Colombia’s Digital Library Now in Beta…07.28.09

28 07 2009

bdcolThanks to the Bilingual Librarian for this about Colombia’s digital library:

The Biblioteca Digital Colombiana (Colombia’s Digital Library) is up and running (in beta). This service will allow you to search the OPACs of various educational institutions with one query. Work on this portal started back in 2002, with the collaboration of 13 local universities, with later help from Colciencias, the Ministry of Education, and RENATA.

When conducting a search you’ll find one search box…”

2009 ALA Presentations on Collecting for Digital Repositories…07.20.09

20 07 2009


ALA Annual 2009 Collecting for Digital Repositories session presentations from DigitalKoans:

  • Institutional Repositories, Paul Royster
  • Building a Life Sciences Journal Archive: Collection Development and Management of PubMedCentral, Dianne McCutcheon
  • Collecting for Digital Repositories: Data Perspective, Sayeed Choudhury

  • New DVD-Like Digital Storage Disc Will Last 1,000 Years…07.17.09

    17 07 2009


    The Utah Daily Herald reports:

    BYU information technology professor Barry Lunt came up with the idea to invent etchings on discs in order to store data permanently. He is the founder of Millenniata Inc., which produces the M-ARCª Discs”

    “…On Sept. 1, Millenniata, a start-up company based in Springville, will release a new archive disk technology to preserve data at room temperature for 1,000 years. It’s like writing onto gold plates or chiseling information into stone.

    Dubbed the Millennial Disk, it looks virtually identical to a regular DVD, but it’s special. Layers of hard, “persistent” materials (the exact composition is a trade secret) are laid down on a plastic carrier, and digital information is literally carved in with an enhanced laser using the company’s Millennial Writer, a sort of beefed-up DVD burner. Once cut, the disk can be read by an ordinary DVD reader on your computer.

    A number of companies hold intellectual property rights in DVD technology. One of those, Philips, manages the combined patents. Millenniata disks and disk writers will be manufactured under a license now in final negotiation…”

    New from the Library of Congress – “Bagit: Transferring Content for Digital Preservation”…0.30.09

    30 06 2009


    The Library of Congress has posted the video “Bagit: Transferring Content for Digital Preservation” which is worth a look.

    View transcript

    POSTED DATE: 06/24/2009

    RUNNING TIME: 3:14

    The Library of Congress’s steadily growing digital collections arrive primarily over the network rather than on hardware media. But that data transfer can be difficult because different organizations have different policies and technologies.

    The Library – with the California Digital Library and Stanford University – has developed guidelines for creating and moving standardized digital containers, called ‘bags.’ A bag functions like a physical envelope that is used to send content through the mail but with bags, a user sends content from one computer to another.

    Bags have a sparse, uncomplicated structure that transcends differences in institutional data, data architecture, formats and practices. A bag’s minimal but essential metadata is machine readable, which makes it easy to automate ingest of the data. Bags can be sent over computer networks or physically moved using portable storage devices.

    Bags have built-in inventory checking, to help ensure that content transferred intact. Bags are flexible and can work in many different settings, including situations where the content is located in more than one place. This video describes the preparation and transfer of data over the network in bags.”

    Digital Preservation By Immediate Conversion to XML…06.17.09

    17 06 2009

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    The DataShare blog highlighted MIXED for “migration to intermediate XML for electronic data” and explains:

    MIXED is a project of DANS, Data Archiving and Networked Services. MIXED is to contribute to digital preservation, by dealing with the problem of file formats. Over time, file formats become obsolete. When that happens, the information in such file types is no longer accessible. MIXED follows the strategy of converting files to XML as soon as possible, preferably when data is ingested into the archive. MIXED also converts these XML files to formats of choice by the archive user.”

    Canada’s McGill University Library to Participate in Digitize on Demand with…06.04.09

    4 06 2009


    Here is the announcemnt from McGill University:

    “McGill University Library is pleased to announce a partnership with Kirtas Technologies and its Canadian partner Ristech, which will allow students, faculty and the general public to request to have books scanned and made available through the new Digitize on Demand program

    The program will offer books that are difficult to find, because they are generally out of print. They are also in the public domain, meaning that there are no copyright restrictions.

