FEB 14

Works in Progress Webinar
Umbra Search African American History

Join the University of Minnesota Libraries for a discussion of Umbra Search African American History (www.umbrasearch.org), an effort to facilitate access to African American history through a website and search widget; digitization of over 500,000 items; and workshops and public forums locally and around the country about access to culturally diverse collections.

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University of Minnesota presenters

Cecily Marcus, Curator, Givens Collection of African American Literature/Principal Investigator, Umbra Search African American History

Sarah Carlson, Umbra Search Project Manager

Dorothy Berry, Umbra Search Digitization and Metadata Lead


Webinar files

Slides (.pdf)

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/embed/x3b-Iw7MpY4


UMN colleagues will share lessons learned and strategies for streamlining access to digital collections, building productive institutional and community partnerships, and facilitating use of primary source materials with diverse audiences. This webinar will be of interest to digital humanists, digital collection architects and programmers, archivists, curators, metadata specialists, subject specialists, and library administrators. Given the scope of Umbra Search, this webinar will be of particular interest to those who work with culturally specific collections with interests in digital access.

In partnership with the Penumbra Theatre Company and a growing roster of national partners, the Givens Collection at the University of Minnesota Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections has developed Umbra Search African American History (umbrasearch.org), bringing together over 400,000 materials from more than 1,000 libraries, archives, and cultural heritage institutions. By leveraging the Open Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) to harvest metadata and thumbnail images from digital collections via Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), as well as digital library architecture developed as a result of Minnesota Digital Library’s work with the Digital Public Library of America, Umbra Search has aggregated a national digital corpus of materials documenting African American history and culture from institutions such as Yale University, the Smithsonian, HathiTrust, Internet Archive, and many others.

Works in Progress: An OCLC Research Occasional Webinar Series
These webinars are exclusively for OCLC Research Library Partners, but the recordings are publicly available to all.

What are we working on? What are you working on? OCLC Research Library Partners are invited to participate in Works in Progress: An OCLC Research Occasional Webinar Series to talk about work happening in OCLC Research – we'd like to present our work informally and get feedback from you, our Partners. We'd also like this to be a venue for Partner institutions. What are you working on that everyone should know about? What input would help you move forward? Let us know!


14 February 2017


12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Eastern Standard Time, North America [UTC -5]