Valuing Our Scans: Understanding the Impacts of Digitized Native American Ethnographic Archives

Valuing Our Scans: Understanding the Impacts of Digitized Native American Ethnographic Archives

Valuing Our Scans (VoS) is a 3-year, mixed methods research project that will help cultural heritage institutions evaluate the use and impact of digitized ethnographic archives. The project will produce four user-centered assessment toolkits designed to generate information and feedback from the following user groups: Native American communities, K-12 educators, academic researchers, and library, archives, and museum professionals and administrators. Each toolkit will include: 1) validated and tested end-user questionnaires tailored for each user community; 2) step-by-step instructions for their administration; 3) guidelines for coding, analyzing, and interpreting questionnaire data; 4) sample reports illustrating effective communication of study results to target stakeholders and audiences; and finally, 5) specific use cases that demonstrate how to implement or respond to insights learned from assessments. The toolkits will be freely available online (at vos.umd.edu).

Duration: 
May 2016 - April 2019
Funder: 
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Total Award Amount: 
$394,616

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