Museums Metadata Summit: Projects in Progress

The Museum Collections Management Commons’ Summit Planning Group is excited to invite your participation in our next event on Wednesday, September 29 from 2-3:30pm. It’s the first in a robust series of four events this fall.
This event will have two components:
  1. A plenary session featuring lighting talks about 6-8 metadata projects underway in the Five Colleges and Museums10 ecosystem.
  2. An opportunity to follow your favorite speakers to breakout sessions for discussion and Q&A.
Featured projects:
  • Five College FOLIO (Future of Libraries is Open)
  • Five College Museum Collections Management Commons
  • Smith College’s Stronger Together
  • Yiddish Book Center’s digital projects
  • Amherst College Digital Collections
We may also be adding more colleagues to the lighting talk and breakout schedule! Register to stay up to date with schedule additions.
Who’s invited?
Everyone! This event is free and open to leadership, staff, faculty, and students at all Five College campuses and Museums10 as well as colleagues from the broader LAMs communities. Please forward this message to anyone you think might be interested in this event or those later in the fall.
What are the other events this fall?
We’re putting together a digital flyer that will be ready shortly. In the meantime, here’s the lineup (all events are on Wednesdays 2-3:30):
October 20: Ethical Cataloging with guest speaker Hannah Turner, author of Cataloging Culture (UBC Press, 2020)
November 17: Governance Models
December 15: Public Portal User Study Results with research partners Slover Linett Audience Research. You can participate in the survey posted at right now!
Your Summit Planning Team:
Rachel Beckwith, Library Director, Hampshire College
Nimisha Bhat, Visual Arts Librarian, Smith College
Bea Cusin, Administrative assistant for Sponsored Projects, Five Colleges, Inc.
Carrie Evans, Data Specialist, Five Colleges, Inc.
Adrienne Figus, Project Manager for Stronger Together, Smith College
Erin Richardson, PhD, Project Manager, Five Colleges, Inc.
When registering, please select the ticket type that matches your organizational affiliation. This will help us ensure you’re not paired with your co-workers during networking and breakout session opportunities.
Before the event begins on September 29th – please create a profile for yourself, if you didn’t attend the previous Summit events, to help other participants get to know you. This profile will be valid for future events and you can change it at any time.
If you’ve yet to participate in an event hosted on the Hopin platform, this video introductionis a great place to start. It provides a brief overview of the platform features.
I hope you’re looking forward to this event as much as we are!
If you have any difficulty with registration, have questions about the platform, or general questions about the Museums’ Metadata Summit, please contact Bea Cusin at
A note about accessibility:
The summit planning group, with significant guidance from FCI leadership and accessibility coordinators at several of the five campuses, conducted an extensive search for a platform that would allow maximum communication options among users of all abilities in a virtual setting. The selected platform provider,, is committed to making improvements to its WCAG conformance in the coming months, and has already undergone two accessibility audits.
For inquiries about the accessibility of this event or to request any accommodations, contact Erin Richardson, Project Manager at We ask that you make accommodation requests no later than 72 hours prior to the start of the event to allow for adequate implementation time. Regardless, in all situations, a good faith effort will be made to provide accommodations up until the time of the event.
Header artwork:
Stephen Hannock (American b. 1951). Twilight Over the Oxbow The View from Mount Holyoke (MASS MoCA #312)(detail). 2019. Polished mixed media on canvas. Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. Purchase with funds from Hans and Kate Morris (Class of 1982). 2020.2 © Stephen Hannock.

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