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DuraSpace News: Fedora 4 at The Art Institute of Chicago, An Interview With Stefano Cossu

planet code4lib - Wed, 2016-02-10 00:00

Carol Minton Morris from DuraSpace interviewed Stefano Cossu, Director of Application Services, Collections at The Art Institute of Chicago (AIC), to learn about how Fedora 4 is implemented at AIC.

• What’s your role with Fedora at your organization or institution?

DuraSpace News: DSPACE USERS: Feedback Requested on Next User Interface for DSpace

planet code4lib - Wed, 2016-02-10 00:00

From Tim Donohue, DSpace Tech Lead

You may recall, in late 2015, we held a DSpace User Interface (UI) Prototype Challenge. From our amazing developer community, we received a total of nine UI prototype submissions, using a variety of technologies (e.g. Java web frameworks, client side Javascript, Ruby on Rails).

Video demos of UI prototypes/technologies

District Dispatch: ALA disappointed at White House budget cut to state grants to libraries

planet code4lib - Tue, 2016-02-09 23:06

Cutting funds to libraries hinders services being delivered directly to people in their communities

Libraries directly deliver a wide range of services to Americans in their local communities throughout the nation. (Pictured here: Cherry Hill Public Library)

After reviewing President Obama’s Fiscal 2017 Budget released today, Sari Feldman, president of the American Library Association (ALA), issued the following statement:

We are truly disappointed that the President’s budget does not recognize the value libraries bring to our country. Every day America’s libraries create individual opportunity and community progress. It is ironic that the President has cut federal funds considering libraries are on the front lines directly serving all Americans without exception and that our work with individuals and communities advances our country in education, employment, and entrepreneurship. By cutting federal funds to libraries, the President’s budget is making it more difficult for libraries to do their job.

Feldman said cutting nearly a million dollars to grants to state library programs means: fewer children will benefit from reading and learning programs; fewer people will get the skills training they need to seek and sustain employment; fewer small businesses can research markets in order to grow; fewer Americans can search for health care resources and maintain health records; and fewer parents can investigate how to send their children to college and apply for financial aid.


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District Dispatch: Webinar explores collaboration to serve military & their families through libraries

planet code4lib - Tue, 2016-02-09 22:23

ALA’s Larra Clark (left) and Ann Estes (right foreground) with the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, led a webinar on how public libraries can get involved in a new initiative to serve military and their families.

The ALA and the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) introduced their new partnership to the first round of potential pilot libraries last week. The effort provides an opportunity for libraries to add to their capacity to serve military members and their families with customized financial education and resources in concert with certified credit counselors.

Larra Clark, deputy director of the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy, and Ann Estes, NFCC vice president of business development, shared information about program goals and benefits, research related to financial needs and program outcomes, and information about the NFCC’s member and communications reach.

As noted earlier, members of the U.S. armed forces, Coast Guard, veterans, and their families face financial challenges often not adequately addressed by resources designed for the general public. ALA and NFCC will leverage local member agencies and libraries to help improve the financial lives of service members, veterans and their families.

If you are interested, you can download the slides and view the webinar here:

We had a little bit of a hiccup with the sound in the first five minutes, so please jump ahead to the 5:10 mark to catch the full audio.

If you would like to learn more about this initiative, please contact Larra Clark at or by phone at: 202-403-8213. NFCC and ALA will announce the local communities and libraries where the program will first be launched in the coming weeks.

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FOSS4Lib Recent Releases: Open Journal Systems - 2.4.8

planet code4lib - Tue, 2016-02-09 21:53
Package: Open Journal SystemsRelease Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Last updated February 9, 2016. Created by David Nind on February 9, 2016.
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The Public Knowledge Project is pleased to announce the release of OJS 2.4.8.

This release builds on the 2.4.7 and 2.4.7-1 releases to collect the numerous minor fixes and tweaks that have since been completed. It adds numerous translation updates and several new features. It includes a substantial improvement to the PKP LOCKSS PLN plugin1.

Our thanks go out to our partners and the many community translators and developers whose contributions make our work possible.

David Rosenthal: The Malware Museum

planet code4lib - Tue, 2016-02-09 16:00
Mikko Hypponen and Jason Scott at the Internet Archive have put up the Malware Museum:
a collection of malware programs, usually viruses, that were distributed in the 1980s and 1990s on home computers. Once they infected a system, they would sometimes show animation or messages that you had been infected. Through the use of emulations, and additionally removing any destructive routines within the viruses, this collection allows you to experience virus infection of decades ago with safety.The museum is an excellent use of emulation and well worth a visit.

