculty - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Partnering with ScholarsExposing a Citys Hidden CollectionsCharles Blair and Elisabeth Long Co-directors, Digital Library Development Center University of Chicago LibraryUNCAP Uncovering New Chicago Archives Project3-year Mellon-funded projectPartnersLibraryFacultyGraduate StudentsLocal Archive-holding InstitutionsPrecursor project: Mellon Officers GrantUNCAP GoalsCity-wide hidden collections initiativeIdentifying and processing collections supporting African American cultural historyFaculty-Library collaborationUser-driven collections, programs, servicesProcess and preserve important research materialsTrain graduate students to process collections in their fieldCross-institutional discovery toolHidden Collections InitiativeLibraryFounding member of ARL Special Collections Task Force(2003 Working Conference at LC)More Product, Less Process (Greene and Meissner) Library-wide hidden collections initiativeEnglish Department Profs Goldsby and StewartPost-depression, pre-civil rights era African American literary and cinema historyMapping The Stacks: Mellon Officers Grant to identify primary source materials (books, films, photographs, newspapers, magazines, manuscript archives, recorded oral histories, and other ephemera) in need of processing and cataloguing.Organizational ArchitectureOrganizational Architecture 2?Related InitiativesBMRC: Black Metropolis Research ConsortiumFaculty-Library Collaboration: User-driven Collections, Programs, ServicesNot just consultation - Not just scholarshipUser involvement in Library decision-making and processingNo one size fits allProcessing level dependent onNature of collectionInstitutional context and missionNeeds of researchers using collectionFaculty as emissaries in community for collection-buildingFaculty-Library Collaboration:Training Graduate StudentsPrimary source research skillsHunting is fun, but overwhelmingDiscovering patterns and relationshipsFostering interdisciplinary investigation and conceptualizationEnglish (including Poetry and Poetics), Cinema and Media Studies, History, Art History, and MusicDiscovery for seminar and dissertation researchFaculty-Library Collaboration:Faculty BenefitsDiscover new areas of researchCurriculum developmentScholarship productionStudent recruitmentFostering collaborative research in humanistic fieldsBreaking the mold of individualistic research Science modelCross-institutional Discovery Tool One Tool For:Multiple institutions with differing needsHierarchical relationships within projectCollection survey and finding aidsMultiple formatsPersonal and institutional papersRadio transcriptsImage collectionsOral historiesSound recordingsNewspaper clippingsStock arrangementsEtc.Challenges and OpportunitiesTraining students and faculty in archival standardsEase vs. expertiseMarrying goals of faculty and libraryPolitics of inter-institutional cooperation vs. user needs800 lb. gorilla problemCollaborations with libraries in other areas undertaking similar initiativesArchitecturePartnering with ScholarsExposing a Citys Hidden CollectionsCharles Blair chas@uchicago.edu Elisabeth Long elong@uchicago.edu