About Smith Libraries
Stronger Together: Creating a Collections Data Governance and Digital Preservation Ecosystem is a four-year project, started in 2020, supported in part by a $380,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation. The project is a collaborative effort of Smith College Libraries, Smith College Museum of Art, the Botanic Garden of Smith College, Smith College Information Technology Services, the Art Department’s Imaging Center, and other campus partners.
The project’s purpose is to develop sustainable, collaborative governance and infrastructure in support of teaching, learning, research and stewardship for the partner collections. This will be achieved through three main activities:
In 2020, we worked with consultants AVP to develop a collections data governance structure that has the authority to direct campus-wide initiatives relating to digital collections. The structure brings more connection to the ongoing operations of the departments, empowering staff to shape the work of the project and raise new ideas. It includes communication channels between levels of leadership, collections staff and ITS, as well as up to the cabinet for decisions that need high-level approval.
In 2021, we put this model into practice, establishing leadership groups, who in turn created working groups to focus on the remaining two Stronger Together initiatives.
For more information about this project please reach out to Adrienne Figus, Project Manager for Stronger Together at firstname.lastname@example.org.