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DuraSpace News: NEW Video Update from DSpace User Interface Initiative

planet code4lib - Wed, 2016-06-01 00:00

From Tim Donohue, DSpace Tech Lead

Austin, TX  Here's the latest video update on the Angular 2 UI prototype, demoing what we've accomplished in the last two weeks:

LITA: Transmission #5

planet code4lib - Tue, 2016-05-31 20:11

In this action-packed fifth installment, Begin Transmission is joined by the inimitable Leanne Mobley. She’s a LITA blogger, Scholarly Technologies Librarian at Indiana University, and a makerspace proponent.

Stay tuned for another Transmission, Monday, June 13th!

NYPL Labs: National Photo Month at the Digital Imaging Unit

planet code4lib - Tue, 2016-05-31 19:22

The Digital Imaging Unit at The New York Public Library is an extraordinary place filled with talented artists and photographers who are dedicated to providing the public with images from the library’s special collections. I’m particularly fond of the notion that the work we do helps to release information from the page and put it at the fingertips of a new kind of internet-connected public library patron. This flow of information and its impact also has a reverse component, for we often and unexpectedly find ourselves transformed in the process.

Interacting with the special collections materials in the way we do, carefully and expertly handling the rarest and most fragile artifacts of our shared cultural heritage, and putting these objects in front of the highest-resolution cameras available reveals details and moments that inevitably stop us in our tracks. We see a person in a window looking back at the camera, an erasure, inky fingerprints on the back of a manuscript, the otherworldly skill and precision required to accomplish a particular drawing or print, or we pause in front of the overwhelming beauty of an object. We find ourselves seeing the objects, photography, the world, and ultimately ourselves differently after these encounters. As professional photographers, nothing brings us more pleasure than to be faced with the prints of photographic luminaries and to be able to attend to their translation into the networked landscape.

Here are a few highlights from our most beloved encounters with the library’s photo collections that we’ve seen along the way. —Eric Shows, Digitization Services Manager

Sharecroppers' children on Sunday, near Little Rock, Arkansas. Image ID: 5251626 Arkansas sharecropper. Image ID: 5338462 Waiting for relief agent, Scott's Run, Monongalia County, West Virginia. Image ID: 5326678

I was very fortunate to handle most of the Library’s collection of Ben Shahn’s Depression-era FSA photographs. Shahn was primarily a painter and illustrator, which I think made him uninhibited behind the camera, but also very observant. He photographed his subjects in such a thoughtful way that they do not come across as victims from a bygone era, but as real and relatable people. —Martin Parsekian, Collections Photographer

George Avakian and Anahid Ajemian during the Ajemian sisters' first European tour. Image ID: 5665559 George Avakian recording Sidney Bechet. Image ID: 5649287 Earliest photo of George Avakian, with his parents in Tiflis. Image ID: 5649237

I selected these images because I find it fascinating that we can appreciate and witness through them the life, work, and legacy of American music producer/writer, George Avakian. I think is great that not only was he recognized for playing a major role in the development of jazz, but also for impacting the lives of many great artists through his work as a music producer. —Jenny Jordan, Collections Photographer

Joan Mitchell. Image ID: 5154611 Helen Frankenthaler. Image ID: 5154371 Willem DeKooning. Image ID: 5154297

I selected photographs of Willem DeKooning, Helen Frankenthaler, and Joan Mitchell by Walter Silver. These images capture the people behind iconic New York School paintings. The casual studio shots help me to imagine living and working with the abstract expressionists in the 1950s New York. —Rebecca Baldwin, Collections Photographer

From forest to mill. Image ID: 110149 View of Log-raft. Columbia River. Image ID: G91F306_021F Sawing timber. Image ID: 110132

I am always amazed by how we do what we do, for better, for worse, all the while. —Steven Crossot, Assistant Manager, Digitization Services

Housetop life, Hopi. Image ID: 433127 “Mobile anti-aircraft searchlights…” Image ID: 5111981 Storm. Image ID: 5147219

These three images represent the peculiarity of the library’s photographic collection. The romance and exoticism of Edward Curtis’ images of Native Americans from the early 20th century, official U.S. government press photos of military from WWI, and an annotated work print from the Walter Silver collection, with unintentionally ironic subtext. —Adam Golfer, Collections Photographer

