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Digital Public Library of America Gets $594,000 Grant

Posted in Digital Libraries, Grants on April 4th, 2014

The Digital Public Library of America Gets received a $594,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) announced today $594,000 in new funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to research potential sustainability models and to pursue the most promising option (or options). This two-year grant will allow DPLA to expand its staff to target opportunities for further development and revenue, without compromising its mission of open access to the riches of America's libraries, archives, and museums.

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    Head of Digital Initiatives at Utah State University Libraries

    Posted in Digital Libraries on March 14th, 2014

    The Utah State University Libraries are recruiting a Head of Digital Initiatives.

    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

    Utah State University Libraries seeks an innovative, collaborative, and highly organized Head of Digital Initiatives to lead digital collection and scholarly communication services that support the research and teaching needs of the University. Reporting to the Director for Digital and Information Technology, the successful candidate will direct the Libraries' digital initiatives programs, including the Digital Library and Digital Commons institutional repository.

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      "Checking In With Google Books, HathiTrust, and the DPLA"

      Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Libraries, Google and Other Search Engines on November 14th, 2013

      Naomi Eichenlaub has published "Checking In With Google Books, HathiTrust, and the DPLA" in Computers in Libraries.

      Here's an excerpt:

      Google Books and HathiTrust have been making headlines in the library world and beyond for years now, while a new player, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), has only recently entered the scene. This article will provide a "state of the environment" update for these digital library projects including project history and background. It will also examine some challenges common to all three projects including copyright, orphan works, metadata, and quality issues.

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        European Digital Library Project: "Report on the EuDML External Cooperation Model"

        Posted in Digital Libraries on April 8th, 2013

        Thierry Bouche and Jiri Rákosnik have self-archived "Report on the EuDML External Cooperation Model" in arXiv.org.

        Here's an excerpt:

        The EuDML project was explicitly envisioned as a pilot project addressing two intimately intertwined challenges: (i) setting up the technical infrastructure to create a unified access point for the digital mathematical content hosted by different organizations across various countries; (ii) defining a cooperation model with a variety of stakeholders that would allow building a reliable and durable global reference library, aiming to be eventually exhaustive. On both sides the project reached clear successes and modified the state-of-the-art. In this paper we report on the latter one.

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          Appraising our Digital Investment: Sustainability of Digitized Special Collections in ARL Libraries

          Posted in ARL Libraries, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Libraries, Digitization, Reports and White Papers on February 22nd, 2013

          ARL and Ithaka S+R have released Appraising our Digital Investment: Sustainability of Digitized Special Collections in ARL Libraries .

          Here's an excerpt from the press release:

          The research reveals that understanding the continuing costs for sustaining digital collections is a challenge across libraries. Responsibility is frequently dispersed among departments, and staff time and other costs are rarely allocated expressly to these activities or accounted for project-by-project. Almost universally, libraries are funding this activity out of their base budgets, suggesting that they will continue to need to shift funds from other things in order to support this as a priority.

          While libraries are supporting these collections within their operations, the study's findings also reflect concern over sustainability, with librarians citing lack of funding and staff capacity as major challenges to sufficient investment in their digital collections. . . .

          The three-part survey, designed with input from the ARL community, was sent to all ARL member libraries in the US and Canada and completed by 89 library directors, a response rate of 70%. In addition to the institutional perspective provided by library directors, library staff responded to other sections to offer insight into activities and costs for all of their institution's digitized collections, and questions about individual projects.

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            ResourceSync Framework Specification—Beta Draft

            Posted in Digital Libraries, Standards on February 5th, 2013

            NISO and the Open Archives Initiative have released ResourceSync Framework Specification—Beta Draft.

            Here's an excerpt:

            This ResourceSync specification describes a synchronization framework for the web consisting of various capabilities that allow third party systems to remain synchronized with a server's evolving resources. The capabilities can be combined in a modular manner to meet local or community requirements. The specification also describes how a server can advertise the synchronization capabilities it supports and how third party systems can discover this information. The specification repurposes the document formats defined by the Sitemap protocol and introduces extensions for them.

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              Sustaining Our Digital Future: Institutional Strategies for Digital Content

              Posted in Digital Libraries, Electronic Resources, Reports and White Papers on January 31st, 2013

              Ithaka S+R has released Sustaining Our Digital Future: Institutional Strategies for Digital Content.

              Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

              This study involved interviews with more than 80 project leaders and university, library, and museum administrators across the United Kingdom. In the first phase, we interviewed 40 practitioners in the higher education and cultural heritage sectors throughout the United Kingdom to gain an understanding of the processes in place to support digital content post-grant. In the second phase, we closely examined the digital strategies in place at three institutions to better understand the digital content the institutions support, their processes for creating and supporting that content, and, more generally, the role that digital content plays in the strategy of their institutions.

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                The Web as Infrastructure For Scholarly Research and Communication (Video)

                Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Libraries on January 24th, 2013

                The Digital Curation Centre has released The Web as Infrastructure For Scholarly Research and Communication, a video of a keynote presentation by Herbert Van de Sompel at the 8th International Digital Curation Conference. His presentation slides are also available.

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