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Core Classroom Event: CollectionBuilder: A Static Web Approach to Digital Projects in Libraries

Core is pleased to introduce a new continuing education opportunity called Core Classroom. It’s a hands-on virtual workshop that consists of two to four live sessions with assignments and group discussion.

Dates: Tuesday, November 10, 2020 and Tuesday, November 17, 2020

These two Core classroom events will be held on the dates above for 90 minutes starting at 11 am Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 pm Central, and 2 pm Eastern time.


Description: Looking for an agile, lightweight approach to developing digital collections and scholarship projects? Join us for a hands-on deep dive into CollectionBuilder, an open source project for generating digital collection websites driven by metadata and powered by modern static web technology.

Optimized for non-developers and simple hosting solutions, CollectionBuilder allows librarians, researchers, and educators to take ownership over their digital projects by lowering barriers to website creation and customization: users need only create a spreadsheet of metadata and corresponding directory of digital files to generate a digital collection. Once these are uploaded to CollectionBuilder, the platform employs a Jekyll static web generator to build a website for browsing and contextualizing the collection.

As workshop participants engage with CollectionBuilder, they will learn fundamental web and DH skills by working with plain text files, CSV data, Markdown, GitHub, and GitHub Pages to create and customize their very own digital collection. By the end of this workshop, participants will have gained the knowledge and independence necessary to implement CollectionBuilder in contexts that include creating and disseminating research collections and custom digital exhibits, or teaching digital libraries in the classroom. No programming experience is necessary; beginners from any background are welcome. Participants should create a Google Drive account and GitHub account prior to the session.

Learning outcomes: 

Upon completion of this session, attendees will have:

  • An improved understanding of metadata and static web principles as they relate to web development and open data practices;

  • An introduction to Git- and GitHub-based workflow and project development practices; and

  • A brief introduction to GitHub Pages web hosting, Bootstrap development frameworks, Markdown markup language, and the Jekyll static web developer.

Who should attend?  

Technically curious librarians

Technical Requirements for Attendees

Computer, internet connection, web browser, a GitHub account and a Google Drive account.


Olivia Wikle is the Digital Initiatives Librarian at the University of Idaho, where she coordinates the digitization of the University’s archival material and builds digital collections that disseminate historical resources. She also works closely with humanities faculty to create digital scholarship projects and teach digital literacy skills to students.

Evan Peter Williamson is the Digital Infrastructure Librarian at the University of Idaho Library, working with Data & Digital Services to bring cool projects, enlightening workshops, and innovative services to life. Despite a background in Art History, Classical Studies, and Archives, his recent focus has been on data-driven, minimal infrastructure web development, currently embodied in the CollectionBuilder project.

Devin Becker is the Director of the Center for Digital Inquiry and Learning (CDIL) and the Head of Data & Digital Services at the University of Idaho Library. Becker is also a writer. His most recent (static!) web project, CTRL+Shift, provides visualizations and analyses of interviews he conducted with prominent poets across the country.



Registration Fees:  Core Member $79; Non-member $99

For additional information and access to registration links, please go to the following website:

Core classrooms are recorded.  Registration includes unlimited access to these recordings.

For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email

For all other questions or comments related to continuing education in Core, please contact

Posted on behalf of the Core Continuing Education Committee.