Text Encoding Initiative at CWRU

TEI Projects and Small Libraries:
Encoding the Cleveland History and Western Reserve Digital Book Collection at Case Western Reserve University

Stephanie Church, Virginia Dressler, and Richard Wisneski

Thursday, March 18, 2010
6 - 8:30 p.m.

6-7 p.m. Pre-paid Dinner from Cafe Ah-Roma; Networking
7-8:30 p.m. Text Encoding talk (free)

Cleveland State University
Room 502 Michael Schwartz Library (located in Rhodes Tower)


Presenter Bios

Stephanie Church is an Acquisitions Assistant for the Kelvin Smith Library at Case Western Reserve University.  She received her MLIS in 2008 from Kent and enjoys text encoding whenever possible.

Virginia Dressler is a Digital Library Programs Librarian at Case.  After completing a Master's in Art Gallery and Museum Studies at the University of Leeds, Virginia found employment at the Louisiana State Museum as a digital archivist in January 2005.  After evacuating New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Virginia eventually relocated to her Northeast Ohio hometown and finished a Master's in Library and Information Science at Kent State University in 2007.  She is currently enrolled in the Certificate Program of Advanced Study in Digital Libraries at Kent State University.

Richard Wisneski is head of Bibliographic and Metadata Services for Kelvin Smith Library at Case Western Reserve University.  He is a member of the Best Practices for TEI in Libraries Group, DMS Training Assessment Committee, and OhioLINK Cataloging Functional Requirements Committee.  His research interests include TEI encoding practices for libraries, and interactions between academic libraries and digital humanities programs.

Presentation Description

This discussion will present one small library's attempt at a TEI Project following Level 3 encoding, with its desire to incorporate some features defined by Level 4.  Case Western Reserve University's Kelvin Smith Library has begun a project to digitize and text-encode its books on Cleveland History.  The project, Books on Cleveland, Ohio and the Western Reserve Digital Text Collection, contains over 130 primary source texts on the history of Cleveland and its surrounding area, which date from the mid-nineteenth century to the early twentieth century, and cover a wide array of subjects, including: ethnic groups in and around Cleveland; Cleveland charity organizations; religious organizations in and nearby Cleveland; directories; Cleveland educational history; Western Reserve settlement; and historical homes and landmarks of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County.  Currently, approximately half of the collection has been scanned and OCR'ed, and an initial workflow has begun, which includes structural text markup in conformance to P5 Level 3 encoding, but with aspects of Level 4 encoding, particularly in regards to divisions, lists, and figures.  The project is expected to last two years, and then continue with contributions from neighboring institutions.


This event is sponsored by NORASIST ~
the Northern Ohio Chapter
of the American Society for Information Science and Technology

The presentation is free but there is a charge for dinner, which must be pre-paid.

All are welcome!

Pre-Registration Deadline: March 10, 2010

Registration form

Choose from these sandwich selections from Cafe Ah-Roma (all include lettuce and tomatoes):
( )   Cafe Smoked Turkey on sesame egg braid bread w/provolone cheese & mayo
( )   Classic Tuna Salad sandwich on homemade honey whole wheat bread
( )   Veggie Ah-Roma - Red onions, cucumbers, green bell peppers, mushrooms,
      and alfalfa sprouts on a multigrain baguette w/honey mustard dressing

Vending machine beverages will also be available for purchase.

( )    $9      Students, retirees, or those between jobs
( )    $11    ASIS&T members
( )    $13    Non-member guests
( )    Text Encoding presentation only - Free (but pre-registration required
       since space is limited)

To reserve your spot, please respond by March 10

• If you would like to come for the presentation only, please reserve your spot by emailing Sue Fensore ( the following information: your name, address, phone # and preferred email, as well as your organization’s name;

• If you would also like dinner, which will be available only if pre-paid, please mail your registration form, as well as your check payable to NORASIST to:
NORASIST c/o Sue Fensore 36112 Billingsley Row, Avon, OH 44011

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