Blossom Restaurant, 103 Bowery, Manhattan. Image ID: 482799, New York Public Library Testing meats at the Department of Agriculture. Beltsville, Maryland. Image ID: 3999921 Scott's Run mining camps near Morgantown, West Virginia. Domestic interior. Shack at Osage. Image ID: 5233691

These are a few of the photographs that have stuck with me over the years, by Berenice Abbott, Carl Mydans, and Walker Evans. Whether capturing the graphic signage and intensity of expression on people’s faces, the oddity of a testing scene or the subtle beauty and pride portrayed through a domestic scene, they all resonate with me in different ways. —Pete Riesett, Head Photographer

Chicken Market, 55 Hester Street, Manhattan. Image ID: 482844 Bread Store, 259 Bleecker Street, Manhattan. Image ID: 482591 Pingpank Barber Shop, 413 Bleecker Street, Manhattan. Image ID: 482595

I love exploring the NYPL's photography collections because of the historical and pictorial relevance of the works they hold, including Berenice Abbott's Changing New York—a series of stunning, iconic black and white photographs of the "old" city. Abbott was an extraordinarily skilled architectural photographer, but I especially enjoy her methodical documentation of storefronts as an integral part of the city, featuring visually glorious layers of texture and content. —Allie Smith, Collections Photographer

Tiger Man: Animal Graffiti, 14 St. Image ID: 5038710 Pretty Long Haired Woman Looking Up: Pretty Man in White Polo Looking Down. Image ID: 5038738 Woman Through Graffiti Window is Caught Unaware By Camera: Crowded Group in Car, Woman in Fur Coat and Wool Hat Looks at Camera. Image ID: 5038756

These are just a few images in a wonderful series by photographer Alen MacWeeney that were taken in 1977 in the NYC subway. At first glance I love these photographs because of how cool and stylized they look depicting the 1970s graffiti covered New York. Then you peer in closer and you see how MacWeeney added his own twist to the images by pairing two separate images to create diptychs which at first sight might appear to be one image. That creates an interesting narrative between the cast of characters. Added plus with these images is that no one is typing away on their phones and it doesn’t appear as crowded and jam packed with people as it is today. But there are things in the photos that never change on the subway and are timeless. —Marietta Davis, Collections Photographer

Jonathan Rochkind: GREAT presentation on open source development

planet code4lib - Tue, 2016-05-31 18:03

I highly recommend Schneem’s presentation on “Saving Sprockets”, which he has also turned into a written narrative. Not so much for what it says about Sprockets, but for what it says about open source development.

I won’t say I agree with 100% of it, but probably 85%+, and some of the stuff I agree with is really important and useful, and Schneem’s analyzes what’s going on very well and figures out how to say it very well.

Some of my favorite points:

“To them, I ask: what are the problems? Do you know what they are? Because we can’t fix what we can’t define, and if we want to attempt a re-write, then a re-write would assume that we know better. We still have the same need to do things with assets, so we don’t really know better.”

A long term maintainer is really important, coders aren’t just inter-changeable widgets:

“While I’m working on Sprockets, there’s so many times that I say “this is absolutely batshit insane. This makes no sense. I’m going to rip this all out. I’m going to completely redo all of this.” And then, six hours later, I say “wow, that was genius,” and I didn’t have the right context for looking at the code. Maintainers are really historians, and these maintainers, they help bring context. We try to focus on good commit messages and good pull requests. Changelog entries. Please keep a changelog, btw. But none of that compares to having someone who’s actually there. A story is worth 1000 commit messages. For example, you can’t exactly ask a commit message a question, like, “hey, did you consider trying to uh…” and the commit message is like, “uh, I’m a commit message.” It doesn’t store the context about the conversations around that”

“These are all different people with very different needs who need different documentation. Don’t make them hunt down the documentation that they need. When I started working on Sprockets, somebody would ask, “is this expected?” and I would say honestly, “I don’t know, you tell me. Was it happening before?” And through doing that research, I put together some guides, and eventually we could definitively say what was expected behavior. The only way that I could make those guides make sense is if I split them out, and so, we have a guide for “building an asset processing framework”, if you’re building the next Rails asset pipeline, or “end user asset generation”, if you are a Rails user, or “extending Sprockets” if you want to make one of those plugins. It’s all right there, it’s kind of right at your fingertips, and you only need to look at the documentation that fits your use case, when you need it.

