Something New for Something Old: Innovative Approaches to Managing Archives and Special Collections

December 4-5, 2008 at the Union League of Philadelphia



Overview and Updates

Schedule and Speakers



Tom Clareson

Biographical Statement

Thomas F.R. Clareson joined PALINET as Program Director for New Initiatives in October 2005. Leading PALINET's digital collections creation and management services, preservation services, and consulting activities, he is responsible for establishing new services and funding sources, grantwriting, and outreach to the museum and historical society communities. With over 15 years experience in preservation and digitization services, Tom was previously Global Product Manager at OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.; he also served in various capacities at Amigos Library Services, Inc. Tom holds an MLS from Kent State University, an MA from Ohio State University, and a BA from Ohio Wesleyan University. Currently a representative from the Society of American Archivists to the Joint Committee on Archives, Libraries, and Museums, he also serves on the Board of Trustees of Heritage Preservation.

member of Infrastructure panel

Project Description and Links

Some of Pennsylvania's largest cultural heritage collaborative organizations have banded together to begin development of statewide digital and digitization resources. Providing assistance to libraries, archives, and museums throughout the digital "lifecycle," the collaborative activities are focusing on digital creation, collection development, discovery, and preservation.

PALINET, PACSCL, the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI), AccessPA, and the Office of Commonwealth Libraries are working with their members and constituents to develop these services.

Among the efforts of this nascent statewide digital initiative are digital collection development guidelines, the opportunity to participate in a regional mass digitization collaborative, a repository of digital collections, and a tool which is harvesting and collecting OAI-compliant digital library collections.



Last updated October 31, 2008. Questions may be directed to Christine Di Bella,