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SCAIG Workshop: DEI in Digitization

  • 17 May 2022
  • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Online


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We are excited to announce the SCAIG 2022 Annual Workshop, DEI and Digitization. This workshop is free for ALAO members and will take place on May 17th at 3:00pm virtually on Zoom. The event will be recorded and shared with registrants afterward.

The event will consist of two twenty-minute presentations followed by a discussion.

Joining us as presenters are:


 Sidney Gao
Digital Collections Manager
University of Cincinnati Libraries

Nathan Tallman
Digital Preservation Librarian
Penn State University

The presentation topics are:

  • “Principles & Practice for Accessible Cultural Heritage Digitization,” presented by Sidney Gao
    • The diversity of a digital collection is often assessed by considering the diversity of its content. For collections to be truly inclusive, however, they need to emphasize usability alongside representation. The University of Cincinnati Libraries discusses how diversity and accessibility are intersectional considerations of digital collections, and introduces newly implemented workflows and standards designed to create accessible, inclusive digital collections that broaden usability for all.
  • “Appraisal and Selection for Digital Preservation,” presented by Nathan Tallman
    • Selection for digital preservation should be a collaborative endeavor between preservation practitioners and collection stewards. Digital preservation practitioners can work collaboratively with collection stewards to make these decisions by providing a framework and criteria for appraising digital content that incorporates representation and agency. Rooted in traditional collection development criteria for both general and special collections, Tallman and Lauren Work (University of Virginia) have previously published Guidelines and Criteria to Select for Digital Preservation ( This talk will review their framework, implementation of selection for digital preservation at Penn State (including local guidelines), a weighted rubric for evaluating criteria, and an easy-to-use selection form.

SCAig's annual meeting provides an opportunity to gather people with an interest in special collections and archives to learn from changing and continuing practices. With a virtual synchronous event, we hope to reach a wide and diverse audience, and to provide an event that shows how we can support each other in library and archival work and maintain connections and collections in a time of upheaval.

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