Working on a new project? Interested in sharing local research profiling or analysis efforts with attendees of #vivo15? We want to hear from you! Authors are invited to submit abstracts for poster presentations for the Fifth Annual VIVO Conference in August. For details on the Late-breaking Call for Posters, please click here. All submissions must be submitted by Saturday, May 30th by midnight PST.
Earlier this year Artefactual Systems and the DuraSpace organization launched ArchivesDirect, a complete hosted solution for preserving valuable institutional collections and all types of digital resources. This month Artefactual Systems’ Sarah Romkey and Courtney Mumma curated and presented a Hot Topics: The DuraSpace Community Webinar Series entitled, "Digital Preservation with ArchivesDirect: Ready, Set, Go!"
DSpace-CRIS 5.2.0 is aligned to the functionalities included in DSpace-CRIS 4.3.0 that was released on April 11, 2015.
The major functionalities shared by these two versions are:
From Bram Luyten, @mire
From Bram Luyten, @mire
@mire released a new version of its Content and Usage Analysis module. The module’s main goal is to visualize DSpace statistics which are otherwise difficult and time-consuming to interpret. By offering a layer on top of those data, DSpace administrator are able to display usage statistics, content statistics, workflow statistics, search statistics and storage reports.
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At work I wanted to get access to enrolment numbers by course, so we could have a better idea of how effective the library’s presence is in the university’s course management system.
A few weeks ago I met with A, who works in an administrative office that manages data like this.
He said I should talk to B, who runs the systems where the data lives. A would join the meeting.
Later I ran into C, B’s boss’s boss, who said he’d be there too, because B’s boss was too busy.
Today I met with A, B and C. After some discussion they decided they couldn’t give me the data, but I should talk to D in the registrar’s office.
While we were talking, C messaged D, who said that A should give me the numbers.
A, somewhat surprised by this, said he’d talk to his boss.
All that sounds pretty ridiculous, and it is, but not only am I going to get the data, during the course of the meeting when I explained why I wanted the data B and C said there was some other data that would solve another problem I had, B showed me a network profiling tool they’re using to find bottlenecks that would be useful for my colleagues V and W, A said he’d pull me into some other meetings about different kinds of data, B told me about a Moodle usage database I’ll get access to so I can pull out data I had no idea was being tracked, and I told all of them about some library data we can share with them.
Academia can work very slowly, but in the large private companies I worked at, A wouldn’t have even met with me in the first place, and in a meeting like this, B and C would have been defending their turf, not opening up other data to me I didn’t even know existed. Don’t give me the story about private enterprise always being more efficient.
Today I found the following resources and bookmarked them on Delicious.
- Koha Facebook App This script will publish every new book in your Koha to your Facebook fan page.
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Today, American Libraries magazine launched, Digital Futures a new digital supplement that features articles both on how libraries are innovating and leading, as well as paths ahead for taking the initiative. Digital Futures is the fifth American Libraries magazine supplement on ebooks and digital content.
“I’m so pleased to see story after story about librarians being proactive related to the opportunities and challenges presented by the digital revolution,” said American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young in a press statement. “For example, the National Digital Platform proposed by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) will accelerate the necessary trend of increased sharing of technology tools and services across libraries, as discussed in an article by Maura Marx, IMLS acting director, and Trevor Owens, IMLS senior program officer.”
In the report, two articles focus on particular innovative projects, and a trio of articles hones in on future directions for libraries and ebooks.
“This report includes eight other articles at the intersection of the publishing and library communities,” wrote Alan S. Inouye, guest editor of the supplement and director of ALA Office for Information Technology Policy, in a blog post for Digital Book World.
Want to participate in discussions about the burgeoning library ebook lending market? Join the digital content discussion at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. At the session “Making Progress in Digital Content,” Digital Content Working Group (DCWG) co-chairs Carolyn Anthony and Erika Linke discuss the latest trends and then moderate a panel with Yoav Lorch (TotalBooX) and Monica Sendze (Odilo). The session takes place Sunday, June 28, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Moscone Convention Center, West Building, Room 2018. Print copies of this supplement will be available at the session.
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One of my daughters graduated from college last week (see pic). Call me a proud Dad, as she graduated with top honors (Summa cum laude) from Tulane University in New Orleans. This, while holding down two jobs in her last semester. So like many people who have college, high school, middle school, or whatever graduations in this season of graduations, my thoughts turn to what I may have wished to have known when I was graduating.
In my case, I’m going to look back at my graduation from library school, which was a Master’s degree from UC Berkeley in 1986. Yes, I really am that old. But let’s not dwell on that.
Here is what I wished I had known back then:
- Don’t ever expect to get anything handed to you. So many of the things that ended up making a difference in my career I had to actively pursue or initiate. Frankly, needing to make sure I could support two children (twins) spurred me to go after things simply for the money. However, they also helped me build a career that I wouldn’t have had otherwise.
- If something does get handed to you, run with it. My best career break came from someone who saw something in me and gave me a chance to prove myself. I ran with it, and never looked back. You should too.