We made it easier for developers to find what they need. Also, it was a super useful exercise for me as well. One thing I love about these guides is that they live in the source and not in a wiki, because documentation is really only valid for one point in time.”

I also really like the concept that figuring out how to support or fix someone else’s code (which is really all ‘legacy’ means), is an excercize in a sort of code archeology.  I’ve been doing that a lot lately.  Also how to use someone else’s code that isn’t documented sufficiently.  It’s sort of fun sometimes, but better to have better docs.

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District Dispatch: OITP welcomes summer intern

planet code4lib - Tue, 2016-05-31 15:34

Brian Clark

On June 6, Brian M. Clark will begin an internship with ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) for the summer. Brian just completed his junior year at Elon University in North Carolina where he is majoring in media analytics and minoring in business administration. At Elon, Brian has completed coursework in Web and mobile communications, Creating multimedia content, Applied media/data analytics, Media law and ethics, Statistics, Economics, Finance, Marketing, Management, and Accounting.

Not surprisingly, Brian’s projects this summer will focus on social media and the web generally and how ALA can better leverage communications technologies to achieve more effective policy advocacy. In addition, Brian will participate in selected D.C. activities and ALA meetings to develop some appreciation of public policy advocacy and lobbying. Activities include attending hearings of the Congress and/or federal regulatory agencies and attending events of think tanks and advocacy groups. Such participation might be in conjunction with ALA’s Google Policy Fellow Nick Gross, who will also be in residence this summer.

Please join me in welcoming Brian to ALA, the Washington Office, the realm of information policy, and libraryland.

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District Dispatch: Bring federal job training funding home to your library

planet code4lib - Tue, 2016-05-31 14:28

Jobseekers at Redding Library job fair.

Do you know how to secure funding for job training services and programs in your library? Learn how to secure workforce support funding for your library at this year’s 2016 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla. at the Washington Update session “Concrete Tips to Take Advantage of Workforce Funding.” During the session, a panel of library and workforce leaders will discuss best practices for supporting jobseekers. The session takes place on Saturday, June 25, 2016, from 8:30-10:00 a.m. in the Orange County Convention Center, room W303.

Session participants will learn about effective job training from two different panel discussions and discuss activities, classes and programs they can offer in their own libraries. Conference session attendees will also discuss new workforce support opportunities as the federal government rolls out the new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The U.S. Department of Labor expects to release Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act regulations on June 30, 2016.

The program will include a number of dynamic speakers, including Mimi Coenen, chief operating officer of CareerSource Central Florida; Tonya Garcia, director of the Long Branch Public Library in New Jersey; Stephen Parker, legislative director of the National Governors Association; Alta Porterfield, Delaware Statewide Coordinator of the Delaware Libraries Inspiration Space; and Renae Rountree, director of the Washington County Public Library in Florida.

Want to attend other policy sessions at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference? View all ALA Washington Office sessions

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Islandora: Guest Blog: So you want to get started working on CLAW?

planet code4lib - Tue, 2016-05-31 13:54

We have a very exciting entry for this week's Islandora update: a guest blog from Islandora CLAW sprinter Ben Rosner (Barnard College). Ben has been following along with the project for a while now and started his first sprint last month. He has been an awesome addition to the team and he was kind enough to share his experiences as a 'newbie' to CLAW, and explain how you can join in too:

So you want to get started working on CLAW?

Lessons learned from a first-time contributor, hopefully to ease your transition into the land of CLAW.

Foremost, before any listing of resources, pages, and things to understand: please know that IRC is the place to be. Even if the channel is quiet, someone is ALWAYS lurking and will help you through any issue. Without the #islandora channel on I'm not sure this beginner would have had the fortitude to stick with what can sometimes be challenging, but very rewarding work. Also, the weekly CLAW calls are great if you have the time, even if just to listen in. I didn't understand a flippin' thing the first time I joined, but I stuck with it as time allowed and it has paid off. Lastly the Google Group, both islandora and islandora-dev - just so you can get a 'feel' for what's going on in the community. 

The stuff to bookmark now, and remember for later!

If you're going to work on or with the microservices you need this guide: READ THIS GUIDE, LEARN THIS GUIDE, LIVE THIS GUIDE. curl so many times it hurts, then some more. While you're doing all this 'curling' watch and explore http://localhost:8080/fcrepo/rest/, query blazegraph with a simple SELECT * WHERE { ?s ?p ?o }. What's happening? Why? HOW!? Is that a camel? No way, get out there's a camel? Yup. We've got that.

