So, yesterday I attended a program that consisted of three presentations about what it took to set up a digital consortium. I’ll be honest, I did not stay for the discussion because I had to go meet with a vendor, but I did see the presentation part. It was very interesting with speakers: Kathy Buker from the Command and General Staff College (CGSC), Aaron Trehub from Auburn University, and Connie Rendfield from the Indiana State Library. Each talked about the consortium that they developed to share historical and cultural documents from their partners.
Each talked about the projects that they helped to administer: CARL (CGSC), AlabamaMosaic and the Indiana Memory Project. Each spoke on how the project was set up and run based on the following criteria: motivation, partners, decision-making, systems and metadata, training, engagement and sustainability. The notes from this presentation are being made available on the conference website.