- Don’t let success, should you be lucky enough to experience it, go to your head. My lucky break turned out to be the chance of a lifetime, and for a while I flirted with the idea of quitting my day job and going out on my own as a speaker/consultant. At least for me, that would have been a disaster, as the opportunities starting drying up and the recession killed whatever was left. I had a family to support, and a paycheck you can count on is worth all kinds of consulting opportunities upon which you can’t necessarily count.
- Know and be true to yourself. This absurdly general statement is meant to signify knowing who you are willing to work for. As a newly-minted librarian, I flirted with the idea of working for a commercial vendor. But after interviewing, I realized that it really wasn’t for me. Others enjoy it and that is perfectly fine. The point is to know yourself enough to know what is right for you.
- Expect the unexpected. Again, an absurdly general statement that in this case is meant to signify that whatever you learned in library school will likely be not just out of date in 3-5 years, but perhaps even wrong. I would even say the phrase should be welcome the unexpected, as those who do will inherit the future.
- Pursue connections with others. As someone who benefited greatly from mentors, I have turned, in my later career, to mentoring others. So you could say that I’ve seen both sides of making connections and I can tell you that they are more meaningful and helpful than you can even imagine. Perhaps I am an extreme case, as I had one mentor who truly launched my career. Unfortunately, I know that I have not had the same effect on those I mentor. But a major part of what I try to do is to bring together young librarians of like mind to help form peer networks that will take them forward long after I have left the scene. You, as a young professional, can pursue these kinds of situations. Look for a seasoned professional who can introduce you to people you should know. Suggest a mentor/mentee relationship. I doubt you will be disappointed.
- Be good to others. At the end of the day, you need to be able to sleep at night. So whatever life throws at you, try to handle it with grace and be good to your fellow travelers. Besides, you never know when you will need them to lend you a hand.
- Make bridges, don’t burn them. A corollary to the last point is to be good to the organizations you serve. Do your best work, and if they disdain you, then move on. But don’t make a big deal out of it. You never know what the future may bring and it just might be important that you didn’t disrespect your former employer.
- Have fun. I’ve often said in many of the speeches I’ve made over the years that if you’re not having fun you aren’t doing it right. I realize that sounds flip, and assumes that everyone can find a job they enjoy, but I happen to think you are worth it. If you aren’t happy doing what you are doing then you should seek out that which makes you happy. Seriously, it’s worth the extra effort. If you find yourself dragging yourself out of bed in the morning, loathing the day you face, then that’s a pretty good sign you need to find something else. Don’t settle without a fight. You owe yourself at least that much.
I realize that advice is all too easy to give and much more difficult to take to heart. I don’t expect anyone to change their life based on this post. But it makes me feel better to get this down on “paper,” and to be able to point people to it should I ever run into someone who seems like they could use the advice.
But you’re right, I doubt I would have listened back then either. I needed to learn it on my own, one bloody, painful step at a time. I suppose in the end all we ever need is the ability to make good decisions, given the particular realities that face us at any one point in our lives. And that is perhaps the best possible graduation speech: how to make good decisions, as that is what life tends to throw at you — the need to make good decisions, time and time again.
Anna Neatrour is the Digital Metadata Librarian at the Mountain West Digital Library. In that capacity she works with libraries across the western states to support description and discovery of digital collections.
In this post, Anna describes one of her typical days as a metadata librarian aggregating data on a regional level and as a Service Hub with DPLA.
What does a Metadata Librarian do? The over ten million records in the Digital Public Library of America represent the work of countless people collecting, digitizing, and describing unique cultural heritage items. Mountain West Digital Library provides access to over 900,000 records, or about 10% of DPLA’s total collection. So, what does it take to be a metadata services librarian at a large DPLA service hub? Let’s find out.
8:30-10:30. Evaluate New Collections
I evaluate new collections from partners throughout Utah, Idaho, Montana, Arizona, and Nevada, and harvest their metadata into the Mountain West Digital Library. The MWDL has a well-established Metadata Application Profile, and I check new collections for conformance with the MWDL community’s shared expectations for descriptive metadata. Sometimes there are adjustments a local collection manager will need to make to field mappings, or values in the metadata that need to be revised or added. MWDL runs on ExLibris’ Primo discovery system, and we harvest collections through OAI-PMH. This means that I spend time checking OAI streams prior to harvesting a new collection. For a new repository I’ll send the collection manager a detailed report with information about what to fix. For long-term, established partners of MWDL, I’ll fire off e-mails with quick suggestions.
10:30-12:00. MWDL Staff Meeting
Once a week, our team checks in about current projects, technical troubleshooting, and the status of new collections we are adding.
12:30-1:30. Web Page Updates for New Collections
I’ve been working recently on harvesting new collections from the University of Idaho Digital Library, which has a wonderfully eclectic collection of materials that covers a variety of topics including jazz history, forestry, and much more.
There’s some great graphic design in the Vandal Football Program Covers Collection, like this one which proclaims “Mashed Idahoes Comin’ Up!”
