Capstone Portfolio: Collaborate

"Lead appropriate change by using effective collaborative, communication and organizational skills"

Artifact

Snyder Book Collecting Contest committee and website: http://www.lib.ku.edu/snyder/

Reflection

In the fall of 2010 through spring 2011, I served on the KU Libraries' Snyder Book Collecting Contest committee. The contest has traditionally been focused on print book collections, however given changing formats and the emergence of digital books and other objects, the scope of the contest was expanded for 2011 to encompass digital objects and non-print materials, as long as they are items normally collected by libraries.

As a member of the committee, I participated in discussions about what exactly constitutes a digital object normally collected by libraries, as well as how to respond to questions from contest participants on such things as whether PDF documents would be considered, and whether articles and book chapters could be counted as pieces of a collection.

I also took on the additional responsibility of rebuilding and redesigning the Snyder contest website to bring it into compliance with current standards for accessibility and usability. This required constant interaction and solicitation of feedback from other committee members, and also included close collaboration with the KU Libraries' graphic designer, who supplied both images and suggestions for layout.

Artifact

Amusing Athenaeum: The Humorous Side of Librarianship; http://amusingathenaeum.blogspot.com/

Reflection

The Amusing Athenaeum blog was a collaboraton among 5 group members to create a digital collection together. The process included the following steps: selection of theme, content, software platform and media; development of metadata schema; web site design; loading of collection content and metadata; development of marketing and financial sustainability plan.

While we shared efforts in collecting and describing the items for our collection, I took the lead on setting up the blog and customizing it with cascading style sheets. This project demonstrates not only good architecture, but the creative use of custom graphics, colors and styles to reflect the theme of the collection.