SLIS Colloquium: Collections and Data and Use: The New Scale of Digital Preservation

Photograph of Leslie Johnston, Chief, Repository Development, Library of Congress

Leslie Johnston, Chief, Repository Development, Library of Congress

A Colloquium with Leslie Johnston, Chief, Repository Development, Library of Congress

Where: Hannan 106 – NEW LOCATION

When: Thursday, October 18, 6:00 p.m.

What is the biggest insight that we have learned in fifteen years of building and stewarding digital collections?  That we can never guess every way that our collections will be used.  More and more researchers want to use collections as a whole, mining and organizing the information in novel ways.  Researchers increasingly use algorithms to mine the rich information and tools to create pictures that translate that information into knowledge.  Datasets are not just scientific and business tables and spreadsheets:  our collections are now considered data.  This presentation will cover case studies around large data collections, and discuss potential new preservation and access service models for libraries.

Leslie Johnston has over twenty years experience in digitization and digital conversion. As Chief of Repository Development at the Library of Congress, she manages technical architecture initiatives in the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program. Previously, she served as the head of access services at the University of Virginia Library. Her experience includes instructional technology and library information systems work at the Harvard Design School, Stanford University; and the Getty Research Institute. She has also been active in the museum community, working for various museums and teaching courses on museum systems.

Note regarding accommodations: Please contact David Shumaker,, at least five business days in advance to request accommodations for individuals with disabilities. This includes the need for materials in an alternative format (i.e. large print or Braille), Sign Language Interpreters, accessible seating, and parking information.

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