Here are some dummy objects I've created to quickly populate my repo that might be handy when you're curling: Note the instructions in my may be outdated as we continue work on the Islandora microservices.

If you've never used a Vagrant before look inside of the install folder in the main CLAW repo and follow the README. Note to Windows users, run the command prompt/git shell/whatever and VirtualBox opened as an ADMIN before typing vagrant up. You've been warned!

Have an idea of PSR coding standards - when you're not in Drupal land you'll be using PSR2 while working on CLAW. Just like in college when you had to write in APA (or any of the lesser styles, muhahaha), PSR2 is a style guide. Here's the guide and here's something to fix your code for you (also see below about picking your editor of choice).

Theres more?! Diego Pino (@DiegoPino) has been amazing and hosted a series of live learning tutorials that are recorded and available on YouTube. There are links in main CLAW repository's, and here are the slides that were presented (or at least some of em').

Finding a comfortable editing space.

Pick your editor of choice - personally I'm a fan of Sublime Text 3 with a few plugins, mainly phpfmt/SublimeLinter (for PSR2 compliance and auto-formatting), bracket highlighter (distinguishes which block of code you're working on/in), and markdown preview (sometimes you want it to look nice before you push that commit). There are a few linters out there - some of them MUCH better than phpfmt (like SublimeLinter), and they work great, but rtm before you get started using them.

If you prefer a full-fledged IDE, PhpStorm is my recommend - educational users should be able to swing a free license, though do check with them as I'm not a lawyer... It does your typical IDE stuff (formatting, code completion, intellisense, etc.).

If you love yourself some VIM look through @nruests repos for his configs and I'm told you'll be all set!

Finally, if you're new to GitHub, don't panic, but learning it is a practical exercise regardless of how many guides you read. Here is one such guide, but go ahead and Google 'github guide' and you'll be inundated with everyone's "best guide to learn github." Depending on your learning style all of it is rubbish. Github is a PRACTICAL application. Just mess around with it and when you don't know something, speak up in IRC! Also, don't let your IDE do your git stuff, the commands are more powerful than an IDE exposes.

Okay enough ranting. Here's my "CLAW story."

A nice way to start contributing is through sprints, which are held during the first (or last, I forget) two weeks of each month. There are a number of opened issues/tickets that you can peruse. There is a sprint kick-off call where folks discuss what they want to tackle, and if you're not sure, you can be aimed towards those items that will interest you. I've learned this: EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS. No task is to small. (See: the last CLAW Tutorial/Lesson for more about Sprints and getting involved and read the

So I started in Sprint 06 which ended April, 2016. Here is my "journal entry" from then:

Thus far my #CLAW experience has been using and helping update the Vagrant (for Windows comparability sigh) and working on the PHP Microservices (it's iterative process, still workin' my first PR).

I'm working primarily on #150 and having some success. Lot's of testing using error.log and watching what's happening in Apache/FCRepo/Blazegraph. I think commit 64df023 is gonna crack this nut.

The Vagrant refuses to symlink on windows machines and so our composer architecture which allows live editing is failing to work. Since I work in a mixed coding environment (which includes a Windows machine) this is fairly important. It turns out we may need to run VMWare with elevated privs for proper linking to occur. shrug

And my work continued, even outside of any true sprint. Small things like creating a .gitconfig to handle line endings properly, resolving other issues with the Vagrant and small documentation tasks. Again little things that I could do as I could.

Then Sprint 007 (I added the extra 0, because who doesn't love a Bond reference?) came along, and I missed the kickoff call due to other obligations. But I asked for a ticket ~ and got one that was like "woot" this is amazing. However! Due to my own overzelousness and over obligation I did not get to work on my issue as much as I would have like :(. And guess what?! No-one judged me, everyone understood, and was it was just great to be part of the community and realize we really are in it together. I plan to continue my work with CLAW, and to take on as much as I possibily can! It's a great project, with great people (Nick, Diego, Jared - the main committers - are so supportive and collaborative), and something I am happy to be part of.

Ben out!

Wait Ben! Help me get started!

Have you curled yet? Get on IRC! Chat with us! Ping nruest a lot, he loves helping folks get started. Check the issues on the github, noone will stop you from trying to tackle one! Just fork and hack away :).