I discussed the issues around malware in my report on emulation. The malware in the Malware Museum is too old to be networked, and thus avoids the really difficult issues that running software with access to the network that is old, and thus highly vulnerable, causes.

Even if emulation can ensure that only the virtual machine and not its host is infected, and users can be warned not to input any personal information to it, this may not be enough. The goal of the infection is likely to be to co-opt the virtual machine into a botnet, or to act as a Trojan on your network. If you run this vulnerable software you are doing something that a reasonable person would understand puts other people's real machines at risk. The liability issues of doing so bear thinking about.

FOSS4Lib Upcoming Events: Managing Assets as Linked Data with Fedora 4

planet code4lib - Tue, 2016-02-09 15:15
Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 13:30 to 16:30Supports: Fedora Repository

Last updated February 9, 2016. Created by Peter Murray on February 9, 2016.
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From the announcement:

Manage Metadata (Diane Hillmann and Jon Phipps): It’s not just me that’s getting old

planet code4lib - Tue, 2016-02-09 14:19

Having just celebrated (?) another birthday at the tail end of 2015, the topics of age and change have been even more on my mind than usual. And then two events converged. First I had a chat with Ted Fons in a hallway at Midwinter, and he asked about using an older article I’d published with Karen Coyle way back in early 2007 (“Resource Description and Access (RDA): Cataloging Rules for the 20th Century”). The second thing was a message from Research Gate that reported that the article in question was easily the most popular thing I’d ever published. My big worry in terms of having Ted use that article was that RDA had experienced several sea changes in the nine (!) years since the article was published (Jan./Feb. 2007), so I cautioned Ted about using it.

Then I decided I needed to reread the article and see whether I had spoken too soon.

The historic rationale holds up very well, but it’s important to note that at the time that article was written, the JSC (now the RSC) was foundering, reluctant to make the needed changes to cut ties to AACR2. The quotes from the CC:DA illustrate how deep the frustration was at that time. There was a real turning point looming for RDA, and I’d like to believe that the article pushed a lot of people to be less conservative and more emboldened to look beyond the cataloger tradition.

In April of 2007, a mere few months from when this article came out, ALA Publishing arranged for the famous “London Meeting” that changed the course of RDA. Gordon Dunsire and I were at that meeting–in fact it was the first time we met. I didn’t even know much about him aside from his article in the same DLIB issue. As it turns out, the RDA article was elevated to the top spot, thus stealing some of his thunder, so he wasn’t very happy with me. The decision made in London to allow DCMI to participate by building the vocabularies was a game changer, and Gordon and I were named co-chairs of a Task Group to manage that process.

So as I re-read the article, I realized that the most important bits at the time are probably mostly of historical interest at this point. I think the most important takeaway is that RDA has come a very long way since 2007, and in some significant ways is now leading the pack in terms of its model and vocabulary management policies (more about that to come).

And I still like the title! …even though it’s no longer a true description of the 21st Century RDA.

DuraSpace News: VIVO Conference Call for Papers, Workshops and Posters Open through March 14

planet code4lib - Tue, 2016-02-09 00:00

From the VIVO 2016 Conference organizers

Austin, TX  The Seventh Annual VIVO Conference will be held August 17-19, 2016 at the Denver Marriott City Center in Denver, Colorado. The organizers are pleased to issue this call for contributions to the program.

The VIVO Conference creates a unique opportunity for people from around the world to come together to explore ways to use semantic technologies and linked open data to promote scholarly collaboration and research discovery.

DuraSpace News: Status Update on DSpace 6.0

planet code4lib - Tue, 2016-02-09 00:00

From Tim Donohue, DSpace Tech Lead

DuraSpace News: NOW AVAILABLE: More Information About the DuraSpace/LYRASIS “Intent to Merge”

planet code4lib - Tue, 2016-02-09 00:00

Austin, TX  Learn more about the planning now underway as a result of the exciting news that the LYRASIS and DuraSpace Boards have voted unanimously in favor of an “intent to merge” the two organizations. In order to provide additional information for our communities DuraSpace and LYRASIS have developed the following information:

HangingTogether: A Sister Blog is Born

planet code4lib - Mon, 2016-02-08 21:38

OCLC has launched a new blog: Next. Focused on what comes next for libraries, librarians, and the communities they serve, it will draw upon OCLC staff with a variety of experiences and perspectives.

