Our First Digital Collection

The slideshow, handout, and script for our OLA presentation about Multnomah County Library’s first foray into a digital collection. Session description from the OLA 2014 program: “Recently Multnomah County Library created its first digital collection, Central Library: Historic Photographs. It was created while Multnomah County Library had a slashed budget and an uncertain future. The two who developed the metadata application profile, wrote the metadata manual, and took responsibility for much of the project were both paraprofessionals engaged in MLIS studies. There were few dedicated staff hours and a tiny budget. We will tell the story of how we used crowdsourcing, volunteers, and pluck to make a collection that honored our library while setting a stage for the success of future projects.