DigCCurr PhD Symposium

Curate Thyself: Defining and Cultivating an Academic Trajectory in Digital Curation

Information for Symposium participants

Overview of the PhD Symposium

The School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will be hosting “Curate Thyself” on March 17 (8:30 AM – 7:00 PM) in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Curate Thyself is a day-long Symposium, followed by a Digital Curation Education Experts Meeting to mark the closing of almost 7 years of funding from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for DigCCurr (Digital Curation Curriculum) projects at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at UNC-Chapel Hill. The DigCCurr team of faculty and Ph.D. Fellows will lead the symposium that will provide an opportunity for current PhD students interested in digital curation research to collaborate, connect, and develop shared resources for research and education. The symposium will provide mentoring and advice on research processes and products. All students will contribute by participating in a poster session highlighting their research (in progress or completed). Some students will participate in panel presentations on their research and their paths to conducting that research. Instructional sessions will focus on developing and strengthening a digital curation research agenda. Participants will also discuss strategies for collaboration, publishing, and seeking funding as well as teaching strategies, developing and implementing course materials, characterizing teaching to employers, and developing programs and curricula. Students will create and share their own plans for further development of their research.

Participants are encouraged to stay in Chapel Hill on March 18 (8:00 AM – 4:30 PM) for a Digital Curation Educator Experts Meeting. Participants in the Experts meeting will include:

Peter Botticelli, Univ. of Arizona
Seamus Ross, Univ. of Toronto
Tula Giannini, Pratt Institute
Ross Harvey, Simmons College
Kathy Wisser, Simmons College
Caroline Hank, Univ. of Tennessee Knoxville
Nancy McGovern, MIT
Paul Marty, Florida State Univ.
Bill Moen, Univ. of North Texas
Carole Palmer, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Suzie Allard, Univ. of Tennessee Knoxville
Wendy Duff, Univ. of Toronto
Paul Conway, Univ. of Michigan
Costis Dallas, Univ. of Toronto
Ciaran Trace, Univ. of Texas
Ian Anderson, Glasgow University
Karen Gracy, Kent State University
Richard Pearce Moses, Clayton State University

PhD Symposium Participant Bios & Posters
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Faculty Bios
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Symposium Information for Participants

The DigCCurr team welcomes you to North Carolina! Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns while you are here. The Symposium sessions will take place in Manning Hall, which is located on the UNC main campus (Manning rooms 304 and 307). Sessions will begin at 8:30 a.m. (see Agenda for a detailed schedule).

A poster session and reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. Sunday evening.

DigCCurr will provide poster easels, poster boards, and push pins. Poster presenters are expected to bring their posters and submit them before the first session of Curate Thyself (Introduction at 8:30). DigCCurr fellows will collect and display them for the poster session. Poster presenters are expected to be with their posters to discuss them during the poster session/reception, Sunday March 17th 2013, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. All posters will be evaluated for a competition by selected judges. Keep in mind that overall appearance of poster, text and graphic balance, organization of posters and flows, etc., can be used as informal criteria in addition to the content of posters (e.g., research objects and main points), as well as your ability to explain its content and respond to questions. The following is some information that will be useful to you as you develop your poster:

  • Poster size should be 24 x 32 inches (or 32 x 24 inches).
  • Please make sure your name and institution are on the poster. We also recommend including information about the Curate Thyself event (title, location, date), so others will know where you presented this work if they see the poster later.
  • Graphical elements should be emphasized when appropriate and possible.
  • Graphs, charts, tables, photographs, and illustrations are appropriate to include.
  • Lettering should be simple and easily legible from a distance of 4 feet.
  • It is not recommended to use more than two or three fonts, and suggested font sizes are between 16 and 48 points.
  • Poster content should be divided into appropriate sections, such as: title, author and affiliation, introduction, methods, findings or results, and conclusion or summary. Headings above each poster section should clearly indicate its contents and identify the appropriate sequence. If necessary, use clearly visible numbers, letters, or arrows to assist the viewer.
  • Written material should be concise.
  • Printed conclusions should permit viewers to focus on a concise statement of your central findings and should spark informal discussion (if applicable).
  • For further guidance, see Designing Effective Posters from UNC Libraries: http://guides.lib.unc.edu/posters.

The PhD Symposium has arranged a block of rooms at Aloft Hotel http://www.aloftchapelhill.com/)  and we recommend that participants stay there. To find pricing information and to book your room, please visit the Aloft Hotel secure website, https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/digseekermarch. Space is limited, and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

DIRECTIONS TO HOTEL: The Aloft Hotel website offers contact information, directions, and other information about the hotel.
Map/directions from RDU Airport to Aloft Hotel (Google Maps)
The RDU Airport website offers information about ground transportation options, including shared rides (shuttles) and taxis.
UNC campus maps are available via the UNC website. Additional information and maps to SILS and Manning Hall

There are many restaurants and pubs within walking distance of main campus; maps and suggestions will be provided as part of your welcome packet when you arrive. Franklin Street is the closest "main" street and offers a wide range of dining options.

Doctoral students selected to attend the Symposium will be eligible for funding.  Travel costs (US-based airlines only) will be reimbursed up to $800. Please retain all travel-related receipts, and submit them to Angela Murillo no later than March 29 (earlier, if possible).

Applications are now closed.

For more information, e-mail Dr. Helen Tibbo at [tibbo (at) email (dot) unc (dot) edu] or
Dr. Cal Lee at [callee (at) email (dot) unc (dot) edu].