The International Jazz Collections at the University of Idaho are a unique resource, and many of the digitized materials from those collections are available in the DPLA, like this photo of Joe Williams and Count Basie from the Leonard Feather Jazz Collection.
We’ve also added great collections from the Arizona Memory Project, including the Petrified Forest Historic Photographs collection that adds to our existing materials on national parks and recreation in the region. My favorite item in this collection is photograph of Albert Einstein touring the park, a detail of which can be seen above in the header image for this post.
One of the things I enjoy the most about harvesting new collections into MWDL is seeing how the information available on a particular topic gets augmented and expanded as more items are digitized. For example, many MWDL partners have photos and documents that tell the story of the Saltair Resort on the shores of the Great Salt Lake.
We have many older photos documenting the history of the resort, but we recently added a selection of color photos from 1965, during the time period after the resort was abandoned, but before it was later destroyed by arson.
All of these collections from MWDL then combine to help researchers find even more resources on these topic in DPLA.
2:00-3:00. Virtual Meeting or Training Support
I enjoy working with librarians from different institutions across our multi-state region, which means meeting online. The meetings might center on the activities of a MWDL Task Force or time with a librarian needing support.
3:00-4:00 Technical Troubleshooting
I check harvested collections after they are imported/ingested into Primo and troubleshoot any issues when necessary. This means checking the PNX (Primo Normalized XML) records in our discovery system to make sure that the harvested metadata will display correctly, and also be available for DPLA to harvest.
4:00-5:30 PLPP Partner Support
MWDL is one of the four service hubs working on the Public Libraries Partnerships Project, and while we support all our partners, we are spending extra time helping public librarians who are new to digitization get their first collections online!
Sharing the digital collections regionally at mwdl.org and nationally through DPLA is extremely rewarding. The next time you find a cool digital item in DPLA, thank your local metadata librarian!
Featured image: Detail of Dr. and Mrs. Albert Einstein visit Rainbow Forest, date unknown. Courtesy of the National Park Service (AZ) via the Arizona Memory Project and Mountain West Digital Library.
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Open Knowledge in partnership with the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism is pleased to announce the launch of Data Journalism Ph 2015. Supported by the World Bank, the program will train journalists and citizen media in producing high-quality, data-driven stories.
In recent years, government and multilateral agencies in the Philippines have published large amounts of data such as the government’s recently launched Open Data platform. These were accompanied by other platforms that track the implementation and expenditure of flagship programs such as Bottom-Up-Budgeting via OpenBUB.gov.ph, Infrastructure via OpenRoads.ph and reconstruction platforms including the Foreign Aid Transparency Hub. The training aims to encourage more journalists to use these and other online resources to produce compelling investigative stories.
Data Journalism Ph 2015 will train journalists on the tools and techniques required to gain and communicate insight from public data, including web scraping, database analysis and interactive visualization. The program will support journalists in using data to back their stories, which will be published by their media organization over a period of five months.
Participating teams will benefit from the following:
- A 3-day data journalism training workshop by the Open Knowledge and PCIJ in July 2015 in Manila
- A series of online tutorials on a variety of topics from digital security to online mapping
- Technical support in developing interactive visual content to accompany their published stories
Teams of up to three members working with the same print, TV, or online media agencies in the Philippines are invited to submit an application here.
Participants will be selected on the basis of the data story projects they pitch focused on key datasets including infrastructure, reconstruction, participatory budgeting, procurement and customs. Through Data Journalism Ph 2015 and its trainers, these projects will be developed into data stories to be published by the participants’ media organizations.Join the launch
Open Knowledge and PCIJ will host a half-day public event for those interested in the program in July in Quezon City. If you would like to receive full details about the event, please sign up here.
To follow the programme as it progresses go to the Data Journalism 2015 Ph project website.
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Koha 3.20 is the latest major release. It includes 5 new features, 114 enhancements and 407 bug fixes.
For more details see:
- Koha 3.20.0 - http://koha-community.org/koha-3-20-0-released/ (22 May 2015 - major six-monthly release)
Koha's release cycle:
Today I found the following resources and bookmarked them on Delicious.
- Open Hub, the open source network Discover, Track and Compare Open Source
- Arches: Heritage Inventory & Management System Arches is an innovative open source software system that incorporates international standards and is built to inventory and help manage all types of immovable cultural heritage. It brings together a growing worldwide community of heritage professionals and IT specialists. Arches is freely available to download, customize, and independently implement.
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Tuesday May 26, 2015.
Today we had a lively half hour free webinar presentation by Kimberly Bryant and Lake Raymond from Black Girls CODE about their latest efforts and the exciting LITA preconference they will be giving at ALA Annual in San Francisco. Here’s the link to the recording from todays session:
For more information check out the previous LITA Blog entry:
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Then register for and attend the LITA preconference at ALA Annual. This opportunity is following up on the 2014 LITA President’s Program at ALA Annual where then LITA President Cindi Trainor Blyberg welcomed Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls Code.
The Black Girl Code Vision is to increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color ages 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology.