T A B L E O F C O N T E N T S
J U L Y / A U G U S T 2 0 1 1
Volume 17, Number 7/8
E D I T O R I A L
Library and Archive Services
by Laurence Lannom, Corporation for National Research Initiatives
A R T I C L E S
Services for Academic Libraries in the New Era
Article by Michalis Gerolimos, Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, Greece and Rania Konsta, Ionian University, Corfu
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to document the integration of Web 2.0 services into the working framework of some of the most advanced academic libraries in the world. It reports a follow-up study that builds on a previous study conducted approximately two years ago. The comparison of those two studies produces interesting findings, notably an increase in the integration of web-based services. However, when some of the most core Web 2.0 services were examined, user participation was quite low. A quantitative approach to the content analysis of library web sites was performed to examine the prominence of twelve pre-determined services. In addition, the literature review focuses on the critical opinions expressed regarding the use of these web services by academic libraries, highlighting some of the problems and issues that have been raised, but are often overlooked.
Digital Librarianship & Social Media: the Digital Library as Conversation Facilitator
Article by Robert A. Schrier, Syracuse University
Abstract: Digital collections marketing is an important, yet often ignored aspect of digital collection management. While many collections are laudable for the quality of their pictures, metadata, and preservation techniques, they often remain obscure, unknown, and therefore inaccessible to their intended user populations. One of the ways digital librarians can cultivate a broader awareness of their collections is through social networking. More importantly, digital librarians who participate in conversations with users through the use of social media become inextricably intertwined with the knowledge creation processes relevant to their collections. This paper presents a set of five general principles (listening, participation, transparency, policy, and strategy) that provide digital librarians with straightforward, concrete strategies for successfully integrating social media into a digital library's overall strategic plan. In addition to these concrete strategies, I also explain the theoretical importance of each principle and its relevance for establishing a rapport with current and potential users of a digital collection.
Building a Sustainable Institutional Repository
Article by Chenying Li, Mingjie Han, Chongyang Hong, Yan Wang, Yanqing Xu and Chunning Cheng, China Agricultural University Library
Abstract: Institutional Repositories (IRs) are becoming important library resources, and increasing utilization of IR content is a key to building sustainable IRs. The China Agricultural University Library has developed a proven, successful service delivery model for IRs, through multi-themed, multi-layered organization of content, modular content publishing, and closely matching user requests, as is described in this paper.
Music to My Ears: The New York Philharmonic Digital Archives
Article by Cynthia Tobar, City University of New York
Abstract: The New York Philharmonic's Digital Archives made its debut with programs, scores and other documents dating from 1943-1970, the International Era, which traces Leonard Bernstein's association with the New York Philharmonic. The Philharmonic plans to digitize its entire collection of 8 million pages of documents and 7,000 hours of audio visual material, reflecting the Philharmonic's commitment to providing the broadest possible access to its collections. Before the launch of the Digital Archives, I met with the New York Philharmonic's Digital Archives Project Manager, Mitch Brodsky, to discuss this digitization project's mission and history, its open source content management systems, its metadata and the metadata's role in information retrieval, and digital asset management issues.
C O N F E R E N C E R E P O R T S
Report on the 2011 Inaugural United States Electronic Theses and Dissertations Association (USETDA) Conference
Conference Report by James RW MacDonald, University of Northern British Columbia
Abstract: The inaugural conference of the United States Electronic Theses and Dissertations Association (USETDA) was held in Orlando, Florida, May 18-20, 2011. Themes from the conference are discussed, including Copyright and Publication, ETD Workflow, and ETD Preservation and Discovery.
Open Repositories 2011: Community Meet-up in the "Live Music Capital of the World"
Conference Report by Carol Minton Morris, DuraSpace
Abstract: The Sixth International Conference on Open Repositories convened in Austin, Texas on June 8, 2011, bringing people from all over the world together to focus on how repositories might be more closely integrated into the technically and community-driven digital scholarly landscape. The program consisted of 24 general track presentations and four blocks of 24/7's (24 slides presented in 7 minutes) under the broad theme of "Collaboration and Community". Institutional repositories do not stand alone they are mechanisms for advancing policy and best practices that must co-exist with other systems. This conference showed that in order for repositories to continue to meet the changing needs of knowledge organizations, there is much interesting work to be done to develop repository communities and collaborations, in support of preserving the scholarly record in open repositories.
N E W S & E V E N T S
In Brief: Short Items of Current Awareness
In the News: Recent Press Releases and Announcements
Clips & Pointers: Documents, Deadlines, Calls for Participation
Meetings, Conferences, Workshops: Calendar of Activities Associated with Digital Libraries Research and Technologies
F E A T U R E D D I G I T A L
C O L L E C T I O N
[Leonard Bernstein's New York Philharmonic conducting debut, November 14, 1943.]
[Leonard Bernstein's marked Mahler Symphony No. 9.]
[Images courtesy of New York Philharmonic Digital Archives. Used with permission.]
New York Philharmonic Digital Archives
The New York Philharmonic Digital Archives collections contain material that dates back to the Philharmonic's first concert in 1842, but the first phase of digitization begins with content related to the middle of this long history. In deciding where to begin with the digitization project, a roundtable discussion was held that included librarians, historians, musicians, conductors, journalists, and students to evaluate the different time periods in the Philharmonic's history and to determine what might provide the most unique and robust source material.
The International Era was selected for several reasons. It was the time when the United States became a world power with New York City its cultural capital and when the New York Philharmonic emerged as a worldwide symbol of this new cultural position. In the broader social and civic realm, it was also the time when Government began to fund the arts, when women joined the Orchestra, when the Philharmonic opened Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, when the Orchestra musicians won 52-week contracts, when television became main stream and the Long Playing record was invented, and it was the time of Leonard Bernstein's leadership.
Thus it is the time period with the greatest variety of formats for the Digital Archives to test assumptions about cross-searching; scores, programs, press clippings, business documents, images, film, audio and video. Although the audio and video items are now only a sample, a long-term strategy is being developed for this material to be available in the not-so-distant future.
By 2012 all of the archival material from 1943 through 1970, from the letters of Presidents to the smallest scrap of paper, will be available in the Digital Archives 1.3 million pages.
D - L I B E D I T O R I A L S T A F F
Laurence Lannom, Editor-in-Chief
Allison Powell, Associate Editor
Catherine Rey, Managing Editor
Bonita Wilson, Contributing Editor
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