About the Project

The Marion A. Ringwood Scrapbook is part of the Notable Women of Simmons College Collection of Digital Scrapbooks.

It was created by the Fall 2017 LIS 462 Digital Libraries class, led by Candy Schwartz.

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A photograph of the entire fall 2017 LIS462 class

The Committees

Candy Schwartz

Professor Candy Schwartz (now retired) taught the LIS 462 Digital Libraries Class that created this scrapbook, and she served as a supervisor on all aspects of the project. She has a BA (in linguistics) and an MLS from McGill University, Montreal, and a PhD in information transfer from Syracuse University. She teaches in the areas of information organization, metadata, digital libraries, and subject analysis, and is the co-editor of the peer-reviewed journal Library & Information Science Research. She created the first Simmons GSLIS web site in the mid-90s.

Project Manager

Molly Brown

A photograph of Molly Brown flexing her bicepA photograph of Molly Brown standing

The project manager acted as a facilitator and supervisor for the entire project. In this role, Molly was responsible for planning out the critical path of the project, setting agendas for and then moderating all-class committee meetings, and tracking the progress of the digital library through the use of project management software.This facilitator role allowed the individual committees to largely focus on their own tasks, and meant that the project could progress coherently.

A photograph of the Content committee


Committee: Nicole Critchley, Kris Gladstone, Katie Hall, Stephen Toropov

The Content Committee was charged with researching the scrapbook and Marion Ringwood’s life in order to provide knowledge and information to the other committees throughout the project and to write all of the extended text appearing in the digital library. A particular focus of research and study for the committee was providing historical context for Marion’s life and creating educational resources for users of the digital library.

A photograph of the Metadata committee

Descriptive Metadata

Committee: Hannah Callahan, David Heilbrun, Amelie Immelt

The Descriptive Metadata Committee was responsible for making choices concerning metadata, subject access, and controlled vocabularies. After making these choices they crafted a descriptive metadata manual and data capture forms for everyone to use in describing each of the items they were assigned by the digitization committee. They also performed quality control checks on the metadata submitted by the class, and worked closely with the Systems Committee to transfer metadata to the online system.

A photograph of the Digitization committee


Committee: Kelly Bunting, Jess Hoffman, Mckenzie Mullen, Chris Spraker

The Digitization Committee was charged with ensuring the proper digitization of Marion’s scrapbook. To do this they created an inventory of the scrapbook, worked with the preservation committee to establish standards for digitizing the scrapbook, created and tested a digitization instruction manual, assigned pages to students, managed the schedule for scanning in the SLIS Tech Lab, and provided quality control on all scanned images to ensure the best possible product.

A photograph of the Environmental Scan committee

Environmental Scan

Committee: Jenny Durant, Shay Elbaum, Dominique Gulotta, Connor McCormack

The Environmental Scan Committee was charged with developing a survey of similar websites in order to explore different approaches to digitizing scrapbooks and to provide a forum for the class to decide on the features of other projects that they thought would work the best for the Marion Ringwood Digital Library.

A photograph of the Usability committee

Evaluation and Usability

Committee: Steven Gentry, Kris Gladstone, Stephen Toropov

The Evaluation and Usability Committee was charged with testing the final product that were the fruit of the semester’s labors. Through research they decided how evaluation would occur and what testing parameters would be used. They ran evaluations in the SLIS Usability Lab and administered surveys. Their findings were used to fine tune the final digital library.

A photograph of the Marketing committee


Committee: Jenny Durant, Connor McCormack

The Marketing Committee had an array of duties, including developing user scenarios, planning marketing strategies to raise money, developing the logo and branding, and designing promotional objects such as pins and pens. They also conducted research on marketing in libraries, tracked the class hours spent on various aspects of the project, and ran the digital library unveiling at the end of the semester.

A photograph of the Preservation committee


Committee: Nicole Critchley, Steven Gentry, Dominique Gulotta, Lina Rosenberg

The Preservation Committee was charged with creating strategies for long term preservation of the digital scrapbook (images and website) and collecting preservation metadata. As part of this activity, they decided on preservation file formats and amended the continuing preservation planning document for the Notable Women project.

A photograph of the Rights Management committee

Rights Management

Committee: Shay Elbaum, Katie Hall, Lina Rosenberg

The Rights Management Committee was responsible for researching the rights issues pertaining to the items in the scrapbook. They developed rights statements for objects, explored obtaining permissions, and wrote a terms of use policy for the site. They answered questions for other committees pertaining to rights throughout the semester.

A photograph of the Systems committee


Committee: Johanna Burgess, Dane Groves, Sawyer Newman, Becky Shea

The Systems Committee was responsible for creating the underlying structure and the interface. To do this they reviewed software options and selected the best for the project. They polled the class for feedback on decisions regarding site design and navigation. Working with other committees they created, refined, and tested the site, making sure that it conformed to best practices and accessibility standards.


The Marion A. Ringwood Scrapbook would not have been possible without the support of:

  • Jason Wood, College Archivist and Associate Director for Discovery Services, Simmons College

We would also like to say thank you to our GoFundMe donors:

  • Bill and Amy Brown
  • Claire Connors
  • Tory and Linn Gladstone
  • Bary and Lorelie Darling
  • Gayle Schechter
  • Lindsay Deal
  • Elizabeth Saltman
  • Maggie Anderson
  • Barbara Stoops
  • Joe Holt
  • Jane Moore
  • Jenny Rae Bailey
  • Candy Schwartz
  • Jenny Durant
  • Laura Wilson-Gentry
  • Anonymous