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Lecture: Umbra Search African American History

Umbra Search African American History
Thursday, February 9, 2017
12:00-12:45 pm
Anderson Hall, 110 - LATIS
West Bank, Twin Cities Campus
Free & open to the public

Join us for a discussion of Umbra Search African American History, an initiative from the Libraries' Givens Collection of African American Literature, to facilitate access to African American history through a website and search widget; digitization of over 500,000 items; and workshops and public forums locally and around the country about access to culturally diverse collections.

Umbra Search team members will talk about the pathway from inception to production, navigating external funding structures, addressing technological challenges, and engagement. We will also share lessons learned and strategies for streamlining access to digital collections, building productive institutional and community partnerships, and facilitating use of primary source materials with diverse audiences.

Bring questions! We look forward to an open, casual conversation with you.


Cecily Marcus, Ph.D., is the Curator for the University Libraries' Givens Collection of African American Literature, Performing Arts Archives, and Upper Midwest Literary Archives. Marcus is also the Principal Investigator for Umbra Search African American History.

Sarah Carlson is the Project Manager for Umbra Search African American History

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