    Using existing information from the Library’s catalogue records, Kirtas will make the books available through its retail site, Customers can search for a desired title and place a request to have it digitized. The book is then digitized at very high-quality using Kirtas’s innovative automatic page-turning scanner that was purchased by the Library in 2008. What also makes this approach unique is that the books can be offered before they are ever digitized, so there is no up-front printing, production or storage cost…

    Kirtas currently has 12 partnerships with universities and public libraries to make special collections available for sale online, with McGill University the first to participate in Canada…”

    The Scary Truth About Digital Preservation Project Management…03.17.09

    17 03 2009


    Considering the great need here to begin digital preservation and a recurring, expressed (but quickly fading when pressed by the immediate urgency) desire of management to protect our organization’s intellectual resources–without an understanding of or real, long-term resource commitment to such a project, the excerpt below of the Maverick Digital Project Manager Jobs post on the DigitalKoans blog is of great interest despite the fact that providing an “institutional repository” or beginning a digital preservation program is currently not my primary or core value to the organization.

    The DigitalKoans posting refers to a self-professed “rant” by Dorothea Salo which includes the following scary though probably accurate warning:

    “…This is my advice for my librarian and proto-librarian colleagues: DO NOT TAKE MAVERICK IR MANAGER POSITIONS. They are black holes. They will destroy your idealism, professional enthusiasm, and self-efficacy. You will accomplish nothing whatever of substance in the position. Your co-workers will not help you. You will be scoffed at, abandoned, or both by your library’s administration. Your career may well be damaged. Don’t do it. I am as deadly serious as I know how to be. Don’t…”

    Anyway, here is the corroborative DigitalKoans excerpt:

    “Recently, Dorothea Salo posted a self-proclaimed rant, “Just Say No to Maverick-Manager Jobs.”

    Her topic was maverick institutional repository manager jobs, but I was struck by some similarities to what might be called for want of a better term ‘maverick digital project manager’ jobs. These jobs may be at different levels in the organization, but they may share certain characteristics:

    • They may have a very broad scope of responsibility (e.g., digitization, digital preservation, digital repositories, ETDs, and scholarly communication) yet have no real authority.
    • They have no direct reports, and consequently they rely on other units to provide critical support.
    • They may have no direct control over key technical resources, such as servers.
    • They may have no dedicated, regularly budgeted funding.
    • They may report to a superior who does not have an adequate background to understand or manage a digital project operation.
    • Regardless of stated qualifications, they really require not only an alphabet soup of specific technical skills, but also a broad technical background and a variety of non-technical skills, such as a significant understanding of copyright issues.
    • They may represent a wish by the library to make progress in this area, not a real commitment by the library to do so…

    Lack of a dedicated budget may result in digital projects being funded (or not) dependent on the ever changing fiscal circumstances of the library and the constantly shifting priorities of administrators. To some degree this is always true, but it is typically easier not to fund a non-budgeted operation than to eliminate or reduce a budgeted one. Digital projects can be seen as icing on the cake, not the cake itself…

    Unless the maverick digital project manager reports to the head of the library[or senior organizational management], his or her supervisor must be an effective advocate for digital projects to his or her superiors to facilitate adequate support.

    Those hiring maverick digital project managers may have a poor grasp of the necessary skills required or have a desire to hire on the cheap. Consequently, new hires may quickly find themselves in deep water. Advanced technical and other sorts of training, if available and funded, can help with some aspects of this problem, but, since maverick digital project managers are without mentors, not all of it. Realistic expectations by supervisors are critical in this case, but can’t be counted on.

