Digitech Newsletter :: December 2009

METRO "Planning Our Digital Future" Conference Identifies Top Priorities for Digital Library Initiatives

On November 2-3, 2009, the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) held the Planning Our Digital Future conference at the organization’s offices in New York. Fifty attendees representing all types and sizes of METRO member institutions participated in the day and half event. Representatives from all types of METRO’s member organizations participated, including hospital, public, academic, archives, museum library and archives. Deans and directors of large and small libraries and archives participated as well as digital librarians, technologists, and faculty in graduate programs in information studies. The conference focused on one question: "What is the future direction of digital programs in the METRO region?" METRO will be reviewing the recommendations to develop a plan within the context of METRO’s strategic priorities and funding. Read the Executive Summary of the meeting here:(pdf) http://bit.ly/7YiWlu

Digital Preservation Workshop Series Continues Through December and January

Over 35 people attended the first workshop in the Digital Preservation Workshop series here at METRO on November 4. Couldn't make it to the first workshop? Not a problem. Participants who sign up for the second or third workshop will receive access to an online portal of digital preservation resources to get up-to-speed.

Remaining workshops include:

December 16, 2009
Risk Assessment for Digital Collections
Instructors: Tom Clareson (Lyrasis) and Liz Bishoff (BCR)
Complete workshop details and registration: http://bit.ly/vyB07.

January 28, 2010
Digital Preservation Tools, Systems, and Services
Instructor: Tyler Walters (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Complete workshop details and registration: http://bit.ly/3TyDqm.

Digital Collection Spotlight:
The Juilliard School's Digital Resources

Each month we take a moment to share digital collections created by METRO members. Recommend a collection for the spotlight by emailing jkucsma@metro.org.

This month we take a look at a few digital collections from The Juilliard School. First, we have the full text access to a periodical from early in The Juilliard School's history. The Baton (1922-1932) documented activities of the Institute of Musical Art, Juilliard's predecessor institution, which was founded by Frank Damrosch in 1905. Second, we have The Juilliard Review, which was published from 1954-1962 and edited by Sheila Keats. The Juilliard Review included many articles of scholarly interest as well as selected information on School activities. Finally, we have the Ruth Dana Collection of First and Early Editions of Liszt's Piano Works. Donated to Juilliard in 1914, the Ruth Dana Collection includes almost 200 first and early editions of Franz Liszt’s original piano works, transcriptions, and arrangements. Images of the scores (in PDF format) are linked to bibliographic records in Juilliard's library catalog, under Ruth Dana Collection of Liszt Editions Nnju. The Juilliard School Library's digital resources page also includes a slick Interactive Timeline of Juilliard History.

View more digital collections at digitalMETRO, an online directory of digital collections created and maintained by METRO libraries.

"Uncovering Stories" at Columbia University Libraries' Assessment Forum

Michael Lascarides, User Analyst in the Digital Experience Group at New York Public Library, spoke last week at the Columbia University Libraries Assessment Forum -- "an opportunity for staff at the Libraries and our colleagues in the community to learn about successful assessment projects at nearby college and university libraries." The forums are organized by the Columbia University Libraries Assessment Working Group. Download slides from Lascarides's presentation or listen to the recording here:http://bit.ly/6HpwzA.

"D is for Digitize" Conference Tackles Google Books Settlement

The Institute for Information Law & Policy at New York Law School hosted a two-day conference on October 8 and 9, 2009 to help make sense of the Google Books Settlement. The conference was intended to demystify the settlement and did so with a diverse group of academics and practitioners that "examined the settlement through the lenses of copyright, civil procedure, antitrust, information policy, literary culture, and the publishing industry." Streaming videos from the presentations are available here, and Peter Hirtle has assembled a useful digest of highlights from the conference here.

Internet Librarian Conference Resources

Getting time off and funding for professional development travel has become increasingly difficult for librarians. While many of us would have loved to travel to Monterey for the Internet Librarian 2009 (IL2009) Conference, it just wasn't in the cards (or the budget) for a lot of us.

In an attempt to bring a small slice of the good work that the Information Today people do back to NYC, METRO hosted a panel featuring short presentations from presenters and attendees from IL2009. Our guest presenters included Joe Murphy (Yale University), Karen Schneiderman (Brooklyn Law School), Margaret Smith (NYU), and Lisa Carlucci Thomas (Southern Connecticut State University). In addition to the panel, we've also compiled links to Internet Librarian Conference resources, including links to presentations and videos here: http://bit.ly/12t4YC.

Digitization and Emerging Tech Workshops and Events



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 complete Fall METRO schedule is now available online here: http://bit.ly/METRO_Fall2009


The best of November's Tweets from the tweetMETRO feed

  • Follow-up to our Twitter for Libraries workshop: list of libraries using Twitter (updated 10.13.09) http://bit.ly/y75OB
  • RT @dupuisj: Librarians and social media engagement: http://bit.ly/3GiA3Q
  • Video posted from “D Is For Digitize” Google Book Settlement Conference at NYLS http://bit.ly/9TWxS #metrolibs
  • "Twitter for Libraries" workshop and now a Shelf2Life (http://bit.ly/2At7QD) info session. Busy day for library tech at METRO #metrolibs
  • RT @duraspace: Shining a light on cloud computing for higher ed #EDUCAUSE09 http://bit.ly/4dy4Ad
  • We're putting the finishing touches on "Essential Twitter for Libraries" Workshop (10-1 on Wednesday). Still time... http://bit.ly/4gkTKd
  • NYC lib/arch hivemind: anyone know if there's an archive for the Loughlin Lyceum (c. 1900-1920ish)?
  • NYPL's Library Lions Video highlights the human side of library and information services. Does your library have similar videos? http://bit.ly/1VoqJo
  • A METRO hat-tip to our presenters and attendees from last night's #IL2009 recap. Let's all go to Monterey next year!
  • Just posted an accompanying resource page for tonight's NYC Internet Librarian Recap Reception http://bit.ly/IL_NYC #IL2009
  • Evolution of the new lion logo at NYPL (via @tadawes and @LibraryJournal) http://ow.ly/ArSX
  • New "Smart Phone & Mobile Computing" Special Interest Group to Meet in December http://bit.ly/mC43m
  • RT @amandafrench: Pleased to announce launch of new website for NYU Archives and Public History program: http://aphdigital.org
  • Cornell U. Lib. Publishes Digitization Manual for Libraries, Archives and Museums (via @clancco) http://bit.ly/2LU4zU

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