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Thursday, August 16 • 10:30am - 11:45am
102 - True Confessions: Paying Off the Technical Debt of Early Digital Projects

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Archivists and librarians may incur "technical debt" to expedite backlogs, meet grant deadlines, or navigate limited resources. This debt can manifest as incomplete metadata, lack of documentation, and/or workflow inconsistencies, while the "interest" on the debt may grow over time. This session explores the metaphor of "technical debt" in digital projects and examines how understanding it can inform plans to remediate our legacy projects (while working to pay off that debt) and create new ones.

Deirdre Joyce: Technical Debt as a Framework for Understanding Legacy Projects
Julia Corrin: Passive Neglect = Technical Debt
Rebecca Hirsch: When to Let Go?
Rita Johnston: Benign Neglect No More: Evaluating Early Digitization Projects
Erin Kinhart: Why Did We Do That?: Living With Early Rapid Capture Practices
Laurel McPhee: Is Something (Online) Really Better Than Nothing?

Moderator: Deirdre Joyce

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Deirdre Joyce

Metadata Services Librarian, Syracuse University
Deirdre is an archivist and librarian who currently works as Metadata Services Librarian and Leader of the Digital Library Core Team at Syracuse University. Previously she worked as project manager for New York Heritage Digital Collections and the Empire Archival Discovery Cooper... Read More →

Speakers
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Julia Corrin

University Archivist, Carnegie Mellon University
Julia Corrin is the University Archivist at Carnegie Mellon University, where she oversees the archive's physical and digital collections and sits on the Dean's Advisory Council. She previously served as the Political Collections and Access Archivist at Arkansas State University... Read More →
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Rebecca Hirsch

Head of Digital Services, Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University
Rebecca Hirsch is the Head of the Digital Services Unit at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. Previously, she was an archivist in Manuscripts & Archives at Yale and at USC's Special Collections. She has a MSLIS from Long Island University and a MA in... Read More →
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Rita Johnston

Digital Production Librarian, UNC Charlotte
Rita is the Digital Production Librarian at the Special Collections and University Archives, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she leads efforts to make analog materials digitally available and discoverable.
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Erin Kinhart

Head of Collections Processing, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Erin Kinhart oversees all processing activities and jointly oversees rapid-capture digitization of manuscript collections at the Archives of American Art (AAA). From 2005-2010 she served as a project archivist for AAA's first large-scale collection digitization project.
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Laurel McPhee

Supervisory Archivist, UC San Diego Library
Laurel manages a team of Special Collections archivists and processors at the UC San Diego Library, where she oversees all aspects of manuscript accessioning, processing, digitization and description. Harvard (A.B., 1998); UCLA (MLIS, 2002).


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