    Few things are as deadly to maverick digital project managers as the vague, but poorly informed, wish of some administrators to make progress (often rapid progress) in the digital area when it is motivated by a desire to get on the bandwagon, rather than by a genuine concern for development in this area that is based on a well-considered decision to make realistic resource allocation commitments and to expect sensible project timelines…”

    Digital Preservation Video Training Course…03.03.09

    3 03 2009

    Digital preservation is a topic of particular interest to me and something which my organization needs to begin on several fronts.  To get up to speed on the topic, I plan on using the Digital Preservation Europe‘s Digital preservation video training course that I learned about today from DigitalKoans

    This is from the course description:

    “…Training goals

    The training introduces participants to a number of key digital preservation principles. Participants will leave with:

    • an awareness and understanding of key digital preservation issues and challenges,
    • an appreciation of the range of roles and responsibilities involved with digital preservation activity,
    • knowledge about the reference model for Open Archival Information System (OAIS),
    • a familiarity with file formats currently considered beneficial for preservation,
    • a developed understanding of the role and use of metadata and representation information,
    • knowledge of the preservation planning process and its benefits to overall digital preservation strategies,
    • an insight into the concepts of trust and trustworthiness in the context of digital preservation,
    • a working knowledge of the issues surrounding audit methodologies and self-certification of digital repositories.

    Target Audience:  This training event was aimed at practitioners and researchers from the archives, libraries and museums sector, as well as other institutions such as data archives, government departments, legal and commercial sectors with an interest in the topic of digital preservation…”


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    “Digital Library Branch Style Guide” from David Lee King…02.11.09

    11 02 2009

    This post from David Lee King would be invaluable for setting up a digital library branch so I am posting the entire post “Digital Branch Style Guide” here for my future reference and for others who may run across it:

    “…it’s the styleguide we use for my library’s digital branch! It’s a long document, broken up into these sections:

    • General Guidelines for Blog Posts
    • Citing/Attribution
    • Featured Section
    • Comments – What to do with them
    • Creating a “Voice”
    • How Can I Get a Conversation Started?
    • I have a suggestion/problem. What do I do with it?
    • Staff Responsibilities


    Digital Branch Style Guide

    Please follow these guidelines when writing blog posts on our public website. This document is a start – I hope to add to it as needed. Notice something glaringly obvious that I haven’t listed? Email it to me.

    General Guidelines for Blog Posts

    Post frequency/length:

    • Frequency:
      • 2 posts per week for each Subject Guide
      • Posts in the Services section – as needed
    • Length:
      • sufficient to cover topic
      • shorter is always better – just enough to cover the content


    • one space between sentences – not two!
    • avoid ALL CAPS
    • use a spell checker
    • break post into small paragraphs rather than one large chunk of text

    Post titles:

    • keep them short, snappy, and descriptive
    • capitalize every word except prepositions (like a book title)

    Internal Post Structure:

    • Bulleted lists are great
    • Subheads are great – helps people quickly scan content
    • Images that complement article tend to attract readers

    specific words – Be consistent with these terms:

    • email (all one word, all lowercase)
    • website (all one word, all lowercase)
    • webpage (all one word, all lowercase)
    • web (lowercase)
    • Internet (uppercase “I”)
    • Our library – first reference is “Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library.” Second reference is “the library.”
    • Our website is “the Digital Branch.”
    • Refer to our Neighborhoods by their full title (i.e., the Travel neighborhood, the Health Information neighborhood)

    Summary of post

    • Each post should have a summary – there are two ways to do this:
      • Create a summary paragraph in the summary box
      • Leave the summary blank – the beginning of the post will automatically be used as the summary


    • Use 2-3 descriptive tags for each post
    • Tags are usually keywords that are descriptive of the content of a post
    • These should be different from a category. Ex – a post could be in the Books Subject Guide with a Category of Sci-Fi, and have tags like Steampunk, Robots, and Mars.


    • For book titles
      • make the book title the link text
      • don’t include the URL with the book title
        • Do this: The Hobbit (where “The Hobbit” is the text used for the link)
        • Don’t do this: The Hobbit – (where “The Hobbit” is NOT the link text, but the URL is also used as the link text)
    • Other links
      • When linking to webpages or blog posts, make the webpage title or the blog article title the link text
      • Refer to the link within a sentence, like this: “Topeka has a great library that everyone should visit.” (“great library” would be the link text used for our library’s URL)
      • Another example: don’t write “you can read the full report here” – using words like “here” or “click here” is generally bad practice. Instead, say “the charity released a report, which said…” (“a report” is the link text, and is incorporated within the sentence). This type of internal link reads better.

