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Registration is now open!

Registration is now open for the KDL workshop to be held Monday, December 17, 2018, at the University of Pikeville.

Registration deadline extended to December 10.

Workshop topics will include:

  • Getting started and becoming a member
  • Metadata basics
  • Working in the web interface
  • Working in the project client
  • KDL website update
  • One library's experience
  • Training and support
  • Future participation
  • (after lunch) Office hours - individual help with the topics of the day

Registration is $20 and includes lunch. A limited number of laptops will be available for use during the workshop if you are unable to bring your own (see Notes for participants, below).

Register at Registration will be capped at 50.

A discount hotel rate is available at the Hampton Inn.  

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Notes for participants

  • Digitize six to 10 items prior to the workshop to add to a CONTENTdm collection.
  • Bring the digital items or make sure you can access them online.
  • Bring a laptop with the project client installed.
  • If you are not able to install the project client prior to the workshop, make sure you have administrative rights on your laptop.


  Ilona Burdette is executive director of the Kentucky Virtual Library (KYVL), which oversees the work of the Kentucky Digital Library. She has an MSLS from the University of Kentucky. KYVL is a program of the Council on Postsecondary Education in cooperation with 300 member institutions.
Matthew Collins is the Director of the Library and Professor of Research and Bibliography at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He has extensive experience in website design and development. He has a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University and an MSLIS from Florida State University.  
  Jason Cooper is Head of Technical Services at Transylvania University. Jason oversees cataloging and acquisitions and heads up the university's digitization program. He holds the MLS from Indiana University. Jason's past experience includes over a decade in Technical Services and systems positions at the University of Montevallo, (Montevallo, Alabama.)
Nicole Frilling is the Digital Branch Librarian at Kenton County Public Library. She currently manages the website and electronic resources. She has a MSLS from the University of Kentucky.  
  Edna Fugate is the University Archivist and Reference Librarian for the University of Pikeville, where she manages the Frank M. Allara Library Special Collections and Archives, participating in preservation, digitzation, and outreach. She is a Certified Archivist and has her MSLS from the University of Kentucky.
Jennifer Howard is Systems Librarian at Frontier Nursing University, where she manages the library's website, institutional repository, and LibGuides. She has an MSLS from the University of Kentucky. Prior to joining FNU, she worked for eight years in the special collections and library department of the Kentucky Historical Society.  
  Kevin Johnson is Digitization & Metadata Specialist at Transylvania University. Kevin supports Transy's Digital Liberal Arts initiatives, and also serves the primary contact for CONTENTdm. He has an MFA in Photography from the University of Kentucky. Prior to joining the staff at Transylvania, Kevin worked at the Kentucky Historical Society, and the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives.



Time Topic Responsibility
8:00 am Coffee, snacks and registration  
9:00 am

Welcome and introductions

  • KDL Work Group
  • KDL Web Team
  • Other presenters

Edna, et. al.

9:10 am

Getting started and becoming a member

  • Becoming a user (CONTENTdm admin)
  • Adding a collection
  • MOA
    • Not required for sandbox collection
  • Cost
    • QuickStart
    • Additional storage
    • Preservation
    • DPLA
9:30 am

Metadata basics

  • What is metadata?
  • KDL metadata template
    • Required fields
    • Shared vocabularies
    • Add, don't change!
  • How is it used in CONTENTdm?
    • Fields searched in KDL
    • Importance for DPLA
9:50 am

Working in the web interface

  • Adding items from scratch
  • Editing
  • Find and replace
  • Approving and indexing
    • Approving items
    • Indexing collections
      • What for
      • Process
      • Time involved
10:15 am Break (make sure project client is installed on laptop)  
10:30 am

Working in the project client

  • Installation
    • Key available from KYVL to MOA signers
  • Setting up collections
    • Metadata templates
  • Adding items
  • Adding compound objects
  • Batch import
  • ​Importing metadata via .txt files
  • Approving and indexing
11:15 am

Web developments

  • (J) Changes to date
    • Header
    • Menu
    • Branding
  • (I) Logo
  • (M) Anticipated changes
    • Importance of metadata
Matthew Collins
 & web team
11:30 am

Real-life case study

  • Newspaper collection recap
  • Customizing and branding
  • Institutional logo and colors

Jason Cooper
Kevin Johnson

11:45 am

Training and support

  • Web pages & e-lists
  • KDL user community
  • CONTENTdm Community


Nicole, Edna

12:00 pm

Wrap up - Future participation

  • Member council
  • Office Hours
12:15 pm Lunch  
12:45 pm Office hours - one-on-one help with topics from the morning sessions Workshop crew
2:00 pm Bon Voyage!  
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