This class will help define how to evaluate digital projects. We will focus on creating effective evaluation plans and incorporating various techniques to engage your audiences. It will also help staff members define for themselves how to allocate resources for the sustainability of digital collections.
Using a series of case studies the class will examine how to appraise digital projects and will give practical guidance that can be applied in any setting. By the end of the class students will be able to understand and define the differences between various evaluation techniques, and to be able to assess the most successful approach for their own projects in order to make a determination about what will work best in their own environment.
Students will be able to point to best practices for evaluation and assessment of digital projects.
Define differences between outcomes and outputs
Determine if and when digital projects should be revisited, revised, re-marketed, or removed
Understand the language / vocabulary necessary for appraisal and evaluation of digital projects
Review how to assess digital projects in the planning, implementation, and sustainability stages
Model workflows for providing digital project evaluation tools and techniques for institutions both large and small
Instructor: Leigh Grinstead
Leigh Grinstead has more than 20 years of experience working in museums, overseeing collections and conducting collection inventories. During her nearly half decade with the Collaborative Digitization Program (CDP) Leigh's love of project management, grants work and administration has been well tested. She has extensive experience in digital projects. Her years working with museum collections gave her the drive to be a hands-on advocate for digitization, and her project management experience has allowed her to add discipline to the planning, budgeting, implementation and analysis stages of digitization projects. In addition, Leigh has been responsible for training many library and cultural heritage professionals in the use of digital technologies, including CONTENTdm. Leigh currently conducts in-person, as well as online courses. She has also managed National Endowment for Humanities and Institute for Museum and Library Services grants, including the Colorado Statewide Connecting to collections grant; and is consulting on three others. She is well versed in collaborative techniques and is an enthusiastic and highly skilled professional. LYRASIS is thrilled to have her on staff to support libraries, archives and others as they discover, share and experience the benefits of digitization.