    Citing / Attribution

    It’s important to give proper attribution to sources, even online. Here’s how to do it:

    • Blog posts, newspaper articles, other websites
      • See the Links section above for linking
      • When you quote someone else’s text, make sure to link to the original source.
      • With the link to the original source, reference the site. For example, say “Here’s a lovely article on the Topeka Ave. bridge project (from the Topeka Capital Journal).” “Lovely article” links to the specific article, and “Topeka Capital Journal” links to the newspaper’s main site.
    • Images
      • If using an image from flickr, photobucket, or some other photo sharing service, include some type of attribution/pointer back to the original photo at the end of the article (i.e., “photo courtesy of JimBob” – “JimBob” would link back to the original photo).
      • Use photos with a Creative Commons license when possible
    • Videos
      • Include some type of link/attribution/pointer back to the original video (i.e., link back to the YouTube video if you use a video from YouTube)
    • How much of a quote can I do?
      • The U.S. Copyright Office FAQ on fair use ( says this: “it is permissible to use limited portions of a work including quotes, for purposes such as commentary, criticism, news reporting, and scholarly reports. There are no legal rules permitting the use of a specific number of words, a certain number of musical notes, or percentage of a work.”
      • Don’t quote the whole thing!

    Featured Section

    The Featured Section is structured this way:

    The first Feature Box is called Featured.

    • It features big programs, events and special features of the library.
    • Populated by PR and Event Resources

    Guidelines for the other Feature Boxes:

    • The other feature boxes include Books, Research, Movies & Music, Gallery, Kids, and Teens.
    • These sections usually focus on content (Gallery, Kids and Teens boxes can post about a program)
    • Handouts, booklists, links should be part of that post. No programs with registration and limits should be posted there.

    Comments – what to do with them?

    • respond
      • thank them for their comment
      • add something if possible – point to another similar book, a link on our site, etc.
      • if it’s a question, answer it
      • if it’s a criticism, answer it – or refer it to someone who Can respond appropriately
      • If the comment is negative, don’t repeat it! Respond without repeating the negative question/comment.
    • In general, don’t edit the comment. Usually, it’s better to correct in another comment. Only edit if the comment:
      • Has “bad” words (that our automatic naughty word filter didn’t catch)
      • Is derogatory
      • Has an unrelated link
    • delete if spam. For example: “I have checked that really there was great information regarding that. There was another also –” is a spam comment. Usually, spam comments include this type of stuff:
      • poor grammar (sounds like they don’t really know the language)
      • PLUS links to unrelated websites
    • What to do if you don’t know what to do – ask the web team to read the comment.

    Creating a “Voice”

    • Write in a conversational tone:
      • goal is to start conversations
      • if you wouldn’t say it in conversation, don’t write it
      • write “friendly” – just like we are at the desk!
    • Use active voice. Example – don’t write “The tree was struck by lightning.” Instead, write “Lightning struck the tree.”
    • Use inverted pyramid writing style (explanation at Wikipedia:
    • The first couple of sentences of your post displays as the summary, and appears in various places on our site as teasers to the whole article – so make it snappy!
    • Write in present tense when possible. Ex:
      • Don’t write “the book signing will be held next Tuesday”
      • Instead, write “the book signing is next Tuesday”

    How Can I Get a Conversation Started?

    Here are a couple of ideas on getting conversations started on your blog.

    • Write great content (always top priority)
    • Take part in the conversation:
      • read blogs and Topeka-area newspapers that allow comments
      • read blogs in your area of expertise
      • leave comments on those blogs, linking to your post in the comment
      • also link to those blogs in your post
    • Focus your posts on goals:
      • Before you write, answer this – “what do you want the reader to do?”
      • Provide a call to action (ie., tell them what you want them to do)
      • Ask for a response
      • Point them to things (like books in our catalog)

    I have a suggestion/problem. What do I do with it?