Eric Lease Morgan: Catholic Pamphlets and the Catholic Portal: An evolution in librarianship

planet code4lib - Tue, 2016-05-31 12:34

This blog posting outlines, describes, and demonstrates how a set of Catholic pamphlets were digitized, indexed, and made accessible through the Catholic Portal. In the end it advocates an evolution in librarianship.

A few years ago, a fledgling Catholic pamphlets digitization process was embarked upon. [1] In summary, a number of different library departments were brought together, a workflow was discussed, timelines were constructed, and in the end approximately one third of the collection was digitized. The MARC records pointing to the physical manifestations of the pamphlets were enhanced with URLs pointing to their digital surrogates and made accessible through the library catalog. [2] These records were also denoted as being destined for the Catholic Portal by adding a value of CRRA to a local note. Consequently, each of the Catholic Pamphlet records also made their way to the Portal. [3]

Because the pamphlets have been digitized, and because the digitized versions of the pamphlets can be transformed into plain text files using optical character recognition, it is possible to provide enhanced services against this collection, namely, text mining services. Text mining is a digital humanities application rooted in the counting and tabulation of words. By counting and tabulating the words (and phrases) in one or more texts, it is possible to “read” the texts and gain a quick & dirty understanding of their content. Probably the oldest form of text mining is the concordance, and each of the digitized pamphlets in the Portal is associated with a concordance interface.

For example, the reader can search the Portal for something like “is the pope always right”, and the result ought to return a pointer to a pamphlet named Is the Pope always right? of papal infallibility. [4] Upon closer examination, the reader can download a PDF version of the pamphlet as well as use a concordance against it. [5, 6] Through the use of the concordance the reader can see that the words church, bill, charlie, father, and catholic are the most frequently used, and by searching the concordance for the phrase “pope is”, the reader gets a single sentence fragment in the result, “…ctrine does not declare that the Pope is the subject of divine inspiration by wh…” And upon further investigation, the reader can see this phrase is used about 80% of the way through the pamphlet.

The process of digitizing library materials is very much like the workflows of medieval scriptoriums, and the process is well understood. Description and access to digital versions of original materials is well-accommodated by the exploitation of MARC records. The next step for the profession to move beyond find & get and towards use & understand. Many people can find many things, with relative ease. The next step for librarianship is to provide services against the things readers find so they can more easily learn & comprehend. Save the time of the reader. The integration of the University of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Libraries’s Catholic Pamphlets Collection into the Catholic Portal is one possible example of how this evolutionary process can be implemented.


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HangingTogether: A story about the spirituality of libraries

planet code4lib - Tue, 2016-05-31 09:02

At the AMICAL 2016 conference, I heard an inspiring story about the cyclical destruction and revival of libraries. Dr. Richard Hodges, President of the AU of Rome, began his welcome message as follows: “Unlike what many of you may believe, you don’t come from Silicon Valley, you come from the monks”. He went on to explain that libraries were created at the end of the 8th century by monasteries. It was then that monks started to make books, besides growing food and brewing beer. They crafted the leather skin covers, the straps, the folded leaves of vellum, and all the instrumentation necessary to write books. They created the blue print of the library. In subsequent years, full blown libraries developed, like the ones in Saint Denis and Montecassino. Like with all things successful, once they grow, you need to sustain them. The monks thus devised a model to attract donors with the lure of a counter gift: a hand-crafted book. When, in the mid-9th century, the Vikings and Saracens destroyed many monasteries and their libraries, the books survived in the hands of those who had been donors. And so, the spirituality of what libraries stood for, as preservers of intellectual heritage, survived the destruction and was the seed for the new learning of the Renaissance. The storyteller hinted at globalization as a similar wave of destruction, which might leave us without libraries but with the promise that the spirituality of what libraries stand for, will resurface in a new guise.

According to keynote speaker Jim Groom this new guise is the Archiving Movement. He painted the Web landscape as a wonderful space of many small initiatives with do-it-yourself blogs and a Wiki-infra on which one can build an entire curriculum for free, with fascinating open technology and with exciting new learning experiences. In his view, it is all about our individual content, building domains of our own and leaving our personal digital footprints. He advocated the need for individuals to become archivists, reclaiming ownership and control over their data from the “big companies”. In this world of the small against the giants, “rogue Internet archivists” (or morphing librarians, as you wish) are excavating and rescuing the remains of parts of the web, that are dying and being destroyed.