First up is Skip Prichard, OCLC CEO,  who discusses “Transforming data into impact”. This was also the topic of an OCLC program at ALA Midwinter of the same title, and you can find links to the slides and video of the event in his post.

Second is yours truly on “Getting started with linked data”. In this short piece I try to make linked data understandable and explain why it is important (making data more machine-actionable) and how it will have an impact on libraries (by making many of workflows more efficient and enhancing the user discovery experience).

Then there is “Learning isn’t learning until you use it” by my Membership and Research colleague Sharon Streams. In it she provides some sage advice for both students and teachers — and aren’t we both at different times? And any post that ends with a story from comedian Louis CK can’t be all bad, right?

These initial posts will be followed up by other colleagues who have some fascinating things to say. I think you will find this blog will be well worth adding to your blog reader or aggregator. If you use Twitter more than blog aggregators for current awareness as I do, follow @OCLC and you’ll be good.

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District Dispatch: Libraries celebrate 20th anniversary of telecom act

planet code4lib - Mon, 2016-02-08 16:15

Libraries are celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the 1996 Telecommunications Act this week!

When the 1996 Telecommunications Act was signed into law, only 28% of libraries provided public internet access. What a dizzying two decades we’ve experienced since then! It’s hard to imagine how #librariestransform without also considering the innovations enabled by Act and the E-rate program it created.

Libraries were named one of seven major application areas for the National Information Infrastructure in a 1994 taskforce report: “For education and for libraries, all teachers and students in K-12 schools and all public libraries—whether in urban suburban, or rural areas; whether in rich or in poor neighborhoods—need access to the educational and library services carried on the NII. All commercial establishments and all workers must have equal access to the opportunities for electronic commerce and telecommuting provided by the NII. Finally, all citizens must have equal access to government services provided over the NII.”

In his 1997 State of the Union address, President Clinton called for all schools and libraries to be wired by 2000. We came close: 96% of libraries were connected by this time.

Looking back at precursor reports to the Digital Inclusion Survey, we see both how much things have changed—and how some questions and challenges have stubbornly lingered. Fewer and fewer of us likely remember the dial up dial tone, but in 1997 nearly half of all libraries were connected to the internet at speeds of 28.8kbps. (Thankfully, by 2006 we weren’t even asking about this speed category anymore!) The average number of workstations was 1.9, compared to 19 today.

Then, as now, though, libraries reported that their bandwidth and number of public computers available were unable to meet patron demand at least some of the time. Libraries, like the nation as a whole, also continue to see disparities among urban, suburban and rural library connectivity.

Or how about this quote from the 1997 report under the subheading The Endless Upgrade: “One-shot fixes for IT in public libraries is not a viable policy strategy.”

As exhausting as we may sometimes feel at the speed of change, what has been enabled is truly transformative. From connecting rural library patrons to legal counsel via videoconferencing in Maine to creating and uploading original digital content from library patrons nationwide, “The E’s of Libraries®” are powered by broadband.

According to a 2013 Pew Internet Project report, the availability of computers and internet access now rivals book lending and reference expertise as vital library services. Seventy-seven percent of Americans say free access to computers and the internet is a “very important” service of libraries, compared with 80 percent who say borrowing books and access to reference librarians are “very important” services.

America’s libraries owe a debt to Senators Rockefeller, Snowe and Markey for recognizing and investing in the vital roles libraries and schools play in leveraging the internet to support education and lifelong learning. And we also are grateful to the current FCC for upgrading E-rate for today—setting gigabit goals and creating new opportunities to expand fiber connections to even our most geographically far flung. We invite you to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Telecom Act (hashtag #96×20) and share how your #librariestransform with high-speed broadband all this week.

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Open Library Data Additions: Amazon Crawl: part en

planet code4lib - Mon, 2016-02-08 16:00

Part en of Amazon crawl..

This item belongs to: data/ol_data.

This item has files of the following types: Data, Data, Metadata, Text

Islandora: Islandora's Long Tail VIII

planet code4lib - Mon, 2016-02-08 14:21

Time for the 8th installment of the Islandora Long Tail (which contains eight modules!), where we take a look at modules outside of the Islandora release that are being developed around the Islandora community.

Islandora Job

Released by discoverygarden last November, this module utilizes Gearman to facilitate asynchronous and parallel processing of Islandora jobs and allows for Drupal modules to register worker functions and routes received messages from the job server to the appropriate worker functions.  