    • email the web team
    • tell us what’s wrong
    • include links or descriptive text if possible

    Ideas for the site:

    • Email the web team/Digital Branch Manager:
      • Include description of idea
      • Digital Branch Manager will set up meeting if needed, share idea with web team and/or Managers, etc
      • Remember – all ideas are great, but not all ideas will be implemented on the site
    • hold regular meetings
      • i.e.., fun in Topeka blog meeting
      • discuss ideas
      • make suggestions to the web team

    Staff Responsibilities

    Blog moderator

    • make sure there are 2 posts per week
    • encourage writers
    • check in with Digital Branch Manager periodically
    • schedule regular meetings of content area
    • all the blog author stuff

    Blog authors

    • write posts
    • check links
    • respond to comments
    • delete spam
    • periodically touch base with blog moderator

    Digital Branch Manager

    • big picture development of branch
      • strategic planning
      • trend watching
    • talking to internal groups
    • talking to external groups
    • mentoring digital branch staff
    • developing new content areas and unique services and tools

    Web Team

    • Webmaster/designer and Web Developer
    • designs new pages
    • keeps design fresh
    • day to day operations
    • maintenance and upgrades
    • builds new stuff”

    New Digital Curation Manual Online…01.22.09

    22 01 2009

    I learned today from the DigitalKoans blog today about the UK’s Digital Curation Centre release of “Archiving Web Resources,” as part of its DCC Digital Curation Manual which I want to read carefully when time allows. Here is an abstract they published along with other links:


    “The World Wide Web is among the most important information resources, and is certainly the most voluminous. In a relatively short time, it has become a vital medium for a range of academic and commercial publishers. However, until recently, little effort has been directed towards ensuring the long term preservation of the digital assets that reside on-line. The web’s dynamic nature makes it prone to frequent changes, and without a means for capture and preservation it’s likely that vast quantities of content will be lost forever. Since the web is home to a vast range of materials with widely varying characteristics in terms of formats, scale and behaviour there are inevitable issues that must be overcome to facilitate their collection, management and preservation.”

    Read the December 2008 Digital Curation Manual

    PDF (210KB)

    They also listhed the following:

    Related Instalments:

      © Digital Curation Centre


    FREE “Digital Archives — Search and Discovery” Series Webinars…01.21.09

    21 01 2009
    Online Programming for All Libraries (OPAL) has announced a series of FREE webinars on digital archives worthy of attention.  This is taken OPAL:

    Friday, February 6, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time, 1:00 Central, noon Mountain, 11:00 a.m. Pacific, and 7:00 p.m. GMT:
      “Digital Archives — Search and Discovery: IDA: The Illinois Digital Archives” presented by Alyce Scott from the Illinois State Library 

      IDA: The Illinois Digital Archives is a meta-collection of digital collections. IDA provides access to primary source materials in Illinois libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and other cultural institutions. IDA and the Illinois State Library also are leaders in making digital resources accessible to all through value-adding initiatives such as audio description.

      About This Series: The Secretary of State and State Librarian, Jesse White, and the Illinois State Library present the “Digital Archives — Search and Discovery” series of free online programs, highlighting digital initiatives that are making it easier for users to find, use, enjoy, and add value to digital archives. Other programs in the series are listed below. More are planned.

      Host: Jesse White, Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian, and the Illinois State Library

      Location: OPAL Auditorium

    Friday, February 13, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time, 1:00 Central, noon Mountain, 11:00 a.m. Pacific, and 7:00 p.m. GMT

      “Digital Archives — Search and Discovery: Lincoln/Net: The Abraham Lincoln Historical Digitization Project” presented by Drew VandeCreek from Northern Illinois UniversityLincoln/Net presents historical materials from Abraham Lincoln’s Illinois years (1830-1861), including Lincoln’s writings and speeches, as well as other materials illuminating antebellum Illinois. Lincoln/Net includes digital texts, images, videos, songs, maps, instructional support for teachers, and other interactive resources. Join us to celebrate the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth by exploring this fascinating digital resource.
    Friday, February 27, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time, 1:00 Central, noon Mountain, 11:00 a.m. Pacific, and 7:00 p.m. GMT