In my presentation on “Adapting to the new scholarly record” I talked about shifting trends in the research ecosystem and disturbances which are disrupting the tasks and responsibilities of librarians, as stewards of the record of science. I conveyed the concerns of experts and practitioners in the field, who met during a series of OCLC Research workshops on this matter. They talked about the short-term need for a demonstrable pay-off by universities and funding agencies; the diverse concerns on campus around image, IPR and compliance; the emergence of new digital platforms like ResearchGate and others, that lure researchers into providing data to them and bypassing their institutional repositories; etc. All these forces at play are distracting libraries from safeguarding the record for future scholarship. These observations beg the question, which came from the audience: “what can we do about it?” and in particular “What can we do, as AMICAL libraries”?

I had been impressed by the information literacy (IL) session the day before. AMICAL libraries from Paris to Sharjah presented their efforts to engage faculty and to broaden the understanding of IL within the university. Many of the libraries face challenges with their student population, such as reluctance and resistance to reading, deficiencies in academic writing skills, inexperienced information retrieval expectations and ineffective search practices. The session concluded with the desirability to integrate IL in the curriculum.

So, I answered my audience without hesitation: Please continue the good work you are doing in IL! Why do we hear so little about IL at other library conferences in Europe? Isn’t IL a core part of that spirituality Richard Hodges talked about – a core part of what libraries stand for? The next generation needs to be prepared for the new learning in the digital information age. This requires education and training. People are not born being-digital!

About Titia van der Werf

Titia van der Werf is a Senior Program Officer in OCLC Research based in OCLC's Leiden office. Titia coordinates and extends OCLC Research work throughout Europe and has special responsibilities for interactions with OCLC Research Library Partners in Europe. She represents OCLC in European and international library and cultural heritage venues.

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District Dispatch: Finding the “big picture” on big data at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference

planet code4lib - Tue, 2016-05-31 06:50

Photo by Rowan Universit yPublication via Flickr

Every day, technology is making it possible to collect and analyze ever more data about students’ performance and behavior, including their use of library resources. The use of “big data” in the educational environment, however, raises thorny questions and deep concerns about individual privacy and data security. California responded to these concerns by passing the Student Online Private Information Protection Act, and student data privacy also is now the focus of several bills in Congress.

Participate in a discussion on the big picture on student data privacy at the conference session “Student Privacy: The Big Picture on Big Data,” which takes place during the 2016 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla.  During the session, Khaliah Barnes, associate director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center and Director of its Student Privacy Project, will discuss how the growing use of big data threatens student privacy and how evolving state and federal data privacy laws impact school and academic libraries. The session takes place on Monday, June 27, 2016, 10:00-11:30 a.m., in the Orange County Convention Center, room W206A.

As director of the EPIC Student Privacy Project, Khaliah created the Student Privacy Bill of Rights. Khaliah defends student privacy rights before federal regulatory agencies and federal court. She has testified before states and local districts on the need to safeguard student records. Khaliah is a frequent panelist, commentator, and writer on student data collection. Khaliah has provided expert commentary to local and national media, including CBS This Morning, the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, Fox Business, CNN, Education Week, Politico, USA Today, and Time Magazine.

Want to attend other policy sessions at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference? View all ALA Washington Office sessions

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DuraSpace News: Managed by DuraCloud: 150+ Terabytes of Data

planet code4lib - Tue, 2016-05-31 00:00


Breakout of content stored in DuraCloud based on storage provider

DuraSpace News: Collaboration Between DSpace Registered Service Providers To Integrate And Deploy a Module On a Tight Deadline

planet code4lib - Tue, 2016-05-31 00:00

From Peter Dietz, Longsight

Independence, Ohio  Longsight manages DSpace for the Woods Hole Open Access System (WHOAS), a repository of marine biology publications and datasets. To provide as much value to this rich data, WHOAS has added a Linked Data module to DSpace to allow researchers to query their data.

DuraSpace News: Fedora at Open Repositories: Hands-on Fedora 4, RepoRodeo, API Extension, State of the CLAW, Hydra at 30

planet code4lib - Tue, 2016-05-31 00:00

Austin, TX  In two weeks the open repository community will gather at the Open Repositories Conference in Dublin, Ireland to share ideas and catch up with old friends and colleagues. The Fedora community will be on hand to participate and offer insights into current and future development of the flexible and extensible open source repository platform used by leading academic institutions.

