If You Build it, Will They Come?
Librarians who work with developing digital library collections can sometimes feel isolated from the users of these collections, but an active outreach and instruction program can connect librarians with students and digital library users. This panel will feature various ways digital library staff can foster relationships with faculty, students, and the broader community to encourage awareness and use of digital library collections. Panelists will include librarians who have developed a variety of programs that directly engage with digital library users including faculty collaborations, classroom instruction, collaborative digitization, crowdsourced collections, born digital oral histories, and digital scholarship partnerships.
Anna NeatrourInterim Head of Digital Library Services, University of Utah
Anna Neatrour is Interim Head of Digital Library Services at the J. Willard Marriott Library. She received her MLIS from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include metadata best practices, collaborative digitization, and digital collections authority control.
Jane MonsonDigital Collections Librarian, University of Northern Colorado
Jane Monson is Digital Collections Librarian at the University of Northern Colorado Libraries. She coordinates the digital archive and institutional repository programs, partnering with faculty, staff, and students to create digital collections reflecting the university’s history and scholarly output. She received her MLS from the University of Iowa.
Jeremy MynttiAssociate University Librarian for Metadata & IT Services, Brigham Young University
Jeremy Myntti is the Associate University Librarian for Metadata and IT at the Brigham Young University Library. He is responsible for the administration of the library’s metadata and information technology objectives, including IT operations, library information systems, software engineering, IT research and development, archival processing, cataloging, metadata, and authorities. He is currently the chair of the Core Publications Coordination Committee.
Rachel WittmannDigital Curation Librarian, University of Utah
Rachel is the Digital Curation Librarian at the University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library. In her role, she creates metadata for digital collections. develops digital exhibits, and enjoys exploring ways to interpret collections through metadata-based data visualizations.
Rebekah CummingsDigital Matter Interim Director, University of Utah Mariott Library
Rebekah Cummings is the Interim Director of Digital Matters at the University of Utah Marriott Library where she coordinates digital humanities research, teaching, and support. Prior to her current role, Rebekah was the Assistant Director of the Mountain West Digital Library and Data Management Librarian at the Marriott Library. In 2018 – 2019, Rebekah served as the Utah Library Association President and has since co-chaired the ULA Advocacy Committee. Her professional interests include data management, copyright, metadata, and library advocacy.