Web Seminar on Strategies to Sustain Digitized Special Collections:
Key Lessons from the Ithaka S+R/ARL report “Searching for Sustainability: Strategies from Eight Digitized Special Collections”

Museums and libraries are taking advantage of new technologies to move rare and unique collections online. What most institutions learn quickly, though, is that digitization is often the easiest part. Grant funding rarely covers ongoing operations, and the larger challenge is to make sure digitized collections remain accessible and relevant over time.

ARL and Ithaka S+R are offering a free web seminar that will bring together leaders of seven of the eight cases profiled in the recently published study funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Searching for Sustainability: Strategies from Eight Digitized Special Collections, to share lessons from their own experience in developing and supporting their digital resources. In this interactive session, project leaders and team members will discuss the strategies they have employed to build the audience, infrastructure, and funding models necessary to maintain and grow their digital collections for the long term.


Judy Ruttenberg, Program Director for Transforming Research Libraries, ARL
Nancy Maron, Program Director, Sustainability and Scholarly Communications, Ithaka S+R


American Antiquarian Society: Ellen S. Dunlap, President
Biodiversity Heritage Library: Carolyn Sheffield, Program Manager
Florida Folklife Collection: Jonathan Grandage, Archives Historian, and Katrina Harkness, Education Officer
Grateful Dead Archive Online: Robin L. Chandler, Associate University Librarian, University of California, Santa Cruz
Home Economics Archive: Research, Tradition, and History: Joy Paulson, Director of TEEAL Project and International Programs Librarian, Albert R. Mann Library, Cornell University
Maine Memory Network: Kathy Bolduc Amoroso, Director of Digital Projects, Maine Historical Society
Quakers & Slavery: John Anderies, Head of Special Collections, Haverford College
Vanderbilt Television News Archive: Joseph D. Combs, Associate Dean, Vanderbilt University Library

Friday, January 31, 2014 -12pm-1:15pm — Registration is now open.