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Upcoming events

    • May 18, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom

    Should it stay or should it go?    

    The William Munroe Special Collections at the Concord Free Public Library has been collecting material of significance to Concord’s local history since the opening of the Library in 1873. The Special Collections hosts a considerable number of digital exhibits and collections on its website, with much of the content generated beginning in the early 2000s. The exhibits are a combination of physical exhibits migrated to the on-line environment, and exhibit portals developed for the virtual viewer. For nearly two decades, the online content grew organically, with metadata applied in an inconsistent manner. Unfortunately, the exhibit platforms are now dated and content is not easily discoverable and difficult to navigate. To address these difficulties, new platforms were investigated including different levels of Omeka. Our migrated and new exhibits on Omeka Classic have been enthusiastically received by stakeholders. We will present our experience with installing and working with the new platform and explore the considerations as to what exhibits are worth the effort to preserve and redesign. 

    Anke Voss is the curator of the William Munroe Special Collections at the Concord Free Public Library. With 26 years as a professional archivist, Voss previously served as the director of archives, special collections and facilities at the Urbana Free Public Library in Urbana, Illinois. She holds a master’s degree in library and information science from the State University of New York at Albany with a concentration in archives. Voss also holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in history from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

    Jessie Hopper is the assistant curator at the William Munroe Special Collections at the Concord Free Public Library.  She has an MLIS from the University of Oklahoma and an MA in History from the University of Central Oklahoma.  She has been working in archives since 2012 and has previously worked at the Ballets Russes Archive, the Atlanta Housing Authority, and Framingham State University.

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