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Minnesota Academic Innovators Award 2018

Tuesday, May 1, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Daniel Gullo, Eileen Smith, and David Calabro from the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library are the recipients of the 2018 Minnesota Academic Innovators Award. This award recognizes academic librarians who have made outstanding contributions to advance the missions of academic libraries in Minnesota through innovative projects, programs, or services.

Since August 2016, Gullo, Smith, and Calabro have developed a method to establish new authorities for underrepresented communities not commonly found in Library of Congress and VIAF authority files including authorities for authors and titles from early modern and medieval Eastern Christian and Islamic writers, especially those from Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Mali, Turkey, India, Malta and the Western Mediterranean where HMML continues to digitize previously uncatalogued manuscript and rare book collections. To date, over 200 authors and titles have been established and are being prepared to enter the NACO funnel. The cataloging of these records is being done in conjunction with Gullo, the lead designer and program manager of vHMML Reading Room, a unique database that allows for the sharing of native script and traditional metadata, along with the digitized images of the manuscripts and rare books. During 2018, the metadata and cataloging team will be developing a harvestable metadata system, where other libraries will be able to harvest metadata in RDF, MARC-21, and EAD formats.

Daniel Gullo, Eileen Smith, and David Calabro were recognized and presented the 2018 Minnesota Academic Innovators Award at ARLD Day on April 27, 2018.

The award is sponsored by the Academic & Research Libraries Division (ARLD) of the Minnesota Library Association. ARLD is a division of the Minnesota Library Association and is also the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) chapter in Minnesota. ARLD’s purpose is to identify and seek solutions to mutual problems on the academic and research library level of librarianship, to improve services, to encourage development of librarians, and to stimulate cooperation among libraries.