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Drew University
OCAD U Zine Collection
Tuskegee University Archives
Williams College


Forum Conversations is our webinar series spotlighting users whose projects exhibit best practice, involve an innovative application of the software, and deliver inspiring content. In the sessions, we sit down with project managers and key staff to discuss all aspects of their Forum projects.
Our hope is that spotlighting users and their projects will spark conversations and inspire new projects! The webinars are live sessions with open Q&A at the end, so bring your questions! Recordings will be available after the sessions when possible.

Conversation with Jennifer Heise, Reference Librarian & Coordinator of Digital Services and Andrew Bonamici, University Librarian from Drew University

Since 2016, Drew University has used Forum to manage a wide variety of digital image projects. These range widely in scope and topic, including projects that document global Methodist history and the second-largest collection of Nestorian Crosses in the world. They also manage a visual resources collection, student artwork, campus history photos, and there are more projects in the works!

In this session, Reference Librarian & Coordinator of Digital Services, Jennifer Heise and University Librarian, Andrew Bonamici, will discuss the role of Forum in managing and making available this broad portfolio of digital content.

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Opening up the world of zines with OCAD U

Since 2007, OCAD U’s Zine Collection has helped open up the world of self-published magazines and comics to new readers and creators, attracting visitors and collection contributions from students, faculty, and the general public. It has also occasioned extensive outreach and community-building, inspiring faculty and student engagement through class outings and assignments, as well as a student group dedicated to collaborative zine creation, the OCAD U Zine Collective.  The collection’s success has led to visits from other libraries eager to learn how to build collections of their own.

In 2017, to extend the collection’s influence and stay true to zine culture’s commitment to open and shared creative endeavor, the collection catalog was made publicly available using JSTOR Forum. Today we’ll be meeting with Marta Chudolinska, the librarian who manages the collection, to learn more about the development of the project, look at some highlights, and to talk about the ways in which Forum has contributed to the knowledge and growth of this idiosyncratic and independent form.

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Conversation with Amy McKenna, Visual Resources Curator in the Williams College Art Department

In this session, Amy discusses her experience managing coursework in Forum, using image groups to incorporate Forum-based content into teaching, partnering with faculty, and training students to build Omeka exhibits.

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Make it public–how a shared special collection can change history

In 2016, Tuskegee University Archives made their collection of recordings from the Civil Rights era publicly available using JSTOR Forum, opening up the possibility of important new insights to historians worldwide. Many of the recordings, which were previously confined to the physical archive, are of speeches by Civil Rights leaders given directly to their constituents. Uninhibited by the conventions required by appearances in the ‘white’ media of the time, these speeches provide an unvarnished opportunity to learn more about how the movement functioned internally and at its grassroots. Join us for a conversation with the project’s lead, assistant professor and university archivist Dana Chandler. In addition to listening to excerpts from some of the speeches and learning about the stories behind them, we’ll be finding out about the ways in which JSTOR Forum was used to support the project and how making it public has influenced research.