Digitech Newsletter :: April 2009

April 2009

Thinking Strategically at the Digital Dilemmas Symposium 

Times are certainly tough for libraries in this economic climate. It has never been more important for us to think about how we can strategically position our institutions to emerge from this crisis as continued cornerstones of the communities we serve.

Please join METRO on April 16 for engaging discussions at the Digital Dilemmas Symposium. More than simply a discussion about digital information resources, Digital Dilemmas will provide participants with an opportunity to join leading scholars in thinking strategically about changing community expectations and how our libraries might adapt and flourish under these conditions.

Closing keynote speaker, Dan Cohen (Director, Center for History and New Media, George Mason U.) will present "Scholars and the Everywhere Library," discussing new possibilities for search, discovery, recommendations, and analysis that a modern library might provide for the next generation of scholars. The symposium will feature an opening keynote from Cliff Lynch (Director, CNI), and presentations byPat Aufderheide (Director, Center for Social Media, American U.), Evan Owen (Chief Technology Officer, Portico), and Roger Schonfeld (Research Manager, Ithaka). 

Where: William And Anita Newman Library Conference Ctr. at Baruch College (pictured here) 
When: April 16, 2009 (9:30am-4:30pm)
Fee: $125 (lunch provided) 
Complete Agenda and Registration: http://bit.ly/4F91m

Digital Dilemmas is sponsored in part by OCLC, with additional support from Luna Imaging.


Collection Spotlight: E. F. Caldwell & Co. Lighting Collection at Cooper-Hewitt Museum Library

As part of a new monthly feature, we'd like to take a moment to share new digital collections created by METRO member libraries. If you'd like to recommend a collection, please email information to Jason Kucsma (jkucsma_at_metro_dot_org).

The E. F. Caldwell & Co. Collection at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum Library, Smithsonian Institution Libraries, contains more than 50,000 images consisting of approximately 37,000 black & white photographs and 13,000 original design drawings of lighting fixtures and other fine metal objects that they produced from the late 19th to the mid-20th centuries.

Grant funding from METRO made it possible to scan all 142 large binders, containing 25,000 photographs, and 10,000 drawings. This online collection will provide access to over 35,000 images once all scans have been processed. A little over 30% of the Caldwell collection remains un-scanned, including 13,000 photographs and 3,000 drawings. View the collection online here: http://bit.ly/CMSAP. (Right: Caldwell chandeliers in the East room of the White House in Washington, D.C., c. 1902)


Digitization Essentials on the Agenda in April and May at METRO

In addition to the Digital Dilemmas Symposium, three workshops geared toward helping libraries begin -- or begin thinking about -- digitization projects are on the schedule this Spring at METRO. In April, Professor Marcia Zeng (Kent State University) will lead a two-day intensive "Introduction to Metadata for Digital Collections" workshop (details: http://bit.ly/42kC7e). Elisa Lanzi (Smith College) and James Gehrt (Mount Holyoke College) will lead a one-day "Digital Imaging Practicum" workshop detailing workflows, best practices, and collection management for digital resources (details: http://bit.ly/4BPMiP). Laurie Gemmill (PALINET) will lead a half-day workshop on "Outsourcing Digitization" (details: http://bit.ly/l6wY3). Each of these workshops is part of METRO's year-long digitization curriculum, and is open to all members (with discounts) and other interested librarians, archivists, and museum professionals. 


METRO Announces 2009 Digitization Awards

METRO provides funding to its member libraries to support digitization projects that preserve and expand access to important collections of historical and rare materials in New York City and Westchester. The eight projects funded for 2009 are as follows:

  • The Jewish Theological Seminary: Funding to digitize the diary of a prominent Jewish theologian.

  • The American Jewish Historical Society: Support for the digitization of the papers and documents of Judah Lyons, a founder of Mount Sinai Hospital.

  • The Center for Jewish History: Funding to digitize collections from the Leo Baeck Institute and the American Jewish Historical Society, including the digitization of three-dimensional objects from the collection.

  • The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Library, Smithsonian: Funding to digitize a monthly fashion/design magazine published from 1809-1828.

  • The CUNY Graduate Center: Support for the digitization of 250 photographs, newspaper engravings, lithographs, and postcards.

  • Manhattanville College: Funding to digitize source materials from the first Catholic women’s college to accept African American students.

  • The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research: Support for the digitization of eight volumes of a Yiddish scholarly journal published by the YIVO Institute.

  • Wagner College: Funding to digitize 165 letters relating to the Christian Socialist movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The applications were evaluated by a review team of representatives from METRO’s Digitization Advisory Council, Information Systems and Services Advisory Council, and nationally known digitization consultants. These grants are funded through state funds from the New York State Regional Bibliographic Databases Program and METRO’s operating funds.

Applications for 2010 Grants will be made available in September. Interested libraries may review last year's application on the METRO site here:http://bit.ly/v9rtl


April/May METRO Digitization and Emerging Tech Events



  • 01 - Digital Imaging Practicum: Best Practices for Digitization, Workflow, and Image Collection Management. Details: http://bit.ly/4BPMiP

  • 08 - How to Create Digital Collections Using CONTENTdm. Details:http://bit.ly/KeSa

  • 13 - Outsourcing Digitization Workshop. Details: http://bit.ly/l6wY3

  • 19 - Using Wink Freware to Create Tutorials/Demos for Libraries. Details:http://bit.ly/1qzqZq

Add these and other related events around NY and the world to your Google Calendar by subscribing to the techMETRO Calendar:http://tinyurl.com/techmetrocalendar

This is a partial list of events focusing on digitization and emerging technologies.
For a complete list of METRO workshops and events, visit http://www.metro.org



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