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Sep 14 2007

Digital Collections Archivist Named

The NCSU Libraries has appointed Brian J. Dietz as Digital Collections Archivist, effective August 1, 2007.

As Digital Collections Archivist, Dietz is responsible for all aspects of project management for the recently awarded NC ECHO architecture digital collection grant, including managing digitization workflows and standards, developing metadata schema, encoding digital files, and overseeing the creation of a public web site for access to the complete digital collection. He will develop access mechanisms to the collection using specialized vocabularies, search tools, and by exposing the collection to web search engines via OAI protocols. Dietz will contribute to a number of other Special Collections? initiatives, including projects to provide online access to collections documenting the university?s history.

Brian Dietz brings considerable experience with digital projects in special collections and archives. He has been the project coordinator for the Green ?N? Growing Digital Collection in the Special Collections Research Center since July 2006. Before coming to NCSU Libraries, Dietz was a Graduate Assistant for the Documenting the American South project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In both of these positions, he created archival and web accessible digital images for book, manuscript, and photographic materials. He also volunteered as manuscripts processor at both UNC-CH and Duke University Special Collections.

He is co-author of ?Developing Standardized Metrics for Assessing Use and User Services for Primary Resources? in Archival Lookout, as well as a forthcoming publication documenting the Green ?N? Growing project at NCSU Libraries. Dietz holds a Master of Science in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from James Madison University.