Digitech Newsletter :: July 2009

Staying Connected with the METRO Universe

3676177034_e4a852c2dd Regular readers of this newsletter know that METRO offers a number of ways to stay informed about what NYC libraries and librarians are thinking, doing, or thinking about doing. Whether it's through Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or ALA Connect, we're working hard to share as much useful information with our members as possible, but sometimes it's hard to keep up with it all, right?

Enter the METRO Netvibes Universe. This new portal features feeds from libraries, librarians, professional associations, library schools, and relevant blogs -- all easily accessed via one online portal. Have a look for yourself at http://netvibes.com/mnylc and let us know of additional resources we should include in the portal.

Webinar to Focus on Digital Collection Management Systems

METRO is pleased to offer the first webinar collaboration with Lyrasis, the new organization formed from the merger between Palinet and Solinet. "Introduction to Digital Collection Management Systems" is a two-hour webinar that will:

  • List several key features included in most digital collection management systems
  • Detail the digitization tasks usually included and not included in digital collection management systems
  • Name 4 commercial and 3 Open Source digital collection management systems
  • Identify some questions to ask in the evaluation process

For more information and to register, visit http://bit.ly/106gBM

Digital Collection Spotlight:
Audio Digitization Pilot Project at The Center for Jewish History

Each month we take a moment to share 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).

A recipient of a 2008 METRO digitization grant, The Center for Jewish History has assembled a collection of digitized oral histories from The Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and American Sephardi Federation. The Austrian Heritage Collection (Leo Baeck Institute) features recordings from a 1995 program to document the oral history of Austrian-Jewish émigrés who fled to the USA during the Nazi years. The German Jews of Washington Heights Collection (Yeshiva University Museum) features interviews from 1987 with over 70 people who participated in a unique project to record oral history testimony from German Jews who had fled Europe during WWII and settled in Washington Heights, an uptown neighborhood in New York City. The Henry V. Besso Collection (American Sephardi Federation) features recordings of Henry Victor Besso, a scholar in the field of Sephardic Studies, writer, teacher, lecturer, and bibliographer, who was born in Thessalonike, Greece in 1905.

Listen to the recordings here:
Austrian Heritage: http://bit.ly/18byVy
German Jews of Washington Heights: http://bit.ly/EcDDU
Henry V. Besso: http://bit.ly/17Fe6U

EmeraldView Adds Functionality to Greenstone Digital Collection Management System

Yitszchak Schaffer, Systems Manager at Touro College Libraries, has recently created Emeraldview, a PHP-based front-end for Greenstone, the open source digital collection management software solution. Schaffer said, "The main motivation behind EmeraldView was the potential for more user- and search-engine-friendly URLs, and greater ease of customization for the presentation layer [of Greenstone]." For more information about EmeraldView, visit: http://emeraldview.tourolib.org/

Repeat Performance: Introduction to Zotero Webinar

Due to popular demand, METRO will host another free Introduction to Zotero webinar on July 24th from 10:00-10:30. Zotero is a free, easy-to-use Firefox browser extension for collecting, managing, citing, and sharing research resources. As a research management tool that allows users to take control of their data (and take it with them wherever they go), it’s easy to see why Zotero is currently recommended by hundreds of institutions around the world including MIT, Stanford, and Yale.

The 30-minute webinar will provide some basic information about the popular research management tool and is recommended for any librarian or administrator considering METRO's more extensive 90-minute on-site workshop.

To sign up for the webinar, visit METRO's online registration system here: http://bit.ly/s7Wjp

For more information about the full 90-minute on-site workshop, click here: http://bit.ly/UFLQN

Summer Digitization and Emerging Tech Workshops and Events


  • 28 - Webinar: Information Use and Reuse in the Library: The Creative Commons Solutions. Details: http://bit.ly/1WVQw


  • 07 - Using Omeka to Build Digital Collections in Libraries and Archives. Details:http://bit.ly/WYNPA
  • 09 - Webinar: Simple Strategies and Tools for Keeping Up With Tech Trends.
    Details: http://bit.ly/zsCPr

  • 13 - Essential Wiki Master: How to Use, Install, Customize, Extend and Manage Wiki. Details: http://bit.ly/2Izsp

Add these and other related events around NY and the world to your Google Calendar by subscribing to the METRO Calendar: http://bit.ly/metrocalendar.


The best of June's Tweets from the tweetMETRO feed

  • IMLS "Libraries to the Rescue" podcast series http://bit.ly/2AqU2W (via @nsls)

  • The METRO Portal: A Netvibes Universe-In-Progress http://bit.ly/Hik2C

  • Libraries Tap Into Twitter in the UK. Welcome to the party! http://bit.ly/nGx5s

  • RT @griffey: ALA conf. sched. done right - in the palm of yr hand! Point your mobile browser to http://ala.boopsie.com. (via @pbromberg)

  • New York African Free School Archives is the featured digital collection this week on digitalMETRO's Facebook page. http://bit.ly/AoXuJ

  • Brief comments from Lorcan Dempsey on sharing usability results http://bit.ly/VvCWL

  • Google's digital book future hangs in the balance (via CNET News) http://bit.ly/15yWoG

  • Brooklyn Public Library breathes a sigh of relief http://bit.ly/NDFmE

  • RT @epistemographer: HUGE news out of city council: restoration of funds for NYC libraries! http://bit.ly/11EuYK (via @amandafrench)

  • "Working the Social: Twitter and Friendfeed" article in Library Journal http://bit.ly/12sZhn

  • New issue of Metropolitan Archivist provides great recaps of projects in NYC http://bit.ly/11Krbh

  • Queens Library named "Library of the Year" by Library Journal http://bit.ly/IBtPl

  • Sunday Times Mag article is a useful piece for answering the "What is Cloud Computing?" question (if you get those) http://bit.ly/lnQp9

  • digitalMETRO has a Facebook page. Become a fan to hear about digital collections in NYC libraries and archives http://bit.ly/Hlw2c

  • Free white paper on how special libraries and information pros are coping with budget and staff changes http://bit.ly/WUjlW

  • Libraries lend a hand in recession (on NBC's Today Show) http://bit.ly/8XZKY

  • The Cooper-Hewitt Museum Library recently added 30 more binders to Caldwell Lighting collection http://bit.ly/13HZc9

  • Tim Gunn for NYPL http://bit.ly/z59bf

  • June issue of First Monday: http://tinyurl.com/nmndrx Research on: digital storytelling, SL, wikidentities, BlackBoard (via @joycevalenza)

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