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Paper – Development of a Cross Institutional Digital Repository

Development of a Cross Institutional Digital Repository. Maggie Farrell, Dean of Libraries, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, US. Submitted on: 27.07.2015 (Note: Until July 2015, Maggie was the Dean of Libraries at the University of Wyoming) Copyright © 2015

Abstract: “Through the expertise of many, we can leverage success for the collaborative was the guiding philosophy as members of the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries considered how we might utilize technology and software to join our digital collections enabling access to a wealth of collections. In 2013, members of the Alliance were struggling to develop and support digital collections in a variety of formats. Librarians were unsure how to handle video, photos, books, and learning objects that seemed to mush room overnight with rising and uncontrolled costs. In addition, many of the members lacked technical and professional staff to develop critical digital access. Working together, Alliance members sought a common solution that would enable every member to achieve success in providing open access to existing collections and to develop new collections that were responsive to the respective organizations. Through the use of information technology, members were able to develop a new system that would meet the needs of a variety of member libraries and across the Colorado Wyoming border. Members also pooled resources to hire staff to manage the digital repository in addition to forming communities that would oversee the direction and management of the site. Through institutional collaboration of multi-type institutions, the Alliance was able to improve access to rich digital collections and to expand digital services to new collections such as theater performances, learning objects, and radio shows. The Alliance members were able to transform routine digital projects at the local level into an engaging, relevant, and attractive set of resources for the Rocky Mountain region. This paper will describe the process of forming a cooperative, selecting open and commercial software to develop the repository, and how social engineering is critical to the success of any cooperative.”

Statement by the ODNI on Retention of Data Collected Under Section 215 of USA PATRIOT Act

July 27, 2015: “On June 29, 2015, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court approved the Government’s application to resume the Section 215 bulk telephony metadata program pursuant to the USA FREEDOM Act’s 180-day transition provision. As part of our effort to transition to the new authority, we have evaluated whether NSA should maintain access to theContinue Reading

Report – Trafficking in Persons Report 2015

“This year’s Report places a special emphasis on human trafficking in the global marketplace. It highlights the hidden risks that workers may encounter when seeking employment and the steps that governments and businesses can take to prevent trafficking, including a demand for transparency in global supply chains. “The bottom line is that this is noContinue Reading

Global Publics: Economic Conditions Are Bad

“Seven years after the beginning of the global financial crisis, a Pew Research Center survey of 40 nations finds that publics in fewer than half the countries have a positive view of their economy. A median of just 40% in advanced economies say economic conditions are good, as do 45% in emerging economies and 46%Continue Reading

Evolving Role of News on Twitter and Facebook

Pew Research Center: “The share of Americans for whom Twitter and Facebook serve as a source of news is continuing to rise. This rise comes primarily from more current users encountering news there rather than large increases in the user base overall, according to findings from a new survey. The report also finds that usersContinue Reading

UNAIDS announces goal of 15 million people on life-saving HIV treatment by 2015 has been met

UNAIDS: “The AIDS targets of MDG 6—halting and reversing the spread of HIV—have been achieved and exceeded, according to a new report released today by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). New HIV infections have fallen by 35% and AIDS-related deaths by 41%. The global response to HIV has averted 30 million newContinue Reading

Climate and the crowds at national parks

NOAA Climate.gov: “In 2014, America’s national parks hosted a record-breaking 292.8 million visits, breaking the previous record of 287.1 million visits set in 1999.  According to a recent study, warming temperatures will attract even more visitors to most national parks in coming decades. The change could both increase economic opportunities and put stress on parkContinue Reading

Current Federal Reserve Policy Under the Lens of Economic History

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis – Current Federal Reserve Policy Under the Lens of Economic History: A Review Essay by Stephen Williamson. Working Paper 2015-015. “This review essay is intended as a critical review of Humpage (2015), and it expands on the issues raised in that volume. Federal Reserve Policy during the financial crisis,Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Defense Energy, Facilities Modernization, International Insurance Capital Standards, Mortgage Reforms, Prescription Drugs

Defense Energy: Observations on DOD’s Investments in Alternative Fuels, GAO-15-674: Published: Jul 27, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 27, 2015. Facilities Modernization: DOD Guidance and Processes Reflect Leading Practices for Capital Planning, GAO-15-489: Published: Jul 27, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 27, 2015. International Insurance Capital Standards: Collaboration among U.S. Stakeholders Has Improved but Could Be Enhanced,Continue Reading

International banking statistics at end-March 2015

“The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) today released international banking statistics at end-March 2015. Global cross-border claims of BIS reporting banks continued to expand in early 2015, rising by $755 billion between end-December 2014 and end-March 2015. The latest quarterly increase lifted the annual growth rate of claims to 6%, compared with -2% a yearContinue Reading

New on LLRX – Cut and Paste Opinions: A Turing Test for Judicial Decision-Making

Via LLRX.com – Cut and Paste Opinions: A Turing Test for Judicial Decision-Making  – Ken Strutin argues that cut-and-paste is a laudable method for reducing transcription errors in copying citations and quotations. However, he identifies that a problem arises when it is used to lift verbatim sections of a party’s arguments into a case decision.Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Library Research Guides: Best Practices

Via LLRX.com – Library Research Guides: Best Practices – Many librarians have a set of research guides that they are responsible for keeping up to date, but finding time to devote to this important task can be extremely difficult. As libraries migrate to LibGuides 2.0, many are using this opportunity to study their users’ preferences,Continue Reading