Interview: Meet Eric Ames, Librarian and Digital Collections Curator at Baylor University
Ames and the Digitization Projects Group are responsible for online digital copies of the hundreds of thousands of historical documents in Baylor’s special collections. This semester, Ames has taught a new graduate level course called Technology and Outreach for Museums and Libraries that involved 15 graduate students learning how to build, digitize and advertise their own exhibits.
Here’s One Exchange From the Interview:
Q: Why was this course taught?
A: What we wanted to do was give the graduate students in the museum studies program a chance to get some hands-on experience with digitization of materials from the special collections libraries and on campus, meaning that we wanted them to take paper objects and scan them on our scanners and turn them into an online collection. That is something that the field is really moving toward now. Museums of pretty much every size are scanning their archives now. Libraries, of course, have been doing this for a while and institutions will start soon. So the graduate program over at museum studies is really interested in making sure that students have the skills that they need to compete in the job market.
Read the Complete Interview
View Material From Baylor University Libraries Digital Collections
See Also: A Bold New Venture for the DPG: Our First Graduate Course (via Baylor University Libraries Digital Collections Blog)
Ames discusses the class in this December,2012 blog post.
See Also: So We Can Throw These Out Now, Right?”: What We Learned From Microfilming Newspapers and How It Shapes Our Digitization Strategy (via Baylor University Libraries Digital Collections Blog)
An August,2012 blog post written by Eric Ames.
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