Last month the Northwest Archivists Continuing Education Fund sponsored a two-part miniseries created for archivists and collection managers titled: Digital Collection Essentials. These webinars are now available on YouTube and can be accessed freely at your leisure. They also serve as a great complement to the presentation I delivered to ARCS on November 4, 2020: Database Blues – An action plan for selection and implementation of a new CMS; a version of which can be found here.
Abstract: Over the years digital collections have steadily increased in their importance to how archivists and other collection workers serve up collections. And COVID-19 has shown us just how critically important it is for archives and museums to provide a public way to access digital collections. But what if you have little to no collections online? What if they're online, but they're failing to engage the community by any meaningful metric? If your collections aren't online and in front of people, then they don't exist. This webinar will define what an engaging point of access is, outline creative ways to deliver collections online with or without a Collections Management System (CMS), and review strategies for how to create meaningful digital collection experiences with non-traditional (read: not CMS) platforms.
The CMS: What's Essential, What's Hackable, and What Does it Cost?
Abstract: The Pacific Northwest is home to a wide array of cultural heritage organizations with varying budget sizes to accomplish the Sisyphean task of digital collections management. For those who have no Collections Management System (CMS), have cobbled together CMS tools, or are looking for a new CMS; there are questions that require answering:
1. What is “essential” when it comes to serving up digital collections via a CMS?
2. How can I hack various digital collection tools to accomplish my goals?
3. What costs do I need to be aware of when considering my options?
Whether you’re a large and well-funded organization, or a lone-arranger at a modest shop, the truth is we could all use more information to evaluate our digital collections management options. There’s no one-size fits all CMS option, so instead this webinar will provide strategies for how to critically evaluate the essential (to you) functions of a CMS, how the CMS can be flexed to creatively fit needs, and review *all* of the costs to consider when considering digital collection management.