Islandora GSearcher

Another module from discoverygarden, this one a brand new release. Islandora GSearcher sends created and edited objects to be indexed via the Fedora Generic Search Service on page exit, removing the need for ActiveMQ between Fedora and GSearch.

Islandora UIIG Edit Metadata

To address some perceived issues with the interface currently available for editing metadata, the User Interface Interest Group has started work on this standalone feature module to create an "Edit Metadata" tab. It's currently in the early stages of development, so please suggest use cases, improvements, and refinements.

Islandora Ingest Drag'n'Drop

From Brad Spry at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, this ingest module provides a methodology for creating a drag-and-drop batch ingest workflow powered by a local Linux-based NAS system integrated with an Islandora ingest server. Basically, it gives access to the power of islandora_batch without the need to use terminal commands. You can use it with another fun little tool from UNCC, the Islandora Ingest Indicator, which  is "designed to communicate Islandora ingest status to Archivists; a methodology for integrating Blink (link is external) indicator lights with an Islandora ingest server. We have programmed Blink to glow GREEN for indicating "ready for ingest" and RED for "ingest currently running."More about Blink:

Islandora Usage Stat Callbacks

This offering from the Florida Virtual Campus team and Islandora IR Interest Group convenor Bryan Brown, is a helper module that works with Islandora Usage Stats to take the data it collects and expose it via URL callbacks.

Barnard Collection View

And finally, a custom content type from Ben Rosner at Boston College that allows archivists and curators to create a collection view by way of using a Solr query. Basically, it "aims to mimic certain behaviors from the Islandora Solr Views module, but also permit the user to search, sort, facet, and explore the collection without navigating them away from the page." Ben is looking for feedback and  has provided a couple of screenshots of what it looks like in action:

Islandora Mirador Bookreader

This module implements Mirador open source IIIF image viewer for Islandora Book Solution Pack. It was developed by the team at the University of Toronto, with support from the The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for development of the French Renaissance Paleography website.

LITA: Hack your Calendars? Using them for more than just appointments.

planet code4lib - Mon, 2016-02-08 14:00

As librari*s one thing we know, and usually know well, is how to do more with less, or at least without any increase. With this mindset, even the most mundane tools can take on multiple roles. For example, our Calendars

I had a boss near the beginning of my professional career who leveraged their calendar in ways I’d never thought to: as a log for tracking projects, personal ticketing system, and the usual meeting/appointment scheduling. It stuck with me; a handful of years later and I still use that same process.

When I interviewed for my now current job, I was asked how I prioritize and manage what I have to do. My response: with my calendar. I don’t have meetings every hour of every day but I do have a lot of tasks to do and things I’m working on, and having a running log of this is useful, as well as scheduling out blocks of time to actually get my work done.

Using a tool that was designed to organize days and then developed for individual use or network use (sharing of information). Personal calendars kept separate from work calendars, and all used for documenting appointments on our schedules. Why not use them for more than that? Calendar software is designed to intake a reasonable amount of information, customize it as you will.

Things that a Calendar offers that makes this easy

  • Free text Subject/Location fields
  • Start & End times
  • Category options (you decide!) — if you wear multiple hats or are working for multiple teams, this can be incredibly useful
  • Free text Notes field
  • Privacy options

Using a Calendar this way allows you to link together in one point an array of information — people associated with a project, a URL to a google doc, organize based on the hat you’re wearing, document time spent on projects — really helpful for annual reviews. My personal favorite use is noting what you did with a specific project (or problem), this works well when you need a ticketing system setup but just for your personal projects/problems/etc. Things break, it’s my current job to fix them and keep them from breaking (as often) in the future — when I spend 4 hours fixing something, I note it on my calendar and use the notes portion to log running issues, how they were solved, etc.

Using my calendar this way accomplished a handful of things, aside from traditional use:

  • Gave me a decent log for time spent on projects
  • Made my annual review 100% easier
  • Forced me to become more aware of what I was spending my time on
  • Helped me set aside the necessary time needed to work on certain tasks
  • Ward off unnecessary meetings (because Calendar was busy)

If you’re concerned about privacy — check here {link to setting Outlook Calendar privacy} and here {link to setting Google Calendar privacy} for how to manage the privacy settings on Outlook and/or Google.

I challenge you for a week to use your calendar in this fashion, as your own personal work log.

Many thanks to @archivalistic @griffey  @timtomch @slmcdanold @collingsruth @metageeky @sharon_bailey @infosecsherpa @gmcharlt @amyrbrown @redgirl13 for sharing their responses.

