Lesya Westerman

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Learning Artifacts & Other Samples

Below are samples of my work- whether that is an essay, finding aid, or online resource.
Each project title's link will take you to the full display of each project. 


MLIS Capstone Project

The Recipe Book Compendium: Bridging the Rare Books Accessibility Gap

The Recipe Book Compendium addresses the inaccessibility of Early Modern recipe books to the general public. With barriers such as academic pedigree limiting engagement, these books have remained largely hidden away in institutional special collections. However, they hold valuable insights into the lives of Early Modern families and their knowledge creation and organization practices. This free online resource connects the average person to digitized recipe books and myriad resources to assist with understanding Early Modern material and social culture. By making this information accessible to a wider audience, the Compendium promotes a deeper understanding of Early Modern knowledge practices.

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Processing the Vaishno Das and Kala Bagai Family Materials Collection

University of Washington, LIS 505

The Vaishno Das and Kala Bagai Familiy Materials Collection has been digitized and made available for public use by the South Asian American Digital Archive. Approaching the processing of this collection included two components: developing a processing plan and creating a finding aid. 

Processing Plan

The processing plan is an examination of the existing collection which records distinguishing details about the collection, proposes arrangement and description schemes, and identifies potential challenges that may impact processing logistics. This includes a memo to the SAADA Executive Director, proposing this plan to be implemented. 

Finding Aid

This finding aid has been created to facilitate the navigation of the Bagai Family Materials Collection. Finding aids assist users in accessing, discovering, and understanding the materials in a collection; this one has been developed at a series-level allowing for a more detailed look at the materials in the collection and how they are arranged. 

Archives Access for People with Intellectual & Invisible Disabilities
University of Washington, LIS 553

Tasked with developing an action plan to address a social injustice in information science, I create a tool to evaluate the accessibility of archives for people who experience intellectual and invisible disabilities. This project also includes a positionality statement and resource assessment.

An Indigenous Data Future: Developing Archives Protocols with Indigenous Communities
University of Washington, LIS 555
Collaborators: Gina Rome & Mei'lani Eyre

Focusing on developing archives protocols that are Indigenous-first, we created a slide deck that could be used by an American Indian Alaskan Native (AI/AN) community.  This presentation uses historical context and contemporary examples to ground the audience in developing protocols for their own communities. Though we identified some knowledge gaps around this topic, we also left space for tribal leaders or community members to include information about their own archives.  

Examination of MARC Records for Francesca Woodman, edited by Corey Keller
University of Washington, LIS 531

Using the photobook Francesca Woodman, as edited by Corey Keller, I performed an analysis of two MARC records and later created a new MARC record using these two records in addition to my understanding of cataloging best practices. Points I considered included: What field choices were made that are good or standard, and why would the cataloger have made these choices?; What field choices were made that are local?; What is missing from the subject headings, series statements, and additional contributors, and what changes would you make in response?; and How much of this record is as the vendor provided?

Building a Movie & TV Tropes Thesaurus
University of Washington, LIS 537
Collaborators: Truc-Thuy Lam Ho, Kayl Parker, Christina Tuccillo

Selecting the domain of Movia & TV Tropes, our group developed a thesaurus, taxonomy, and ontology. Using PoolParty, we created an interactive classified schedule to index resources and demonstrate relationships between terms. The thesaurus was built using just shy of 100 preferred terms, as well as an unlimited number of non-preferred (lead-in) terms. This project was compliant with vocabulary standards ANSI/NISO Z39.19 (R2010), ISO 25964-1, and ISO 25964-2. The linked introductions explains to end-users (both indexers and searchers) what the thesaurus contains and how it is to be used.

Amalgamated Vocabularies: The Inhibition of Research by JSTOR Topic Cards
University of Washington, LIS 530

After using JSTOR as my database of choice for a previous metadata evaluation project, I became increasingly interested in their eschewing of a controlled vocabulary in favor of what they call “topic cards”. Their use of a thesaurus and topic cards are intended to increase discoverability and usage, in turn sharing richer metadata with web scale discovery tools. In this paper I evaluated topic cards against a traditional controlled vocabulary; how the thesaurus does or does not impact discoverability of resources; and how an algorithm affects metadata accuracy.

JSTOR Metadata Evaluation
University of Washington, LIS 530

As a part of a metadata evaluation, I worked with 4 resources accessible via JSTOR to evaluate  the clarity of what the entity is that is being described; the attributes used and not used; the attribute values; how well the metadata makes clear the relationship between the resource and other entities in the OS; the usefulness of the metadata to the OS's intended users; if you could make one change to the metadata, what would it be, and why?; and, optionally, any other aspects of the metadata you have an opinion about

Preservation Plan for the Gleeson Library at USF's Donahue Rare Book Room
University of Washington, LIS 598 D (WI 20)

I developed a preservation plan that outlines the preservation needs, actions, and evaluative criteria for a digital collection managed by the University of San Francisco. This final plan addresses the rationale for digital preservation; organizational commitment; financial commitment; preservation actions and quality controls; metadata creation; roles and responsibilities; training and education; and monitoring and review of the plan. 

Instruments of War: Hellenistic and Mesoamerican Libraries in Military Strategy
University of Washington, LIS 501

A comparison of the Library of Alexandria and Mesoamerican Codices and Libraries demonstrates the shared story of intellectual wealth, symbolic power, and persistent cultural significance. With this position in society, though, these ancient libraries were utilized in war to devastate the communities who used them. This analysis also sheds light on how these libraries and their history informs the value of libraries today. 

California Travels: A Digital Collection
San Jose State University, LIS 284
Collaborators: Jonathan Wilcox & Tanya Yule

Ourgroup decided to collaborate on the creation of a visual state archive ofnatural landmarks and regions throughout the California. Ourdigitized collection would consist of materials including photographs in mediumand 35mm formats, as well larger prints created using the cyanotype process,and a selection of postcards with photographic rectos. We determined our usergroup would consist of scholars seeking visuals of California naturallandscapes for analysis or as a supplement to other work, as well as people lookingfor photographs on this theme ranging from vernacular to more professionalquality. To ensure the highest quality record was created, we benchmarked our materials using the Cornell University digitization equations for continuous tone images. This would allow us to simultaneously evaluate the quality of the image and file information. Our final project took the form of a ContentDM digital collection.

Digital Asset Management Plan: Book Club of California
San Jose State University, LIS 282

The Book Club of California's Albert Sperisen Library is a special collections library consisting of antiquarian books and fine press ephemera. At the time of developing this plan, the Library was not using technology to digitize materials, improve access, or increase staff efficiency. My proposal identified: a descriptive metadata schema, such as the Dublin Core Metadata Initaitive; a taxonomy utilizing select controlled vocabularies; possible workflow issues; preservation strategies; licensing and legal issues; and possible DAM systems for use. 

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