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The State of Digitization in US Public and State Libraries

Advancing the National Digital Platform: The State of Digitization in US Public and State Libraries – Highlights:

  • Ninety-two percent of public libraries have locally significant, unique physical collections
  • More than 37.6% of libraries have engaged in digitization activities in the last three years
  • In addition to the common barriers of time and ongoing funding, 61.4% of libraries identified insufficient staff training/expertise as a major barrier to their digitization efforts
  • All state library agencies reported that digitizing and providing online access to local and unique digitized material aligns with their mission either explicitly (12.8%), or broadly (87.2%)
  • Public libraries identified training in imaging best practices (55.6%), copyright risk assessment (47.5%) and metadata best practices (47.0%) as the most potentially helpful to their efforts

“Written by Kendra Morgan, Senior Program Manager, WebJunction, and Merrilee Proffitt, OCLC Research Senior Program Officer, this report summarizes the results of a needs assessment and gap analysis of digitization activities by public libraries and state library agencies in the US. For the assessment OCLC partnered with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA), and two divisions of the American Library Association—the Public Library Association (PLA) and the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS). the project was funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through a National Leadership Grant. With the support of this grant, national surveys of public libraries and state library agencies were conducted to gauge the extent to which US public libraries are positioned to support the growth of the national digital platform (NDP), primarily through the digitization of their unique collections. The report outlines key findings from the surveys and provides observations and recommendations for future exploration in the area of supporting digitization efforts in public libraries.”

Panel on End-of-term crawl and collection of vulnerable government information

James A. Jacobs – FreeGovInfo: ” Panel on End-of-term crawl and the collection of vulnerable government information – January 23, 2017 “I was honored last week to be part of a panel hosted by OpenTheGovernment and the Bauman Foundation to talk about the End of Term project. Other presenters included Jess Kutch at Coworker.org and… Continue Reading

Science Librarian Focuses on Projects to Archive Gov Docs Post Obama

Around the Web: Saving Government Data from the Trumpocalypse by John Dupuis: “While I’m working on a major update to my Documenting the Donald Trump War on Science: Pre-Inauguration Edition and preparing for the first of the post-inauguration posts, I thought I’d whet everyone’s appetite with a post celebrating all the various efforts to save… Continue Reading

Touring some of our nation’s presidential libraries

Via CBSNews: “As a new president is about to start making history, the legacies of our former leaders are enshrined in presidential libraries. There are now 13 libraries across the country, and President Obama’s in Chicago will be the 14th. CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg joins “CBS This Morning: Saturday” to share some of… Continue Reading

Free for All: NYPL Enhances Public Domain Collections For Sharing and Reuse

New York Public Library – “Today we are proud to announce that out-of-copyright materials in NYPL Digital Collections are now available as high-resolution downloads. No permission required, no hoops to jump through: just go forth and reuse!  The release of more than 180,000 digitized items represents both a simplification and an enhancement of digital access to a… Continue Reading

Obama Administration Digital Transition – Continuing to Follow Officials on Social Media

“Over the past eight years, the President, the First Lady, and the Obama White House have used social media and technology to engage with people around the country and the world on the most important issues of our time. From the very beginning, our mission has been to reach people on the channels and platforms… Continue Reading

Welcome to the new CIA Freedom of Information Act Electronic Reading Room

“The CIA’s declassified database is now online. Thanks to a MuckRock lawsuit and Mike Best’s diligence, you can now read over 13 million pages of Agency records – Back in December, we wrote about how the CIA would be placing its previously-inaccessible CREST database online. The move was a response to our lawsuit, handled pro… Continue Reading

Euopeana – And the quest for better metadata quality goes on

Snipped from the posting – read in its entirety for more knowledge sharing and links: “Supporting user needs with quality metadata – the need for high quality metadata in Europeana is motivated by its impact on search performance, on the overall Europeana user experience and on the re-use of the data. Rather than making it… Continue Reading

Commentary – Why Public Libraries Matter

Why Public Libraries Matter – It’s time for America to stop starving its libraries of funding. By Katrina vanden Heuvel “There are more public libraries in America—some 9,000 central buildings and 7,500 branch locations—than McDonald’s restaurants, making them one of the most ubiquitous institutions in the nation. Far from serving as obsolescent repositories for dead… Continue Reading

New design and features for loc.gov

(The following is a post by Gayle Osterberg, director of communications for the Library of Congress) “The Library of Congress launched its first website in 1994. Since that time we have digitized and made available millions of items from our collections and added new features to help you take advantage of all that the Library… Continue Reading

GPO Releases New Edition of Popular Style Manual

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) releases the 31st edition of the GPO Style Manual.  This is the first revision since 2008 and the first to be issued under GPO’s new name. Since 1894, the GPO Style Manual has served as a guide to the style and form of Federal Government printing and publishing. The Manual… Continue Reading

AALL, ALA and other advocacy groups raise privacy concerns for AG Sessions

Via CDT – January 9, 2017 – To Senator Charles Grassley, Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee, Re: Nomination for Attorney General of Senator Sessions “Dear Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Feinstein: We are writing to express our concerns about the privacy record of the President-Elect’s nominee for Attorney… Continue Reading