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Team members at Virginia Tech, Indiana University, and the University of Oklahoma will organize meetings to develop a roadmap and white paper for library adoption of Three Dimensional (3D) and Virtual Reality (VR) services. Lower costs and greater computational power have made 3D and VR technologies financially realistic for a broad variety of institutions. Many academic libraries have developed archives for other forms of research data, but there is an absence of standards and best practices for producing, managing, and preserving 3D and VR content. This gap is an information management problem suited to the strengths of libraries and can benefit librarians and researchers alike across institutions. The team will host three national forums, each on a different 3D and VR theme: content creation and publishing, visualization and analysis, and repository practice and standards.
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation will relocate its corporate archives and photograph collections to a newly renovated central location in the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library to increase their accessibility and provide capacity for future growth.. The foundation will purchase and install high-density compact shelving and rolling ladders to allow staff to safely access the collection. Existing electronic finding aids will be enhanced by merging multiple and disparate databases into a unified SQL server database, allowing for effective tracking and searching at the box, item or folder level. These collections contain materials of national and international significance about living history interpretation, the early preservation movement in the U.S., and professionalizing of early American history, architectural history, and historical archaeology.
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts' Connect to Conservation program will provide training and professional development for emerging post-graduate conservation professionals; engage a more diverse pool of first and second-year college students to consider pursuing a career in art conservation; and share the collective knowledge of its team of conservation professionals and fellows with museums across the state. The project is intended to develop, through training opportunities, a more inclusive pool of potential applicants for graduate study in art conservation. Internships will be offered to students of color who will be recruited from nearby Virginia and D.C. universities. Training will be provided for 12 students over three years-two post-graduate students, who will serve as two-year fellows, and four undergraduate students who will serve as 10-week paid summer interns each year. Additionally, the museum will partner with the Virginia Association of Museums to develop and present two conservation and collections care workshops for museums statewide.
The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley will catalog and digitize its entire archival collection to provide access to materials never before seen by museum staff and the public. By fully digitizing the archives, the staff will gain physical and intellectual control of the collection, and a searchable online database of archival and collection materials in high demand by researchers and the public will be made available for the first time. The project will allow the museum to implement best practices in archival collection management by reducing the handling of delicate materials for research while broadening accessibility of the collection to the public.
The Association of Children's Museums will partner with NewKnowledge, a nonprofit think tank and planning group, and IMPLAN Group, a provider of economic impact data, to prototype a model for assessing the economic impact of children's museums and the field at large. The project team will conduct economic impact analyses that quantify the operational economic influence of children's museums, as well as the impact of local and out-of-area visitors to children's museums. The project will produce a report that details the economic impact of the children's museum sector which will be evaluated by children's museums for its utility and perceived value for the field. The resulting model will be shared with other museum associations to guide and inform future efforts to understand the economic impact of museums at national, regional, state, and local levels.
The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM) at George Mason University will develop and run a program to train at least 300 public librarians to facilitate local digital history programs across the country. The project will introduce public librarians to a range of historical research methods and digital history skills. It will also support librarians in developing public programming to to engage in digital local and community history. The project will result in two related deliverables. First, through facilitation of four online courses and four in-person workshops, the project will train at least 300 librarians on practices and techniques of local digital and community history. Second, in support of those training opportunities, the project will develop and launch a curricula of open educational resources (OERs) which can be used, reused, and remixed by any other organization or program.
Northern Virginia Community College, six partner community colleges, and a not-for-profit research service, Ithaka S + R, will develop and assess a series of concepts for innovative services with the goal of improving library support of community college student success. The project features three methodological phases, discovery, service concept development, and assessment. Interviews will be conducted with at least 50 students from the partnering colleges, which are four CUNY colleges (Borough of Manhattan, Bronx, LaGuardia, and Queensboro), Monroe Community College of the SUNY system in upstate New York, and Pierce Community College District in Washington. The project team will generate two research reports: one on student perspectives, practices, and needs, and a second providing specific assessments of service models. It will also yield a toolkit that can be further adopted by community colleges nationally to test service concepts or develop and assess additional service concepts specifically relevant for their populations.
Hampton University will host a national forum to discuss recruitment and retention of minority library professionals in the Library and Information Science field. The forum will convene 30-40 librarians who are leaders and experts in library science, diversity, and leadership to address the continued issues of recruitment of minorities to the field. Through the forum and additional virtual meetings, participants will generate strategies for addressing issues in minority librarianship, including improving outreach efforts of libraries to recruit a more diverse workforce and improving the experiences of minorities currently in the field.
The Chrysler Museum of Art will support the implementation of a comprehensive technology plan for the institution by providing its registrars with extensive digital training. The registrars will be fully trained to use all components of the museum's collection management system. Intensive training will provide them with the skills necessary to complete data cleanup and consistency within the program software, to fully document and distribute information about the museum's collection online, and to build foundational support for the museum's future digital content. Project success will be determined by the registars' increased understanding and utilization of the collections management system, resulting in improved capacity to use digital technology, and greater audience engagement and community outreach.
The Library of Virginia will use funds to support the goals of their Five-Year Plan for FY 2013-2017, which reflect the purposes and priorities of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). Specific state goals include: 1) Foster the development of the evolving neighborhood/community library as a center for lifelong learning and civic engagement; 2) facilitate access to information and the discovery of knowledge and cultural heritage; 3) support the training and development of proactive library leadership and skilled staff to meet the rapidly changing environment; and 4) foster innovation to improve libraries through trend watching, pilot projects, research and evaluation, and promising practices.