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The Digital Public Library of America: Collaboration, Content, and Technology at Scale

July 14, 2014- Educase: “DPLA accomplishes its mission by aggregating metadata and thumbnails pointing to digital objects for millions of photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more from a national network of partners. This network comprises individual nodes, or hubs, which work with DPLA to map and ingest their records into the DPLA repository. There are two types of hubs: service and content. Service hubs are state or regional digital libraries that collect items from organizations across their respective state or region, in addition to providing a trove of essential services including digitization, metadata consultation and enrichment, community organization, and technology support. Content hubs hold hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of digitized items on their own. Unlike service hubs, which interact with DPLA on behalf of myriad smaller regional organizations, content hubs represent themselves only and commit to providing DPLA with at least 200,000 items. This approach to infrastructure management allows DPLA to maintain a sustainable number of partnerships while maximizing existing data practices and local expertise in hub locations. The hubs are a key part of a national community of people who actively support the very principles on which DPLA operates, especially a strong belief in libraries’ “public option” for reading and research. This long-standing attention to public engagement is manifested as well in DPLA’s community reps program, an outreach initiative that has put in place an all-volunteer corps of DPLA advocates, spanning many professional domains and user communities including state libraries, public libraries, K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and technology, library, publishing, media, and genealogical organizations. DPLA reps now hail from all 50 states and 5 countries outside the United States.”

New on LLRX – Cell phone book clubs: A new way for libraries to promote literacy, technology, family and community

Via LLRX.com - Cell phone book clubs: A new way for libraries to promote literacy, technology, family and community Young people are heavy users of cell phones, but most do not know they can read library e-books for free on their phones. In this cutting-edge essay, David Rothman tells how libraries could use “cell phone book clubs” toContinue Reading

New on LLRX – What Does the Hathitrust Decision Mean For Libraries?

Via LLRX.com - What Does the Hathitrust Decision Mean For Libraries? The library community welcomed the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Authors Guild v. HathiTrust. The decision has implications for libraries that go far beyond the specific facts of the case. This paper by Jonathan Band offers some preliminary thoughts onContinue Reading

CRL Releases CLOCKSS Audit Report

“The Center for Research Libraries has released the findings of its preservation audit, and has certified CLOCKSS as a trustworthy digital repository. The certification applies to the repository’s ability to preserve and manage digital content deposited with CLOCKSS by participating e-journal publishers as of May 2014. The audit report identifies one issue related to criteria from TRAC (TrustworthyContinue Reading

Transforming ways of trustfully consolidating identities – IFLA

“This article presents ISNI and VIAF as major initiatives leveraging the library Authority control. They are significantly changing the international landscape of bibliographic control addressing the challenge of reliably identifying people in the rapidly emerging global knowledge network. Both systems are built on the principles of UBC. Further, they are revitalising these principles by promoting aContinue Reading

Contributed papers presented at SLA 2014 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO in Vancouver, Canada, in June 2014

Lessons from the Battlefield: The Challenges and Evolution of an Embedded Researcher, Leah Swift Information Verification in the Age of Digital Journalism, Nora Martin Beyond COUNTER Data for Journal Retention Decisions: A Case Study of Chemistry and Biochemistry Periodical Value Metrics at a Research University, Lutishoor Salisbury Leaders in Librarianship: The Role of Special Libraries Association in Asia, P.K.Continue Reading

US National Archives enshrines Wikipedia in Open Government Plan

News release: “The US National Archives and Record Administration (NARA) have committed to engaging with Wikimedia projects in their newest Open Government Plan. The biannual effort is a roadmap for how the agency will accomplish its goals in the digital age. In the first plan, issued in 2010, Archivist of the United States David Ferriero wrote “the cornerstone ofContinue Reading

Fostering Innovation, Creating Jobs, Driving Better Decisions: The Value of Government Data

“This report finds: Government data potentially guides trillions of dollars of investments each year. Government data helps governments to better target scarce resources, businesses stay competitive, and individuals stay informed about the communities in which they live. As the real world examples in this report demonstrate, individuals, businesses, other organizations, and governments use Government dataContinue Reading

Being a Better Online Reader – The New Yorker

“Certainly, as we turn to online reading, the physiology of the reading process itself shifts; we don’t read the same way online as we do on paper. Anne Mangen, a professor at the National Centre for Reading Education and Research at the University of Stavanger, in Norway, points out that reading is always an interactionContinue Reading

Collection Directions: The Evolution of Library Collections and Collecting

“Written by Lorcan Dempsey, Constance Malpas, and Brian Lavoie, “Collection Directions: The Evolution of Library Collections and Collecting” takes a broad view of the evolution of collecting behaviors in a network environment and suggests some future directions based on various simple models. A preprint of the article is available online. In this article, the authors look at the changing dynamicsContinue Reading

New display models of bibliographic data and resources

Trombone, Antonella. Presentation - New displaying models of bibliographic data and resources: cataloguing/resource description and search results, 2014 [and Report]. In Faster, Smarter and Richer. Reshaping the library catalogue, Roma (Italy), 27-28 February 2014. “The logical model outlined in Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records in 1998 has led to a theoretical reflection on the function ofContinue Reading

11 Net Neutrality Principles released by Library and University Groups

“The above organizations firmly believe that preserving an open Internet is essential to our  nation’s freedom of speech, educational achievement, and economic growth. The Internet now serves as a primary, open platform for information exchange, intellectual discourse, civic engagement, creativity, research, innovation, teaching, and learning. We are deeply concerned that public broadband providers have financialContinue Reading