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Designing the Perfect Ingestion: The Kislak Collection at University of Miami ​
Regional Conference.
July 30, 2020

In 2017, the Jay I. Kislak Foundation, University of Miami (UM) and Miami Dade College jointly announced an important donation which, along with the collection that Jay Kislak donated to the Library of Congress back in 2004, is considered one of the finest collections of its kind in the world. The gift, representing a combined valuation of approximately $30 million, includes more than 2,300 rare books, maps, manuscripts, pre-Columbian artifacts and other materials. 
UM panelists will share their experience from the moment this contract was signed until the collection was safely hosted at UM, discoverable through our catalog, and accessible to the public. Panelists will also share how this donation has changed the spaces of UM Libraries, modified workflows, intensified relationships between UM and MDC, created new positions, and generated new projects to come. Attendees will learn best practices on how to manage the intake of a collection of this magnitude.

José Vila is the Cataloging & Metadata Management Librarian at University of Miami Libraries. He is responsible for creation, maintenance, and enhancement of metadata across multiple discovery platforms and library systems, ensuring the quality of metadata and cataloging records. In addition to his MSI degree from Florida State University, he holds a BS in Library and Information Science from Complutense University, Spain.
Linde Brocato is the Special Collections and Archives cataloger at University of Miami Libraries. She is also the lead cataloger for the Jay I. Kislak Collection of the Early Americas, Exploration, and Navigation. Linde has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Birmingham-Southern College, a Master of Arts in Spanish from the University of Alabama, a Master of Science in Library & Information Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature specializing in medieval Spanish from Emory University
Jay Sylvestre  is a Special Collections Librarian at University of Miami. He is responsible for providing effective and creative access to collections through teaching and social media outreach, and the development and enhancement of rare book, manuscript, and archival collections. Jay is a member of the Society of American Archivists (SAA), the Society of Florida Archivists (SFA), and the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the American Library Association (RBMS)


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