Water Archives Workshop

Wednesday, March 14 - organized by Char Miller, Pomona College

tentative schedule:

7:30 Depart for Claremont Colleges

8:30 Arrive Claremont/Honnold Library/Founders Room for Welcome Reception: coffee, juice, water, light snack; opening remarks

9:30 Water Project Described - NARA Records Described

  • Student Presentation on Metadata
  • Overview of local water history

10:30 Document Analysis

  • Participants work on metadata and/or blog posts
  • Students/Librarians/CM LC/TK/CM instruct

12:30 Lunch (East Patio)

1:30 Depart for Chino Basin Water Conservation District (or RSABG)—TBD

3:00  Depart for Riverside Convention Center

This preconference workshop is framed around The Digitizing Southern California Water Resources Project, a unique collaboration of The Claremont Colleges, CSU San Bernardino, CSU Northridge, National Archives and Records Administration of Riverside, as well as A.K. Smiley, Ontario, and Upland public libraries. Supported by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), this project is delivering an online database of thousands of preserved primary sources and other documents on the development, management, and exploitation of Southern California and western U.S. water resources. Because these resources will serve scholars interested in how California and the West have managed their water resources in the past, we are particularly excited to give ASEH members a sneak preview of and hands-on training in the digitizing of these invaluable archives. The second half of the workshop will shift from the academic to the applied: we will visit the Chino Basin Water Conservation District learn about its exciting groundwater sustainability initiatives.