The Washington Talking Book Library is committed to serving the needs of Washington residents that are unable to read standard print material due to blindness, visual impairment, deaf-blindness, physical disabilities, or reading disability. In addition to librarians and staff, patrons at the library are served by an auto-select function in the catalog that sorts through and matches individual preferences with appropriate books--for patrons new to the library, this function may not serve their interests. For new and experienced patrons alike, the collection will offer something new to explore. The Crowd-Pleasers Collection aims to give patrons what they want to read.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Thurston County WA, serve a diverse group of children. For various reasons, some club members do not have access to a public library. Members spend a large amount of their afterschool time at the clubs, Our solution: setting up small libraries at the clubs, to provide an opportunity for club members to checkout books that they would be interested in. Being stakeholders in the library, club members select the books, setup ,and run the library. The library supports literacy as well as the Club's mission of inspiring and enabling youth to realize their greatness.
The Hoosier Dome, an all ages DIY music venue in Indianapolis, Indiana, has hosted several generations of local musical talent since its inception in 2012, and has had a significant impact on the development of the Indianapolis music scene. Photos taken at the Hoosier Dome have been spread across various social media accounts, and as time has passed these photos are in danger of disappearing or becoming inaccessible. The Hoosier Dome archive is creating a space to store and create community access to these photos and to preserve Hoosier Dome history.
As Starbucks increases its drink lineup, with currently over 90 beverages, beverage recipe cards have become increasingly important learning and reference materials. We worked with Starbucks stakeholders and baristas to explore how beverage recipe cards are used across physical and digital platforms. We created information architecture and standardization recommendations, metadata, content models, and dictionaries to steer recipe card sharing and development. By standardizing the content and organization of recipe cards, we improve the barista learning experience and move towards making beverage recipe and preparation information interoperable data resources to empower other business activities, such as supply ordering and efficiency studies.
The Data Refuge Data Catalog archives federal climate and environmental data. It provides historical snapshots of datasets released on government data portals, which are vulnerable to deletion. Yet the metadata associated with these Data Refuge records have been minimal, and their relationship with the source records have not been clearly defined. To address this, we investigated crosswalking solutions, improved metadata of target datasets, customized an extensible schema, standardized tagging with controlled vocabulary, and documented workflow for future-phase implementation. The results improve trustworthiness and interoperability, facilitate more seamless data discovery and retrieval, and meet the needs of both archivists and researchers.
UW Special Collections received a collection from deceased Seattle-area photojournalist Grant Haller in 2018. The collection has high anticipated research value because it documents many instances of activism lead by a variety of underrepresented groups, and fills in coverage gaps of modern photographers at Special Collections. However, very little was known about the condition, specific contents, and preservation needs of the material until this project began, and there was low institutional and public knowledge of the collection’s existence. This project combines several archival competencies—including processing, researching, arranging, preserving, and outreach—to help increase knowledge and future use of the photographs.
The new European Studies Section (ESS) is an integration of the Slavic & Eastern European Section (SEES) and the Western European Section (WESS) of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL - a division of the American Library Association). ESS will be hosted on a new Wordpress site giving a chance for an intentional design based on user research and content analysis. This site is serving academics and professionals in European affairs and history, while also supporting study and research. This project serves to meet this purpose by creating a website that is inclusive of the WESS and SEES.
Information Verification & Sharing: Service Providers and Homeless Youth in the University District, Seattle, WA
Access to up-to-date service information is key to providing the best assistance to youth experiencing homelessness. Prior to this project, there were multiple locations where University District service provider information was collected and shared, making it difficult to know what information was current. Utilizing information management skills, team members collected, verified, and merged service provider information into Strappd, an existing mobile app for individuals experiencing homelessness. Team members also updated University District Service Providers Alliance fliers and Doorway Project Google calendars. This project allows information to be better managed by service providers and more easily accessed by youth.
The Children’s collection is tight on the shelves, with a distribution of shelf space that doesn’t reflect patron usage. The sponsor organization would like to increase engagement with early literacy resources, and reduce the prominence of the DVD collection. Patrons have also indicated frustration when their kids are distracted by the library computer terminal, which pulls them away from books or interactions with peers. My proposal will address these concerns with a collection guide for reduction and relocation of library materials to increase engagement, recommendations for budget tracking, and considerations to create areas for groups away from the computer bay.
What can adults do to make a fun new program for kids? KidsTeam E-Textiles brought kids to the design table and asked them how to make a successful library program for other kids their age. Our multi-generational team worked on exploring e-textiles in the public library setting, through hands on engagement with technology. Kids, teen support volunteers, and the local librarian gave us feedback on pacing, instruction, and tools that would make the program run smoothly. We used all of this to create a website for SPL’s Digital Media Learning Program that has resources, design feedback, and our session plans.