Danielle Cunniff Plumer is a digital collections consultant working with cultural heritage institutions interested in putting their collections online. She is particularly knowledgeable in the areas of project planning and metadata creation, standards, and normalization. She has substantial experience with grantwriting, strategic planning, and facilitation.
Danielle works for the Texas State Library and Archives Commission as the Statewide Resource Sharing Coordinator. She manages the TexShare Consortium, particularly the statewide reciprocal borrowing card, and works with team members on other aspects of library resource sharing, including online resources, interlibrary loan, discovery services, and access to digitized content.
Previously, Danielle coordinated the Texas Heritage Online program at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. In that capacity, she consulted with and assisted participants from the library, archives, and museum communities who were developing digital library projects. A key part of her job was monitoring and participating in the development of standards and guidelines for digital projects, including metadata, interoperability, controlled vocabularies, and preservation. She collaborated with colleagues statewide to provide seamless, integrated access to primary resource materials, working with a variety of library and digital asset management systems to access content via Z39.50, SRU, OAI-PMH, and other APIs.
Danielle has also taught courses for the College of Information at the University of North Texas, the School of Information at The University of Texas at Austin, and the Public History program at Texas State University. These courses included a series on digital curation and preservation, lifecycle management of digital resources, a graduate-level foundation courses in Information Technology, and various courses on metadata, digitization, and online exhibits. In addition to these formal courses, she was also the primary developer and instructor for a series of workshops offered throughout Texas as part of a grant funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services. These workshops covered Digital Project Planning and Management Basics, Digital Archives Systems and Applications, Metadata Standards and Crosswalks, and Principles of Controlled Vocabulary and Thesaurus Design as well as supplemental courses on Digital Preservation Planning and Management and Digital Preservation Tools.
Danielle earned an M.S. in Information Studies at The University of Texas at Austin in 2003. Prior to that, she earned a Ph.D. in medieval English literature at the University of California, Davis. Her technical skills include programming in PHP, Python and Java as well as various command-line utilities. She has extensive experience in normalizing metadata as a result of her work with the Texas Heritage Online program. She has constructed controlled vocabularies in SKOS/RDF and has worked with ontologies and OWL/RDF as well as with metadata in various XML formats, including Dublin Core, METS, MODS, EAD, EAC, and TEI. She has used and configured various proprietary and open source Digital Asset Management Systems, including CONTENTdm, DSpace, Omeka, and Archon, and has worked extensively with other systems, including custom Access and MySQL databases.