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Connecticut Forum on Digital Initiatives Monday, September 17, 2012

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The Connecticut State Library would like to invite you to join us for

The Connecticut Forum on Digital Initiatives
Digital Communities : The Evolving Interaction of Technology and Cultural Heritage

October 22, 2012
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Connecticut Forum on Digital Initiatives brings together libraries, archives, museums, and cultural heritage institutions from around Connecticut and beyond to talk about the digital initiatives happening in our historic state. The Forum is a chance for the diverse voices within the cultural heritage sector to talk about ideas, projects and tools with which they are engaged.

The theme of this Forum is collaboration, and how working collaboratively can enhance a project and create communities of value. From simple collaborative collections to complex grant partnerships, by working together we can maximize our resources and create a greater impact. We will explore the impact of the Digital Humanities community on the Library, Archive and Museum community and discover new avenues of collaboration. So join us in building a better digital community that will move Connecticut forward.

Speakers from institutions including the Library of Congress, Yale University and the New York Public Library will cover issues just as diverse. Workshops will feature topics such as Digital Imaging Standards, Linked Data and Presentation Layers and speakers will look at emerging trends in digital humanities. Several successful collaborative projects underway in Connecticut will be highlighted.

Since we will be at the Legislative Office Building, we encourage you to invite your legislator (find your Legislator here) to stop by the Forum. Help raise awareness of the work that we do and the roles we play in our communities. For more ideas on how to raise awareness visit the AAM Advocacy page. We have created an informational page to help explain what we do. Add your voice today!

Presenters scheduled:

Greg Colati, Director, University Archives & Special Collections, University of Connecticut

Jack Dougherty, Associate Professor of Educational Studies, Trinity College

Chris Edwards, Digital Studio Production Manager, Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscripts Library

Michael Howser, Undergraduate Education and GIS Librarian, Homer Babbidge Library, University of Connecticut

Seth Kaufmann, Developer, CollectiveAccess

Mary Norris, Partner, Wiggin & Dana

Trevor Owens, Digital Archivist, National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, Office of Strategic Initiatives, Library of Congress

Tom Scheinfeldt, Managing Director, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media

Trevor Thornton, Senior Applications Developer, Archives, New York Public Library Labs

Kendall Wiggin, State Librarian, Connecticut State Library

We’d like to thank Connecticut Humanities for their support.

Who Should Attend:

This is not an introduction to digitization. It is strongly recommended
that attendees currently be involved in some form of digital project or


Legislative Office Building
300 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, Connecticut
Directions http://www.cga.ct.gov/capitoltours/directions.htm


There is no fee for registration.

Register here.

For more information contact

Christine Pittsley
Digital Collections Technician
Connecticut State Library
231 Capitol Ave.
Hartford Ct. 06106
Email – Christine.Pittsley@ct.gov


A Sign of Freedom: Intertwined History of Amistad & the American School for the Deaf Wednesday, September 12, 2012

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Sengbe Pieh (Joseph Cinqué)Kim A. Silva will discuss interconnected history of the American School for the Deaf and the Amistad Affair, Thursday, September 20, at the State Library starting at noon in Memorial Hall. Silva, Coordinator, Amistad Tours at the Farmington Historical Society and a Board Member of the Connecticut Freedom Trail, will explore how the leader of the Amistad known as Sengbe Pieh, Joseph Cinque and the “Black Prince” drew his strength from his Mende culture, storytelling and mime and how in antebellum America how this African, who spoke no English, was able to prevail in three courts of law, and capture the interest and sympathy of the American public. Silva will also show how the history of Amistad Affair became intertwined in the history of the American School for the Deaf.

Thursday, September 20, 2012
12:00 – 12: 45
Memorial Hall

About the Speaker: Kim A. Silva is a Deaf Historian and researcher of Amistad history since 1998. Ms. Silva is Coordinator of the Amistad Tours for the Farmington Historical Society. She is an author of A Sign of Freedom (unpublished) and artist who contributed an illustration for the Amistad quilt created by the FHS for the Freedom Schooner, Amistad. She presented at Deaf History International in 2000 and shared the oral history from Curator Emeritus, David Halberg about the many links between the founders of the American School for the Deaf and their ties to the Amistad Africans. As a former teacher at the American School for the Deaf, she worked with her students to create the Amistad history portion of the website Deaf Is… She most recently presented at Deaf History International in July 2012.

Silva’s talk will be presented in Memorial Hall, Connecticut State Library, 231 Capitol Avenue, Hartford as part of the State Library and Museum of Connecticut History’s Third Thursday BrownBag Lunchtime speaker series. This series features a variety of speakers on various aspects of Connecticut history. All programs are free and open to the public and attendees should feel free to bring their lunch.

About the State Library: The Connecticut State Library is an Executive Branch agency of the State of Connecticut. The State Library provides a variety of library, information, archival, public records, museum, and administrative services to citizens of Connecticut, as well as the employees and officials of all three branches of State government. The Connecticut State Archives and the Museum of Connecticut History are components of the State Library. Visit the State Library at http://www.cslib.org |