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"Library Leadership for the Digital Age"

Posted in Digital Libraries, Libraries, Research Libraries on March 29th, 2016

Ithaka S+R has released "Library Leadership for the Digital Age."

Here's an excerpt:

Users think libraries are—or at least should be—digital. And yet, we in academic libraries are still counting how many of everything we have in our local collections. We brag about how big we are or how specialized we are. We advertise our job openings with language suggesting that our size is an indicator of greatness. But as libraries become digital, the language about size or subject strength seems slightly ridiculous.

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    "Developing Best Practices in Digital Library Assessment: Year One Update"

    Posted in Digital Libraries on November 17th, 2015

    Joyce Chapman, Jody DeRidder and Santi Thompson have published "Developing Best Practices in Digital Library Assessment: Year One Update" in D-Lib Magazine.

    Here's an excerpt:

    In the face of limited resources and increasing demand for online access to digital library content, we need to strategically focus our efforts and better understand users, impact, and associated costs. However, methods for assessment of digital libraries are not standardized. In an effort to address this crucial gap, the Digital Library Federation Assessment Interest Group has engaged the community over the past year in the development of best practices and guidelines. With this article, the authors provide an update on progress to date and solicit participation in an evolving effort to develop viable solutions.

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      "What Technology Skills Do Developers Need? A Text Analysis of Job Listings in Library and Information Science (LIS) from Jobs.code4lib.org"

      Posted in Digital Libraries, Emerging Technologies, Research Libraries on September 25th, 2015

      Monica Maceli has published "What Technology Skills Do Developers Need? A Text Analysis of Job Listings in Library and Information Science (LIS) from Jobs.code4lib.org " in Information Technology and Libraries.

      Here's an excerpt:

      Technology plays an indisputably vital role in library and information science (LIS) work; this rapidly moving landscape can create challenges for practitioners and educators seeking to keep pace with such change. In pursuit of building our understanding of currently sought technology competencies in developer-oriented positions within LIS, this paper reports the results of a text analysis of a large collection of job listings culled from the Code4lib jobs website. Beginning over a decade ago as a popular mailing list covering the intersection of technology and library work, the Code4lib organization's current offerings include a website that collects and organizes LIS-related technology job listings. The results of the text analysis of this dataset suggest the currently vital technology skills and concepts that existing and aspiring practitioners may target in their continuing education as developers.

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        CDL Executive Director Laine Farley to Retire

        Posted in Digital Libraries, People in the News on September 14th, 2015

        Laine Farley, CDL Executive Director, will retire on 9/30/15.

        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

        During her tenure, the scope and extent of CDL's digital library programs have undergone significant expansion, ensuring the national prominence of the digital library services that CDL manages on behalf of the University of California campuses. Among her many accomplishments as Executive Director have been fostering initiatives in library publishing and data management, developing policies and tools for UC's open access initiatives, overseeing the largescale digitization of UC library holdings in partnership with Google and the Internet Archive, and establishing UC libraries as founding members of the HathiTrust.

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          IMLS Releases Four National Digital Platform Grant Proposals

          Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Libraries, Digital Repositories, Grants on April 27th, 2015

          IMLS has released four national digital platform grant proposals for projects it awarded grants to.

          Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

          • Fostering a New National Library Network through a Community-¬≠Based, Connected Repository System (LG-70-15-0006): The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), Stanford University, and DuraSpace will foster a greatly expanded network of open-access, content-hosting "hubs" that will enable discovery and interoperability, as well as the reuse of digital resources by people from this country and around the world. The three partners will engage in a major development of the community-driven open source Hydra project to provide these hubs with a new all-in-one solution, which will also allow countless other institutions to easily join the national digital platform.
          • Museum Hub for Open Content (LG-70-15-0002): ARTstor, in collaboration with the El Paso Museum of Art, the Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Staten Island Museum, and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) will create and implement software to enable museums to contribute digital image collections for open public access. The project will lower barriers to museum contributions to the DPLA by producing enhanced metadata tools, intellectual property rights decision support tools, and a direct-to-DPLA publishing capacity.
          • Combining Social Media Storytelling with Web Archives (LG-71-15-0077): Old Dominion University and the Internet Archive will collaborate to develop tools and techniques for integrating "storytelling" social media and web archiving. The partners will use information retrieval techniques to (semi-)automatically generate stories summarizing a collection and mine existing public stories as a basis for librarians, archivists, and curators to create collections about breaking events.
          • Repository Services for Accessible Course Content (LG-72-15-0009): This planning project, led by Tufts University, will bring together experts from disability services, including librarians, IT professionals, advocates, and legal counsel, to develop work plans for shared infrastructure, within which universities can support their students with disabilities. The intention is to create specifications and a business model that will complement existing platforms and services.

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            DLPA Strategic Plan 2015 through 2017

            Posted in Digital Libraries on January 29th, 2015

            The Digital Public Library of America has released DLPA Strategic Plan 2015 through 2017.

            Here's an excerpt:

            We must, first and foremost, complete our hub network so that all collections and item types in America have an on-ramp to DPLA; fully build out our technology platform to ensure we have a solid foundation for many years to come and that anticipates further growth and diversification; and pursue an outreach plan that gets DPLA resources more widely into the hands of the global public, into education at all levels from kindergarten through graduate schools (with a special focus on underresourced organizations), and onto the screens of eager amateur and family historians and the developers who are creating the latest apps and websites.

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              "On Being a Hub: Some Details behind Providing Metadata for the Digital Public Library of America"

              Posted in Digital Libraries, Metadata on July 16th, 2014

              Lisa Gregory and Stephanie Williams have published "On Being a Hub: Some Details behind Providing Metadata for the Digital Public Library of America" in D-Lib Magazine.

              Here's an excerpt:

              After years of planning, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) launched in 2013. Institutions from around the United States contribute to the DPLA through regional "service hubs," entities that aggregate digital collections metadata for harvest by the DPLA. The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center has been one of these service hubs since the end of 2013. This article describes the technological side of being a service hub for the DPLA, from choosing metadata requirements and reviewing software, to the workflow used each month when providing hundreds of metadata feeds for DPLA harvest. The authors hope it will be of interest to those pursuing metadata aggregation, whether for the DPLA or for other purposes.

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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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