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The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting shift to working from home (WFH) and online education proved a boon for digital collections. Not only can digital collections provide researchers remote access to rare and unique archival materials, but the metadata work that facilitates its discovery can be adapted to a WFH environment. At Clemson University Libraries, the metadata team facilitated a WFH project where 15 Libraries employees across two units are helping to describe a collection of over 2400 photographs. This project rose to the challenges of providing meaningful work to colleagues while working from home, empowering them to learn new skills and gain stronger understanding of metadata work, all while speeding up the timeframe for making this collection accessible online. This presentation provides a brief overview of the project workflow, including how training, communication, and quality control were managed remotely.


This presentation was given at the 2020 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Cataloging and Metadata Management Section (CaMMS) Cataloging Norms Interest Group (CNIG) meeting as part of the ALCTS Virtual Interest Group Week held June 9, 2020.