      “Digital Archives — Search and Discovery: The Great Experiment: The Pullman Manufacturing Town” presented by Andrew Bullen from the Illinois State LibraryIn the mid-1870s, George Mortimer Pullman decided to expand his very successful rail passenger car service. He chose Chicago as a location for his new factory complex. Pullman began acquiring land on the far south side of Chicago in 1880, commissioning a young architect named Solon Beman, 26, to design his factory complex and surrounding town. The Pullman area was much more than a rail car manufacturing facility. George Pullman wanted to create what he envisioned as a workers’ paradise, charging Beman to design and build what was eventually to become 32 blocks of row houses laid out in neat neighborhoods directly north and south of the factory complex. 

      As a response to cancelled orders and business downturns during the 1894 economic panic, Pullman laid off many workers and slashed the wages of his remaining employees. The effect of this disastrous decision was the greatest of the 19th century labor struggles, the Pullman strike of 1894. As a result of a 1907 U.S. Supreme Court decision, the company was forced to sell the town to private owners, and the Great Experiment ended. The city of Chicago annexed the town of Pullman, renumbering the properties and renaming the streets.

      Today, Pullman still has 98 percent of its original housing stock. Local residents and the professional staff of the Pullman State Historic Site have worked together to build an online museum, incorporating images, metadata, and demographic data that describe the residents of the town of Pullman. In addition, Andrew Bullen will describe how “nodal” images (images that easily lead to other historical events) can be used to give digital collections shape and depth.

    Friday, March 13, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time, 1:00 Central, noon Mountain, 11:00 a.m. Pacific, and 7:00 p.m. GMT

      “Opening the Photo Vaults” presented by Helena Zinkham and Barbara Orbach Natanson from the Library of CongressOpening the Photo Vaults” is a collaborative pilot project, launched in January 2008, involving the Library of Congress and The Commons, which is, quoting from the Final Report on the project, “…a designated area of Flickr where cultural heritage institutions can share photographs that have no known copyright restrictions to increase awareness of their collections.” The goal of the project is to increase awareness and discovery of historical photo collections through engagement with a lively Web 2.0 community. Users of The Commons are encouraged to add tags and comments to the photos. Helena Zinkham is the Acting Chief of the Prints and Photographs Division at the Library Congress. Barbara Orbach Natanson is the Head of the Reference Section, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.
    Friday, March 27, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time, 1:00 Central, noon Mountain, 11:00 a.m. Pacific, and 7:00 p.m. GMT

      “Digital Archives — Search and Discovery: Early Illinois History to YouTube” presented by Lori Bell from the Alliance Library System, John Walber from Learning Times, and other members of the project team.The “Early Illinois History to YouTube” project is creating new audio-based programs, podcasts, videocasts, and a podmap related to a previously digitized set of historical photos about central Illinois. Users of this expanded and re-purposed content will be able to add resources, tag items, and communicate with others with similar interests. The project also features an interactive “podmap” of Illinois. When users click on a city, town, or area, a list of related podcasts and videos will be displayed. 


    New OCLC Report Concludes the Need to Move All Research Services to an E-Research Platform…01.21.09

    21 01 2009

    Here is the conclusion (duh!) of the just released OCLC publication “Scholarly Information Practices in the Online Environment Themes from the Literature and Implications for Library Service Development” [] described by Merrilee Proffitt at OCLC as “a splendid report synthesizing decades of literature on scholarly information practices and highlighting implications for library service development“:

    “…As indicated in the 2006 American Council of Learned Societies report, Our Cultural Commonwealth, providing the collections and tools needed for producing new scholarship is arguably the most important role for cyberinfrastructure and will require a digital resource base ‘that is developed for specific scholarly purposes‘ (p. 1). The literature presented here represents a wealth of research that as a whole builds a broad understanding of the scholarly information activities that this infrastructure needs to support across disciplines. More and more, scholars will be performing these activities online, and it follows that research library services will need to be an integral part of that digital work environment. In fact, academic and research libraries should expect that soon; in all but the most specialized cases, good service will be defined by scholars’ ability to find and use the digital information they need for all stages of research.

