January 22, 2022

Interview: Meet Eric Ames, Librarian and Digital Collections Curator at Baylor University

Eric Ames is profiled in today’s issue of The Baylor Lariat, school newspaper at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

From the Introduction:

Ames and the Digitization Projects Group are responsible for online digital copies of the hundreds of thousands of historical documents in Baylor’s special collections.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.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.