Introduction to Fedora 4 Workshop

DuraSpace News: Save the Date for Open Repositories 2017

planet code4lib - Tue, 2016-05-31 00:00

From the organizers of Open Repositories 2017

Brisbane, Australia  The Open Repositories (OR) Steering Committee in conjunction with the University of Queensland (UQ), Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Griffith University are delighted to inform you that Brisbane will host the annual Open Repositories 2017 Conference.

It's exciting to have Open Repositories return to Australia, where it all began in 2006.  

DuraSpace News: New DSpace Repository for The Natural History Museum

planet code4lib - Tue, 2016-05-31 00:00

From Lisa Cardy, Library Services Manager, Natural History Museum

LibUX: Announcing W3 Radio

planet code4lib - Mon, 2016-05-30 18:21

So, LibUX has been a super vehicle for me — hi, I’m Michael — to talk, write, and make friends around the user experience design and development of libraries, non-profits, and the higher-ed web. These are special niches wherein the day-to-day challenges pervading the web are compounded by unique hyperlocal user bases and ethical imperatives largely without parallel on the commercial web.

And because there is so much to mine, so many hours in the day, and the LibUX audience is so varied — designers, developers, enthusiasts, dabblers, directors, big-bosses, students, vendors — I curate against topics that interest me-the-developer but maybe aren’t exactly relevant to me-the-librarian. There is soooo much happening in this space that captures my imagination, so of course I thought I’d start a new podcast: W3 Radio — you know, as in “world wide web.”

Do you need your web design news right now in ten minutes or less? Well it’s just your luck that soon I Michael Schofield am starting a new podcast: W3 Radio – bite sized best-of the world wide web. You’ll soon be able to tune in to W3 Radio on your podcatcher of choice
and real soon at

The gimmick is that it’s just a weekly recap of headlines in under ten minutes, which I think makes it perfect for playing catch-up – oh, also, I am pretending to be an old-timey radio anchor, and I am almost positive that won’t get old.

Download the MP3

Availability update ( June 1, 2016 )

W3 Radio is now available in Google Play, and still pending in iTunes. Of course, you can always subscribe to the direct feed

So, as of this writing, publishing this announcement generates the feed I use to populate the various podcatchers. It will likely pend for a day or two before they make it available. Stay tuned to this space for links.

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LITA: Travel Apps!

planet code4lib - Mon, 2016-05-30 17:00

With ALA’s annual conference in Orlando just around the corner, travel is in the plans for many librarians and staff. Fortunately, as I live in Florida, I don’t have that far to go. But if you do, then you’re going to need some good apps.

I travel frequently and have a few of my favorite apps that I use for travel, and I’d like to share them with you:

Airline App of Choice

I personally only use two airlines so I can only speak to their particular apps, but seriously, if you have a smartphone and you aren’t using it to hold tickets or boarding passes, you’re missing out. You can also use your app to check flight times and delays, book future travel, or just to play around (one of my airline’s apps lets you send virtual postcards).


Even if it’s just a weekend trip, this app is great at letting you know what you should bring depending on the weather and your activities. You can adjust the lists according to your preferences as well. Though this is the free version, there is a paid version where you can save your packing lists to Evernote. (Android)


I only use Foursquare when I travel. It got put through its paces in Boston when I needed to find a place to eat near my location or was looking for a historic site I hadn’t been to. It also helped in giving me tips about the place: what to order, when to avoid the place, how the staff was. On top of that, it links with your Map App of Choice (Google Maps FTW!) to give you directions and contact information. It’s not Yelp, but I feel it’s more genuine. (Android)


Take it from someone who lived in Orlando: driving in that city is not fun. This is why you want Waze: it can show you directions as well as let you input traffic accidents you happen across as you drive (well, maybe after you drive). It even helps out with finding cheap gas. (Android)

Photo-Editing App of Choice

You’re no doubt going to be taking a lot of photos on your trip, so why not spice them up with some creative edits and share them? There are a plethora of photo apps out there to choose from, the most ubiquitous being Instagram (Android), but I love Hipstamatic (paid, iOS only) because you can randomize your filters and get a totally unexpected result every shot. Other apps that are fun are Pixlr (Android) (there’s a desktop version, too!) and Photoshop Express (Android)
What are some travel apps that you cannot live without? Post them in the comments or tweet them my way @LibrarianStevie!

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