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Apply for the Michael Wells Digital Librarianship Endowed Scholars Fund - Applications Due 8/21!

August 5, 2019

The Michael Wells Digital Librarianship Endowed Scholars Fund was established to preserve UAW and Damon Keith collections utilizing digital technologies. SIS is seeking applications from students who have completed INF 7710 and INF 7780 (this course may be completed concurrently). The project is planned to be 10 hours per week for 10 weeks during the fall 2019 semester. The recipient will work with the Reuther Library to establish a mutually beneficial schedule. The total award will be $1,500.

Picture of Roy Reuther in 1937
Roy Reuther is carried on the shoulders of his fellow delegates
during the 1937 convention, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Project Description

This project involves processing, selectively digitizing, and finally creating a digital exhibit on Omeka for the audiovisual and artifactual materials of the Roy Reuther Papers at the Walter P. Reuther Library. Roy Reuther was an early leader within the auto workers union movement and an influential figure in American politics. Though his papers were processed at the Walter P. Reuther Library decades ago, the artifacts and audiovisual materials within the Roy Reuther Papers have been unorganized and inaccessible to the general public. This project will involve a variety of activities within the realms of archives and digital preservation.

First, the student will process the 1 linear foot collection of materials, arranging the items, stabilizing at-risk formats, and describing the contents. Second, they will update the finding aid using ArchivesSpace. Third, digitizing select items by migrating them to stable digital file formats with the proper metadata. Finally, they will utilize these digitized items to make an online exhibit about Roy Reuther that will be hosted on the WSULS’s Omeka instance and available through the Reuther Library’s website. This will involve creating a brief exhibit narrative along with editing the look and feel of their Omeka page.

The aims of this project are to give the student experience with core archival skills, along with emerging technologies, while teaching them how to publicize archives for a general audience.

Applications are due August 21, 2019.