It was important to all of us that work on the grant could continue after the collection was transferred from the dental school to the archives. We wanted to make sure that the project was completed on time, using the same standards and protocols. This was important for the requirements of the grant, the quality of our work, and the protection of patient privacy according to HIPAA standards. After some brainstorming, we agreed to have library student workers take on the work of scanning images, creating descriptive metadata, and uploading to the database.
In November, we hired Kelley Gorniak and Ashley Ehmig, both library school students who are interested in a career in archives, and had undegraduate backgrounds that complement this project. After some initial training with Alex, Kelley and Ashley are off and running. The project runs through June, by which time we will have enriched the database with hundreds of new images from dozens of patient cases.
Above: Radiograph image from the Oregon Child Study Clinic Records