LibUX: 033 – A UX Shop for One with Stephen Francoeur

planet code4lib - Mon, 2016-02-08 04:23

Stephen Francoeur is among the first user experience librarians and in this episode he shares his insight about thriving as a one-person UX shop. We talk about organizational buy-in, how best to pitch and communicate UX work, as well as a super interesting tear on imposter syndrome.

You have to be careful who you compare yourself too. If you already have bad feelings about what you can do, your library’s relative poverty compared to other institutions, it’s easy to say “oh screw it, we’ll never be able to keep up with that.” … Maybe we all should be pointing to the under-resourced libraries who manage to be doing a real bang-up job. Stephen Francoeur

  • 1:15 – The story behind “Advice for UX Shops of One in Libraries
  • 2:23 – Stephen petitioned administration to create a new UX position
  • 4:43 – On organizational buy-in
  • 6:26 – Setting milestones or benchmarks for determining whether investment in UX work has been successful.
  • 11:00 – How receptive are university IT to user-centric design or development requests made by the library?
  • 13:28 – What if a proposal fails?
  • 15:29 – What kind of advice does Stephen have for folks whose administrations aren’t so receptive to user experience design?
  • 17:31 – Whether there’s a preference toward either quantitative or qualitative data.
  • 23:13 – If somebody is new — let’s say they just read Amanda Etches’ and Aaron Schmidt’s book — where do they start?
  • 24:44 – How persuasive is it to stakeholders to look at what other institutions have done with user experience teams?
  • 27:27 – Lasting thoughts

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FOSS4Lib Recent Releases: Omeka - 2.4

planet code4lib - Sun, 2016-02-07 20:48
Package: OmekaRelease Date: Thursday, January 21, 2016

Last updated February 7, 2016. Created by David Nind on February 7, 2016.
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We are pleased to announce the release of Omeka 2.4. Although most of the changes are behind the scenes, they contribute to a smoother operation overall.

We have increased the required version of PHP, now at a minimum of 5.3.2. Be sure to check what version of PHP you are running before you upgrade to ensure that you have a supported version. On the opposite end of things, the latest version, PHP 7, is now supported.

FOSS4Lib Updated Packages: AtoM - Access to Memory

planet code4lib - Sun, 2016-02-07 19:56

Last updated February 7, 2016. Created by David Nind on February 7, 2016.
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AtoM stands for Access to Memory. It is a web-based, open source application for standards-based archival description and access in a multilingual, multi-repository environment.

Key features:

  • Web-based Access your AtoM installation from anywhere you have an internet connection. All core AtoM functions take place via a web browser, with minimal assumptions about end-user requirements for access. No more synching multiple installations on a per-machine basis – install AtoM once, and access it from anywhere.
  • Open source All AtoM code is released under a GNU Affero General Public License (A-GPL 3.0) – giving you the freedom to study, modify, improve, and distribute it. We believe that an important part of access is accessibility, and that everyone should have access to the tools they need to preserve cultural heritage materials. AtoM code is always freely available, and our documentation is also released under a Creative Commons Share-alike license.
  • Standards-based AtoM was originally built with support from the International Council on Archives, to encourage broader international standards adoption. We've built standards-compliance into the core of AtoM, and offer easy-to-use, web-based edit templates that conform to a wide variety of international and national standards.
  • Import/export friendly Your data will never be locked into AtoM – we implement a number of metadata exchange standards to support easy import and export through the AtoM user interface. Currently AtoM supports the following import/export formats: EAD, EAC-CPF, CSV and SKOS.
  • Multilingual All user interface elements and database content can be translated into multiple languages, using the built-in translation interface. The translations are all generously provided by volunteer translators from the AtoM User Community.
  • Multirepository Built for use by a single institution for its own descriptions, or as a multi-repository “union list” (network, portal) accepting descriptions from any number of contributing institutions, AtoM is flexible enough to accommodate your needs.
  • Constantly improving AtoM is an active, dynamic open-source project with a broad user base. We're constantly working with our community to improve the application, and all enhancements are bundled into our public releases. This means that whenever one person contributes, the entire community benefits.
Package Type: Archival Record Manager and EditorLicense: AGPL Package Links Development Status: Production/Stable Releases for AtoM - Access to Memory Operating System: Browser/Cross-PlatformLinuxMacWindowsTechnologies Used: Dublin CoreEADMODSProgramming Language: JavaPHPDatabase: MySQLOpen Hub Link: Hub Stats Widget: 


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