Rachel Jane Wittmann portrait
  • Digital Curation Librarian, Marriott Library
  • Assistant Librarian, Marriott Library
  • Assistant Librarian, Marriott Library

Research Statement

My role as Digital Curation Librarian is to support digital scholarship of public history and the digital humanities. 

Research Keywords

  • Public History
  • Metadata
  • Digital Scholarship
  • Digital Libraries
  • Digital Humanities

Presentations

  • Updating catalogs with more inclusive subject headings: A planned approach [Update]. R.J. Wittmann, N. Lewis. Utah Library Association Annual Conference, Layton, UT. Presentation, Presented, 05/19/2022.
  • Updating catalogs with more inclusive subject headings: A planned approach. R.J. Wittmann, N. Lewis Utah Library Association Fall Workshop. Presentation, Presented, 09/24/2021.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic: Collecting and preserving contemporary materials for future historians. R.J Wittmann, A. Neatrour, L. Barr, J. Turner. The 69th Annual Utah State Historical Society Conference. Panel, Presented, 09/21/2021.
  • Documenting Utah during COVID-19: An open call for submissions. Neatrour, A., Myntti, J. & Wittmann, R.J. Utah Library Association Conference, held online. Presentation, Presented, 05/21/2021.
  • Falling through the cracks: Metadata inadequacies in rock climbing research. Casucci, T. & Wittmann, R.J. 2021 Utah Library Association Conference, held online . Presentation, Presented, 05/21/2021.
  • The Utah COVID-19 digital collection: Best practices for born-digital, crowdsourced collections. Neatrour, A., Myntti, J. & Wittmann, R.J. at Best Practices Exchange conference, held online. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 05/18/2021.
  • Collections as data: From digital library to open datasets. Neatrour, A., Myntti, J. & Wittmann, R.J. NISOPlus conference, Humanities in the Information Ecosystem panel. Panel, Presented, 02/22/2021.
  • Documenting contemporary regional history: Utah COVID-19 digital collection. Myntti, J., Neatrour, A., & Wittmann, R.J. Webinar hosted by Backstage Library Works. Presentation, Presented, 09/09/2020.
  • Saving stories and lives using the library. Wittmann, R.J., Myntti, J., Ferrill, T.J., Case, G., and Patterson, B. Webinar hosted by the University of Utah Alumni Association. Presentation, Presented, 06/12/2020.
    https://youtu.be/H9evGep-IBU
  • Kennecott miner records: A collections as data pilot project. Neatrour, A., Jensen, A, & Wittmann, R.J. Digital Matters Graduate Fellow and Faculty Grantees Research Talks. Presentation, Presented, 12/2019.
  • Mining MARC Metadata: Using bibliographic data in digital humanities projects. McCormack, A. & Wittmann, R.J. 2019 Digital Library Federation Forum, Tampa, Florida. Presentation, Presented, 10/2019.
    https://slides.com/racheljanewittmann/deck-2#/
  • Collections as data at the Marriott Library. Mountain West Digital Library Conference. University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. Presentation, Presented, 06/07/2019.
  • Text Mining Mining Texts. Cummings, R., Neatrour, A. & Wittmann, R.J. The Fourth Utah Symposium on the Digital Humanities. Weber State University, Ogden, Utah. Presentation, Presented, 02/02/2019.
  • Mining MARC Metadata: Using bibliographic data in digital humanities projects. McCormack, A. & Wittmann, R.J. The Fourth Utah Symposium on the Digital Humanities. Weber State University, Ogden, Utah. Presentation, Presented, 02/02/2019.
    https://tinyurl.com/mcwidhu419
  • Open Parks Network: A cross-governmental approach to open access and sustainability. Curry, C., Morgan, J., Vinson, C., & Wittmann, R.J. Open Repositories 2018 Conference. Bozeman, Montana. Presentation, Presented, 06/05/2018.
    https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/lib_pres/122/
  • Open Parks Network Exhibit. ACCelerate: Creativity and Innovation Festival. Jones, D., Morgan, J., Vinson, C., & Wittmann, R.J. Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C. (2017, October 13-15). Other, Other, 10/13/2017.
  • A digital celebration of the National Park Service centennial. Morgan, J. & Wittmann, R.J. Digital Library Federation Forum. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Presentation, Presented, 11/08/2016.
    https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/lib_pres/94/
  • Open Parks Network: Parks for the People. Vinson, C. & Wittmann, R.J. LYRASIS webinar. Presentation, Presented, 11/13/2015.
  • Abraham Lincoln birthplace donor card collection: Digital interpretation of crowdfunding a National Park. Wittmann, R.J. National Association of State Park Directors Annual Conference. Greenville, South Carolina. (2015, September 10) . Presentation, Presented, 09/10/2015.
  • Best practices in geospatial metadata.McIntyre, S., Neatrour, A., Woolcott, L., & Wittmann, R. J. Working session presented at the Digital Library Federation Forum. Atlanta, Georgia. Presentation, Presented, 10/28/2014.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • United States of America
    American West.

Publications

  • McCormack, A. & Wittmann, R.J. (2022). Rarely Analyzed: The Relationship between Digital and Physical Rare Books Collections. Information Technology and Libraries. Vol. 41. Published, 06/15/2022.
    https://doi.org/10.6017/ital.v41i2.13415
  • Tarver, H., Hale, M.L., Gentry, S., Chartier, M., White, R. & Wittmann, R.J. (2022). Metadata Quality in Digital Libraries: An Analysis of Survey Response Data. iPRES Conference. Accepted, 05/20/2022.
  • Myntti, J. , Neatrour, A., Cummings, R., Wittmann, R. & Monson, J. (2022). Digital Library Outreach and Instruction. ALA Core Editions. Accepted, 05/16/2022.
  • Casucci, T. & Wittmann, R.J. (2022). Falling through the cracks: Metadata inadequacies in rock climbing research. Journal of Library Metadata. Published, 02/08/2022.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/19386389.2022.2032547
  • Wittmann, Rachel Jane & Casucci, Tallie (2021). Climbing Metadata. [Website] URL https://climbingmetadata.lib.utah.edu/. Published, 05/2021.
    https://climbingmetadata.lib.utah.edu/
  • Neatrour, A. & Myntti, J., and Wittmann, R.J. (2020). Documenting contemporary regional history: the Utah COVID-19 digital collection. Digital Library Perspectives. Vol. 36, 403-414. Published, 07/21/2020.
    https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.110...
  • Gentry, S. & Hale, M.L, Payant, A., Tarver, H., White, R., Wittmann, R.J (2020). Survey of benchmarks in metadata quality: Initial finding. White paper. Digital Library Federation Forum, Assessment Interest Group, Metadata Working Group. Published, 05/2020.
    http://dlfmetadataassessment.github.io/assets/Whit...
  • Wittmann, Rachel & Rebekah Cummings, Jeremy Myntti, Anna Neatrour (2019). From digital library to open datasets: Embracing a collections as data framework. Information Technologies and Libraries. Vol. 38, 49-61. Published, 12/2019.
    https://doi.org/10.6017/ital.v38i4.11101
  • Reinhalter, L. & Wittmann, R.J. (2014). The library: Big data’s boomtown. The Serials Librarian. Vol. 4, 363-372. Published, 12/2014.
    https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/036152...