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Community Collections Spotlight: Material Order Consortium

December 4, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

This webinar will feature speakers discussing the Material Order consortium and its engagement with CollectionSpace. The speakers will talk about the common needs and benefits that brought the different design materials-holding institutions together, and how they worked together to: create a shared controlled vocabulary for materials; define the standard for describing design materials and create a CollectionSpace profile to support that standard; and fund a shared public collections browser.

The Material Order Consortium is a collaboration among the libraries of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Rhode Island School of Design, and Parsons School of Design. Each of these schools manages a collection of “design materials” – materials used by architects, designers, and artists in their work. The core goal of the consortium is to provide a community and standards-based approach to describing and managing materials collections.

This webinar is part of the “Community Collections Spotlight” series.

Speakers: Johanna Kasubowski, Margot Nishimura, Mark Pompelia, and Ann Baird Whiteside
Johanna Kasubowski is Materials and Media Collections Librarian at the Frances Loeb Library at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD). Johanna has diverse experience in all aspects of library operations that range from image cataloging, digitization, metadata schema development, public service, research support, collection development, and public programming. As a founding member of the Material Order consortium, she has lead development of the CollectionSpace Materials Profile, creation of use standards and guidelines, and build-out of the CollectionSpace Public Browser. She oversees the GSD Materials Collection, a collection of design products that places emphasis on material composition and functional traits of the material samples to encourage users to rethink conventional applications and promote material experimentation in design practice. She has a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan.

As interim dean of libraries, Margot Nishimura provides leadership and oversight for The Fleet Library at RISD, the Nature Lab, the Center for Arts & Language, and Campus Exhibitions. Prior to this role she served as director of museums at the Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF) starting in June 2017, having begun there in 2014 as deputy director for collections, programming and public engagement. Before joining NRF, she was deputy director and librarian at Brown University’s John Carter Brown Library.

Mark Pompelia is Visual + Material Resource Librarian for the Fleet Library at Rhode Island School of Design where he oversees non-text collections that include digital images; materials samples collection (part of a shared database project and consortium); and institutional repository. He is active in elected and appointed positions for Art Libraries Society of North America and Visual Resources Association and participates consistently at ARLIS/NA, ARLIS/Australia-New Zealand, and Visual Resources Association, among others. His co-authored chapter on materials libraries for the 2nd edition of the Handbook of Art and Design Librarianship was published in October 2017.

Ann Baird Whiteside is Librarian/Assistant Dean for Information Services at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. The focus of her work is re-envisioning the 21st century library through her work, including expanding the creation of and access to digital information in close collaboration with scholars, and the use of technology to support teaching and research. Her current work is focused on three areas of preservation: digital design data, web archiving, and AV materials. She is the PI for an IMLS grant (Building for Tomorrow) to develop a roadmap that outlines a shared infrastructure for the preservation and dissemination of electronic architectural documentation.

Visit the LYRASIS website to enroll in this free webinar.


December 4, 2019
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm