IMLS-funded digital preservation initiative launches

Curating Community Digital Collections, our two-year IMLS-funded digital preservation initiative, officially launched on December 1. Recollection Wisconsin is thrilled to welcome Vicki Tobias as the Program Coordinator for this new project. In this role, Vicki will work with staff at small and mid-sized libraries and cultural heritage organizations, graduate students in the library schools at UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee, professional mentors and expert instructors to help plan and carry out digital curation projects in communities across the state.

Vicki is currently an Associate Lecturer for the UW-Madison Information School, where she teaches online and in-person courses in archives, digital libraries and genealogy, and advises graduate students following the archives track. Her past work experience includes positions with the UW-Madison Archives, the UW Digital Collections Center and the Wisconsin Historical Society Library-Archives division. Vicki has a BA in History from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an MA in Library and Information Studies from UW-Madison.

“One of the most rewarding aspects of my career has been mentoring future information professionals,” Vicki said. “I’m excited to have an opportunity to do so, again, and am honored to be taking on this role for WiLS and Recollection Wisconsin.”

Applications for Wisconsin libraries, museums and historical societies to host summer fieldwork students as part of this program will be available in mid-January.

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