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Saturday, March 21 • 9:45am - 10:45am
1 + 1 = 3 (The sum IS more than the parts.) : Connections Within and Between Texas Digital Collections

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Stronger Together: Making Connections Through the Portal to Texas History — Tara Carlisle, Digital Scholarship Specialist, University of Oklahoma Libraries, formerly Project Development Librarian, External Relations, Portal to Texas History, University of North Texas
Exhibitions in Context: Dallas Museum of Art and the Portal to Texas History — Hillary Bober, Archivist, Dallas Museum of Art

Made Together in Texas: Building the Hill Texas Archive Through Partnerships and Collaborations — Michelle Johnson, Project Manager, William J. Hill Texas Artisans and Artists Archive, Bayou Bend Collections and Gardens, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Margaret Culbertson, Director, Kitty King Powell Library and Study Center, Bayou Bend Collections and Gardens, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

By initiating and encouraging partnerships and collaborations, the William J. Hill Texas Artisans and Artists Archive and the Portal to Texas History successfully created substantial digital collections that collect and curate disparate digital collections and data. These virtual collections and their metadata enable a wide range of users to satisfy both traditional and unexpected research needs. The speakers will review a sampling of these partnerships, including the Dallas Museum of Art’s cataloging and presentation of archival exhibition materials through the Portal. The session will explore the collaborative process, digital and metadata results, and current usage of collections, while also considering how these factors might influence future digital collection building and collaboration.

The Portal to Texas History consists of more than half a million digitized materials from over 250 partner institutions within Texas. Tara Carlisle will discuss how researchers can discover interesting connections between formerly disparate collections through this shared online repository. By successfully pooling collections to create a rich resource for scholars, educators, and students, the Portal serves as a model for collaboration.

Hillary Bober will outline the tangible and intangible benefits of the Dallas Museum of Art Archives partnership with the Portal, as both a vendor and an access and discovery tool. The cataloging and presentation of past exhibition materials in the context of both the Portal and the Dallas Museum of Art website will be a highlight.

The William J. Hill Texas Artisans and Artists Archive is a hybrid digital database containing collections from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and partner institutions, as well as primary sources. Michelle Johnson will discuss this digital home for a variety of file formats and metadata schema. She will also expand on the importance of successful collaboration and good communication among partner institutions as they strive for data uniformity.

Saturday March 21, 2015 9:45am - 10:45am CDT
Room: Sundance 4 Omni Fort Worth Hotel 1300 Houston Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102

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