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Saturday, August 8 • TBA
S27 - It's a Team Effort: Overcoming Digital Appraisal Anxiety Through Communication and Collaboration.

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Successful communication is as critical to digital records appraisal as having sophisticated tools and technical know-how. Discussion will focus on technical and intellectual appraisal of large sets of digital records by teams with different levels of technical expertise. Panelists will discuss tools and workflows used durinag appraisal, transfer, and processing; defining roles and successfully managing differences in understanding digital records; establishing effective communication strategies within and between teams and outside stakeholders; and effective documentation.

Virakhovskaya: "Soft skills" are strong! Uncertainties about the reliability of donor-supplied descriptive data can cause "appraisal anxiety." Archivists face the prospect of providing access to records content while running the risk of describing records incorrectly. Effective communication within and between archivists' teams and with outside stakeholders, understanding of colleagues' roles, efficient documentation of activities and findings, are as critical to digital appraisal as technical know-how
Gartner: Building a program with no special skills. The presenter will share how they developed the digital program from accession to access. They will share documentation, the group charge, and mistakes they made along the way.
Gordon: Developing and Implementing Scalable, Requirements-Based Infrastructure to Accession Digital Records
Kim: The presentation will discuss the iterative and collaborative aspects of digital appraisal. While highly specialized tools are being developed for assisting digital appraisal, we should 1) give an equal amount of attention to how we communicate about digital appraisal between our colleagues and donors, and 2) strategically foster these communications within digital appraisal workflow and tools. To support the argument, the presenter will use the findings (i.e., most of the digital appraisal challenges arise from communication issues) from Bentley's Digital Appraisal Working Group.
O'Connell: Leading Digital Appraisal Conversations with Stakeholders.

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Olga Virakhovskaya

Lead Archivist for Collections Management, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan
Olga supervises archival processing and provides collection management oversight for a diverse range of collections. Her professional interests include archival description, privacy and ethics. Olga holds a MLIS from the Southern Connecticut State University and an MA from the University... Read More →

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Rosalie Gartner

Lead Processing Archivist, Iowa State University
Rosalie oversees arrangement and description of both analog and born digital collections. Prior to this, Rosalie worked as the Archivist and Records Management Associate at Emerson College in Boston, MA. She holds a MLIS from Simmons College.
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Bonnie Gordon

Digital Archivist, Rockefeller Archive Center
Bonnie Gordon is a Digital Archivist at the Rockefeller Archive Center, where she focuses on digital preservation, born-digital records, and training around technology.

Kelsey O'Connell

Digital Archivist, Northwestern University
Kelsey O'Connell is the Digital Archivist at Northwestern University where she leads the appraisal, accessioning, processing, and access of born-digital archival collections for the McCormick Library of Special Collections and University Archives.

Hyeeyoung Kim

Digital Archivist, University of Texas at Austin
Hyeeyoung Kim is a Digital Archivist at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin. He holds MSIS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a concentration in Archives and Records Management and a certificate in Digital Curation.

Saturday August 8, 2020 TBA