    The question facing service developers, then, is not what services need to be offered digitally, but rather how do we proceed in the long term to move all services to an e-research platform. A productive first step in developing a comprehensive set of development aims is to assess each of the identified scholarly information activities and their associated primitives in regard to these three questions:

    1. What resources and functions should be provided by research libraries?

    2. What distinct disciplinary research practices need to be accommodated?

    3. How should research, design, and development be prioritized within and across activities?…”

    © 2008 OCLC (guess OCLC needs to update its copyright link-surprising!)

    “Participatory Librarianship and Digital Libraries”…01.20.09

    20 01 2009

    Dave Lankes on his Virtual Dave…Real Blog posted Bullet Point: “Participatory Librarianship and Digital libraries” yesterday which contains an interesting video presentation that explains “…the link between participatory librarianship and digital libraries” which you can view on here

    Also, check out Dave’s “PARTICIPATORY LIBRARIANSHIP Starter Kit”   [] for other excellent sources on the subject.

    20,000 FREE Images Now Available from the Floger Shakespeare Library…01.19.09

    19 01 2009

    This just in from Charles Bailey posted on the DigitalKoans blog:

    The Folger Shakespeare Library is now providing free access to over 20,000 images.

    Here’s an excerpt from the press release:

    The digital image collection includes books, theater memorabilia, manuscripts, art, and 218 of the Folger’s pre-1640 quarto editions of the works of William Shakespeare. Users can now examine these collection items in detail while accessing the Folger’s rare materials from desktops anywhere in the world. . . .

    The Folger’s digital image collection provides resources for users to view multiple images side by side, save their search results, create permanent links to images, and perform other tasks through a free software program, Luna Insight.

    The Folger is also collaborating with the University of Oxford to digitize 75 quarto editions of Shakespeare’s plays and create the Shakespeare Quartos Archive, which will provide free online access to interactive, high-resolution images of the plays. The Shakespeare Quartos Archive is funded by a new Transatlantic Digitization Collaboration Grant awarded jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Joint Information Systems Committee. In addition, Picturing Shakespeare will make 100,000 images from the Folger collection – including prints, unique drawings, and photography relating to Shakespeare—available to teachers, scholars, and the general public in 2010 through an initiative from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Both projects join a fast-growing body of podcasts, videos, and other online content produced by the library.”

    Ex Libris Rosetta Released–Digital Preservation System (DPS)…01.09.09

    9 01 2009

    From an Ex Libris press release yesterday [{916AFF5B-CA4A-48FD-AD54-9AD2ADADEB88}&itemid={9B1F2C8A-3B03-459F-A2B4-4425A4D79689}]:

    “…Ex Libris™ Group is pleased to announce the release of Ex Libris Rosetta for digital libraries, which will providenational and academic libraries and archives around the world with a solution to support their task of collecting and preserving cumulative knowledge in digital format for the enjoyment and use of generations to comeJust as the Rosetta Stone held the key to enabling early 19th century scholars to understand Egyptian hieroglyphic script, which died out in the fourth century AD, Ex Libris Rosetta provides today’s libraries with the infrastructure and technology needed to preserve and facilitate access to and understanding of the digital collections under their guardianship–in perpetuity.


    Ex Libris Rosetta supports the acquisition, validation, ingest, storage, management, preservation and dissemination of different types of digital objects while enforcing the relevant policies that can vary from one institution to another. Numerous people within and outside of the institution can contribute to the system. Objects are first loaded to a depository, in which the validity and origin of the assets are verified, enabling the institution to record when, how, and by whom the item was created. These assets are then enriched, to ensure that the institution has all of the descriptive and technical metadata needed to preserve the assets for the long-term. Finally, digital resources are saved in a sustainable format, and continually evaluated to guarantee their ongoing usability.

    Based on the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) model and conforming toTrustworthy Repositories Audit and Certification (TRAC) criteria, this end-to-end solution offers full security, auditing, and integrity checks that maintain the safety of collections over time. A set of tools including Application Programming Interfaces (API) and deep linking through persistent identifiers, enable institutions to make their collections even more easily accessible to users…”


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