Join LILRC with guest speaker Jason Casden to learn more about North Carolina State University’s My #HuntLibrary project, which recently won the 2014 ALA OITP/LITA “Cutting-edge Technology in Library Services” award.
Preserving Community Voices with Social Media
Friday, August 1, 2014
Farmingdale Public Library
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
In January 2013, the NCSU Libraries opened the James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University. Filled with cutting-edge technology and inspiring spaces, the Hunt Library aspires to serve as a model of the library of the future. Telling the story of the new library was crowdsourced through My #HuntLibrary, a Ruby on Rails Instagram-based photo project that is both a user engagement and a digital preservation effort. Photographs tagged #HuntLibrary are included in a collection that is displayed in multiple interactive views, ranging in size from a mobile interface to a twenty-foot-wide, curved video wall by making extensive use of responsive web design techniques. The entire collection of (over 3,000 and growing) digital images will be preserved in the institutional digital archives.
This workshop will introduce the use of social media archives as a method for both engaging users and building more representative collections. The anticipated research value of social media is that, by diversifying the points of view of archival creators and channels of organizational communication, archival researchers and other users gain a fuller understanding of events, places, and organizations represented in the archives. While this is still a fairly new area, the presenter will use his experience with lentil as well as other tools and services as a starting point for a discussion of the archival potential of social media.
Presenter: Jason Casden, Lead Librarian for the Digital Services Development, North Carolina State University Libraries.